I’m not gonna lie. A lot times, I think the Stars get screwed out of a lot of the recognition they deserve. They’re in Dallas, and I realize that’s not a “hockey hotbed” in the eyes of most everyone else in the league. We rarely get mentioned in a positive light on Versus, NBC, nhl.com, etc. I’m okay with “analysts” not picking the Stars to advance in the playoffs. Hell, how many people picked the Stars to win in 1999? I don’t remember it being very many. I don’t care if they pick us to win or not, but they deserve more respect.
Yes, we eliminated the defending Stanley Cup Champions. I still don’t believe the Ducks are on the Cup, but I guess I’ll prove it to myself next time I get some one-on-one time with the Cup in the Hall of Fame (AMAZING trip by the way… every hockey fan should go to the HHOF at least once). Most of the talk on the Internet and TV is more about the Ducks losing than the Stars winning. It doesn’t seem much of a surprise with the way defending champs have been performing in the past 5 years or so. Yet, almost every article not on a Stars-related site speaks more of the Ducks losing than the Stars winning.
What makes me the most upset is this article I read on the NHL’s website while perusing the upcoming series. It’s a preview for the upcoming Avs vs. Wings series. I wanted to see this series because those two teams have such a great rivalry with each other. A rivalry that wasn’t manufactured by league making teams play each other 8 times a season.
I made it to the second paragraph before I got angry and quit reading.
From 1996 to 2002, the Colorado Avalanche and the Detroit Red Wings ruled the Western Conference. As a result, they met an astounding five times in the playoffs during that stretch. Colorado won three of those five series and took 17 of the 30 games.
No, the Avs and Red Wings did not “rule the Western Conference” from 1996-2002. Yes, they played many series against each other and the rivalry was amazing. But do not write that sentence and neglect to include the Stars.
They neglect to mention that, in 2 of the 3 series Colorado won, they went right on to lose to the Stars in the conference final. For two seasons, the Stars (not the Red Wings or Avs) were the West’s representative in the Finals. They also forget to mention that the Stars, not the Avalanche or Red Wings, won the President’s Trophy 2 of those years.
The Stars will never be the babies of the NHL (hello Pittsburgh, Anaheim, etc), and I’m fine with that. At least give them the respect they deserve. Detroit, Colorado, AND Dallas didn’t just dominate the Western Conference those years – they dominated the league.