Sunday, May 18, 2008

Turco Terrifico!

Are the Detroit Red Wings moving from would sweepers, to potential showdown losers?

For the second game in a row, Detroit failed to eliminate the Dallas Stars from the Western Conference final, taking their best of seven series from a potential four game sweep, to the point where with a win on Monday night, the Dallas Stars could tie things up and force a game seven showdown in the Motor City.

It wasn’t expected that this was the path this series was going to take once the Wings had that commanding three game lead, but the Stars who always seem to keep battling back never let the pressure of a win or go home scenario affect their play.

Saturday they were once again taking the play to the Red Wings, led by goaltender Marty Turco who was simply magnificent in the nets; as he secured his first ever win at the Joe Louis arena, and one that couldn’t have come at a more beneficial time for his Dallas Stars.

The win was the first Turco victory in Detroit in twelve games, a curse that spanned seven seasons in the NHL. He faced 39 shots during the course of the game, allowing but one single goal from Jiri Hudler to elude him in the first period. Turco even assisted his own cause setting up the eventual game winner in the second with a long pass to Joel Lundqvist who scored the Stars second goal of the game at the six minute point of period two, giving Turco his first win with game number thirteen at the Joe.

Staring down elimination once again, the Stars held on for 2-1 victory and added another notch to their growing legend as a team that won’t give up. The win, gave them cause to be happy to be moving things back to Dallas and a chance to even up the series on Monday.

Detroit seems to be letting their destiny start to slip out of their fingers, giving renewed confidence and momentum to the Stars, who have suddenly found that the puck is bouncing their way and that the Red Wing colossus may have a few weak spots in it after all.

Globe and Mail-- Turco breaks Joe Louis curse
Vancouver Sun-- Red Wings seeing Stars after Dallas extends series
Detroit Free Press-- 13th start at Joe is the lucky one for ex-Wolverine Marty Turco
Detroit Free Press-- Wings make uncharacteristic mistakes in Game 5 loss
Detroit Free Press-- Yes, there's reason to worry
M Chelios' mistake proves costly to Red Wings
Detroit News-- Tension mounts, and so do Wings' worries
Detroit News-- Turco, Stars stop Red Wings, force Game 6
Detroit News-- It's time for Lidstrom to take charge
Dallas Morning News-- Dallas Stars giving North Texas post-season thrills
Dallas Morning News-- Rising Dallas Stars break through in Detroit, 2-1
Fort Worth Star Telegram-- Stars are satying alive
Fort Worth Star Telegram-- Bad start, bad mistakes sink Red Wings
Fort Worth Star Telegram-- Young line comes through for Stars
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