DALLAS (AP) - Free from the burden of repeated playoff failures, the Dallas Stars had another reason to feel relieved today.
Defenseman Sergei Zubov returned to practice and said he felt good afterward. He had been out since January with various ailments.
That news improved his chances of playing against San Jose in the second-round series that starts Friday.
Dallas' rivalry with San Jose took a strange turn in a meaningless finale, the last of 8 between the two during the regular season. The teams fought almost from the drop of the puck, compiling 105 penalty minutes in the first period and 160 for the game.