Stars miss playoffs by following Cup Final with 14 OT losses

FILE – Dallas Stars coach Rick Bowness gives direction to the team during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Dallas, in this Saturday, April 17, 2021, file photo. After winning four in a row at home to get within a point of the final playoff spot in the Central Division, the Stars now will end the regular season playing nine of their last 11 games on the road. They will travel to five different cities in that 20-day stretch. “We’ve known all along it was coming,” coach Rick Bowness said. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde, File)

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, the Associated Press

The Dallas Stars missed the NHL playoffs only 7 1/2 months after making the Stanley Cup Final inside the NHL bubble. They finished fifth in the Central Division in a season when they had an NHL-high 14 losses in overtime or shootouts. They also had play their last 44 games over a 78-day stretch. Dallas was also hampered by injuries. Top goaltender Ben Bishop missed the entire season because of knee surgery, and Tyler Seguin played only three games this month after a six-month rehab and recovery from hip surgery. Alexander Radulov played only 11 games.