The Dallas Stars are nearing 30 years in the city of Dallas. Throughout team history, there are some great memories covered in last week’s blog posts. This week we cover some of the not so great ones. Pain is an old friend to the defeats many Stars fans have endured. Several Game 7 Overtime losses fill Franchise history including this year. This week we take a look at the misery end of some soul-crushing losses.
2022 Round 1 Game 7 @ Calgary Flames
The most recent Stars game was one that ended their season with dashed hopes. The Stars struggled offensively all season long but still found themselves one goal away from the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Jake Oettinger deadlocked the potent Calgary Flames offense to 15 goals in 7 games but that still was not enough. Former Flame Johnny Gaudreau was the most recent ender of a Stars season when his shot found the crossbar and in. The Calgary hero of that game is perhaps not anymore with his recent move to Columbus.
2019 Round 2 Game 7 @ St. Louis Blues
The wildcard Stars had increasing hopes as the playoffs progressed. That 2nd Round series between the St. Louis Blues went back and forth. It was anyone’s series well into double overtime of Game 7. Pat Maroon ended their hopes as the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Blues used the Stars as a stepping stone to their first title in that one.
2020 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
This Cinderella run ended just two games shy of the Stanley Cup. The Stars clawed their way into the Stanley Cup Final on a run that many Stars fans will never forget. The Tampa Bay Lightning ended their final hopes at a shot for the title in Game 6 with a 2-0 defeat. Stars fans will always remember the Pandemic run to the Stanley Cup Final although it ended short.
1997 Round 1 Game 7 Vs. Edmonton Oilers
The end of the 1990’s saw the Stars finally reach the Promised Land as Stanley Cup Champions. Their road to success was not easy with many defeats. Perhaps one of the most crushing was the loss as the #2 seed to the #7 Edmonton Oilers. Todd Marchant ended the hopes of a deep playoff run when he turned on the jets for his overtime goal in Game 7. That crushing defeat was one of the many lessons the Stars used on their way to the 1999 Stanley Cup.
Pain is an old friend to Stars fans. There will be a day when the Stars lift the Stanley Cup again. It may be next season or 5 years down the line, you never know. Stars fans will always cheer on their team through the worst of it. Many Game 7 overtime losses later are still hurting but the American Airlines Center will always bustle when that goal horn sounds.