Marty Turco is at least doing his part tonight. He's had to make some good ones, and he's the only reason this is still 1-0. Any help on the other end? Not yet. Stars need to get the legs going on and challenge Brian Boucher a little more. Sean Avery had a great shot against him in the second, but there hasn't been nearly enough.
Marty Turco had plenty to say after Saturday night's game, and a lot of it was directed at the guys in front of him.
"For what I do, it seems I have guys trying to be goalies and going after pucks. We need guys to take men and give us lanes to see them. It’s getting old. Disheartening. I don’t want to change my game around that. We've been able to do this before. Whether we're pressing or feel the need to do everything out there, it just doesn’t work." "I don't see these shots, I don't get a chance to see the guy shooting the puck." On the Phil Kessel goal: "Mark (Fistric) is trying his (butt) off, there's so much pressure on him. But you have to look a guy in the chest." "Maybe it comes down to a trust issue. Maybe they don't trust me to make a save. That I could actually believe."
Now Turco's counterpart Tim Thomas had his share of traffic, bodies, etc., in front of him and his outing was just fine. I think you've just got to be careful before you start calling out your teammates.
The Stars go up 2-0, with Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro connecting. But it started on the other end, with Marty Turco's sliding save of a breakaway shot from Islanders right wing Richard Park. From that, it was Robidas to Ribeiro, who passed through an Islander's legs to hit Morrow going full speed to the net.
2-0 with about five minutes remaining here in the first period.
No, I'm not talking new uniform or new pads (his aren't as gargantuan as others). I'm talking a new member of the family.
Congratulations to Marty Turco and his wife on their newest addition: A baby boy. The little goaltender of the future was born on Monday and it sounds like all in the family are doing well. Turco was already the proud papa of two little girls.
Trevor Daley, on his usual kiss of Marty Turco's helmet after a victory: "Marty got a little tongue out there."
Banter between Marty Turco and Brenden Morrow, when Marty was asked if he did anything different before Game 5. Marty: "I didn't think of anything. Brenden: "Did you tell them about that chicken?" Marty: "No, no, there's no chicken. It was a rooster."
Mike Ribeiro on Turco's first win at "The Joe": "That's sick."
And the Stars aren't finished, thanks to a great outing by Marty Turco. And doubly great considering he stopped 38 of 39 in a building that has been so tough on him through the years. He said he was feeling it in this one, and no doubt he was. He looked in control, which is good because some of his teammates didn't. That mess of turnovers at the start of the third period? Yikes. But kudos to Marty for hanging in there.
And congrats to the Eriksson-Petersen-Lundqvist line, too. Tremendous game by those guys, especially in keeping the Stars' energy going and keeping the Red Wings' top guys from doing any damage. They were key when the Wings pulled Chris Osgood, as they didn't even allow the Wings a shot on Marty.
We're headed back to Dallas, folks. We'll see you for Game 6 on Monday.
I think this is one Marty Turco would certainly want back. The Wings get it around the blue line to Henrik Zetterberg, who beats Turco 5-hole for a 2-1 Wings lead at 15:13. Looked like Marty either misread or didn't get over in time. Either way, the Wings get one on their first power-play of the night. Assists to Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom.
I was fearing the worst, the way the Sharks were swarming in the overtimes. But what can you say about this team? Or about Brenden Morrow and Marty Turco? I'm figuring any naysayers of the goaltender will be very, very quiet for the next few days.
But that was an unbelievable game, and an incredible goal by Morrow. Once again, he's sitting right there waiting for the pass, and Stephane Robidas delivered. The boys will get the next day or two to rest (why not after this?) before preparing for Detroit. It gets fun from here, folks. Not many were expecting this considering the March they had -- at least I wasn't. So enjoy it, folks. We'll be back with you soon.
Hey folks. I'm sitting in San Jose Airport way before the crack of down. I think I slept last night but I have no real proof. Anyway, talk of the game:
All I can say is, wow. That third period was as big of a statement as the Stars have made in this postseason, with their third period in Game 2 against the Anaheim Ducks a close second. Very similar, actually. Couple of points: ** Yes, Sergei Zubov's skating wasn't his best. Three months off, here. But the man's passing and shooting haven't suffered a bit. I talked to him after the game, said he felt good. We'll see where his soreness level is today, but I think it was best his first game was Game 2, not Game 3 when he'd have a very short recovery time for Game 4.
** Mike Ribeiro's goal was ridiculous. He said afterward that he's actually had three goals like that off Evgeni Nabokov. According to Ribeiro, he's scored one off the inside of his leg, off his back and now off the back of his skate. That line was carrying the load through the first period, especially. ** Marty was great again. Yes, he probably wishes he would've stayed put on the Milan Michalek goal (who's to say Michalek still wouldn't have scored), but if not for Marty in the first period the Stars have more than a one-goal deficit staring at them to start the third. ** Welcome back, Brad Richards. We missed you in Game 1, and part of Game 2. But you reminded us again why the Stars picked you up at the deadline. Great goal to open the third, and it changed everything. Co-GM Brett Hull probably wore a smile in his sleep last night. ** I still find it a bit amusing that the third period, the period that doomed the Stars over and over again through that horrible March, has been their strongest in these playoffs. They're burying the opposition in that final 20 minutes, although I'm guessing the guys would like to enter it with a lead again. This is the third consecutive game they trailed to start. **Niklas Hagman said it doesn't matter if he doesn't score, as long as the Stars keep winning. Nevertheless, he needed that game. By the way, credit Jennifer Floyd Engel for her prediction of Hagman getting off the schnide.
OK, folks, I'm fighting sleep deprivation hard. I've got a lengthy layover in Denver, so I'll be back.