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Stars squander two-goal lead, fall to Avalanche

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

For the second straight game the Dallas Stars got off to an early lead, but this time around they couldn’t finish the deal. The Stars lost leads of 2-0 and 3-2 Wednesday night in Denver and ended up falling, 4-3, to the Colorado Avalanche.

“It’s pretty disappointing,” said Stars defenseman Trevor Daley. “We’ve got to find ways to play complete games. When you’ve got a two-goal lead you’ve got to find ways to put teams away.”

Added Stars coach Glen Gulutzan: “I think we played well enough to win and then invented a way to lose.”

Wednesday’s game was the fourth time this season the Stars have had a two-goal lead in a game and gone on to lose. Twice the loss has come in regulation.

“You have to learn it. That’s the only way you can do it. We have a lot of young guys here that have to learn through this,” said Stars forward Jaromir Jagr. “I don’t think we are realizing it’s a playoff game for us every game from now on. I don’t think we play it like a playoff game. We play it like game number four at the start of the season. We cannot do that if we want to make the playoffs. “

The loss was the fourth in the last six games (1-4-1) for the Stars, who fell to 13-13-3 and dropped to three points out of eighth place in the Western Conference.

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