There's not much more I can say about last night's 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks except ow.
It was a shot for the Dallas Stars to get back into the playoff picture. Instead, thanks to an effort where every player can probably point to something he should have done better, they are left clinging to the last threads of unraveling playoff hopes.
Brenden Morrow didn't say a lot about what it felt like for the players, but his two-letter answer to the question is also appropriate.
"It stings. You’d like to be able to control your own fate. We had that tonight, we let it go and now we are going to need a lot of help."
Morrow is right that this thing is not (quite) over yet. The key now is to pick a favorite in the upcoming Sharks-Kings home-and-home and root for a sweep. Then if the Stars win out, they have a shot.
In other words, there's still time. It might be only a half-second, but it's something, right? Right?
After the jump, more on the loss to the Sharks, one beat writer's adventure with the nasty weather and trying to find some bright sides this morning.
- I'm usually on the same page with Mike Heika, but he and I have different takes on this one. In his paywalled gamer, he blames the 5-on-3 and the quick tying goal for the loss, and while the quick tying goal was a huge problem, I think the biggest problems came after that point as the team once again failed to generate any more offense. [DallasNews.com]
- Richard Durrett also places the blame squarely on the power play, which squandered plenty of opportunities for both goals and even just building momentum. [ESPN Dallas]
- As we talked about in the game recap, the San Jose Sharks are now two measly points away from clinching a berth at the very direct expense of Dallas. [San Jose Mercury News]
- The Sharks might not have run into any of the wicked weather that ripped through the Metroplex, but the beat writer made the rookie Texas weather mistake of trying to think the rain couldn't get worse. [San Jose Mercury News]
- Eric Nystrom couldn't be the difference maker the Stars desperately needed (and to be fair to him, no one else was either), but the once-castoff from the Minnesota Wild is feeling at home in Dallas. [DallasNews.com]
- Here's a bright side - at least this franchise isn't run by Charles Wang like the poor New York Islanders. [Wall Street Journal/Backhand Shelf]
- More bright side. I did a double-take on this headline, and a lot of Edmonton Oilers fans might have too, because it states in unequivocal terms that Loui Eriksson is going to win the Lady Byng. Yes, I'm grasping on to that at the moment. [Puck Daddy]
- Here is why the Edmonton Oilers are bad this year, guest starring the Los Angeles Kings. [Backhand Shelf]
- I don't understand - I've heard various NHL players called all sorts of names by media outlets around the country, especially blowhards like Mike Milbury. So why does Milbury have to apologize for calling Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins a punk? [ESPN]
- Meet the enemy: The Stars will get to face two of the best goalies in the NHL (no matter which Blues goalie they see in net), starting with Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators. [Fox Sports Tennessee]
- Around the Pacific Division: The Phoenix Coyotes are getting lights-out goaltending from former Stars backup Mike Smith, who pitched his third consecutive shutout Tuesday in the Yotes 2-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers. [Arizona Republic]
- Bright side part the third - you could be applying for the Montreal Canadiens general manager position. [Down Goes Brown]
- Understandably, Glen Gultuzan was not very happy with his charges.