The silence of a DFW night broke across the air as Stars fans across the way quickly erupted from their seat.
Game 6 went into the early morning hours, as the Stars ended the Colorado Avalanche season at 12:58 a.m.

The double overtime thriller took Stars fans’ stress levels to the limit. A questionable no-goal call in overtime looked to be the winner for a brief moment before being called back.

The Stars are returning to the Western Conference Final to play the Edmonton Oilers. Ousting the previous two Stanley Cup champions proves the Stars are a serious contender.

This playoff run so far is something special. Stars players across the board are playing well.


Eight wins means there are only eight more to go, and they’re halfway there.

The Western Conference Final is up next.


Ousting the Avs

This is the first time the Stars have eliminated the Avalanche in less than seven games. The Avalanche got out to the lead, eventually answered by Stars captain Jamie Benn. Seconds ticked off the clock as the inevitable overtime period loomed. Stars fans jumped out of their seats in a brief moment of elation that turned to anger as the series appeared completed in the first overtime. Cale Makar pushed Matt Duchene into Alexander Georgiev while Mason Marchment salted the puck into the net.

The referee signaled no goal, which was upheld upon video review. Revenge returned in the Stars’ favor as Duchene scored in the second overtime period to end his former team’s season in Denver. The Western Conference Final awaits with a difficult team standing in the way.


Western Conference Final

Only four remain out of the sixteen teams that began the playoffs. Each of the four teams remaining is only halfway there to the 16 wins required to lift the Stanley Cup. The Edmonton Oilers travel to Dallas for the first of two games in the Western Conference Final. The Stars are looking to perform better this time around, avoiding the 0-3 deficit like last year. Stars fans want history to repeat itself in this series. This will be the 9th all-time meeting in the playoffs between these two teams. The Stars are 7-1 in the playoffs against the Oilers dating back to 1984.

Nathan MacKinnon became a threat every time he touched the puck last series. Connor McDavid will be the same. Good depth fills the roster with names like Zach Hyman and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. An early accomplishment for the Stars is to win Game 1. The Stars have not won Game 1 of a series since the 2020 Stanley Cup Final. Setting the tone early is a must for the high-flying Oilers. The Oilers dispatched the Vancouver Canucks despite never leading the series until they won Game 7. Game 1 is on Thursday night, so a tall task begins.


This is what constitutes another successful season for the Stars. Getting to the Stanley Cup Final and potentially winning it all will do wonders for the elation of Stars fans. Out of the final four teams, the Stars have the most recent Stanley Cup in 1999.

A lengthy drought is being erased this season. The Conference Final begins Wednesday with the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers.


This is another level of hockey approaching, so prepare your nerves.

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