There are times when the NHL season simply trudges forward.
Thursday was one of those nights for the Stars.
Dallas did a lot of good things -- outshooting Colorado 45-32, and setting a season-best mark for high-danger scoring chances at 25, according to naturalstattrick.com. But it lost a 3-1 game, thanks to a bad line change and a questionable goal against.
The result was the Avalanche received a huge victory and bolstered their playoff chances, 33-29-12 (78 points), while the Stars, 38-30-6 (82 points) slipped four points behind St. Louis in the battle for third place in the Central Division.