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Corey Perry Healing Fast

From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,

The sight of Perry taking part in a couple of drills was encouraging for the Ducks as it appears their leading goal scorer this season could be in position to return sometime during the Western Conference quarterfinals against Dallas.

Perry skated for the first time since his right quadriceps muscle was severed just above the knee when he was cut by the skate of Colorado goaltender Jose Theodore in a game March 6.

“Today, it felt great,” Perry said. “That’s why I stayed out and did a couple of drills with the team. If it continues to be like that, it could be quicker than everybody thinks.”

more…

*Plus more from the LA Times on expectations of a rough series between the Ducks & Stars

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Stars Have Work To Do

from Jennifer Floyd-Engel of the Star-Telegram,

That crushing Game 6 loss to the No. 7-seeded Anaheim Ducks in 2003 capped a demoralizing conference semifinal series loss and arguably began what amounts to a near death spiral in Dallas Stars hockey.

They have not gotten out of the first round since 2003. Nor does anybody other than themselves expect them to when this playoff go-round begins Thursday.

Because to do so requires facing the beast, staring down ghosts, going back to Anaheim and beating Jiggy and his Ducks.

Only now, five years later, the Stars are the under-underdogs.

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Sharks Expected Calmer Game, Stars Didn’t

from David Pollak of MediaNews via Inside Bay Area,

Things reached the point that Sharks coach Ron Wilson didn’t send goalie Evgeni Nabokov out for the start of the second period, and his reasoning was only partly based on the desire to give backup Brian Boucher a little ice time.

“I didn’t trust that team,” Wilson said of the Stars. “They were running guys. For all I know, Nabby was next on their list. That wasn’t going to happen.”

The guy doing most of the running was Steve Ott, the Stars’ nuisance of a center. And when he hit San Jose left wing Milan Michalek at 8:42 of the first period, a game that already had seen one fight quickly escalated.

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Procedure Helps Zubov To Heal Quicker

from Tracey Myers at Five for Fighting,

Sergei Zubov had a “procedure” done overseas to fix “lingering problems from a sports hernia,” according to coach Dave Tippett on Thursday morning. Zubov will fly back to Dallas tomorrow, and the Stars will re-evaluate after that. This procedure apparently, according to Tippett, “allows him to come back quicker.”

Now what constitutes “quicker”? Tippett said he’s unsure when Zubov will actually be back skating, practicing, playing, etc. So we’ll see what shakes out of that.

read on for more on the Stars…

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Stars A Different Team Without Zubov

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars are a different team without Sergei Zubov – that’s all there is to it.

Zubov averages more than 25 minutes a game and plays like nobody else in the NHL. He is supremely confident with the puck on his stick and he almost dares opponents to come at him on the forecheck, knowing that can only help him get the defense off of its game.

So if he cannot play in the playoffs because of a foot injury or groin injury or some other injury, the Stars will not be as good.

read on

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Zubov Sees A Specialist

from Five for Fighting,

The news doesn’t sound too good on defenseman Sergei Zubov. He didn’t skate today, as he went to see specialists for his ongoing injuries. And won’t skate for the next few days. Coach Dave Tippett called the situation “a concern.” When asked if the problem was the foot or the groin, Tippett said, “all of the above.”

continued

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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.

read on

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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.

read on

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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.

continued here… *plus a photo gallery

 

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