Post Season Thoughts from Caitlynn

This season. There’s so much to say about this season. I’ll start with the fact that despite not going as far as everyone would have liked in the post-season, the Dallas Stars were not there by accident. Despite all the criticism of their style of play, the goal-tending, the unsustainable offensive, they made it because they deserved to be there.

Let’s take a quick look at some numbers:

Stars were ranked first for goals scored with 265 (Capitals in second with 248… Just a 17 goal difference, no big deal.)

Stars ranked first in assist with 433.

Stars ranked first in empty net goals at 24.

Stars only shut out once in the season. Only team to score in all games but one.

Stars ranked second in power play goals with 58.

Stars ranked third in shots on goal with 2624.

Stars ranked fourth on the powerplay, fifth in shorthanded goals.

I’ll go ahead and stop there, but those are some impressive statistics. So yeah, we didn’t go as far as we could have in the post season, but by God did we earn our spot there. By God did we earn top of the Western Conference, second in the league.

Some of my favorite moments from this season include:

-Niemi being the only goalie to ever post a shutout and record two assist in a game

-Seguin’s hat trick against Boston

-Eaves’ hat trick against Chicago

-Janmark’s first goal in his first game

-Johns first goal

-Jason Dickinson’s first goal in his first game

-Johns knocking James Neal into our bench

-Jordie scoring on the power play, getting two game winners in three games, and his fight against Selleck

-Also when he scored in Minnesota and they compared him to Yukon Cornelius and he posted it on Instagram

-Roussel’s goal against the Wild in the playoffs and his subsequent interview (“It was like a Sidney Crosby goal or something.”)

It was a good season. We lost some, but we won 50. Italia and I grew to pretty genuinely like (sometimes begrudgingly) our seat neighbor who annoyed us before. I look forward to the coming season. We have a bright future ahead of us, and I want to thank them for the season the just played.

It’s bittersweet for the it to end, but I believe in the Dallas Stars. I do.

-Caitlynn

Post Season Thoughts from Italia:

It’s almost a week later, and while I am still sad about how this season ended, I’ve stopped mopping and started seriously anticipating next season. I’m letting myself be comforted by the ridiculous amounts of young talent and potential our team has. I do believe that good things are yet to come for the Dallas Stars. So I am turning my attention forward and to the future, as I encourage all fans to do. Of course, before we do start looking ahead (as if there hasn’t already been a ton of discussion about changing things for next season already), I need to look back on this past season and reflect a tiny bit.

I know this isn’t a new sentiment, but no one expected the Dallas Stars to be as successful as they were this season. Week after week throughout the season, you’d hear the commentary about how their pace wasn’t sustainable, and how they would sooner or later crash. And yet despite all of the negativity, they consistently remained at the top of the standings for the division and conference, and even briefly in the league before the Capitals ran away with the lead. They broke franchise records for that unbelievable start to the season, and despite a scary looking month in January, they were able to keep it up and finish with the Central Division title, in first place of the Western Conference. A lot of the naysayers were quieted by the end of the season (only to reappear after Game 7 with their “I told you so’s”, but I won’t go into that). This team was a contender.

I understand that regular season merits mean very little if you don’t find playoff success. The Washington Capitals are a painful example of this. I understand that years of mediocrity are not easily forgotten after one great season. The Dallas Stars still have a lot to prove. So while I am bitter towards the critics, I understand that there is merit to what they are saying. This season was cut short due to some very real weaknesses and flaws that will hopefully be addressed in the offseason. We got close, just not close enough.

I know we were all left wanting for more, but I am so proud of this team for what they accomplished, and so optimistic for the future. I had so much fun this season, watching them and following along. I am now anxiously counting down the days until I get to see Victory Green out on the ice.

So thank you, Dallas Stars, for a memorable season. Here’s to many more.

-Italia

Oh yeah, we have a blog…

So…obviously we dropped the ball a little. As it turns out, trying to start a blog and figuring things out as you go along is not ideal. So while we’re bitter that the season has ended, this gives us some much-needed time to get things organized and planned out.

We will be posting regularly throughout the summer on various topics, and once the season starts again we will be posting some slightly more polished game recaps.

So stay tuned!

C&I