Mike Modano hasn't looked like a 38-year-old this year, and the Stars' focus (instead of fold) in the third period needs to be seen a lot more often, especially considering that they are so injury-riddled now it's mind-boggling.
First, Modano. He was suffering back spams late Saturday night and thought about taking this one off. His dad (who I assume is in town for the holidays), told him no way was he going to sit: "Dad gave me lip service before I left not to sit this one out. He humbles you very quick." Coach Dave Tippett had a chuckle at the retelling: "Mike Sr. knows the situation."
I jokingly asked Modano if he felt like he was 28 again: "No. I’d give anything to be 28 again but it's not reality. But good passes like that, you can feel 28." He's referring, of course, to that very sweet pass by Brad Richards on that game-winner. That line with he, Modano and Loui Eriksson looked pretty good. They took a big chunk of minutes, obviously needed considering this injury situation (Modano logged 22:41, Richards with 23:49 and Eriksson at 25:34). Great clear, by the way, by Eriksson as the final seconds ticked down.
Anyway, the Stars in the third... could've gotten ugly again, especially after they blew the 2-0 lead. It really was starting to look like the broken record was playing again. Ah, but they came through against a team that's struggling as bad as they are right now. Some other thoughts:
Marty Turco: "We talked about confidence and relaxing a little bit, making better decisions. Tonight was an awesome night for us, the way we played and came back. It was a sight for sore eyes to see late goals."
Brad Richards: "It's going to be like that for a long time if we want to get back to where we want to be. No one’s feeling sorry for us. We could've hung our heads, as has happened in the past. But we kept getting back and staying patient and we won a game."
Give Sean Avery credit... the guy was working his butt off trying to get a goal. Planting himself in front of that net, and he had nine shots on goal before scoring on his final attempt. Guess nine's just a good number today.
Good work by the grit group, especially Toby Petersen and Chris Conner. Petersen's had so many almosts with goal-scoring...
Hey, the power play got off the 0 for 21 skid.
All right, kids, I'm heading out of here and packing for the trip to Canada. See you later.