With the Dallas Stars’ thrilling game six victory over the Colorado Avalanche a couple of nights ago, today we’re going to look at another thrilling series victory over an old rival.

This seven-game series also kicked off a rivalry that would see these two (future) divisional foes meet in the playoffs six times in the last 26 years.


Down 3-2 in the Series

After losing game one to a red-hot Avalanche team who just knocked off the two-time cup-winning Detroit Red Wings, the Stars would answer by winning two straight to go up in the series 2-1. However, the Avs decided to put on a two-game winning streak of their own. Game five in Dallas saw Colorado put the Stars behind the eight ball. They were winning that contest with a chance to eliminate Dallas in game six in Denver.

Not only did the Stars fall behind in the series, but they also lost their identity in the contest. Colorado won 7-5 over a team that doesn’t get into those kinds of shootouts. Dallas did have guys who could score, like Mike Modano and Brett Hull, but they were first a blue-collar defense and goaltending team.

Game Seven Celebration

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After shutting down the Avalanche in Denver for game six, game seven was more of the same. The Stars would close out the series with an impressive 4-1 victory, winning the playoff series 4-3.

Hosting game seven in Dallas proved to be the ticket to punch for Dallas’s first Stanley Cup finals appearance. Much like game six in 2024, Dallas’ defense contained a high-powered Avalanche offensive attack that was limited to just one goal.

Ken Hitchcock’s House Painters

Former Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock was well known for his coaching style. Known to be blue-collar in nature, Hitchcock preached a hardworking game that was strong on all details of play.

During his time in Dallas, he turned the Stars into a juggernaut that could not only slow down but handle the high-flying Avs.


While his squad briefly deviated from their play in game five, the Stars refound their identity and won the last two of the seven-game series, defeating the artists in a matchup of two teams who found nearly completely different ways of winning games heading into their series.

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