Friday, April 20, 2007
Above, the picture of Morrow is great, but enjoy the dismay and despair of the Canucks' faithful. It is priceless.
Well, I am sure happy that the Dallas Stars don’t read Bob’s Blog. I thought they would not play another home game after losing Game 3 and Game 4 like they did. I stopped believing. I started thinking about the big picture and about tomorrow. They still focused on today. And for that, they are rewarded.
Brenden Morrow wins it in overtime. 6:22 in. He scores a big goal and demonstrates his ability by word and deed in the last 48 hours why he is a fine captain for the Dallas Stars. Morrow made us proud when some of us had given up the fight.
The following are the rest of my notes:
• Marty Turco almost could not play better than he has in this series. Roberto Luongo has played just as well if not better – but the only thing keeping Marty Turco from being everyone’s hero is history. If you only rate him on these two weeks, he would be nobody’s goat. Now, he has two playoff wins in 2006-07, and they both were shutouts. That’s right. For him to win, he has to allow exactly 0 goals. His GAA is 1.38 (Luongo is 1.39) and his save % is 94.9 (Luongo 95.3). And yet he is 2-3 in this series. Life is not fair. And playoff Hockey isn’t either.
• So, the Stars have 3 goals in 3 games and the Canucks have 4 goals in 4 games. Both teams have score 9 goals in the series. I guess this has been a pretty tight series.
• Mike Ribeiro is so good. I would do two things if I am the Stars as it relates to him. 1) play him more – and with better line mates. 2) lock him up. If Boucher and Halpern can get long term commitments from the Stars, Ribeiro needs to be kept here, too.
• Modano had the speed and jump last night that we expect out of him. I think if you keep 9, 10, and 26 together on Saturday, good things will happen.
• Sedin, Sedin, and Naslund have combined for 0 goals, 0 assists for 0 points since Game 1. If somehow Vancouver lets this series get away, I would think it will be an uncomfortable summer in the media for those boys.
• Call me crazy, but I thought Eric Lindros was pretty decent last night. Nothing too special, but enough to make you wonder if they should have brought him back in sooner. So, it was his first playoff game in 7 years? Do you know what that means? It means that his last playoff game was in the Eastern Conference Finals when Scott Stevens knocked him silly at the blueline. The next week, the Devils joined the Stars in the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals. That means that he has not been in the playoffs in a while.
• I don’t know about you, but I really have been impressed with Willie Mitchell this series. He is solid as a rock.
• The overtime jinx is either dead or suspended. Same for the Turco “blink first” theory. But, let’s remember one thing: So far they have just earned a stay of execution. If they turn around and lose in Game 6, the feelings will turn to negative again, and you will have people suggesting that there need to be absolute whole-sale changes.
• Boy, those power plays are great, eh? The Stars actually won the game on the Power Play, but Vancouver sits at 1 for 25 with the man advantage. Ouch.
• Who thought the season would have ended appropriately if that back pass from Loui went all the way back to the Stars empty net. Ralph and Razor were priceless there. But the puck went just off the pipe.
• I know I doubted them, but it is only because I want them to make this city proud. I pull for this team because I care, and I get mad at them because I care. I want this team to make sports fans proud, because if they don’t, they get left in the dust of sports irrelevance in DFW. If they can force a Game 7 on Monday, the table will be set for a proud moment in Stars history. But there is the catch. They have lost 6 straight playoff home games. They have got to get it done. Pretty please.
Posted by Sturminator at 8:55 AM