NHL Death Watch: Oh, look, Dallas Stars screwed themselves again (Puck Daddy)

Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation. Just a guess, but Dallas Stars fans are probably sick of seeing their team use its own foot for target practice. Like two years ago, when all the Stars needed to do was defeat a Minnesota team with nothing to play for in order to earn a postseason berth. Instead, they gave up two third-period goals, lost in the last game of the regular season and stayed home. Or like last season, when the Stars had a shot at the division title and instead dropped its final five games. This season, the Stars controlled their own destiny and had a 2-1 lead at the San Jose Sharks deep into the third period on Tuesday night. Then a Brad Stuart shot was tipped by Joe Pavelski and went in. Then a brutal turnover on a miscommunication between Alex Goligoski and Ray Whitney resulted in a Logan Couture goal that sent the home fans into hysterics and the visiting team into disarray. The Stars’ tragic number is down to one. Mike Heika attempts to find the silver lining: Officially, the Stars still have a chance at this. They could beat Columbus in regulation Thursday, see some games fall just the right way, and have a chance to beat Detroit in regulation on Saturday with the playoffs on the line. The fates say all of that is possible, but do you reallly want to be sitting on your couch Saturday waiting for another punch, just knowing that it’s coming? Many of you say sure, that you can handle it. Heck, let’s play this out until there’s no playing left. And maybe that’s the best attitude. Coming up, the playoff pictures for the East and West, as we shift the focus to playoff seeding. The full NHL standings and schedules can be found on Y! Sports.

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