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I almost think that if I had a choice between missing the playoffs with plenty of excuses, like the Stars did, and going into the playoffs with the President’s Trophy and everybody predicting a Stanley Cup for you and then tanking in the first round, like the Sharks are, I might pick the former.

The Sharks have a reputation as playoff chokers. We Stars fans know what that’s like. They usually make it to the second round before being knocked out, at least, but they usually go into the playoffs with lots of people picking them to win it all.

This season was even worse on that count. They came out of the chute with only 5 regulation losses in their first 40 games. They only lost, like, 5 home games in regulation the whole season.

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I love commercials.

And I love hockey. And I love the playoffs.

Thanks to Empty Netters.

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In case you missed it on The Ticket today, you can hear all three segments over on DallasStars.com. It’s too bad we didn’t get to hear from him much this season. I’m looking forward to his radio show next year. When he’s on with the BaD Radio boys, he loosens up quite a bit.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

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You know, I may have mentioned this before, but I don’t like to make predictions. And for good reason. We can see what happens when I do.

But, since I have no serious rooting interest for any of these teams (although I have a lot of rooting-against interest), what the hell? What can it hurt?

These are kind of a cross between predictions and wishes and are thoroughly unresearched.

West:
San Jose-Anaheim — San Jose in 4
Detroit-Columbus — Columbus in 6
Vancouver-St. Louis — St. Louis in 6
Chicago-Calgary — Chicago in 5

East:
Boston-Montreal — Boston in 6
Washington-NY — Washington in 5
NJ-Carolina — New Jersey in 7
Pittsburgh-Philadelphia — Pittsburgh in 7

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One of my all-time favorite movie lines was from the original Fun With Dick and Jane with Jane Fonda and George Segal. They’re in the bank, applying for a loan, and the loan officer says, “Let’s take a look at the pluses and minuses,” then starts listing all their problems. They get a little irked and start to leave, and he says, “I haven’t come to the pluses. Would you wait for me to come to the pluses?”

I think I want to do the minuses first, so wait for me to come to the pluses.

Minuses:
Sean Effing Avery — I’ve said plenty about how I feel about Avery, so I’ll try not to start all over about the whole thing. The Stars players and management and broadcasters don’t want to put the whole blame on him, but I do. If everything had gone well and he was still on the team, I would have still been miserable about it and I would blame him. As it is, of all our options, the way it played out was probably the best. Since listening to everybody tell you it’s a mistake to sign him at all (let alone for four years and 15 million) was an option they chose to pass up.

Other inexplicable summer moves – Okay, Ulf Dahlen’s leaving to coach Frolunda is probably not the fault of the GMs. But the loss of his special-teams genius was felt from game one. Their main inexplicable move was letting Nik Hagman walk. He was our best penalty-killer (especially after they traded Jeff Halpern the season before). He scored goals, killed penalties, agitated opponents, and was just generally the bomb. Of all the guys we lost between the Brad Richards trade and the summer “see ya’s”, he’s the one I miss the most. The PK dropped from second to 24th.  It was a bad move.

Marty Turco’s historic struggles – There’s a pattern I’m starting to see in Marty. He gets the big head, apparently. (more…)

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Philippe Boucher was finally back in the lineup for Pittsburgh Friday night.

Here’s his line:
1 goal
1 assist
plus-3
3 shots on goal
4 penalty minutes
3 hits
4 blocked shots

Stupid Pens. They could have had him for a couple of weeks already. He had better get some playoff time.

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It’s been a trying season, but this was a nice win. The Stars had a really good game to close out the home schedule, too, in front of a sold-out arena and ending with a really nice ovation.

These games mean nothing, but it doesn’t mean you can’t still have a little fun.

One more to go. It would be really nice to be able to knock the Ducks out of the playoffs ourselves, but I’m not going to fret too much when that doesn’t happen.

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