Posted on April 15, 2008 07:16 PM | Permalink
DALLAS - Anaheim winger Rob Niedermayer is suffering from concussion-like symptoms and did not make the trip to Dallas for Game 3, coach Randy Carlyle said.
Niedermayer could fly to Dallas Wednesday for Game 4, but Carlyle said they are being cautious with Niedermayer, who has suffered two known previous concussions.
"He's suffering concussion type symptoms - getting nauseous and not feeling just right,'' Carlyle said. "It physically happens right now more when he's traveling in a vehicle, so we felt it wouldn't be very smart to put him in an airplane. He's not traveling here today, but that's not to say he couldn't travel here tomorrow.''
Niedermayer was hit by Brenden Morrow after Morrow was hit by Travis Moen in Game 2. It was a sort of chain-reaction that led to the concussion.
Corey Perry skated again and his scheduled rehab session from a leg laceration will end Thursday. However, he has to be cleared by doctors before he can play again. Carlyle said Perry would probably visit a doctor Tuesday afternoon.
If neither Perry nor Niedermayer plays in Game 3, the Ducks will probably insert Brian Sutherby or George Parros into the lineup.
The Stars are changing nothing about their lines or their routine. They are doing exactly the same things they have done to prepare for Games 1 and 2. You can't blame them, as it resulted in victories. Defenseman Stephane Robidas said that while it's a cliché, teamwork is the key for the current success.
"It's all about everybody working together and just not trying to more than our job,'' Robidas said. "I think if you look at what we have done defensively, I think it's exactly what we set out to do.
(Injured defenseman Sergei Zubov) is a special athlete and we know that none of us can do the things that he does. But we can do the things that we do. If it takes two or three passes to move the puck out, then we can do that. We can simply play to our strengths and be as confident as we can. If you try to do too much, that's not good. If you try to just play your game, anyone can do that.''
Both goalies voiced concern over the Stars' "blackout.'' The Stars are asking fans to wear all black and are distributing 15,000 black T-shirts before the game. The Stars have switched to all black uniforms at home this year, and wanted to play off of Winnipeg's "Whiteout'' or the "Sea of Red'' in Calgary. But goalie Marty Turco said that picking up a black puck in a sea of black could be a concern.
"Since the change to the black [uniforms], it does make sense,'' Turco said. "It should be interesting to see what it looks like. All goalies prefer whiteouts, but both goalies are in the same predicament."
Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere said he also will be interested to see what the experience is like.
"I 'm curious to see it,'' he said. "I think, if you look at most games, people wear a lot of dark colors, or the seats are dark. I've been in arenas with mostly dark seats for practice, and I don't notice it that much. We'll have to see. I don't think it will be a problem.''
Giguere left the media with a parting joke on the subject.
"I can always use it as an excuse,'' he said.