The Dallas STARS played their best post-season game in several years, beating Vancouver 2-0, and forcing game 7 Monday night! From a fan's point-of-view, it was the most awesome game I have been to in quite some time. The capacity crowd was rowdy the entire night, and the team played like a contender. Marty Turco finished with 21 saves for his second shutout in a row, and third in the series! Mike Modano continued his vintage skating exhibition, scored the game-winning goal, and threw at least one raucous hit. Brendan Morrow continued to lead this team by driving the net and delivering hellacios body-blows...he is also in an epic battle with Willie Mitchell (who, by the way, never showed us this side of him last year against Colorado?). Eric Lindros carried over his spirited game 5 performance, this time playing alongside Morrow and Modano (another great move by Tippett)...he was a force and created several opportunities...a very much needed body in the lineup. Nagy played his best since game 1 and Ribiero continued to stupefy the other team (easily identified as the one who takes most of the cheap shots). Dallas' two rookies, Lundqvist and Eriksson, have been phenomenal. Lundqvist has become a veteran checker overnight...thanks to Barnes and Halpern; and Eriksson continues to create chances for himself and his line mates. Our defense was stifling, shutting down Naslund, the Sedin's, and anyone else that skated across the blue line...and the few times they did break down, MARTY was there! On the other end, Luongo was large again (boy is that redundant). If not for him the Stars score 5 or 6. He made a crucial, mammoth save on Steve Ott, who appeared to be staring at a an empty net...this coming on the heals of the Modano goal, and had it gone in, the game probably shifts towards buffoonery much sooner than it did. On that note, I was really disappointed with the trash Vancouver brought to the game. The Canucks d-men were pathetic (not the first time in this series); even Willie Mitchell, who, aside from Luongo, is their MVP. Mitchell got laid out numerous times tonight and spent most of his ice-time battling with Morrow. Like I mentioned earlier, where in the world was this guy last year while the Stars were getting torched by the Avs? Bieksa continued his horrible series, taking the penalty that led to Modano's 5-3 goal. He also decided, like after game 2's buzzer, that he would trade in his inability to "hang" for cheap shots! How about the penalty list for the Canucks... boarding, hi-sticking, hi-sticking, roughing, elbowing, hooking, roughing, hooking, slashing, roughing. They played extremely undisciplined hockey mixed with several cheap shots. Two more boarding penalties in the third went un-called, as well as the vicious slash to Morrow's knee by that coward Burrows. I'm quite certain he would rather take the sissy way out as opposed to dropping the mitts with Brendan! He might meet Mr. Ott early in game 7 for a not-so-friendly handshake! Vancouver got several make-up calls because Dallas resorted to...oh wait, they were all hooking! The short of it is, the Canucks did not want to go back home for game 7 and they certainly did not want Turco and company to find their stride. Now they have to face a Dallas Stars team that is clicking on all cylinders, and has found a way to solve Luongo. They have to face a goaltender that has blanked them in two consecutive games, and two consecutive home games. After tonight, the Stars are in complete control...it is their game 7 to lose...and last time I checked, they do not lose game 7's (just ask Joe Sakic)!!!
STARS take the series, 3-1