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Stars looking for rest during All-Star break

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars



February 5, 2004

By J. Douglas Foster

The Dallas Stars feel a bit like Lili Von Shtupp.

They're tired.

But for different reasons.

Entering the All-Star weekend, in which the Stars have exactly a week between games, the entire roster is excited about the chance to simply get some rest. After all, the Stars are tied with the Minnesota Wild for most games played (56), and have been on a torrid pace during the last two months.

Admittedly, the break will be good for all.

"There is a fine line between (losing) momentum and getting rest," Stars head coach Dave Tippett said Thursday after his team held its once-a-year open practice at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Duncanville. "We've played a lot of games in not a lot of days, so the physical and mental break will be good for us."

No doubt it will, even with the fact that the Stars enter the break on a seven-game unbeaten streak.

Just look at the numbers and it's clear to see why this is a good break for Dallas. The Stars played 16 games in the month of January, including a stretch of six games in just nine days to close the month. Prior to that, they played five games in eight days, all on the road.

They've played often, and they've played hard of late in getting themselves back into the hunt for the Pacific Division title.

Now, they're relishing the rest.

"Physically and mentally," Stars center Jason Arnott said, a day removed from scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory against Columbus. "It seems like we've had a lot of games crammed in. It's been a pretty long one."

For the most part, the Stars players said they plan on staying in town and getting that rest during the All-Star weekend, with the exception of the team's three All-Star starters (Mike Modano, Bill Guerin and Marty Turco).

At the same time, they'll be able to reflect on their recent hot streak, how it has moved them back into the postseason picture and why they can finish the season potentially even stronger.

"We just believe we can beat teams now," Stars right wing Scott Young said. "It took us a while to get that confidence."

They've got it now. All they need to go with it is fresh legs.

Three days off should do that.

"We definitely need a little bit of rest," Arnott said. "There's still a little time left in the season, so rest is probably the best thing for us right now."

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