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froom Rory Boylen at the Hockey News,
There goes another monkey off the back of Marty Turco.
Despite being one of the world’s best players at his position, Turco is consistently one of the most underappreciated as well.
People always want more from the unpredictable tender. A year ago he posted three shutouts in the first round, but because Dallas lost, Turco, still, wasn’t a “playoff goalie.”
Dave Tippett, Mike Modano, Brenden Morrow, Marty Turco, Mike Ribero, Trevor Daley and Steve Ott answeer a few questions…
Q. Talk about Marty. Obviously we’ve talked incessantly about him up here. Talk about how critical he was.
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: Well, there’s been a lot documented about his struggles up here. I don’t look at it as his struggles. I look at it as our team struggles up here. For us to be successful, he has to be very good. That’s what you saw from him tonight.
I thought there was so much battle in him. Our team, one of our themes all year is find a way to win and have the will to win. I think Marty exemplified that tonight. He wasn’t going to be denied in this game. He made enough saves in this game for us to get us the win.
Q. Talk about some of the things you felt your team did not do right today, particularly some of the line change stuff.
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Well, I thought obviously the one line change thing where the puck was shot by Turco, it hit McCarty, Chelios thought it was going in front of him and he came to the bench. That gave them their second goal, which is unfortunate. Their other goal was we just over back-checked on a two-versus-two situation.
I thought tonight, one of the keys for us when we had our quality chances, we missed the net. We missed the net 19 times tonight. We had ample opportunity, weren’t able to get it done. When they were in lockdown mode, we didn’t get enough people and pucks to the net for second chances.
Stars defeat Wings 2-1 to force a game 6 in Dallas on Monday night.
The Stars are beginning to play their game and the Wings are getting frustrated by the tight defensive game the Stars play.
Stars have the momentum now, but also have the pressure of winning game 6.
First goal is key come Monday!
Q. I guess is there any concern about Malkin and Sykora for tomorrow?
COACH THERRIEN: They should be ready for tomorrow. They should be there.
Q. Is it just a sickness?
COACH THERRIEN: A sickness. And we believe at this time of year rest sometimes can be more important than practice, and they should be there tomorrow.
Q. We keep hearing that you’re not feeling that well, and that’s why there’s been this uncertainty. Do you have concussion symptoms, and if so, what are they?
BRAYDON COBURN: Right now, I’m just kind of dealing with some things with the eye and stuff like that.
So every day it’s been getting better. Tomorrow we’re reevaluating it again.
Q. Do you think you’ll play tomorrow?
BRAYDON COBURN: Yeah, I think there’s a good chance.
From Mark Spector at the National Post,
“Being a fourth-line player, let’s face it, I didn’t get a lot of ice time. I basically did a job where I knew I was a small piece of a team,” [Dave] Brown said. “I saw all the other pieces around me—skill guys, checkers, goalies, defencemen, penalty killers, power-play guys—and I was basically looking at them from the bottom up. I saw a lot of things from the bench, watching.
“I probably had a 13-year apprenticeship as a scout when I was sitting on the end of bench.”
And when he left the ice, he did so with the respect of many. Even Stu Grimson, whose career Brown nearly ended one night in Calgary in a hellacious rematch, after Grimson had beaten Brown in a fight in Edmonton two nights before.
“I always tell people, beating Dave Brown the first time I fought him was both the single greatest achievement of my career, and the single biggest mistake,” Grimson said yesterday. “He’s a good guy, a hard worker, and has a real humble disposition. A good man.”
more… on “The Toughest Flyer”
I am going for a haircut, make a stop at the coffee shop and just breeze through the day.
Maybe return home around 1:15pm ET today and see if I can find anything to watch on TV.
I don’t have a care in the world today, nothing on my schedule, just plan to relax.
from Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Seems hard to believe that about a week ago Malkin was being talked about as possibly the best player in the game. He was mentioned frequently as a leading candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy, which goes to the MVP of the playoffs. While Sidney Crosby struggled to score, Malkin was a goal-scoring machine.
But look what he has done lately. His only point in the past three games was the second assist on Malone’s score that gave the Penguins a two-goal lead midway through the third period of Game 3. He has managed only seven shots on goal in those three games, compared to 10 in the final game against the New York Rangers. He has been charged with eight giveaways.
There’s no Conn Smythe candidacy in those numbers.
from the Dallas Morning News,
The D-FW market has averaged a 1.8 rating for the Red Wings series in the wake of the Stars’ march through Anaheim and San Jose. That translates to 43,841 homes. That’s worse than awful….
Now let’s compare. In Detroit, where some homes have access to the Canadian broadcasts, the series has averaged a relatively healthy 9.6 rating (184,848 homes) on Versus.
And in the Eastern Conference home markets, Philadelphia is averaging an 8.3 (244,020 homes). In Pittsburgh, which should be known as Hockeytown USA, the Penguins-Flyers series is averaging a 20.2 rating (233,956 homes) on Versus.
read on and some additional information regarding the OT plans of NBC for the Stars/Wings game on Saturday. Do remember the times listed are CT.
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