Colorado's one point earned while getting to overtime against the Sharks (and subsequent second point) assured the Dallas Stars that they will indeed miss the playoffs for the second season in a row; The first two season drought since the team came to Texas.
Put 2010 on the (growing) list that is 1996, 2002, 2009, 2010: Dallas Stars failures.
Even stranger still is that the Kings and Coyotes punch their tickets to the post season along with the Predators and (probably) the Avalanche. Things don't always play out like we think they will, do they? Meanwhile The Ducks and Flames will likely be left out, as well as 2009 playoff participants: The Blues and Blue Jackets.
The last time the Stars franchise missed the playoffs two years in a row were the...
...1986-1987 and 1987-1988 seasons in Minnesota. To make everyone feel better, they drafted Mike Modano. What will they do this time to make everyone feel better? What can they do?
This opens the door to Matt Climie starts and possible Philip Larsen ice time (?) and whatever else the coaching staff and Joe Nieuwendyk feel needs to be done in order to enter the off-season with the information they need.
I think we've known what this team is for a long time, but the official elimination still stings a tiny bit. Even the most cynical of us (me?) hold onto a tiny bit of hope while accepting the inevitable. When did you know it was over? The Pittsburgh game? The Buffalo game? Colorado? January?