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Fight For Position

from the Ducks Blog a the OC Register,

The magnitude of Sunday night’s game between the Ducks and Dallas Stars at Honda Center cannot be overstated.

By winning, the Ducks would move to the brink of clinching fourth place in the NHL’s Western Conference and home-ice advantage in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. A regulation loss to Dallas, meanwhile, would leave the Ducks no longer in control of their own destiny in pursuit of the all-important fourth spot and home ice.

With a regulation victory, the Ducks would have 98 points and need just one point in their final two games to secure fourth place because the maximum number of points the Stars and Calgary Flames could reach would be 98.

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Hull Wants Accountability From Players

from the Star-Telegram,

As the Stars head into today’s matchup against the Los Angeles Kings, Hull said the team needs one aspect above all else: accountability.

“It’s totally up to the players to get it together,” Hull said. “[Steve] Ott needs to be accountable for [Mike] Modano, Modano for [Mark] Fistric. That’s what I think we’re lacking right now. We’ve got to have accountability for each other.”

Hull said he hasn’t seen a bad Stars team. He’s seen a team that’s “played horrendous for a few minutes each game, and it’s cost us.”

And the errors have been widespread.

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  Tags: brett+hull

Stars Players Need To Step Up

from the Dallas Morning News,

Calm as ever, Les Jackson issued a matter-of-fact challenge to the Dallas Stars on Saturday after they blew another third-period lead and lost a 4-2 game to the last-place Los Angeles Kings….

“I think every team in the league goes through this. It’s just frustrating when you’re in it, because there’s an answer and you just don’t see it,” Jackson said. “The answers are there. We just need to get through the tough periods and keep going, that’s all.”

Jackson said he doesn’t feel the acquisition of Brad Richards at the Feb. 26 trade deadline has upset the chemistry of the team. Richards has nine points in nine games (five in his debut), but the Stars are 2-7-0 since he arrived.

“When players come in, there’s always a time element of adjustment, but he’s only one player on the team,” Jackson said. “There’s other guys who have been here a long time and can take this team and carry it – and they have to step up.”

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NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson Skates With Modano

From the Dallas Stars,

NASCAR superstar Jimmie Johnson is accustomed to wheeling his Hendrick Motorsports ride around the track at breakneck speeds.

His skating skills are more modest, however.

On Thursday, Johnson learned that lacing on the skates and practicing with Stars center Mike Modano can be a humbling experience. Johnson hadn’t skated since he was a boy in Southern California, and he was pleased to simply be able to hesitantly glide around the rink at Deja Blue Arena in Frisco following a Stars practice without falling on his backside.

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  Tags: jimmy+johnson, mike+modano, nascar

Too Much Losing

from the Star-Telegram,

The Dallas Stars’ latest run has been forgettable.

They’ve lost five of their past six games. They’ve lost their lead in the Pacific Division. They’ve lost, at least for now, home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

They’ve just done too much losing.

But, after a two-day hiatus from the ice, the Stars say they haven’t lost their focus. In Stars land, the glass is still half full.

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Pacific Division Showdown

From Pierre LeBrun at CP,

Along with the NHL-leading Detroit Red Wings, we argue the three Pacific Division contenders make up the best four teams in the NHL. And one will almost surely be out in the first round. Hence the urgency of the six total games involving the Sharks, Ducks and Stars.

“Those games against Dallas and San Jose are critical,” said Carlyle.

If you think you’ve seen this movie before, it’s because you have. The same three clubs also came down to the wire last season and finished three points apart, the Ducks winning the division with 110 points followed by San Jose (107) and Dallas (107).

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Update 4:58pm ET: Link fixed, changed to the original CP report via Google. Sorry ‘bout the botched one earlier.

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Stars Are Deep, Now They Have To Earn It

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Deep down the middle. Young players maturing. Veterans having career years. Terrific goaltending.

Look at every Stanley Cup champion from the past 20 years—heck, 50 years—and you’re likely going to see the same ingredients.

So is there unbridled anticipation this coming postseason? A temptation to look ahead and wonder what might happen?

Uh, no.

“The first thing is that you’ve got to get there, and then you’d better be prepared to play well,” Tippett said. “That’s called coaching. It’s my job to take the temptation out of there.

“You have to earn the right to be considered a good team.”

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Explanation Please

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Colin Campbell has a thankless job and works very hard at it.

That said, the NHL’s executive vice president and director hockey operations would do well for the league if he and his partners opened the door a little bit on the discipline practices of the league.

When Steve Ott was suspended three games Wednesday for a Sunday hit on Colorado’s Jordan Leopold, the league didn’t tell anyone exactly why.

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Ott Getting Three Games

added 2:46pm, from the Dallas Morning News,

Steve Ott was defiant in his defense of his hit on Colorado’s Jordan Leopold, which resulted in a three-game suspension today.

“I finished my hit. My one foot did leave the ice, but that’s because my other foot was planted. My right foot never left the ice,” Ott said. “I hit him shoulder to shoulder.”

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from the Dallas Morning News,

Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott will receive a three-game suspension for his hit Sunday on Colorado defenseman Jordan Leopold, Stars co-GM Les Jackson confirmed Tuesday night.

Ott had a phone conference with NHL director of operations Colin Campbell on Tuesday, and Campbell is expected to announce the suspension today.

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Watch the incident…

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  Tags: jordan+leopold, steve+ott

Stars Dmen Getting Closer To Return

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Neither Zubov nor Boucher has battled an injury this close to the playoffs, so they both are curious to see how they handle the balancing act of getting healthy and ramping up their intensity with the rest of the team.

“I don’t know how many games it will take, because I’ve never done this,” Zubov said. “I guess that’s the tough part.”

Boucher, about two weeks short of his 35th birthday, said he’s encouraged by the recent 38-game rehabilitation period that he used to get his left shoulder healthy. Boucher was out for almost half of the season and returned to play four games before injuring the right shoulder.

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  Tags: philippe+boucher, sergei+zubov

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