Canucks and Stars have little time to refocus before Game 2 of playoffs

The Canadian Press
By: The Canadian Press
Apr 12, 2007
The Hockey News

Canucks and Stars have little time to refocus before Game 2 of playoffs

The Canadian Press
By: The Canadian Press
Apr 12, 2007

After taking a long time to lose Game 1 the Dallas Stars didn't have much time to get ready for Friday night's second game of the NHL Western Conference quarter-final series against the Vancouver Canucks 9 p.m. ET. Most of the Stars participated in a spirited skate Thursday, just hours after Dallas lost 5-4 to the Canucks with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth overtime period.

"It was a long game," said Dallas centre Mike Modano. "You have to have a short memory.

"You have to let it go, move on. Today is a new day. You regroup, get some rest and get ready."

Both dressing rooms looked like hospital wards after the opening game as players used intravenous treatments to restore vital liquids.

Canuck centre Brendan Morrison said he couldn't wait until the game was over and needed an intravenous after the second overtime.

None of the Canucks skated Thursday, deciding instead to ride bikes in the weight room.

"It would be worse if we had lost the game," Morrison said about getting ready for Friday. "It's the same for both sides.

"It's just take care of your body today. Eat and drink and make sure you are ready to go."

Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo, who faced a record 76 shots in his first career playoff game, said losing Game 2 would make the opening night win a wasted effort.

"We have to get back on the train," said Luongo, whose 72 saves was the most ever by a goalie in his first NHL playoff appearance. "If we don't win tomorrow it's like we didn't win the first game.

"One game does not make a series. On the other side they are telling themselves that and we should be telling ourselves that."

The best-of-seven series will move to Dallas for Game 3 Sunday 9:30 ET.

The Canucks may have some holes in their lineup for Game 2, and have called up forwards Jannik Hansen and Nathan Smith from their Manitoba Moose AHL farm team for Friday.

Centre Ryan Kesler won't play. Defenceman Brent Sopel (back), forward Matt Cooke (groin) and forward Alex Burrows (possible concussion) are all questionable.

Kesler underwent surgery Thursday to repair a finger that was cut and broken in the fourth overtime.

Coach Alain Vigneault said Kesler will be lost for up to five weeks.

"He's getting operated on and pins put in there right now," said Vigneault.

Kesler just returned to the lineup for Game 1 after being sidelined since January following hip surgery.

Burrows was smacked, face first, into the glass with a hit from behind by Mike Ribeiro in the first overtime. He looked like a college kid after a night on the town as he staggered to his feet and weaved back to the Canuck bench.

The hit looked vicious but Burrows didn't think it was dirty.

"I hit the glass awkwardly with my jaw," he said. "I don't think there should have been a penalty.

"Right now I don't think it is a concussion. It's day to day. It was just a weird hit. I'm good to go."

Cooke wasn't so positive about playing.

"I'm day to day right now," he said.

Canuck captain Markus Naslund had one of his best game of the season, scoring once and earning an assist.

Still, he was frustrated Vancouver blew a 4-2, third-period lead and thinks the team must reduce its mistakes.

"We know what we have to do better," said Naslund. "It starts with turnovers.

"We made way to many errors. We have to try and get some pressure."

The Canucks were outshot 76-56 and had 13 turnovers compared to seven for Dallas.

Vigneault thinks Friday's game will be another close affair.

"For us there is a lot of positives," he said. "They are going to get their positives. It's going to be another tight game. I don't think there's anything different both teams bring to the table."

The Stars must find a way to beat Luongo if they hope to return home with a split.

"You've got to keep shooting, getting down around the net," said defenceman Darryl Sydor. "Not too many shots are going to go in directly.

"It's going to be off rebounds or broken plays. It's going to take misdirections or something like that."

Although the Stars trail in the series they don't talk like a team that was beaten.

"We felt we played a pretty good game," said Sydor. "As a hockey player you are frustrated with the loss but you have another game. You can't be focusing on what happened two days ago because you are thinking about the wrong things."

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Canucks and Stars have little time to refocus before Game 2 of playoffs