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Ten days out from the Texas Stars' departure from the postseason, where are we at?
There was a pretty good discussion going on in the comments of the final postgame article discussing what went down in the series.
I think the series clearly didn't go the way that everyone had hoped. Regardless of whether you envisioned the Stars winning the series or not, not a lot of folks had them down for a sweep. Former coach Willie Desjardins (and many others) always said that Game 1 was the easiest to win on the road. That's exactly what Rockford did to Texas. Game 2 should have been the equalizer, but lineup decisions that may or may not have been made in Central Texas affected that outcome.
If you back up a bit, the Stars have a lot of things to be excited about as you look toward the coming season. The way this team played since the All-Star Break reminds me a lot of another team that is enjoying post-season success: the 2013-14 Utica Comets. If you'll remember, the Comets were a mess to start their inaugural season. However, starting in late January 2014, something clicked, not unlike what happened with Texas after the 2015 All-Star Break.
With the momentum they gained from the late season run, they vaulted to first place in the West. Texas can do a similar thing next year.
What do you think?