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Overtime is ‘killing’ the Dallas Stars

Vladimir Tarasenko, Antti Niemi

CORRECTS TO OVERTIME INSTEAD OF THIRD PERIOD - St. Louis Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko (91), of Russia, celebrates after scoring a goal past Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi, left, of Finland, during overtime of an NHL hockey game Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


The Dallas Stars lost in overtime last night.

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But it could’ve been, because last night’s 4-3 loss in St. Louis was the sixth time this season that the Stars (9-8-6) have fallen in sudden death, against just one victory.

“Overtime is killing us right now,” captain Jamie Benn told reporters after Vladimir Tarasenko won it for the Blues.

The Stars’ six OT losses are the most in the NHL. New Jersey is next with four, followed by three teams -- Columbus, Anaheim and Carolina -- with three.

Granted, the Stars may have been fortunate to get even a single point last night. They were outshot 31-21 by the the Blues, who had a 3-2 lead before Jamie Oleksiak tied it with 50 seconds left in regulation.

But we’ve seen in the past how costly too many overtime losses can be. In 2014-15, the defending champion Los Angeles Kings missed the playoffs by two points after finishing 1-7 in OT (and 2-8 in the shootout).

The Stars currently occupy the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference; however, they’re just one point up on the Predators, who have two games in hand.