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O'Callahan: Not on Our Ice, Ducks

Friday, 04.06.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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O\'Callahan: Not on Our Ice, Ducks

By Shamus O'Callahan
Hockey Historian

Wow, that was fun. I've never been more excited after a game in which the Stars were eliminated from the Pacific Division race.

Hey, we all would have liked a win in regulation to keep the Stars' chances alive for another division crown, but the bottom line it is always good to win. And the Stars needed that one Friday night. Not for the points. Not for the satisfaction of keeping the Ducks from clinching on Dallas ice. But for the playoffs.

You think these games don't matter for the post-season? They do. They raise confidence in both the team and the fans. Why just this morning I had two separate conversations with media friends who might as well have been Chicken Little and Debbie Downer.

"The Stars blew it; they're done," said one. "They have no chance now," said the other.

Hogwash.

They were referring to the Stars' last two games -- a loss against St. Louis and an OT loss at Columbus when the division was within reach.

Never mind that the two losses dropped Dallas to 10-2-2 in their last 14. A record like that over 14 games in the playoffs gets you halfway through the Western Conference Finals.

But in a sports world that focuses on "what have you done for me lately" and has a long memory when it comes to past playoff performances, statements like that are not surprising.

The bottom line is that Friday night's game was playoff-like. There was a lot of passion, effort, heart and 60+ minutes of intensity. The Stars deserved a better fate than what looked like a 1-0 loss and got the win. Efforts like this win you playoff games. And the Stars are looking to duplicate this effort in every playoff game, starting next week.

VAN, NASH OR MINNY

Speaking of next week, the picture is starting to get more clear:

  • The Stars will finish in the 5 or 6 Seed and will play either Vancouver, Nashville or Minnesota.

  • Dallas will finish 5th with a San Jose regulation loss to Vancouver Saturday and a Stars win over Chicago on Sunday (and will play Nashville).

  • Dallas will finish 6th if San Jose gets at least one point vs. Vancouver or the Stars fail to win on Sunday. Stars will then face the winner of the Northwest Division.

  • Minnesota can still catch Vancouver for the Northwest Division with a win over St. Louis and the Canucks do not get 2 points in their final two games (at SJ, at PHX).

  • Dallas will start the playoffs on the road, either Wednesday or Thursday.

  • The entire playoff schedule will be posted at DallasStars.com when released, probably late Sunday (those guys are pretty good about that stuff).

 

Happy Easter, Stars fans!

 

 

SCHEDULE

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
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