Saturday, April 21, 2007

Stars Force Game Seven

The Canucks worst fear has been realized. No. They haven't blow the entire series yet against their similar defensive-minded opponents in Dallas. But now after Marty Turco's second straight shutout and remarkable third of this series (so much for him not performing), Vancouver will host an all or nothing Game Seven Monday night to see who advances to the 2nd Round.

The Stars used a five-on-three PPG by Mike Modano in the opening period and a Stu Barnes insurancy tally halfway through the third.

So what's happened to the Vancouver offense? They haven't scored once against Turco in the last seven periods. In fact, their last tally came from experienced warrior Trevor Linden which proved to be the winner in Game Four. At the time, it put the Canucks in the driver's seat up 3-1.

But much like 2004 against Calgary, they haven't put Dallas away. So can they possibly choke in a similar fashion to that first round when they fell twice on home ice? Anything can happen in a final game. The bad news for the Canucks is that the Sedins haven't found offense and there's been little support.

Roberto Luongo has performed extremely well in his first playoff series. But without offense, the Quebec native can't do it by himself.

Though Dallas controlled the final 20, it wasn't without possible concerns for Game 7. Sergei Zubov didn't return and captain Brenden Morrow was banged up by Alex Burrows which drew the ire from the fearless leader before he limped off and some of his teammates as well. If either isn't available, that could hurt the Stars' chances to pull this off big time. But you just know those guys will suck it up and play.

It's the playoffs!

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