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(1) Detroit v. (5) Dallas
Red Wings lead series 3-2
Marty Turco, winless in Joe Louis Arena in his NHL career and with Dallas facing elimination in the Western Conference final, kept the Stars alive Saturday.I don't know about anyone else, but I'm not a huge fan of Saturday afternoon hockey in mid-May.
"There wasn't any better time than now," Turco said after his team's 2-1 triumph and his first goaltending win in Detroit in his 12th try in seven years in the league. "It has been a long time but it's something I never thought wouldn't happen in my career."
Thank goodness for a PVR.
The shots may have been lopsided in this one, 39-21, but I don't think that accurately reflects the balance of play. The Stars we saw in Game 5 were much closer to the team that was in second spot in the NHL at the trade deadline, when they were seven points up on the Eastern Conference leader and only three behind the first-place Red Wings.
It's funny how quickly a series can turn. A few days ago, with Detroit at 3-0, Mark Stepneski at Andrew's Dallas Stars Page fired me a note to say he wanted to amend a few of his answers from a preseries Q&A we did.
"I am a little stunned they are up 3-0 and on the verge of a sweep," he said. "We were talking about it at practice today and most of us who watch the team closely are a little surprised. Most of us thought it would go at least six games."
That was Tuesday night. Four days later and Game 6 is where we're headed.
I thought the Stars looked pretty good, taking advantage of Detroit's missteps, but the bigger surprise was just how many of those gaffes there were. With a one-goal lead, Dallas held the balance of play in the third period, and far from looking dominant, the Red Wings rarely threatened that slim advantage.
Their top line, at one point, was hemmed in its own zone. Tomas Holmstrom took a stupid penalty with under eight minutes remaining. And the comeback, on the whole, was pretty feeble.
Monday should be interesting.