Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Through the eyes of the Hubble, a dying star called Dallas

The Folks at NASA down the road in Houston have a sighting! It’s the last vestiges of the Dallas Stars as they wobble their way out of the playoff orbit for 2004. The late season charge of the stars has bogged down in this playoff run, with Dallas looking tired and unable to contend with the Avalanche offense. Dallas has given up the first two goals in every game this playoff year, a statistic that explains the predicament they find themselves in as they head for game five in Denver Friday night.

Dallas took the game to double overtime Wednesday night, but in the end it was the same result, a victory for the Avs who now take a commanding 3 games to 1 lead in the series.

Once again Colorado goaltender David Aebischer rewarded GM Pierre Lacroix for his loyalty, stopping 41 Dallas shots, 27 of them in the second period. While he continued to give up untimely goals allowing the Stars back into the game, though both goals really weren’t his fault, on the whole he had a pretty decent game shutting the door in both overtime frames. The key for Colorado has been the ability to get their scoring attack back on track. Milan Hejduk and Joe Sakic both scored in regulation time, relatively unknown rookie Marek Svatos scoring the winner at 5:18 of double overtime with a shot from the face off circle to send the Avs home with the 3-2 win.

The Hubble will be trained on the sky over Denver Friday night, the fading light in the sky most likely goes dark that night. The Stars destined to disappear into that black hole of the Pepsi Centre. Call the Hubble telescope, these stars are dying!

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