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Mac Engel: Stars’ win caps great sports day for Dallas-area pro teams

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 12:42 am •  Published: April 24, 2014
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DALLAS — The burden fell to the Dallas Stars to complete the Perfect Sports Day.

By the start of the third period of the Stars’ Game 4 against the Anaheim Ducks the following had already occurred:

The Rangers swept the A’s, with Martin Perez doing what Martin Perez does — throw shutouts.

The Dallas Cowboys won the 2014 NFL regular-season schedule release championship.

The Mavericks defeated the Spurs for the first time in 873 games.

The Stars closed out this rare grandest slam out by rallying to defeat the Ducks, 4-2, on Wednesday night at the Monopoly Airlines Center.

Short of real titles or parades, the wise move is to enjoy such days.

The Stars may be the eight seed, and the Ducks the one, but the wiser move is to simply ignore those little numbers.

The better, and deeper, team in this best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series has been the one with the eight in front of it, and the older goalie in net.

“It feels like a series now,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.

A series that figures to get plenty ugly shortly.

The Stars are in the Ducks’ heads, which was never more apparent than after the final horn sounded and three separate scrums broke out on the ice as confetti dropped.

No 1-seed should be losing its mind in Game 4 and throwing punches after the game.

Five things to note:

1. The Stars drew a huge break before Game 4 when the Ducks announced that forward Ryan Getzlaf would miss the game with an “upper-body injury,” which could well mean he has a torn left quad.

Getzlaf played Games 2 and 3 with a giant mask after he took a puck to the face, and suffered a broken jaw, in Game 1.

This is one of the best players in the world, and the Ducks look lost without him.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau would not say whether the injury is as a result of some of the action Getzlaf’s face took during Game 3 when both he and the coach accused the Stars of targeting his injured jaw.

2. Playing at home has been a tremendous advantage for the Stars.

Ruff is able to match lines the way he prefers, and specifically throw skating dogs Cody Eakin, Antoine Roussel, and Ryan Garbutt against the Ducks’ best forwards — Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Perry, like Getzlaf a member of the 2014 Canadian Olympic team, was just about worthless Wednesday night against the Eakin-Roussel-Garbutt line.

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