OK, this was a fun one. Even if the Stars would've lost, it was a great game. Plenty of chances, two great performances by the goaltenders, more than enough hits, etc. Still, the Stars are in an incredible position right now. They have a chance to end this at home tomorrow. Now the only thing I wonder about is how much energy there's going to be on the second half of this back to back. Then again, the Stars and Ducks' back-to-back in two different places in round one produced a great Game 5 in Anaheim.
So here's the deal: The Stars have to come out roaring. That's all there is to it. If they want to sweep, they have to get to the Sharks as quickly as possible. Regardless, they're in a great position. A couple of topics:
** Brenden Morrow was fantastic tonight. He had 11 hits. Eleven. I didn't believe it myself until I saw the scoresheet. He was everywhere, and had a chance or two to score to boot. Great stuff from the captain.
**Marty Turco made some quality stops. No, he didn't face a ton. But what he did face he stopped. That's got to be morale-breaking for the Sharks, who are probably wondering what they have to do to beat him.
**Brad Richards doesn't need to score a darn thing to be effective. He was out there creating, grabbing turnovers, everything. Opponents have to pay attention to him at all times.
**Sergei Zubov defies explanation. He really does. He's out three months, yet the final scoresheet has him for nearly 26 minutes of ice time (that could be off, however; we had a clock malfunction here for a bit).
OK, folks, I'm calling it a night. I've got to be back here in the a.m. See you tomorrow night.