Athletes on Twitter have to put up with an unbelievable amount of abuse as the power of semi-anonymity seems to make people both bold and quite mean.
But after falling 2-0 to the Nashville Predators, a loss that cemented the fact that the Dallas Stars will miss the playoffs once again, a few of the players headed to Twitter to pass on a message to the fans.
First, captain Brenden Morrow.
@minimo1zero: Don't have the words to express the frustration/disappointment of another season with no playoffs! Thankyou to everyone for their support.
And then Steve Ott, playing on the #peskystars theme he started all these months ago.
@otter2nine: Sorry to all the fans that were Pesky for us all year, Long summers are the worst.
Personally, the amount of players that adopted Twitter this season was one of the high points for me, and I'm glad so many of them have become active there, even on nights like this.
After the jump, more on the Stars loss to the Predators, commentater cliches and why I just can't get behind the San Jose Sharks and their bush-league tactics.
- I'll get to the game coverage in a minute, but I thought this was a pretty strong column from Mike Heika (and it wasn't paywalled when I was reading it early Friday morning but could very well be by now) addressing some of the questions and emotions surrounding the team right now. [DallasNews.com]
- Even before the Sharks finished their late-night game, the loss officially eliminated the Stars from the playoff race. [ESPN Dallas]
- The Predators matched the Stars desperation with some defensive intensity that showed itself throughout the game. [The Tennessean]
- The win also boosted the Preds back up into fourth place in the Western Conference, ahead of the Detroit Red Wings. [On The Forecheck]
- Just like Tuesday's game against the Sharks, the Stars did a lot of things right against the Predators, including some of those details we keep railing on, but lost yet again as Heika details in this paywalled gamer. [DallasNews.com]
- With the return of golf season and its absolutely inane television crews, I can empathize with Justin Bourne finding some typical commentator cliches rather annoying. [Backhand Shelf]
- Also on the list of people I can empathize with is John Tortorella, coach of the New York Rangers, who is none to happy with what he perceives as a double-standard involving the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Puck Daddy]
- Meet the enemy: The St. Louis Blues have been struggling as of late, but coach Ken Hitchcock has got them looking for the positives to take into the playoffs. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
- Around the Pacific Division: So in a way, I'm glad the Stars lost to the Predators to save me from a heart-crushing 6-5 shootout win by the San Jose Sharks over the Los Angeles Kings would have eliminated them anyways. And the Anaheim Ducks sent Edmonton Oilers fans away disappointed with a 3-2 overtime win. [San Jose Mercury News/CBC.ca]
- So about that game. I was a little taken aback by what Ryane Clowe did late in the third period. With the game tied at five, his team on a penalty kill and the Kings coming up the ice in an odd-man rush, Clowe reached his stick over the bench to poke-check the puck away and break up the chance. Not only was the call (which would have been two for interference plus a likely 10 for unsportsmanlike) missed, but some Sharks fans are trying to claim that should be the end of it and it was just a little gamesmanship. Um, no. It's a bush-league move equivalent to an NBA player on the bench knocking the ball out of the hands of an opponent and needs some sort of league response. [Puck Daddy]
- An obviously disappointed Steve Ott addresses the media. Yeah, not got a lot funny to say about this one.