With the Stars coming into Game 5 - not only looking to undo a 3-1 series deficit - but also Marty Turco and the teams' historical losing record at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. So far this post-season, the Stars had come up with big wins in games when they needed it the most. And this fifth game, would need a win. For the Dallas Stars to win in Detroit: they would have to score early, map Detroit’s tempo the entire game, set the tone physically, and take the crowd out of the game as early as possible. It seemed that if Dave Tippett had drilled this "to-do" list into his players heads, they would follow it completely.
In the first period both teams would set the physical tone early, with both teams making several penalty box trips before the end of the first five minutes. At the 3:30 mark Detroit’s Brad Stuart, Darren McCarty, and Dallas’ Brad Winchester would take penalties to begin the game in a rough manner. Dallas came out looking like a team standing in front of the firing squad and this desperation would led to a great fore-check and hard work. Both would pay off for Dallas scoring early on a Trevor Daley snap shot goal past Detroit’s Chris Osgood at the 9:21 mark. The goal was assisted by Brad Richards and Niklas Hagman. At 10:29, Mike Modano took an interference call and Dallas would kill the penalty off to keep the lead. At 13:34, Trevor Daley would take an interference penalty; Detroit would answer on the man advantage on a Jiri Hudler goal assisted by Niklas Kronval and Valtteri Filppula at 15:30. At the 19:00 mark, Detroit’s Kirk Maltby and Dallas’ Trevor Daley would take matching roughing calls to finish the period. The shots at the end of the period had Detroit leading 14-10.
As soon as the second period began it seemed Dallas’ Mattias Norstrom took interference. The time on the call was 1:08. At 6:04, the Stars would take a lead off a Joel Lundqvist snap shot with goaltender Marty Turco assisting. At 6:53, Detroit would show its growing frustration with a Tomas Holmstrom cross checking penalty. To close the stat book on the second period Jiri Hudler would take a slashing penalty at 14:23. It would seem as though the Stars held the momentum thus far in this game. One period to play would prove whether Dallas had a series, or they'd head home to golf. After two periods Detroit led with 27 shots on goal to Dallas’ 16.
With Dallas looking to hold on to a win in this game, for the third period they came out looking smart and focused on both sides of the ice. At 12:11, Tomas Holmstrom took a roughing penalty which Dallas would not be able to convert on. On the power play opportunity, Brenden Morrow, the Dallas captain would zing a quick wrist shot off the cross bar behind Chris Osgood. This would be the Stars best chance on the man advantage for a two goal lead. Neither team scored a goal in this period keeping the final score at 2-1 for a Dallas Stars victory. Detriot led the final shots on goal with 39 to Dallas’ 21. At the Final buzzer, Marty Turco recorded his first career win at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and would see the Stars climb back into this series.
Ken’s 3 Stars of the Game:
- Marty Turco – Recorded his first career victory and led Dallas back into this series.
- Trevor Daley – Played like an experienced defensemen, he drew first blood for the Stars
- Dave Tippett – changed lines and motivated his players to take this series to a game 6. There is something to be said about great coaching and Tippett showed he’s the right bench boss in Dallas.
Game 6 will be in Dallas at the American Airlines Center on Monday, May 19, at 7pm central time. The game will be viewable in the United States on Versus. For those readers in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, tickets are available at stars.nhl.com.
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