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Aus und vorbei: Die Dallas Stars sind im Viertelfinale der Western Conference ausgeschieden. Sie verloren das entscheidende Spiel mit 4:1 gegen die Vancouver Canucks und können damit (zu früh) in die Sommerferien fahren.

Somit endet dann auch mein Blog, denn: Keine Spiele der Stars = Keine neuen Einträge. Eventuell werde ich den Stanley-Cup-Champion als Edit nachreichen.

Willie Mitchell of the Vancouver Canucks relaxes on the Canuck bench and enjoys a cup of coffee as he watches Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars shoot the puck around before the start of their game seven 2007 Western Conference Quarterfinal game at General Motors Place April 22, 2007. (Getty Images)

Zum Abschluss habe ich mir etwas "Besonderes" überlegt: Statt mich lange mit einer Analyse der Niederlage auseinanderzusetzen, lasse ich einfach den zweifachen Stanley-Cup-Champion und ehemaligen Verteidiger der Dallas Stars, Craig Ludwig, für mich sprechen. In seinen Überlegungen auf www.dallasstars.com sagt er eigentlich alles, was es zu sagen gibt:

I said it after Game One and it proved itself once again -- if you continue to chase a game or a series, it will bite you in the end. And so it was for the Dallas Stars in both Game Seven and in the series with the Canucks.

The Stars never led in this playoff series and found that climbing back out of a 3-to-1 games hole was not in the cards. There's a reason that only 20 teams out of 208 have come back from that kind of deficit. It's not easy. Kudos to the team for not giving up and pushing Vancouver to the limit when they could have folded up their tents and gone home.

Losing in the first round is another tough pill to swallow. Doug Armstrong has some decisions to make on many levels and he'll certainly take his time in looking to make the right ones. Four very good teams were eliminated in the West, as this conference was very strong this season. That's the new NHL.

Enjoy the remainder of the playoffs. It should be quite a battle and fun to watch. I'm calling Anaheim and Buffalo to meet in the finals and probably go seven games.

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25.4.07 00:28

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