Wednesday night I sat in a hotel lobby in downtown St. Louis watching the seconds tick off the clock as the Stars postponed a seemingly imminent elimination at the hands of the mighty Detroit Red Wings. A 3-1 win, and a 3-1 series.
No matter. The Red Army could now just finish things up at Joe Louis Arena where Marty Turco is 0-for-pro, having not won their since his college days. As I boarded a plane heading back to LA Saturday afternoon, my friend counted down the seconds until time expired and the flight attendant ordered my cell phone turned off.
But the facts are the facts. Dallas, having won two straight games, is heading back to the AAC for Game 6! This is no longer a joke of a series. While Detroit has been in control and - don't let this win fool you - they still are, Dallas has confidence. Dallas has a home crowd. Dallas has a realistic chance to force a Game 7 in Detroit.
Granted, the SJ Sharks weren't able to force a seventh game after their 0-3 series deficit to Dallas. Then again, the Sharks weren't playing at home in Game 6 (in which Dallas still needed four overtimes).
I'm not saying the Stars will win this series. I'm not even saying they'll necessarily win in Dallas in Game 6. If you're a betting man, I'd probably keep your money away. But if you're a hockey fan, you know where you'll be when the puck drops tonight at 7pm CDT.
LET'S GO STARS!