It's not necessarily Marty Turco's fault the Stars are down 3-0 against the Wings in the West finals. But the Dallas netminder hasn't exactly helped his team's cause.
Mike Ribeiro's slashing of Chris Osgood only validated the Dallas Stars' palpable frustrations as they fell into an 0-2 hole. But for the Red Wings, the task is straightforward: maintain focus and discipline.
When the Stars and Red Wings take the ice Thursday, a true on-ice Western Conference rivalry will be renewed.
This playoff season may be the last time the Avalanche and Stars can rely on the same small group of key players.
One thing is certain heading into Game 2 of the Western Conference finals: Injuries are taking a toll.
We know Crosby, Malkin and Ovechkin will always be bona fide Cup threats, but is there anyone out there who can harass these young studs? Here are our East projections.
This offseason, Joe Sakic will have a much more difficult time deciding whether to come back to the NHL. Whenever he does make a choice, it will be on his own terms.