Tuesday, April 25, 2006

stick a fork in them

They're done. The Stars playoffs aren’t officially over, but that's a mere formality. In the NHL, you can't lose the first two games at home and have much chance at winning the series. Sure its been done, most recently by Tampa Bay during their Cup run in 2003. But right now, the way they are playing, the Stars will be lucky to make it to Game 5 back in Dallas.

How does a team that many predicted would contend for the Stanley Cup play so poorly? Goaltending is atrocious, defense is horrible, and coaching is terrible. How did this team win 53 games? They've had leads in both games though they were thoroughly outplayed in Game 1. Game 2 was a different story. They won every aspect of the game except the final score. Put this one on Turco and Tippett. Turco can’t give up 5 goals a game, the last two he definitely should have stopped. Franchise goalies must make those stops. And Tippett, he throws 50+ wins out the window with some crazy line changes that did nothing but turn over the puck creating odd-man rushes. Modano, Guerin and Hagman? wtf? Arnott, Barnes and Miettinen? Huh? Morrow, Kapanen and Lehtinen? What was Tippett smoking? Those lines hadn't ever seen ice time together and it showed. And why didn't Tippett use a TO after the Stars were down 2-0 or even 3-0 to try and settle his team down? Very poor coaching on Tippett's part. Sitting Daley though wasn't a bad move. The defense sucked on Saturday so something needed to change and sitting a rookie for a playoff vet isnt a bad call and Niinimaa responded with a good game. If the Stars bow out here in 4 or 5 games, Tippett's job security should go out with it.

So yeah, its been done, several times actually in the last few years, but it must start with Game 3 Wednesday night.

Fifteen teams in NHL history have come back to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first two at home. Here's the list since 1994:

Year Team Opponent Series
1994 New Jersey Boston Won in 6
1995 Chicago Toronto Won in 7
1996 NY Rangers Montreal Won in 6
1996 Pittsburgh Washington Won in 6
1999 Colorado Detroit Won in 6
2000 Philadelphia Pittsburgh Won in 6
2002 Detroit Vancouver Won in 6
2003 Tampa Bay Washington Won in 6
2006 Dallas Colorado ????

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