That fact alone should terrify most Stars fans. After all, Game 7s haven’t been kind to them since the turn of the century:
The Stars have never blown a 3-1 series lead since the franchise moved to Dallas, but they’ve also had some poor Game 7 results since the glory years of the late ’90s and early 2000s faded away.
The Stars have lost their past three Game 7s. The last win came in 2000 when they beat the Avalanche to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
Most fans will key in on the Stars’ most recent two Game 7s, which both came at the hands of the St. Louis Blues (in the second round) in what were excruciating losses. Five players on the current Stars roster were on both of those teams, so there’s a strong desire to flip the script:
“We’ve been (in this spot) two times prior to this season, and we’ve gotten really close, and I think both of those years we’ve felt like we had a really good shot, as we do this year,” [Mattias] Janmark said. “We are still early on here, but we’ve got to take that next step … we have an opportunity to get over that, and I think that could rebirth a little of that if you can get over that and let go of that history.”
You can read more in Sean’s 20/20 from last night’s loss here.
Here’s Rick Bowness on his team’s Game 6 performance, which was lackluster to say the least:
And here’s are a couple of the Stars’ top forwards (and Corey Perry) on how they need to step up and be better:
Miro Heiskanen had the lone goal for Dallas, setting a new franchise record as a result:
Miro Heiskanen extends his point streak to seven games (3-8—11) and establishes a @DallasStars / North Stars record for longest playoff point streak by a defenseman. #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/zTVVzid8Ni— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) September 3, 2020
Around the League
Could we see fans back in their seats for the upcoming 2020-21 regular season? Maybe, but it’s complicated:
The Panthers have been trying to get over the playoff hump for years now — could Zito push them over the edge?
The first goaltending domino has fallen — the Blues have traded Jake Allen to the Montreal Canadiens, who apparently want to spend even more money on their goaltending:
TRADE:— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) September 2, 2020
To Montreal Canadiens:
G Jake Allen
2022 7th RD pick (STL)
To St. Louis Blues:
2020 3rd RD pick (WSH)
2020 7th RD pick (CHI)https://t.co/pOmLyOX15A
Officiating has been weird this postseason, that much is clear:
The officiating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs has been ... interesting. My column this week dives into the numbers, and reveals something pretty stunning about "home ice advantage." #NHL https://t.co/yRaY05fGBP— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) September 3, 2020
Finally, do you hate commercials? Do you mute them every time they come on TV? Well time to watch some of your own free will: