So it ends like this. The Dallas Stars‘ season all came down to one game this evening against the Minnesota Wild on the road. The result? Another night in which the Stars had chances and could have won, but were inconsistent and fell short. The Stars lost 5-3 on the road to end the season and effectively eliminate themselves from getting into the playoffs. The Chicago Blackhawks and the boys at Blackhawkup.com now will take the 8th seed in the playoffs. The Stars on the other hand will be watching the playoffs like the rest of us for the third season in a row.
Going into the third period tied at 3-3, the Wild just kept digging and did not lay down. Minnesota actually looked a bit more like the team playing for the playoffs more then Dallas did. The Wild scored again on a powerplay in the third to take the lead and they could never get back. It seemed like they really did not kick it into overdrive until the final 6-7 minutes of the game and from that point on they got close but could not score. The Wild got the empty netter and the balloon was finally popped.
It really was hard to watch and take in for Stars fans and probably even harder on most of those players. Brenden Morrow looked like he was giving 150% all game long and was devastated as the game ended. So many of the players looked like they had just witnessed a family member die as the clock ran out. But in the end the blame falls squarely on the Stars. It is tough to take, but again tonight they seemed like they were not playing at their full potential for the full 60 minutes. They can’t just look back on tonight’s game, but every game this season that they did not play a full game or that they let one point slip away.
Looking back it was a better season then the last two definitely, but it was a rollercoaster season. There was growth and potential, and many great evenings for the Stars. But in the end we are left feeling that they could have done better. It is hard not to think about the team being at the top of the Pacific and in the top five teams in the NHL for a while, only to not even make the playoffs. In the end the killer-instinct was not there. They now face an offseason with many questions and a lot up in the air. Does Brad Richards stay or go? Can new ownership finally be found and money be spent? Will they improve the team defense (which was again not good for the most part)? At this point we will have to wait and see. One thing is for sure: Keep coming back right here to BlackoutDallas to keep up on the latest Stars news and opinions. Brian and myself are looking to do some new things and we are definitely planning to cover and discuss a lot of things. Draft, free agency, ownership, grading the players, and more can be expected. And of course Jon will be around when he is not head-over-heals with the Texas Rangers at NolanWritin.com
I would personally like to thank all the readers and fans for a great season and a lot of good times. It was an up-and-down season, but the true fans are always there following their team. If you are not already following the twitter feed, head over to Twitter.com/BlackoutDallas. I constantly let everyone know when new posts are up, discuss games and other NHL teams live during games, and constantly say random things. Thanks and I know it is tough to take everyone, hear is hoping that September comes soon.