THE PROVINCE REPORTS
Turco feeds off fans
"Turco sucks" was a popular opinion amongst Canucks fans once again in Game 2, but Marty Turco wasn't listening, writes Ben Kuzma. Instead, the Dallas netminder earned his first career playoff shutout and improved his postseason record to 8-14.
"If I said I didn't hear [the fans] I'd be lying," Turco said. "You relish those opportunities in great hockey environments and the focus is so strong, you almost don't hear it."Regression?
While Game 1 was in doubt for nearly seven periods, thanks to the lackluster offense displayed by the Canucks, Game 2 was in doubt for all-but-24 seconds writes Jason Botchford. Outside of a reunited Tre Kronor line - featuring Markus Naslund and the Sedin Twins - and the play of Jannik Hansen
, few players seemed to be effective on Friday night. But do the Canucks think they've already hit their peak? Not a chance, says Henrik Sedin
"I don't think we've played our best yet," Henrik said. "It's a really tight game that's being played and I don't think you're going to see many flashy plays or guys going end to end. I still think there was a lot of chances for us out there, that we saw a lot of rebounds. We just have to jump on those and crash the net. That's how we have to play.Burrows back
After being forced to sit out Game 2, Alex Burrows is itching to get right back into the lineup, writes Ben Kuzma. Burrows, who sat out with a suspected head injury, says he's feeling no ill effects and is ready to do the things which make him an effective player on the ice.
"No headaches, dizziness or problems eating, so I should be ready to go," saidBurrows. "I'm looking forward to it actually, throwing the body around and getting in on the forecheck."
FROM THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
Home ice key to maintaining edge
The Dallas Stars escaped Vancouver with a split in Games 1 and 2, effectively turning the series into a best-of-five now with the Stars having home-ice advantage, writes Mike Heika. However, the Stars recent playoff history at home isn't exactly stellar losing their last four in a row, including all three in their series last year against the Colorado Avalanche.
"We want to come home, and we want to keep the home ice," Stars coach dave Tippett said. "We have to focus after stealing one out there."
Compounding problems may poor ice at the American Airlines Center tonight. With the Dallas Mavericks set to tip off their game at 2:30pm and the hockey game set to get underway at 8:30pm (all times local to Dallas), soft, slushy ice is likely to be on the menu in Game 3.
Tippett's job could hinge on series
He's led the team to two Pacific Division titles and a 50-win season, but there's one man who has at least the same amount of pressure on his shoulders as Marty Turco, and that's Dave Tippett according to the Dallas Morning News.
With much competition for the entertainment dollar in Dallas, and a team that has sippsed from Lord Stanley's Cup, getting knocked out in a round 1 is no better than missing the playoffs. And much like Dallas' much-maligned goaltender, Tippett's future could be riding on his team's performance in this round and potentially beyond.
"Beat Vancouver and win a second-round series and there's a good chance [General Manager Doug] Armstrong and [Team Owner] Tom Hicks will give Tippett a contract extension in the off-season since he'll be entering the last year of his deal," according to the Dallas Morning News. "At least that's what they should do given his performance this season."
FROM THE FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM
Marty hasn't done anything...yet
Marty Turco may still be beaming over his first career playoff shutout in Game 2, but make no mistake, the Dallas netminder has yet to exorcise any playoff demons writes Jennifer Floyd Engle.
"Turco is too good a goalie for anybody to be acting like his performance in Friday's 2-0 victory was some sort of defining moment for him," writes Engle. "What he did was play superbly in a playoff hockey game. He delivered his first playoff shutout in a game where his team absolutely, positively needed him to carry them. He is why the Stars have stolen home ice from the Canucks."
Mitchell irked by ice
The small amount of time between the Mavericks game and the start of Game 3 is sure to have ice conditions at less than ideal. While the Stars are downplaying the ice concerns, former Stars defenceman and current Canuck Willie Mitchell has seen first hand just how bad the ice can be in Dallas, writes Milenko Martinovich.
"I'm not sure it'll be ice," Mitchell said before Game 2 in Vancouver. "It could be a lake out there. It'll be terrible. I've been there before, last year in the postseason, there were actual wet spots along the boards."