Going down 0-2 in a playoff series always ended in a death blow for the Dallas Stars.

The Stars won a playoff series after dropping the first two games for the second time in franchise history.

The only other time was their first playoff series in 1968. Vegas proved a tough opponent with the series going the distance.

Now it’s time to switch over to focus on their next opponent, the Colorado Avalanche. The Stars have a quick turnaround, just two days between the two series

That epic showdown between the Golden Knights is one for the history books. Continuing on, a pivotal Second Round crossroads is here.

Dethroning the Champs in 7

There is no time to simmer in glory regardless of that epic Game 7. Just over 48 hours separate the two playoff rounds. Wyatt Johnston and Radek Faksa became the heroes as their goals were enough to secure a 2-1 victory in Game 7. Pulling off a victory after trailing 0-2 can do wonders for the heart of a champion.

Winning the next four out of five is exactly what the Stars needed and completed. Both teams scored 16 in a defensive clinic throughout the whole series.

The Stars found success defensively but needed several key pieces to step up. The Avalanche are putting up a roadblock, with both teams four wins away from the Western Conference Final.

Round Two vs. Avalanche

The Vegas Golden Knights ended up being a tough opponent to face. Each concurrent round gets tougher. Finding a way to close the Avalanche offense is imperative to success. Eight of their players recorded one point per game or more in their first-round series against the Winnipeg Jets. Their offense is much more than Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, and Mikko Rantanen. The Avalanche are a threat to score at will.

Wyatt Johnston is the only player who averaged one point per game, with seven in that seven-game series. Joe Pavelski went all seven games pointless, while Jason Robertson and Roope Hintz went -5 and -4, respectively. Trying to stop the Avalanche won’t be enough. They have the talent to score several goals per game and run the Stars out of their own building. They are a tough opponent, but the Stars can handle tough opponents.

Winning one playoff round is the bare minimum of what the Stars consider a successful season. The Avalanche scored at least five goals in any game of their First-Round series against the Jets. Closing down their offense is critical, but putting pucks into their net is part of the equation, too.

This is a best-of-seven, but don’t be surprised if it goes that far.
Game 1 with the Stars and Avalanche begins Tuesday night.

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