While it’s clear that no team wants to lose when a playoff spot is potentially on the line, the Dallas Stars shouldn’t worry too much after dropping their latest contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Sure, the Stars lacked the usual offensive power they have showed all season long – excluding their awful January where they looked at their worst – and their defense couldn’t contain a Lightning team that scored four times in a limited number of shots but the numbers don’t tell the whole story about how the game developed.
The Stars outshot the Lightning 41-21 and they created a handful of chances from start to finish. Jamie Benn looked really dangerous – as he seems to be an even better player after a successful stint with Team Canada at Sochi – the forward lines were very active putting shots on the net and the Stars should’ve scored a few more times. Unlucky for them, Ben Bishop was simply outstanding on goal for Tampa Bay and he single-handedly won this game for his side.
It’s no secret that the Stars’ defense wasn’t at their best either, but that can’t be changed as it has been the team’s Achilles heel all season long. This team lives and dies by their offense and in reality, the most important thing is to create the chance and the goal will open up sooner than later.
That’s the only thing the Stars can hope, and based on how they have been playing since the end of January, they should do enough to keep themselves on the playoff race. The best thing the franchise could do is to leave this game behind as quickly as possible as they have several other games they need to win ahead of them in the schedule.