Olympian Dallas Stars Ready to Finish Season Strong

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    From left, Karlis Skrastins, Jere Lehtinen and Brenden Morrow played in the Winter Games.

    Four Dallas NHL players were on the ice at the Vancouver Olympics, and now they're ready to get back on the ice for the Stars.

    Two won medals, but all of them are back in Dallas and ready to help nab a spot in the NHL playoffs.

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    Canadian Brenden Morrow's memories of the gold-medal game are still vivid.

    "Anytime you represent your country, you take a lot of pride in it, and I've done it at every level but the Olympics,” he said. “To get gold was huge; to do it at home in front of friends, family, it made it that much more special, so it's a dream come true."

    It was the first Olympics for Morrow, but the last appearance for Jere Lehtinen, who played for his native Finland. He said he is a happy to have won a bronze medal in what he calls the "best hockey tournament ever."

    "All medals are great,” Lehtinen said. “Of course you wish to get gold, but still getting bronze, it's great."

    This is Lehtinen's third Olympic bronze medal; he also has silver from 2006. He said it is an interesting experience for players when they take time off to play for their native countries.

    "It’s kind of a mental thing,” he said. “You go there, you have to switch something in your head and play for your country."

    They all hope to carry the momentum forward for the rest of the season.

    "My own personal game, I felt comfortable with the way I played and gained a lot of confidence from it,” Morrow said. “And hopefully, I can bring some of that back here and help the team collect some points."