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Mike Modano Weekly Wrap-Up: Playoff Edition No. 3

Like the Detroit Red Wings before them, the Dallas Stars were stunned to find themselves in a 0-2 hole against Anaheim in the second round.  Unlike the Red Wings, Dallas responded in game three with a critical victory to stay in the series.  Mike Modano was a leader on and off the ice, voicing what his teammates all wanted to say about questionable officiating and fighting through being a marked man by the Mighty Ducks on every shift.  Through the first three games of the series, Modano is averaging a point per game after tying for the team lead in points with Sergei Zubov in the Edmonton series to open the 2003 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Monday, April 28 at Anaheim, Game Three

Stat line:
Plus/minus: E
23:11 of ice time, 27 shifts
• 4:13 power play
• 2:18 shorthanded
5 of 15 faceoffs won (33%)
One shot on goal

Notes:
• Modano was booed by Anaheim fans every time he touched the puck for speaking the truth about NHL playoff officiating before the game.

Quotes:

“Somehow we have to burst their confidence level.  We have to bring them back down and take that away.  It’s going to be hard.  They’re riding high.  They’re getting a lot of luck, a lot of bounces, a lot of timely saves in goals. It’s going to be difficult.”
 Modano on being down 0-2

Saturday, April 26 vs. Anaheim, Game Two (L, 2-3, one overtime)

Stat line:
One goal, one assist
Plus/minus: E
20:25 of ice time, 32 shifts
• 1:11 power play
• 2:33 shorthanded
6 of 16 faceoffs won (37%)
One shot on goal

Notes:
• Modano was named No. 3 star by the Dallas Morning News.
• Modano’s goal was his 50th career playoff goal and he has nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in the past five games.

Quotes:

“We have to face it as another adversity and desperation on our part on Saturday.  We’ve been able to respond, and we’re going to have to do it again.”
 Modano prior to Game Two

“I don’t really think we’ve been outplayed.  We’ve outchanced them in every category.  We feel like we have outplayed them in every aspect of the game. I thought we did enough to win, but bad bounces and bad calls have a snowball effect.  We haven’t been lucky.”
 Modano after losses in the first two games of the series against Anaheim

Thursday, April 24 vs. Anaheim, Game One (L, 3-4 in fifth overtime)

Stat line:
One assist
Plus/minus: E
55:29 of ice time, 64 shifts
• 3:29 power play
• 0:34 shorthanded
31 of 57 faceoffs won (54%)
Seven shots on goal

Notes:
• Entering the second round playoff series against Anaheim, Modano has scored 62 points in 43 career games against the Mighty Ducks, an average of 1.4 points per game the best he has against any NHL team.
• Bill Guerin has been a frequent visitor to Mike’s home while doing rehab for his injured leg.  He has been using a workout pool that Modano had installed in his new home.

Quotes:

“It’s a huge difference as far as game planning.  I think he understands that from the standpoint of being a former player.  You can only concentrate so much on X’s and O’s when you’re on the ice.  On the power play or on face-offs, maybe you can be specific, but the game changes too fast five on five.  You can’t try to gameplan every situation.”
 Mike Modano on coach Dave Tippett’s style

“I don’t think we’re going to run away from it.  I’ve played Steve (Rucchin) before and know what kind of player he is.  He is like a Todd Marchant with size.  He can move pretty good.  He skates well and gets up the ice real good.  His size isn’t something I had to deal with in the first round.”
 Modano on Anaheim’s Steve Rucchin who will oftentimes be matched against Modano and who held Detroit’s Sergei Federov to one goal in four games in the first round

“It’s been terrific.  I can’t tell you how much it has helped.  (I didn’t have to buy a membership), but generally bring a couple cans of tennis balls over just to get in.”
 Bill Guerin on using Modano’s home workout pool during rehab

“As a youngster, he was sleek, quick and graceful like a gazelle.  Now, he is fast, ferocious and powerful like a tiger.”
 USA Today on Modano in their second round preview

“You’re hoping for a bounce or a break.  The body goes and the mind goes with it.  When you win a game like that, there’s probably not as much pain and not as much fatigue.”
 Modano on the marathon first game loss

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, April 30, Game 4 at Anaheim (9:00, KDFI-Ch. 27)
Saturday, May 3, Game 5 vs. Anaheim (2:00, ABC)
Monday, May 5, Game 6 if necessary at Anaheim (9:30, FSN)
Wednesday, May 7, Game 7 if necessary vs. Anaheim (6:30, KDFI-Ch. 27)