SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The bubble is a slippery place.
Stars fans have known that for years.
If you live on the playoff bubble, it's just so easy to fall off. Dallas did it last season, and the year before that. Tenth, 11th, ninth, they know what's it's like being close enough to see the postseason, but not close enough to make it.
It's a painful way to live, that's for sure.
That's why it seemed so nice when the team ran off four straight wins a week back. It was a sign that things were getting better, that the Stars were learning how to overcome their injuries, that they might be able to score a few goals even while maintaining one of the top five goals against averages in the league.