Dallas Stars: Mike Babcock

Red Wings soar past Stars to set NHL record

February, 14, 2012
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The Dallas Stars were hoping to get off to a good start against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night, but the Wings scored two early goals and never looked back, defeating the Stars 3-1 to set an NHL record with their 21st straight home victory.

“They’re an impressive club and organization,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We saw it tonight.”

The Red Wings broke the mark established by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and then matched by the 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers.

“The fans gave a standing ovation there at the end. It was great to see,” said Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom. “It’s a great accomplishment for the team.”

Detroit improved to 6-1-1 since the All-Star break and moved four points ahead of Vancouver in the race for first overall in the Western Conference.

The Stars fell to 3-4-1 since the break and remained four points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

The Red Wings came out on fire, outshooting the Stars 20-10 in the first period and scoring twice in the first 9:15 to take a 2-0 lead in the game.

“Playing against a team like that is tough when you get down 2-0,” said Stars forward Adam Burish. “Maybe our start, the first 10-15 minutes of the game, probably wasn’t where we wanted it. That was a point of emphasis that we had going into the game. We didn’t have that start. That team is so good that if you have to chase the game against them, 2-0 early, it just makes it difficult for yourself.”

The Red Wings opened the scoring with a power-play goal. With Jamie Benn in the penalty box for goaltender interference, Henrik Zetterberg got the rebound of his own centering pass attempt and put it past Kari Lehtonen to put Detroit up 1-0 at the 7:57 mark into the game.

“We needed a kill there and we didn’t get it,” said Gulutzan.

Less than two minutes later, the Red Wings had a two-goal lead. After Darren Helm bested Benn on a faceoff in the Dallas zone, Brad Stuart beat a screened Lehtonen with a shot from the right boards at 9:15 of the first.

“We started on time tonight,” said Detroit coach Mike Babcock. “The start at home is important and the start on the road is. If you can play from the lead, you are always a better team.”

The Stars were stronger in the second but couldn’t crack the Red Wings defense and goaltender Joey MacDonald.

In the third period, the Stars played almost exclusively in the Detroit zone for the first five minutes but couldn’t get a puck on net. They had only one shot on goal through the first 15 minutes of the third period.

“We did a great job defensively all night,” said MacDonald. “They didn’t a have a hole. They had a lot of shots on bad angles and we did a great job of boxing them out.”

The Red Wings put the game out of reach at 15:11 when Jiri Hudler scored on an odd-man rush.

Burish scored with 33 seconds left, redirecting an Alex Goligoski pass into the net. The goal spoiled MacDonald’s bid for a shutout, but the Stars’ goal of denying the Red Wings’ bid to make history fell short.

“I’ll tip my cap to them. That’s pretty darn good,” said Burish. “But I would have liked to have been the team to snap it, I'll tell you that."

Notes

*The Stars were 0-3-1 in the season series against the Red Wings this season.

*Excluding the goals awarded for the shootout, the Red Wings have outscored their opponents 84-31 during their 21-game home winning streak.

*The Stars were 0-2 on the power play in the game and 4-5 on the penalty kill.

*Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray missed his third straight game with a foot injury.

*Stars captain Brenden Morrow missed his sixth straight game with neck/shoulder issues.

*Toby Petersen and Adam Pardy were healthy scratches for the Stars.

Postgame quotes

February, 14, 2012
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Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars’ 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night. Detroit set an NHL record with their 21st straight win at home.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan on the game

“The first 10 minutes was our focus tonight, with an emphasis on their game tonight. We took that penalty, and it wasn’t a discipline penalty. We fell on top of their goalie, which is a penalty. We needed a kill there and we didn’t get it. A seeing-eye single off the draw got them amped up and I thought we reacted pretty good, but we just couldn’t get one to go in. We had some chances, we just couldn’t put enough pressure or get something by them. That was the game.”

Stars forward Adam Burish

“Playing against a team like that is tough when you get down 2-0. Maybe our start, the first 10-15 minutes of the game, probably wasn’t where we wanted it. That was a point of emphasis that we had going into the game. We didn’t have that start. That team is so good that if you have to chase the game against them, 2-0 early, it just makes it difficult for yourself.”

