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...and it ‘only’ took 129 minutes and 3 seconds, the 8th longest game in Stanley Cup Playoffs history (so sayeth TSN).
From Richard Durrett at the Dallas News blog:
The half asleep AAC is now fully awake. Stars headed to the Western Conference Finals.
Wow. What a game. Third longest game in Stars playoff history.
Quite fitting that captain Brenden Morrow got it. He’s been leading this team during the playoffs. He got it on the PP. Marty Turco was sensational. So was Evgeni Nabokov.
The Dallas/Detroit series opens Thursday and the Pittsburgh/Philadelphia series opens Friday. [Complete schedule here]
Update 3:08am ET: More from the AP via the Dallas Morning News here. Game highlights on video below, plus a few more notes.
People in Europe are waking up, and probably can’t believe the Stars/Sharks game is headed to the 4OT period.
Eastern time zone folks are barely hanging on, making up an excuse to miss work tomorrow.
West coast fans are starting to feel a little sleepy-eyed.
Will anyone score?
from John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times,
His numbers had dipped, and his contract had become a focus. Richards had seemingly gone from essential to cumbersome in a matter of months.
“Based on where the team was going and the budget situation, it was probably the right thing to do,” Richards said. “But that doesn’t make it any easier.
“I had a few uncertain moments about (waiving his no-trade clause). But I just felt it was going to get harder and harder. The way things were being run, it was turning into a dead end for me. I ended up getting pushed out, and a lot of guys had an entire season of their careers ruined.”
from Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Star-Telegram,
Make no mistake, the Stars have to win this series. Teams don’t blow 3-0 leads, yet this seems all too possible. Some of it has to do with this team. A lot of it has to do with this town.
So call the Heimlich expert, and put him rink side at the AAC. Tonight. And hope that Turco makes his presence unnecessary.
from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,
The Stars have their third consecutive chance to eliminate the Sharks tonight. They had chances to win the past two games—squandered some, had others taken away.
Dallas could use the events of Game 5—as well as the threat of another trip to the West Coast—to fuel tonight’s performance.
“They look at this game as another chance,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “The calls didn’t go our way, but we won games early in the series. So we still look at it as we’re coming home with a great opportunity to close out a series.”
From Stu Hackel at NYT Slapshot blog,
It was 33 years between the 1942 Maple Leafs comeback and the 1975 Islanders comeback. Now, it’s 33 years later, so the Soothsayers, Numerologists and Kabbalists of the hockey world have concluded this will be the year that another team is invested with mystic powers and awakens from inside the 0-3 grave to rise up and smite the unbeatable foe once again.
Even Madonna, the most well-known Kababalist of our time, is down with this. Remember, she’s originally from Detroit — Hockeytown. Just check out her new record, Hard Candy, which is both retro and futuristic. Clearly, she’s telling us that it’s back-to-the-future time for the 0-3 revival. And her first single, that duet with Justin Timberlake? It’s entitled “4 Minutes.” A double minor. A hockey reference for sure. And Hard Candy is also going to be released this month as a special edition 3 LP set. LPs, you may remember, play at 33 1/3 rpms. Thirty-three. Coincidence? We think not. Yep, she’s sending us a message. She’s into it.
more weird reasons the Sharks will win, plus a look at the NYR and the Canadiens’ series.
from Jamie Baker at Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
Brendan Morrow and everyone affiliated with or cheering for the Dallas Stars is going to say they got robbed of a goal tonight on Morrow’s first disallowed goal. I am going to give a technical analysis of why the goal was disallowed and why it was the correct call. But first lets clear up a few other things.
* Dave Tippett agreed that Morrow gloved the puck into the net on the second disallowed goal. But he did complain that Morrow got cross-checked and there should have been a penalty. What he failed to mention was on the first disallowed goal Morrow should have gotten a goalie interference call. He was totally in the crease and collided with Nabokov, and it wasn’t because Carle pushed him there.
* When talking about adversity and critical moments in a game Tippett also forgot to mention the quick whistle that negated a Marleau goal in game 3.
from Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Star-Telegram,
Ugly, unfair, unlucky—how else do you describe Stars captain Brenden Morrow registering a disallowed hat trick?
He slapped, kicked and gloved three pucks across the goal line in Game 5. Only one went on the scoreboard.
The kick is the one up for debate. It was the overturned goal.
“No, absolutely not,” said Stars coach Dave Tippett when asked about Morrow kicking in the goal. “He had no idea where it was. How could he have kicked it? We had two critical calls go against us. I think there is frustration with not winning, but we’re going to use it.”
Let’s just end that debate, shall we? The NHL embarrassed itself by disallowing the goal and with its logic for doing so. Morrow had scored with 4:29 left in the second, the way he usually does. He was in front of the net, locked up with a Sharks defenseman, and the puck went in off of his skate.
This is not against the rules. It is only naughty if the player kicks the goal in. The league ruled he had, thus disallowing the goal. The league officials, of course, are idiots.
added 4:47pm, As Tony just pointed out, the original link is dead and I found one that replaces it. Here you go... and yes, text has changed…
via Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
“Mike Modano scored one power play goal, one other goal, he’s minus in the series — so it’s Ribeiro that we’re more worried about,” said (Ron) Wilson, who has been a friend of Modano’s since coaching the Dallas center on Team USA in the 1996 World Cup.
Told of Wilson’s comments, Modano first shrugged it off.
“Rightfully so, Mike (Ribeiro) is a great player,” Modano said.
Then he got in a dig of his own when someone semi-jokingly asked Modano his opinion of Wilson’s coaching.
“No, we’re 3-1 and that’s about it,” said Modano, adding later that he enjoys “the banter with Wilson when he gets going a little bit.”
It looks like a slow Friday, only one game tonight.
Therefore, this is an open post which allows you to vent, rant, question or just talk hockey and vote on the winner of tonight’s game.
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