Putting shots on goal surely gives the attacking team good chances to win a game, but sometimes that’s not enough.
The Dallas Stars had good scoring chances throughout the game, especially in the third period, but they couldn’t come away with the win despite dominating their rival. Dallas also outshot the Toronto Maple Leafs 50-27, but they couldn’t take advantage of their opportunities and ended up losing on the road 3-2 on overtime.
The Stars woke up late in the game and had to rally twice. Down by a goal in the third, Erik Cole scored only two minutes into the third and after Nazem Kadri put the Leafs ahead, Shawn Horcoff tipped it in with three minutes left to even things up. The Stars had several shots on goal late in the game and even had a goal ruled out, but everything ended squared up and was decided in overtime.
With the Stars putting heavy pressure on offense, the Leafs took advantage of the spaces given by Dallas near the blue line and Trevor Smith took care of it, sending a wrist shot past Kari Lehtonen with 42 seconds left in the extra time to end a five-game losing skid for the hosts.
There’s not much to regret by the Stars in today’s performance. The team recorded a season-high 50 shots on goal, played hard-nosed defense most of the time and even lost Trevor Daley to an injury. Sadly for the team, the puck never wanted to enter the goal and when you don’t take advantage of your chances, you will end up losing more often than not.