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Dallas Survives the Detroit Brigade to win Game #5

Turco wins his first career NHL game in Joe Louis Arena


Game #5 – Dallas Stars 2 - Detroit Red Wings 1

Marty Turco made 38 saves to win his first career NHL game in Detroit at the Joe Louis Arena on his 12 th attempt. Dallas won the game 2-1, to continue in the 2007-2008 playoffs with the Wings having a 3-2 series lead. For the second straight game, the Stars have limited Detroit to a single goal including giving the Wings their first home playoff lost this spring.

Brad Richards set up the first goal of the game, put in by Trevor Daley at the 9:21 mark of the opening period. A little over 6 minutes later, Jiri Hudler scored on the power play, assisted by Niklas Kronwall and Valterri Filppula to tie the game 1-1 heading into the locker room. The game winner came in at the 6:04 point of the second period, thanks to Joel Lundqvist and funny enough, Turco got the only helper on that goal.

Dallas on managed 11 shots on Chris Osgood in the second and third period combined, while Detroit had 12 in the third alone. The Red Wings dominated game #5 in every compartment, except for the most important one, the scoreboard. At the blink of an eye, we now have a really exciting playoff series here, especially now that game #6 heads back to Dallas.

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Here are the key factors in this series as stated in our 2008 Western Conference finals preview:

  • Turco was unreal in game #5. After looking horrible in the first 3 games, he has really made up for it in the last 2 matches. He has now made 71 saves of the last 73 shots that have been blasted at him. Turco’s play dictates where the Texas team goes in this years playoffs and Osgood has been great, just not as great as Turco. Also, Detroit has not gave Osgood the same support as when they scored 11 goals in the first 3 games and only 2 in the last 2 games.

  • The grinding style of the Stars was definitely out played by the finesse of the Wings as the shots on net say it all. There were 7 total power plays in game #5 combined, but Detroit scored the only goal during the man advantage. The speedy Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk were kept of the score sheet, although they managed 11 shots on the mighty Turco.

  • My idea of Johan Franzen vs. Mike Ribeiro has been a huge flop. Franzen has been, and still is, injured with head issues, while Ribeiro has done nothing this series, if you exclude his baseball swing on Osgood. The sad part is that -The Mule-, Franzen, who has missed the past 4 games, has been just a useful as -The Swinger-, Ribeiro.

I did predict that the Red Wings would win in 6 games and I will finally look good when Detroit caps this series in game #6, on Monday. Turco single-handily beat the Ducks in round 1, the Sharks in round 2 and now is going to have to beat the Wings in round 3, since the Stars are not scoring convincingly. Yes, the referees have missed many calls and have called many "so-so’s" against the Wings, but Detroit must look past this to not allow a game #7.

Make me look good boys, by finishing Dallas, who I feel should have never made it out of the first round.

Detroit leads series 3-2.


By Kevin Chaves
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer

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