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Sweep in the Stars?

Posted on: April 13, 2008 1:51 am

Who'd a thunk it? The Dallas Stars were big  underdogs coming into this opening round against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks, but you'd never know it after the first two games of this series.

The Stars have been shining while the  Ducks have been quacking up, which is why Dallas is heading  home with a 2-0 series lead after winning Game 2 by a 5-2 score. Anaheim has been doing itself in by taking too many penalties -- many of them of the undisciplined variety -- and the Stars have made them pay by connecting six times on 13 power play tries so far. It's a problem for the Ducks, a team that needs to play on the edge to be successful and now may not be able to afford to anymore.

A little more overall intensity might help too. Aside from a brief stretch in the second period when they showed some life and erased a two-goal Dallas lead, the Ducks have been listless, mistake prone - - they had 13 giveaways in Game 2 alone -- and goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere hasn't been particularly sharp.

At the other, Stars goalie Marty Turco has been very solid and in general, the Stars have been beating Anaheim to the puck and creating a lot of open space with their speed. The Ducks ran to the Cup last season by physically dominating teams, but Dallas has turned that aggressiveness to its advantage.

"We've been able to beat their pressure," Stars captain Brenden Morrow told Canadian network TSN after the game. "They're going to play physical and we want to play with an edge too, but we want to play under that line. Fortunately, they've been over that line and we've capitalized."

It's an interesting reversal of fortune for a Dallas team that seemed like a legitimate Cup contender as recently as February, but staggered down the stretch and entered the playoffs looking like anything but a threat. Now they're going home with a chance to close things out. Ifnothing else, it seems like the Stars are aligning in Dallas.

Category: NHL

Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2008 6:53 pm

Sweep in the Stars?

Ugly ugly these games have been.  As a season seat holder I have never left a game before the end of the second period until game 1 and then I left after they went up 5-2.  Aside from stupid penalties finally catching up, I don't know what happened.  Our pk sucks and Dallas is skating right around us like I thought they could.  I want the Ducks to catch up and win, but playing in Dallas is like playing Detroit for us, we suck in those two buildings.  Winning two will be very difficult and if they get swept I will save myself about 200 dollars plus the next three rounds, so I don't know what is better at this point.

Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2008 6:34 pm

Sweep in the Stars?

As a Red Wing's fan, nothing makes me happier to see the Ducks down 2 games. As you mentioned it looked as though Dallas wasn't going to put up much of a fight. They struggled a bit towards the end of the season (certainly not as bad as the Senators) but they did show concern.

Having so many first round games against teams within their own division certainly should minimize any surprises...but 2-0!!

Gotta love it, but a team that has the character to win it all won't go away quietly.  Even shifting the series deep within the heart of Texas won't ease my concern of a possible comeback.  Anaheim (and Dallas for that matter) knows everything is riding on game 3. 

If the Ducks don't sure up their defense...this will be a real short series.

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2008 5:57 am

Sweep in the Stars?

"Who'd have thunk?", Yeh, I picked them in my bracket, 'cause didn't right after the trading deadline, Dallas amass more than a few stellar showings just to have a season ending slump that saw them way down in the power rankings.  One's got to give the Stars credit especially in light of how the Ducks manhandled their opponents last year, I think seeing out opposition in consecutive 5 games series. Keep it up Dallas!

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