Saturday, March 10, 2007

Rocky Road for Conner

After being called up from AHL Iowa to the Dallas Stars on Thursday, Conner's perform-
ance is mirroring that of his last two callups. He started out with a bang Thursday, assisting fellow Michigander and NHL legend Mike Modano on the first of 3 goals in a 3-5 loss to the recently hot St. Louis Blues. This tally was his second of his career, bringing his point total to 3 in 9 games played. He also spent 2 minutes sitting for a hooking penalty later in the game.

After spending roughly 13 minutes on the ice Thursday, Chris's time was somewhat more limited Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was limited to slightly less than 8 minutes of total play, in a few short shifts. The Stars return home on Sunday to face the Los Angeles Kings. The Stars are caught up in a heated battle for playoff seeding. While the Anaheim Ducks have essentially sealed up the Pacific division, their 83 points leave them tied with division rivals San Jose and the Northwest Division Minnesota Wild. The Calgary Flames are a mere 2 points behind the three. With such a tight race for the final order in the Western Conference, it is likely that the 4th liners will see less and less time, but don't count Conner out just yet.

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