Stars also struggling of late

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

DALLAS -- Either Dave Tippett was doing his Craig MacTavish impression or the Dallas Stars are in a slump.

Or maybe it was a little of both after his Stars lost for the third time in four games Wednesday with an Oilers-like collapse against San Jose.

"There's ways to win games and there's ways to lose games,'' seethed Tippett. "We're finding ways to lose.''

The last one was straight from the same playbook Edmonton used Tuesday in Colorado.

The Stars, going on the power play with five minutes left in a game they were leading 1-0, looked all set to put it away. But they squandered the man advantage, gave up the tying goal with 20 seconds left and lost it on Patrick Marleau's 170-foot breakaway in overtime.

The Stars are still 5-4 on the season, a record the Oilers would die for right now, but have all but wasted their nice 4-1 start.

Tippett, like MacTavish, sees too many passengers and too many players who think the new NHL is supposed to be a big game of shinny.

"Everybody was all gung-ho, this game is going to be great, it's going to be easy, you can't hook anybody, can't touch anybody,'' he said.

"It's not an easy game, if you're not willing to put the work in and the commitment it takes to win. It's not just hovering on the outside and hoping to get an open net, but putting the work in to win one-on-one battles. To defend without hooking and holding, which is just honest work."

They're hoping to turn it around against an Edmonton team that hasn't won in seven games, but Tippett rolled his eyes when asked if the Oilers were a soft spot on the schedule.

"With the Dallas-Edmonton rivalry, a soft spot, not even close.''

- TYCHKOWSKI


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