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by Paul on 11/23/11 at 10:46 AM ET
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Glen Gulutzan has talked about dialing up the intensity and the responsibility for the past couple of weeks, and he often used the 20-game mark as a point of reference.
So when the Stars placed youngsters Tomas Vincour and Philip Larsen in the lineup Monday and scratched veterans Jake Dowell, Adam Pardy and Krys Barch, Gulutzan was indicating that the season was moving into a different gear.
``We definitely want to keep everyone involved, and we want to make sure that we give everyone a fair chance, but we think you have a pretty good idea of who your team is after 20 games,’’ Gulutzan said. ``So, when you get to that point, you have to make tough decisions and you have to let your players know that this is a competition.’‘
The Stars are 12-8-0 after 20 games and in much better shape than many expected. Gulutzan and assistant Paul Jerrard have made the step up from the AHL smoothly, and they continue to learn every day as new NHL coaches.
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