Last night the Dallas Stars lost to the Leafs and continue their cold streak, with every loss putting them further from securing a wildcard spot.
The first goal from Toronto came after kari mishandled the puck leaving an open net for Nazem Kadri, easy goal.
Only seconds later James van Riemsdyk notched his first of three to put Toronto ahead by 2.
Although Kari’s play this year on the road has been stellar he couldn’t quite get it together last night at Air Canada Centre.
By the end of the 2nd period Jamie Benn scored his 25th goal of the season, as well as Radek Faksa with his 14th, to tie it at 2 with two periods remaining.
Dallas dominated in the second period, with goals from Seguin (37) and Remi Elie (6). Dallas secured a two goal lead going into the third. At this point momentum was unquestionably on the side of the Stars.
Unfortunately, there’s three periods in a hockey game and Dallas couldn’t maintain the pressure they applied to Toronto in the second. With only 3 shots on goal in the entire third period, Dallas was simply playing catch up with the Leafs.
JVR (James van Riemsdyk) was in front of the net the entire game and Dallas defender Esa Lindell had a difficult time trying to stop the young left winger.
Van Riemsdyk added two more to his season goal total to tie it at 4 a piece. A few minutes pass before Dallas Stars right winger Brett Ritchie put Dallas ahead 5-4 at the 13:18 mark in the final period. With only 16 seconds left on the clock, and an empty net Patrick Marleau tied it up with an assist from Mitch Marner to send the game to OT.
The Stars peppered Maple Leafs goalie McElhinney in OT, and even had a power play but ultimately couldn’t find the back of the net.
Stars fall short in the Shootout, losing one of a possible two points and putting them further from playoff spot security.
As the season winds down, I can’t help but feel it’s impossible for this team to put a complete season together. They’ve got plenty of play makers, but with Bishop out, Kari has too much on his plate. Late in the season true Cup contenders step their game up even more, Dallas seems to be doing the opposite. Bottom line is we’re losing too many games, too late in the season. With only nine games remaining, Dallas has no choice but to nut up for this last stretch, doing whatever they must to get in the tournament. But if I’m being completely honest, I see this team struggling to make it past the second round, if they even make it to the playoffs.