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Turco Has Found His Game

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The 33-year-old is 6-1-0 in his last seven games with a 1.70 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage.

“I feel good right now, that I’ve come a long way,” he said. “My ability to stay on my feet longer to react to second plays or even third plays from a balanced position has been a great feeling for me lately.

“I have been fighting my body and my movements this year, and I’ve worked hard to get that back. I just want to be the guy they deserve back there.”

Turco has been the biggest reason for the Stars’ turnaround, providing key stops at critical times and also helping the defense with his ability to handle the puck.

“No matter what you do, your goaltending has to be good,” Tippett said. “It can do so much for the team’s confidence. It can allow players to overcome mistakes, it can change a game with a big stop early or late. Marty has done that for us lately.”

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Avery’s Departure Not the Only Reason for Surging Stars

From Mike Brophy at Sportsnet,

The signing of Avery was a mistake - and at $15.5 million over four years it might be one of the most expensive mistakes in NHL history. Not a single player was happy with the addition of the controversial, self-centered winger and his presence had an adverse affect on numerous players the team depends on.

The Stars were 8-11-4 with Avery and are 16-7-4 without him.

Avery aside, the Stars desperately needed Turco to return to form if they were going to dig themselves out of a hole. It looks as though Turco is back on his game.

read on for more on Dallas’ turnaround

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Stars Looking More & More Like Last Year’s Team

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,

So, are the Stars out of the woods yet in this very strange season? Hardly. But if this team can play like this on a fairly regular basis, then they definitely can win a lot of games.

Dallas (24-18-7, 55 points) now touts the fifth best points percentage in the West. That’s what happens when you win five straight.

Of course, as Brad Richards reminded, this can also go the other way if they put together a bad week.

Buf you have to love the gumption this team is showing right now. Are they a playoff team? Probably. Should they just ride out the chemistry and not do a thing? Hmmm. Have they earned the right to add a key player at the trade deadline (or earlier)?

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Will Stars Upswing Continue To Rise?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

What comes next for the Stars will be fascinating to watch. Will they remain a bubble team or push even higher and get back to the contending team they were last season? The Anaheim Ducks are vulnerable in fifth place of the conference. Fourth-place Chicago might be too much to track down.

“I don’t anticipate this team needing any more lessons and needing any more reminders of the position we’re in,” said Turco. “We pay attention to where we are in the standings. It’s been a habit over the course of this season. As a group, we appreciate the dwellers that we were and what it’s taken to climb back in the playoff picture. I don’t think anybody in the locker room is content.”

The confidence is back in a group that was absolutely shaken two months into the season.

“When you’re winning and doing the right things, that’s contagious,” said Tippett. “If your locker room is right, the coach does less talking about the right things to do and the players do all the talking for you. That’s a little bit of where we are right now.”

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No Newman Equals Turco Win

via Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

imagePetite, sexy-cougar anthem songstress Karen Newman has stood next to Marty Turco at the start of every Stars game at Joe Louis Arena and belted out the anthem on a Red Wing red carpet…until last night.

Over the years Marty has heard her voice, then the goal horn repeatedly - followed by the crusty tones of rink public address man Bud Lynch announcing Red Wing goals. It was like a symphony of negativity, the soundtrack of an 0-8-2 record.

Newman!

So when some unremarkable young female singer stepped from the zamboni tunnel to sing last night it was like an auditory surrender to the eardrums of Turco and the Stars.

No Karen Newman – no Wings victory. Coincidence?

We can’t mention Karen without mentioning her website too!

 

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Morning Line

“I grew up a hiuge Red Wings fans, and I usually leave with a loss under my belt and have to hear about it all summer from all of my friends, who are also Red Wings fans. They have a great hockey team and it’s a tough place to play, and when you win and take three out of four in the season series, it definitely give your team a lot of confidence.”

-Steve Ott of the Dallas Stars after defeating the Wings last night.  More from the Stars at the Dallas Stars Blog.

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A Shot & Then A Recovery

from Five for Fighting,

The team will head up to Detroit in about two hours… ah, another visit to the building that time and a good disinfectant forgot. But it’s fabulous to watch a game there, so it’s worth it.

more on the Dallas Stars…

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Dallas Stars Spread Prospects Around

From the CP via NHL.com,

Dallas is in the unique and undesirable position this season of being the only NHL team without a primary affiliate. It’s a one-year fix while waiting for the Texas Stars to make their American Hockey League debut in the Austin area next fall.

Neal made it back to the NHL after two weeks with the Moose, but at the all-star break the Stars still had 11 prospects spread out among seven AHL teams. They were playing different systems, with players from rival organizations and sometimes even facing each other.

“It’s not an ideal situation,” Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. “I look forward to next year. Austin is going to be a great setup, a strong, strong situation for us.”

Dallas announced plans last February for an AHL franchise closer to home. Iowa responded by ending a three-year affiliation with the Stars after last season and became the Chops - with a vicious boar’s head for a logo. They are now the Anaheim Ducks’ primary farm team.

The Stars were left scrambling this season for a way to continue developing their minor-leaguers closest to playing in the NHL.

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If The Stars Became Sellers…

from a fan Q & A with Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Q: With the hole the Stars dug themselves into at the beginning of the season, do you see them being a seller as the trade deadline approaches? If so, who would be the top names they would likely jettison?

HEIKA: If they are completely out of it, the likely people you could nab would be: Darryl Sydor, Brian Sutherby, Toby Petersen, Mark Parrish – the role players who will be unrestricted free agents and either don’t cost much or could be reacquired in the summer.

If a team asked about the big-dollar contract guys – like Marty Turco, Mike Ribeiro or Brad Richards – my guess is the Stars would listen very hard.

But my guess is they will be in the mix for the playoffs, will be very small buyers and will try to add a defenseman and/or a veteran backup goalie.

more Dallas related questions and answers…

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Brad Richards Returns To Tampa

from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

While the memories of what was accomplished during his six seasons with the Lightning remain, little else is left of the organization he knew for so long. Ownership has changed, the coaching staff is gone, management is new and the roster looks nothing like the one he left last season. And only two players remain on the roster in which Richards won a Stanley Cup with - Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis.

Richards said playing against the Lightning won’t feel as strange as squaring off against Lecavalier for the first time in his life. Lecavalier and Richards have been playing together since their early years in high school, playing for Notre Dame Academy in Saskatchewan. Both played for Rimouski in junior hockey and were drafted by the Lightning.

“It’s definitely going to be bizarre,” Lecavalier said. “But I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to seeing him again. It will be fun to see him play again.”

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