For those of us STARS faithful that fill the American Airlines Center each home game, that movie clip is engrained in our minds! Numerous times this year, Dallas has been behind the 8-ball...and numerous times this year, they have answered the call. Tonight was no different...Marty Turco was absolutely brilliant, and they found a way to finally solve Luongo. Now, there is no question the Stars were due an overtime win (and a couple of more at that), but they came out of the locker room on a mission, not to be denied. They owned the brief overtime session and earned a series-saving win. The shots were 6-1 in favor of Dallas and they capitalized on a critical bench mistake due to the should-have-been break-away. There came a moment in the last few minutes of regulation where Luongo seemed to lose his confidence. He allowed a simple shot from the circle to get through him, and followed that up with several more pudgy rebounds. Ironically, the last two Dallas goals have come with their Captain, Brendan Morrow, standing in from of Mr. Luongo (hint-hint, Stars players). I know you Canuck fans are fed up with the absolute "raping" of your all-star net-minder, but it is really hard to draw a call when he is standing outside the crease (as he was with the phantom goalie interference call tonight!). Please do not misunderstand, he has been incredible...they both have...this will go down as one of the best goal-tending duals in playoff history! Both goalies have incredible numbers, each giving up 9 goals (after tonight). The two blaring differences are that Marty has 2 shutouts and Roberto has a 3-2 lead. Aside from Turco standing on his head the first two periods, the Stars' skaters had nothing going for them. They really played poorly and I honestly expected Vancouver to end this series. Mike Modano looked vintage at times, flying and dangling, but nothing was connecting. Eric Lindros, whom I was really concerned with, turned in a spirited performance...he played an excellent game for being gone as long as he has been. Also, the re-insertion of Louis Eriksson was a great move by Tippett...he was all around it tonight as well as throwing the body around a bit. Mike Ribiero looked like the guy we watched all year...magical with puck. The defense finally settled down and Marty continued to shine. The Canucks better have their seat belts fastened in Game 6...because the Stars have renewed confidence, they have been reminded what it is like to win in overtime, and the AAC is going to be ROWDY, LOUD, AND PROUD!!!
STARS take game 6, 4-1, and win series in game 7!