Posted on April 13, 2008 11:35 PM | Permalink
The Dallas Stars' biggest challenge in Game 3 will be overcoming some old ghosts at American Airlines Center.
Dallas is 1-6 in its last seven home playoff games and 7-12 at AAC in the post-season since it opened in 2001.
"I think it's just like anything else we have dealt with mentally...it all is irrelevant,'' Stars goalie Marty Turco said. "It's not that we don't think about it, that's human nature, but it's how we deal with it. I think this team has the right mindset right now.''
The Stars took Sunday off after flying home late Saturday night. They will practice Monday in preparation for Tuesday's Game 3.
Centre Mike Modano said the team has a different feel to it.
"It does feel like a different team,'' he said. "We've had to be patient with some of the younger guys, so there has been a leaning curve and a little bit of heartache - and I think in some sense, you need that to get the fire burning and to learn and to understand what it takes to win.
"We went through that in the mid to late '90s together as a young group...and this is another young group going through that,'' Modano said. "It says a lot about them to be able to deal with the pressure and have an impact in the game.''
Anaheim said it has to get back to basics after losing the first two games of the series at home.
"A starting point for us is to win a period, win the next period," coach Randy Carlyle said. "That's what we have to focus on, and carry on from that."
In NHL history, teams that have fallen behind 2-0 in a best-of-7 series have come back to win that series 13.2 percent of the time (37-of-280).
Dallas is 6-for-13 on the power play in the series. Anaheim is 1-for-9.
"We are all guilty of not playing as good as we can," Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere said. "We're not making the saves, not playing well defensively and not scoring enough goals. All together, it's pretty ugly out there."