DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) — Playoff hysteria in Dallas is nothing new to Mike Modano. His Dallas Stars teams were habitual title contenders, ultimately winning the Stanley Cup in 1999.
But the Stars legend saw an atmosphere at the American Airlines Center on Monday night that hadn’t been present in many years.
“We’ve kind of set the bar kind of high as far as atmosphere and excitement at a game, but it was great to see it back again,” said Modano on New School on 105.3 The Fan.
In the team’s first home playoff game since 2008, the Stars battled for a 3-0 win behind 37 saves from Kari Lehtonen.
Dallas now trails the series 2-1, with Game 4 coming Wednesday night at the AAC. Though the Stars are an 8-seed playing the top seed in the conference, Modano doesn’t believe the gap is quite that drastic.
“Strictly going on the seeding, you’re going to obviously be an underdog right to the end of the series. That’s the nature of the ratings,” said Modano. “But there’s so much parody. If the Stars win three or four extra games, they’re probably in the four spot in that conference. It’s so close; it’s so comparable.”
After Game 3, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau accused the Stars of crossing the line physically, specifically in attacking captain Ryan Getzlaf, who wore a cage to protect his face.
Modano recognized the Stars’ likely tactic. After all, he’s experienced the same treatment in his playoff career.
“When I had a broken wrist, everybody knew it — taking extra liberties as far as slashing and cross-checking your hands,” said Modano, referring to the broken wrist he suffered in the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals. “I would agree that it’s a little bulls eye on it — guys are going to go at it and make it uncomfortable for him.”
But this “line” Boudreau speaks of…?
“That’s just the way the game is played — especially at this time of year. There’s really no extra-precautionary measures out there. It’s win games at all costs.”
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