Team Recap: 20th-Seeded ’02-’03 Dallas Stars

The #20 seed of the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '02-'03 Dallas Stars.

The #20 seed of the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’02-’03 Dallas Stars.

  • Jason Arnott (C)
    • 15 GP   2 G   4 A   6 P   -2   43 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   2 Stars
  • Philippe Boucher (D)
    • 15 GP   3 G   3 A   6 P   +3   52 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   2 Stars
  • Rob DiMaio (RW)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bill Guerin (RW)
    • 15 GP   3 G   3 A   6 P   -6   66 S   0 GWG   14 PIM   0 Stars
  • Derian Hatcher (D)
    • 15 GP   4 G   9 A   13 P   +9   31 S   0 GWG   12 PIM   4 Stars
  • Niko Kapanen (C)
    • 15 GP   0 G   4 A   4 P   +6   30 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jere Lehtinen (RW)
    • 15 GP   5 G   3 A   8 P   +3   54 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Manny Malhotra (LW)
    • 15 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   Even   24 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Richard Matvichuk (D)
    • 15 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -5   21 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mike Modano (C)
    • 15 GP   12 G   14 A   26 P   +5   89 S   5 GWG*   4 PIM   15 Stars
  • Brenden Morrow (LW)
    • 15 GP   6 G   13 A   19 P   +6   60 S   1 GWG   22 PIM   5 Stars
  • Scott Pellerin (LW)
    • 15 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -2   8 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Stephane Robidas (D)
    • 15 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -5   15 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Darryl Sydor (D)
    • 15 GP   2 G   5 A   7 P   Even   45 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ron Tugnutt (G)
    • 1 GP   0-0-0   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (6 SA)   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Marty Turco (G)
    • 15 GP   8-6-1   2.33 GAA   .916 SV%   2 SO   10 Stars
  • Pierre Turgeon (C)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Scott Young (RW)
    • 15 GP   3 G   1 A   4 P   Even   52 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Sergei Zubov (D)
    • 15 GP   4 G   11 A   15 P   +6   46 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   3 Stars

Bold – Team Best

* – Tournament Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 8-6-1
  • Goals Scored: 44
  • Goals/Game: 2.93
  • Goals Allowed: 35
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 2.33
  • Shots: 642
  • Shots Allowed: 424
  • Shots/Game: 42.8
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 28.3
  • # of PP’s: 37
  • PPG’s: 8
  • PP%: 21.6%
  • TSH: 28
  • PPGA: 3
  • PK%: 89.3%
  • Penalties in minutes: 76

There were some very good Stars teams in the late ’90s and early 2000s. This is certainly a very good team. They had an easy draw in the 2nd round, but a potential matchup with the #4 seed posed a problem. That is eventually where this Stars teams run ended in this tournament.

1st Round:

Defeated 45th-seeded ’76-’77 Cleveland Barons, 4-1

2nd Round:

Defeated 13th-seeded ’34-’35 Montreal Maroons, 4-2

3rd Round:

Lost to 4th-seeded ’73-’74 Boston Bruins, 4-0

The ’02-’03 Dallas Stars were coached by current Arizona Coyotes head coach, Dave Tippett. Tippett led the Stars to a 46-17-15-4 record in the regular season, which was good for 111 points and 1st in the Pacific Division. This Stars team was ranked 6th in the league in goals for (245) and 3rd in the league in goals against (169). Hockey Reference ranked Dallas’ strength of schedule as 15th in the league and their SRS rating system had Dallas as the best team in the league that year. After their great regular season, the Stars earned the top seed in the Western Conference during the playoffs. In the Conference Quarterfinals, they defeated the Edmonton Oilers in six games. Then, in the Conference Semifinals, they, unfortunately for them, ran into a team of destiny in the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. In a series that featured some very long overtimes, the Stars fell to the Mighty Ducks in six games.

Longtime Dallas Stars captain Mike Modano was the lone standout on offense for the ’02-’03 Stars. He led the Stars in points, by far, with 85 points in 79 games. Defenseman Sergei Zubov was second on the team in points with 55 and Bill Guerin was third with 50. Another longtime Dallas Star, Jere Lehtinen, led the team in goals with 31. Modano was second with 28 and Guerin was third with 25. Modano also led the Stars in assists with 57 and Zubov was second with 44. Fellow defenseman Darryl Sydor was third on the team in assists with 31. Lehtinen posted a team-high plus/minus rating at +39 with Derian Hatcher second at +37 and Modano third at +34. The ’02-’03 Stars had some great goaltending from longtime Star Marty Turco. He posted a 1.72 goals against average and a .932 save percentage with seven shutouts. The Frank J. Selke Trophy was awarded to Lehtinen after the season ended.

Up next is the #21 seed, the ’99-’00 St. Louis Blues!

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