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by Paul on 05/15/08 at 01:17 AM ET
Q. Mike, do you have any thoughts on the disallowed goal?
MIKE BABCOCK: What do you want me to say? The guy’s not in the paint? The guy’s out of the paint. That’s a repetition call totally. It’s disappointing. I mean, Homer got a penalty the other night and he bumped Turco earlier in the game. But I guess the way I look at it is this: in the League there’s lots that goes on on the ice. Sometimes a guy gets tripped and you miss it. Some things go wrong and you miss it. Just don’t make stuff up, that’s all.
These men are doing their very best, just like us. They want to get to the Stanley Cup Finals. Kelly is a good referee. He just blew the call. That’s life.
Q. What was the explanation you got?
MIKE BABCOCK: I mean, I don’t know why we’re beating this up.
He said his butt was in the blue. Well, it clearly wasn’t in the blue. This is the part that I have, is what happens is, these referees, just like us, they prepare their team, they prepare the referees. So they tell them about guys so that they’re watching for stuff.
Well, watch for it, but it’s got to happen. You can’t dream it up.
Q. Beyond that call, did Dallas come out stronger?
MIKE BABCOCK: I thought they were good early. We took some penalties early, too. I think they had three power plays, if I’m not mistaken, in the first period, got momentum.
Q. You’ve talked many times as far as how much you need your best players. Talk about Marty tonight, his performance.
DAVE TIPPETT: Well, he was a guy that, you know, when we talk about our whole team has to play well and all the parts have to be in place, that’s probably the most individual part of it, you know, of the team. His job is an awful tough job to do. You know, the goaltender gets scrutinized awful hard, good or bad. He came up with a heck of a game for us tonight.
We were looking for a better team effort, and that’s what we got right from Marty out.
Q. You’ve had the non‑call on Tomas in the crease, tonight you had one on him not in the crease. Those things even out over time?
DAVE TIPPETT: I think they do. That one tonight, I thought the play right before that on the faceoff before, I thought it should have been an interference call on him on Turco. You know, when the goal gets in, that’s one of those ones… It’s awful tough for a referee to see, if the skate is in the blue or not. Game 1, the skate was right back in the blue. Tonight didn’t look like it was right on the edge.
I haven’t seen it yet on replay, but that’s what I’m hearing. Those are things that happen during a game. Some bounces go for you, some go against you. Tonight we got it to go for us.
Q. Talk about Modano. Looked like he was kind of on a mission tonight.
DAVE TIPPETT: We talked about Turco being one of our best players. But I thought all our best players stood up tonight. Playing hard minutes, we moved Modano over to the wing tonight. He jumped in there with Richards, was very good. You know, I thought Morrow and Ribeiro, that’s the first game that they played, they played minutes, but that looks like the first game where their legs are starting to come back from the last series. So that’s a positive sign.
We talked before the game. We got two days off now. We’ve given ourselves some life. Two days of rest should really help us. You know, Modano, he got a lot of minutes again tonight, played very well on the wall, scored a big goal, scored the winning goal. That’s great to see from him.
Q. They came back early in the third and scored. Are you pretty proud of your team the way they came back?
DAVE TIPPETT: Yeah, you know what, when you’re in the situation we are, where there’s no tomorrow, you might as well keep playing. You’re in a do or die situation. The guys talked about it. As soon as it happened on the bench, that’s not going to deter us tonight. The play was made by Toby Petersen. He tries to make a good play, got intercepted, it’s back in our net.
I was real glad to see that that wasn’t a factor in the outcome because Petersen’s line played excellent for us tonight. They were very, very good. Played with a ton of speed. We turned the puck over, that ended up going back our way. I love the way our team competed back and didn’t make it a factor.
Our team recognized how well that line played. You know, as a group, we played real well. But it’s that little extra desire in the third period. You just love to see that, the character of the group.
Q. You had San Jose down 3‑0. Now you were down 0‑3. What do you learn from that series from being down 0‑3?
DAVE TIPPETT: I learned you can get nervous when the other team starts winning. That’s where we were (laughter).
So hopefully that does it. We talked this morning. We need a thread of life. Now we got a thread of life. The two days off will really help us. You know, we’ve got some momentum. So we’ve got to use that to our advantage now. You go in there and steal a game out of there. Now you got it to 3‑2. Now the ball’s rolling the right way. You know, we’ll see what happens.
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