Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hatcher to Give Stars a Big Lift Verbeek, Mayers to Miss Game 2 with Suspensions

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hatcher to Give Stars a Big Lift Verbeek, Mayers to Miss Game 2 with Suspensions

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DALLAS -- This is just what the road-weary St. Louis Blues don't need -- a revved-up Derian Hatcher returning to the Dallas Stars after a seven-game suspension.

But that's exactly what they'll get tonight when Dallas tries to win its first two home games in the best-of-7 series.

Hatcher was suspended for seven games after breaking the jaw of Phoenix's Jeremy Roenick.

He missed two in the regular season, and the Stars have gone 5-0 in the playoffs without their big defenseman.

Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said Hatcher has been waiting for the moment he can get back on ice.

"We're going to have to tone him down a little bit," Hitchcock said of the team's captain.

"He is a real excited guy right now."

Brett Hull, who finally scored a playoff goal for Dallas in Thursday night's 3-0 win over the Blues, said Hatcher has been missed despite the team's winning ways.

"He's our leader and our captain, and he gives us a big, physical presence," Hull said. "To have him back fills a big hole. He'll add some toughness to our lineup."

Hatcher said he has been counting the hours.

"I'm ready to go," he said. "It has been hard watching these guys play without me."

The Stars are a dangerous team, with Hull finding his scoring touch.

Hull was signed as a free agent -- after 10 years with St. Louis -- to provide a playoff scoring punch.

"He had a lot of emotion going into the game against his old team," Dallas goalie Ed Belfour said. "We were all happy to see him get that goal."

Hull's role with Dallas has changed since he came from St. Louis, where he was allowed to play a more freewheeling game. With the Stars, he is expected to also check and play defense.

"I've always heard that I was just a one-dimensional player who's just out there to score," he said. "But I fit into this system nice. …

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