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Seeing Stars

Friday, 04.13.2007 / 11:04 AM ET / News
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Seeing Stars
Dallas at Vancouver, Game Two, 9:00 P.M. on VERSUS

If you missed Game One of this Western Conference Quarterfinals match-up, you only missed four overtimes, nine goals and a playoff record 72 saves from Vancouver Goaltender Roberto Luongo. Wednesday’s game was the sixth longest in NHL playoffs history. We will find out tonight what Vancouver and Dallas have in store for Game Two.

Dallas will look to rebound from the devastating loss to Vancouver in Game One. All it takes for the Stars is one win in Vancouver to take home ice advantage with them back to Dallas. Marty Turco was good in net for the Stars Wednesday night, stopping 51 shots, but the loss dropped him to 2-9 in his last 11 postseason games, and continues the question of if and when he can ever win a big game in the playoffs.

Luongo was making his NHL playoffs debut Wednesday night and while he looked average during the first three periods, he almost single-handedly kept Dallas from winning the game in each of the four overtimes, stopping all 32 shots he faced during that time.

Dallas lost the opening game for the sixth straight playoff series, dating to the first round of the 2001 postseason. The Stars lost three overtime games in last season's first-round loss to Colorado and are 1-8 in their last nine postseason contests that reached overtime.

Vancouver played with a short bench for much of Game 1. LW Matt Cooke left late in the second period with a strained groin and did not return. Fellow left wing Alex Burrows left in the first overtime after he was checked hard into the glass by Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas.

The Sedin brothers provided the offensive spark for the Canucks. Henrik Sedin scored the game winner with less then two minutes remaining in the fourth overtime Wednesday night on a pass from his brother Daniel. The Canucks had blown a two-goal lead in the third which led to the game going into overtime. The Sedin’s made sure it wasn’t Vancouver suffering the devastating loss.

After tonight’s game, this series moves to Dallas for Games Three and Four, on Sunday and Tuesday.



NHL.com contributed to this article.

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