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The Dallas Stars found a new way to give away a game in overtime last night. Worse, they gave it away to the Nashville Predators, who are storming back from a dismal start and have become the latest of several opponents who are blocking the Stars’ path to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

So, is it one damn thing after another, or the same damn thing over and over again? A little of both, writes Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika:

[In] the overall perspective of a 56-game season, one less point shouldn’t be that big of a deal. But the problem is Tuesday’s game was a refrain heard so many times this season. Dallas was the better team for large swatches of the game. Dallas received some big efforts from key players like Roope Hintz, Jason Robertson and Anton Khudobin. Dallas simply didn’t cash in on enough great scoring chances to put the game out of reach early.

So a Nashville team that seemed to be swimming upstream found its breath, made some huge plays late, and forced overtime. Once in the extra session, the Predators made quick work of the Stars and sauntered out with a win when Eeli Tolvanen took advantage of a Denis Gurianov mistake and found his way into open ice for the game-winning goal just 1:29 into the overtime session.

Gurianov came in for a public dressing-down from Rick Bowness during the postgame interviews – but his high-profile screwup in extra minutes wasn’t the reason the Stars had to go to extra minutes in the first place:

One thing that seems to be consistent is the Stars failed to score when they had numerous chances early. Yes, Jason Robertson blasted in a great shot for his 16th point in the month of March, and yes, Hintz scored on a power play rebound for his 11th goal of the season, but Dallas could have had so much more....

Dallas simply can’t continue to waste opportunities like this if it hopes to make the playoffs. It can’t continue to play the way it has played all season.

There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]


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