Burish on Detroit’s streak

“Somebody was talking about their shootout wins. I think it’s harder than it was back in the 70’s because of the parity in the league. There’s no game when you can show up and think we can cruise through this and win. It doesn’t happen anymore. To win 20 in a row at home, just two losses at home, it’s freakish. You’ve got to tip your cap. I’ll tip my cap to them. That’s pretty darn good. But I would have liked to have been the team to snap it, I'll tell you that."

Stars forward Loui Eriksson

“They got two goals in the first. We have to be better in the beginning of the games. We know they are a really good team and have been playing really good at home. They got a better start and it’s tough when they are up 2-0 against you.”

Detroit coach Mike Babcock

"Obviously we're proud of the fact that our guys have been this consistent, and we found ways to win each and every night. We need the points. Any time you are in a race like we are, you need the points. Our guys did a good job again tonight. We've got to feel good about ourselves and get prepared for Nashville."

"We're thrilled this has happened for our team. It's really good for our logo, it's really good for our ownership and our team. We're just trying to get better and improve our team. I'm proud of the guys. They've worked hard. Now, let's get on with it."

Mike Modano discusses future

May, 14, 2011
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The Detroit Red Wings cleaned out their lockers today and that meant forward Mike Modano spent some time discussing his future with the Detroit media.

"I’m not sure what I’m going to do," Modano told reporters. "Your knee-jerk reaction is to walk away considering the way things ended and not give it a chance, but I think you need to give it a fair assessment, a long thought process and then hopefully I can come up with answer."

He did indicate he is leaning towards not playing another season.

"It’s kind of 75-25 [percent] not returning," Modano said. "It’s been kind of tough. The last couple years I’ve tried to grasp onto something that maybe isn’t there and some magical moment in time where you can rewind the clocks and have a great year. I thought coming here would be that remedy, but with the injury and the way things went, it just wasn’t meant to be."

Modano played in just 40 regular season games in 2010-11 due to a wrist injury. All that missed time left him out of the mix when the playoffs rolled around, and he suited up in only two of Detroit's postseason games. It was frustrating for Modano, who received high praise from Detroit coach Mike Babcock.

"I think Mike Modano is a phenomenal guy," Babcock told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun today. "He brought a lot to our team. Part of his legacy will be what a great example he was for our young players even when he wasn't in the lineup. He had a great attitude through it all."

Modano said he'll eventually head back to Dallas and think things over. He said he'll probably talk the Dallas Stars about a job in the organization if he does decide to hang up the skates. But he did add that job would depend on the ownership situation.

Mike Modano a healthy scratch tonight

May, 6, 2011
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Mike Modano will sit out again as the Detroit Red Wings try to stay alive tonight in the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Jose Sharks. ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun has an update, including a great quote from Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on Modano's situation.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock announced after Friday's morning skate that there would be no lineup changes for Game 4.

He thought long and hard about inserting veteran Mike Modano, but decided for the status quo from Game 3. It's not an easy decision to keep a future Hall of Famer like Modano out when you know just how much he wants in.

The rest of the story is here.
Detroit coach Mike Babcock told NHL.com today that he is confident Mike Modano will sign a deal with the Detroit Red Wings. Here's an excerpt from Dan Rosen's story:
Detroit coach Mike Babcock firmly believes it's only a matter of time before Mike Modano signs with the Red Wings.

Modano, an unrestricted free agent, is reportedly being courted by the Red Wings, Minnesota and San Jose, but Babcock met with him in Detroit earlier in the week and the vibe he got suggests that the former Dallas Stars great is intrigued by the idea of going home to Michigan.

Modano was born in Livonia, which is only a short drive from Joe Louis Arena.

"This is a no brainer for Mike Modano -- the highest scoring American player of all time to come back to your hometown, play in Hockeytown," Babcock told NHL.com Friday. "It's not about the cash, it's about the legacy and the fit. He'll fit and he'll be excited to play. I look forward to him signing. I think that's inevitable. I think that's what is going to happen."

Babcock also said he could be wrong on this because he's been on wrong on these kinds of things before. The rest of Rosen's story and Babcock's thoughts are here.

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