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IMAGE SOURCE: AP Tsk, tsk, tsk. Three huge division games to gain plenty of ground in the Western Conference standings. Six huge points to perhaps make a run at the eighth seed and make the playoffs. They only got one point. And they were lucky to get it. The Dallas Stars lost to the Phoenix Coyotes in a shootout 2-1, got completely destroyed in San Jose, losing to the Sharks 6-0, and finally, the coup de grace delivered by the Los Angeles Kings with a resounding 3-1 victory earlier this afternoon. So many points given away, so much to regret. It's easy to tell where this all started, too. It started with the Stars getting too comfortable with being the best team in thei...

Stars Playoff Chances Looking Grim

Tonight would have been the night to get some luck. But the Dallas Stars got none of it. Chicago fought a tough fight against the Red Wings. The game went to overtime, and the Hawks ended up with the overtime victory, placing them at 90 points, and in sole possession of the 7th seed in the Western Conference. On a five point night by Teemu Selanne, the Ducks toughed out a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Things were looking good for the Stars when the Avs took a 2-0 lead early. However, the Avalanche have not been very good at all this season, and the feeling was there--that lead was not going to last. The Ducks now move 3 points ahead of the Stars through 75 games. The S...

Stars Shell Shocked by Ducks

It was the best kind of hockey game, and it ended with plenty of excitement. After the Dallas Stars built a one goal lead late, the Anaheim Ducks surged back with a mad scramble at the end of the game to tie it up, and just a few minutes later, Cam Fowler jammed a huge dagger in the Stars' playoff hopes with the overtime winner. The points in this game were remarkably crucial. The Stars went into this game tied with several other teams, including the Anaheim Ducks with 85 points and ten games to play. The fact that the Stars went to overtime should be considered a blessing on their part. The scoring began early in the second period when Trevor Daley was sent to the penalty bo...

The Neal Deal - Did It Work?

PHOTO CREDIT: AP Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk had a tough situation to fight through at the trade deadline. Forward Brad Richards was fighting the symptoms of a concussion, and the Dallas Stars found themselves in and out of the playoff picture day in and day out. It seemed almost unprecedented that Nieuwendyk would ship off a key piece of the Stars' offensive picture. But he did. Neal, along with defenseman Matt Niskanen, was shipped to Pittsburgh for defenseman Alex Goligoski. It was easy to see the reasoning on both sides of this deal. The Pittsburgh Penguins were desperately looking for two things--short term offense in the absence of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and...

Stars vs. Ducks Preview:

Hello all, and welcome to the first blog post by Brent Waggoner. I am a huge Stars fan in Abilene Texas and I've been with the Stars thick and thin since 97-98 when they made it to the Western Conference Finals. Ideally I will try to I hope that you find this blog informative and I hope to give you something to look forward too. The Stars are coming off of a rough night at Los Angeles, with 28 penalty minutes in the final period where the score was 1-1 after 40. The period was frusterating to watch and the Kings were able to capitalize on their opportunities. Back-to-back nights always scare me. Hockey is a taxing sport. If you watch intermission interviews, you know that the player be...

Mark Cuban Wants In

According to a report in the Dallas Morning news (recapped in this TSN story), Mark Cuban could be looking to buy into the Dallas Stars. The eccentric Mavericks owner would not want to be the sole owner, but you can bet you'd hear a lot of him even if he owned a very small piece of the team. Cuban would make for an interesting addition to the NHL's cast of characters. Not known for being the most outspoken of groups, players in the NHL are often chastised for saying anything that isn't a cliche in an interview. All you have to do is look at Sean Avery or Alex Burrows, or even someone like Jim Balsillie, who decided to go about his business differently than what the NHL was used to and got...