A game that everyone would have pegged the Stars to pull out. A game they really should have won going into it. A game they needed to win. A game that would have vaulted them into the playoffs. And they blew it.
They had the opportunity to pull it off. It was right there within their grasp. The Stars were 3-0 vs Minnesota so far this season and had won each of the previous two meetings with the Wild by 4-0 scores, yet could not pull off a win when they needed it the most.
They held a 2-1 lead after the 1st period on goals by Brad Richards and Brenden Morrow. That lead disappeared in the 2nd frame as the Wild not only tied the game, but went ahead eleven minutes in on a goal by Colton Gillies right out in front of the net. A goal that Gillies simply out worked Jamie Benn for. Alex Goligoski tied it at on a 5 on 3 powerplay late in the period and the season came down to one last period.
The Stars had their opportunities but squandered them and just simply did not look desperate enough for the most part. Former Stars Antti Miettinen scored the eventual winner almost seven minutes into the final period. The final period of the game, and the Stars’ 2010-11 season.
To sit atop the Pacific division for the better part of the season only to slide down to that dreaded 8th, 9th, 10th area, and then win four in a row to climb back in it and have the Blackhawks serve up a their playoff spot on a silver platter, then go on to lose to a team that hasn’t beaten you all year, it’s very disappointing to say the least.
Being upset about just this last game though reminds me of when I was in grade 8. I slacked all year long and needed a certain mark on one of my final exams to pass. Writing that particular exam, I was the last one left in the gymnasium and my teacher made me put down my pencil as the allowed amount of time had been reached. I went home upset and I was blaming her for it since she didn’t allow me the extra time to finish, knowing I needed a certain mark or I would fail. Obviously had I done my diligence all year I wouldn’t have been in that situation in the first place. So the Stars missing the playoffs is really a culmination of late game collapses and committing fatal errors down the stretch. But still, to have a win-and-you’re-in opportunity and blow it is a real kick in the you know what.
The Stars will now miss the playoffs for the third straight season. That’s something they haven’t done since the mid 1970′s.
Break out the ice cubes, Tylenol, Polysporin, or whatever it is that ails you. This one’s gonna sting for at least the next few months.
Oh by the way, I passed.
About the Author
Written by Travis Currie
Im your typical sports fan. Just a little more crazy about it. I live and die for my teams and I drive my girlfriend nuts. I consider myself the world's biggest Stars fan. Ive been a fan since I was a young kid going back to the mid 80's. Favourite Stars player of all-time is of course Mike Modano. Favourite non-Stars player of all-time is Peter Stastny. I love talking sports so please leave a reply to anything you agree or disagree with. If youd like to contact me my email is firstname.lastname@example.org