Should Dallas Stars be Concerned by Slow Offensive Starts in Games?

By Greg Higgins
Dan Ellis
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Less then 24 hours after beating the Buffalo Sabres on home ice, the Dallas Stars had a little bit of trouble in against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus jumped on the Stars and backup goalie Dan Ellis in the first period and the Stars could never recover.

The Blue Jackets scored 1:14 into the game and they never looked back as they defeated the Stars 4-2. Dallas allowed Columbus to jump out to a 3-0 lead before they knew what hit them.

This is the second time in three games that the Stars have allowed a team to take a 3-0 lead in hopes for a rally. The Tampa Bay Lightning went up 3-0 on the Stars Saturday afternoon before ultimately defeating the Stars 4-2. Much like that game, Dallas scored two goals to cut the lead to 3-2 but that’s all they could manage to score.

I don’t know if this is a trend that should concern Lindy Ruff and the Stars but it concerns me — a fan of the team. The Stars have a good offensive team and can score goals in bunches at times. However, it seems a bit daunting to ask your team to dig itself out of a three-goal deficit twice in a four-day stretch.

Unfortunately it’s not a one-person problem either. This isn’t something you can point the finger at just the goalie and call him the problem. As a matter of fact, the Stars’ goaltending has done quite well for the past six weeks. It’s the defense as a whole that tends to make mental mistakes at the wrong time.

Moving forward, though, this is a problem that the must be corrected. Even if they make the playoffs, they cannot afford to be giving up big leads to a team like the Chicago Blackhawks or Anaheim Ducks. If they do, the series will be over just as fast as it started.

Greg Higgins is a NHL writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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