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From Willa Ford (Mike Modano’s wife) at her NHL.com blog:
We’ve handled one big, strong, quick-skating tough team, and now we have another. But this goaltender is up for the Vezina, and they have potentially an even greater set of forwards to throw against our young D.
(I said to Mike this morning, “This goaltender probably isn’t going to like you very much in the next few days and he replied with “He’s a great guy off of the ice, but no, hopefully he isn’t happy with me when this series is over.”)
To top it off, the San Jose arena is one of the loudest and most violent crowds that I’ve ever seen in person. It worries me, but for some reason Mike loves it. He said he hopes they boo him, he hopes they give it to his goaltender and his team and his teammates because it drives him…
via Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.,
Montreal’s Alexei Kovalev tied the score with 29 seconds remaining in the third period and Tom Kostopoulos scored the winner 48 seconds into overtime in the Canadiens’ 4-3 win over the Flyers in Game 1 of their series. It was only the fourth playoff game in NHL history in which a team tied the score in the final minute of regulation and won it in the first minute of overtime.
This is the first time that Mike Modano and Joe Thornton have played against each other in a postseason series. They’ve played in the same regular-season game 28 times, with the Stars winning 16 of them, Thornton’s teams (the Bruins and Sharks) 10, and two games ending in a tie. Thornton (9-18-27) has outscored Modano (10-15-25) by two points in their head-to-head games.
from the Mercury News,
Sharks left wing Ryane Clowe says there are two ways to respond to someone like Dallas Stars agitator Steve Ott….
“The wrong response would be to let him get to you and take undisciplined penalties and put your team in a hole,” Clowe said Thursday, one day before Dallas and San Jose open their second-round playoff series tonight at HP Pavilion.
“The right response,” he continued, “is to tell him, ‘You keep that up, just make sure you let (Mike) Modano and (Mike) Ribeiro and (Jere) Lehtinen and (Brenden) Morrow and (Brad) Richards know that every time you do that, we’re going to hit those guys twice as hard.’ “
NHL.com has preview pages set up for every series going into the second round. Each one of the links below has its own selection of related multimedia archives (photos and video), the official media guides for each team and stories from various NHL.com writers.
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from Five for Fighting,
Sergei Zubov skated, in full pads, with most of his teammates today. Dave Tippett said that it’s a big positive that he took the full practice. Yes, it sounds like Zubov is a go at some point in the second round. When that is, exactly, we’re not sure yet. But the potential of his return has to make Stars fans giddy.
Philippe Boucher, however, isn’t anywhere near skating.
From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,
Co-general managers Les Jackson and Brett Hull say their role is limited in the playoffs and that they haven’t done anything spectacular. They actually credit former GM Doug Armstrong with doing a lot of the work to help create a team that knocked off the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks in six games in the first round.
Yet, just as it is with the forwards, it’s clear that the change at GM has produced positive results.
“I think there’s definitely a different feel,” said owner Tom Hicks, who fired Armstrong in November and made the highly-criticized move of naming two GMs to run the team. “I just think there was tension between the players and management, and something needed to change. You can feel a more positive attitude.”
from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
I find it hard to find a better story in the first round of the NHL playoffs than goalie Marty Turco helping his Dallas Stars knock off the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks.
You know, the same Ducks I predicted would beat Dallas in seven games. Wrong, Pierre!
In the lead-up to that series between Pacific Division rivals, it was widely reported how J.S. Giguere had the highest playoff winning percentage among active NHL goalies. That would be the difference. Especially, some people added, given “Turco’s spotty playoff record.”
from Jim Reeves of the Star-Telegram,
Who knew that five years could feel like an eternity?
The Stars’ 4-1 triumph eliminating the Anaheim Ducks, the defending Stanley Cup champs, in six games, released a torrent of emotions for the Stars, some they’ve never felt before.
All of the above and then some.
“To see the look in our guys’ eyes, how important it was and how good it felt…,” said goalie Marty Turco. “It was gratifying. I personally had never won a series here at home….”
from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,
The Stars-Ducks series is reaching its peak in terms of physical play. The games also have become more thrilling as the series has advanced. On Friday, the defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks played like a team clinging to its playoff life.
So with the series coming back to American Airlines Center, the pressure on the Stars to score that knockout punch is a bit heightened.
“The pressure is always on. It’s playoff time,” center Steve Ott said. “We’re up 3-2, and I think our confidence has to stay high. This is exciting, it’s intense. And that’s what you can expect in Game 6.”
from Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News (Sunday edition),
He’s slightly less imposing in the net than in 2003, no longer a Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man in oversized pads. In a crackdown on equipment, the NHL downsized Giguere and other goaltenders following the lockout.
He remains a significant obstacle, almost always in position. Giguere has stopped 71 of 75 shots in Anaheim’s two victories in this series. Stylistically, he represents the polar opposite of his athletic Stars counterpart, Marty Turco.
Stars forward Steve Ott called Giguere a “blocking-style goalie.”
Said Turco: “He knows how to take away as much as you can.”
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