From Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News:
“In one game, the Stars took one of their best seasons in recent memory and turned it into a long list of question marks for the offseason.
In taking a 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center Wednesday in Game 7 of a second round series, Dallas opened the door for a lot of criticism.
“It’s a huge disappointment,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “It’s not our team. It’s not the ending you want.”
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots, the fourth time in the playoffs the Stars have pulled their starting goalie. That calls into question whether the two-goalie system can work in the NHL. While Dallas rode Lehtonen and Antti Niemi to 50 wins and the second round of the playoffs, there will be plenty out there who expect the Stars to look at a possible change with the two goalies, who each have two more years on their respective contracts.”
The HockeyFanLand Insight:
If I’m being completely honest, I think most of the hockey world was shocked that the Dallas Stars were able to push the St. Louis Blues to a Game 7 situation at all.
That in itself is an accomplishment for Dallas. Especially, given the fact the St. Louis Blues have become the bandwagon team to win it all after slaying the Blackhawks in the opening round.
Having said this, Wednesday nights effort in a Game 7 situation by the Dallas Stars was one of the most embarrassing in history of the NHL. Spending $6 million apiece on goalies did not make sense to me when it was first announced… It worked wonders for the team in the regular season. However, now we have all witnessed the headache in the do or die situation of a game 7.
This Stars organization has done a lot of tinkering in recent years.. It has led to a lot of positive result. However, with this recent disappointment we should expect more big changes.. Between the pipes would be a good place to start.