Dallas lost the four overtime battle of attrition at Vancouver in Game 1, but seemed to have won the war.
Goalie Marty Turco came up with a 2-0 win in Game 2 to give the Stars a 1-1 split heading home. Turco allowed just one goal in his last seven periods and the Canucks looked confused after blowing a third period 4-2 lead in Game 1.
The Stars then led 1-0 midway through the second period of Game 3 when Vancouver woke up. The Canucks rallied for a 2-1 win in OT behind their top goalie Roberto Luongo to regain home ice edge.
The dominant team is Detroit, which has taken nearly 100 shots in two one-sided wins over the Calgary Flames at Joe Louis Arena. The 4-1 and 3-1 scores could have far greater if not for outstanding goaltending by Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff. If Kipper continues to be part of a shooting gallery, this series could be 4 and done.
In other opening round action: Heavily favored Buffalo lost its home ice edge vs. the Isles after a stunning 3-2 loss at HSBC Arena. The series is now 1-1 heading to Nassau Coliseum.
The NY Rangers are up 2-0 against Atlanta; The Ottawa Senators regained home ice advantage against Pittsburgh, winning Game 3 in their best of 7, Nashville is 1-1 with San Jose; New Jersey and Tampa Bay are 1-1 and Anaheim is up 2-0 heading to Minnesota.
Even though the Rangers are in great shape heading to the Garden up two games, Atlanta behind high-scoring winger Ilya Kovalchuk can easily win one in New York. Still, Atlanta would be in deep trouble down 3-1.