Jeff K's Dallas Stars Playoff Blog - Round 2 Game 7

It's called Sudden DEATH Overtime for a reason. Just like that, poof! Season over.

Rather than break down the specifics which is just too tough right now, the wound is still too fresh, I'll just give my overview. Bottom line, the St Louis Blues deserved to win this Series, they were the better team, especially in Games 6 and 7. While the double-OT loss in Game 7 stings, the 4-1 loss at home in Game 6 will be the nagging disappointment. In Game 7 St Louis continued to dominate possession and zone time, limiting the Stars' shots on goal to the tune of ONE (1) in the second period and THREE (3) in the third. If it wasn't for Ben Bishop this game would have been a blowout, something Stars fan know all-to-well from 3 years ago in Game 7. What can I say about BIG BEN BISHOP that hasn't already been said. He deserved better. One small consolation may be the Vezina Trophy. We shall see. Another thing we shall see (soon) is what type of injuries our heroes were playing with. In the postgame presser Coach Jim Montgomery admitted as much.

So, in the end another Game 7 loss to St Louis. As time heals I'm confident the focus will turn to how far this team progressed under Jim Montgomery's system. Remember where they were in January? Remember the things that were said? You can't discount the experience of a postseason run for young players. Even though the Stars are built to win now with Benn, Seguin, and Radulov, you have to think the window is just as wide, if not wider next season. The future looks bright with Miro Heiskanen, Jason Dickinson, and Roope Hintz. What a coming out party for those three. Should the Stars re-sign Mats Zuccarello? I say yes, but only Zucc knows for sure. Will they have plenty of cap room to do it? Yes, certain key contracts will come off the books giving Jim Nill the ammo to wheel and deal.

Lastly, I'd like to personally thank the Dallas Stars for allowing me the privilege to live the dream. For those of you who come to the watching parties and know me away from the arena, you know I'm just as crazy about this team, and have been since I was a season ticket holder back in 1993. I'd also like to thank you for reading this blog and supporting my various endeavors . I look forward to another season of Dallas Stars hockey, including the Bridgestone 2020 NHL Winter Classic on New Years Day, and another long post-season run.

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