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Greatest Games: Dallas Stars – A Display Of Domination

The Stars turned the corner with a Game 7 wipeout of the Avs on the way to the Stanley Cup in ’99.

No. 1 – June 4, 1999 – Dallas 4, Colorado 1

The Stars went deep in the 1998 playoffs, but the Presidents’ Trophy winners were outmatched in the Western Conference final by Detroit, the eventual Cup champions.

That summer, Dallas retooled to add Brett Hull and again were the league’s best team heading into the 1999 post-season. Facing Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy and the rest of the high-powered Colorado Avalanche in the West final, the Stars were up against it for the second straight year. Down 3-2 in the series after a Game 5 with an uncharacteristic 12 combined goals, Dallas staved off elimination with a Game 6 win in Denver. The entire season came down to Game 7.

It was set up to be a rough, hard-fought affair, but Dallas never left any doubt. The Stars played a stifling defensive game, a hallmark of their season, ensuring future Hall of Fame goalie Ed Belfour only had to face 19 shots across 60 minutes.

At the other end, Big D’s offense gave Roy fits. Jamie Langenbrunner made it 1-0 on a beauty pass from Joe Nieuwendyk to open the scoring in the first. In the second, Mike Keane stepped up, scoring twice in four minutes to stake the Stars to a 3-0 advantage. Sakic got one back in the third, but it was over almost as soon as it had started. With Jere Lehtinen’s goal making it a 4-1 final, Dallas had dominated from start to finish and put an exclamation point on the series.

The older, more intimate Reunion Arena was deafeningly loud as the final horn sounded, sending the Stars to their first Cup final since moving to Texas. Anyone who was there that day had no doubt they had the momentum to win it all.

No. 2 – June 19, 1999 – Dallas 2, Buffao 1 (3OT)
Argue all you want, the goal counted. The Stars won the Cup on Brett Hull’s skate-in-the-crease “No Goal” in Game 6 that left Buffalo fuming.

No. 3 – April 8, 2010 – Dallas 3, Anaheim 2
A fitting final home game for Mike Modano, Jere Lehtinen and Marty Turco. Modano and Lehtinen scored in shootout, Turco stopped both shots he faced.

GREATEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF ALL-TIME

Marty Turco
May 4, 2008 – Dallas 2, San Jose 1 (4OT)
While Brenden Morros scored the series-winner in quadruple OT, it was Turco who ensured the team got there.

The Stars goalie fended off 61 of 62 shots during 129 minutes of play, the eighth-longest game in NHL history. San Jose thought it had Turco beat multiple times with surefire goals. Turco robbed Patrick Marleau in the first OT with a kick save as he fell. The Sharks celebrated in triple overtime when Ryane Clowe and Torrey Mitchell thought they’d beaten Turco on a 2-on-1 only to reveal the puck under his pad. Morrow got the headline, but Turco was the hero.

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