The Stars continue to put on the happy face. I guess they're just happy to get the playoff situation taken care of (the fact that they're in, anyway). But this was a game they needed -- NEEDED -- to win, really. If they win, they're within two of getting the No. 4 seed and home ice in the first round. They also get a big boost heading into the final three games.
Marty Turco played well enough to win. More than well enough, actually. The guy's had his bad games lately (high-sticking double-minor in San Jose), but this wasn't one of them. Great performance, and it went by the wayside because the Stars couldn't get one more goal. They were also without jump through the first half of this one, and that's a little scary. Aren't you supposed to be up for games like this?
Other random thoughts: Niklas Hagman looks a little more like himself right now. There's no excuse for the penalty situation in the first two periods. Stop hooking, for gosh sakes.
Coach Dave Tippett talked about the team being tired. That's not good to hear. I know they had three games in a short amount of time, but this is after four days without one. And they went from L.A. to Anaheim. Not like they were jumping around the states.
Anyway, we head home tomorrow morning. The Stars won't practice again until Tuesday, then they've got the back-to-back with Phoenix before finishing with San Jose on Saturday. We'll see what happens.