The Stars outshot their opponent – like they have done several times this year – and played very aggressively on the offensive side of the puck, but they had to deal with a stellar Semyon Varlamov on the opposing goal who stopped nearly every attempt that went his way. The missed opportunities and the lackluster defensive effort haunted the Stars and they dropped the game by a 5-4 score, losing their fourth contest against the Avalanche this year.
The Stars had plenty of chances to score and attempted 44 shots against Varlamov, but the Russian netminder was simply spectacular denying the Stars time and time again. Even though Tyler Seguin managed to score twice, the rest of the offense struggled mightily and they couldn’t do much damage against one of the top defensive units in the NHL.
In addition to that, the defense couldn’t matchup the effort stopping Colorado’s attack. The Avalanche found the back of the net four times in 21 attempts and even though Kari Lehtonen did what he could between the posts, the lack of help on defense simply didn’t allow Dallas to take something out of this game.
It can’t be denied that the Stars improved vastly in this past week, but they reverted back to some old habits against Colorado. If Dallas wants to make the playoffs this year, they need to put on a consistent effort on a nightly basis as they are currently out of the postseason.