DALLAS — Tyler Seguin’s week away from Dallas felt a little longer, probably because it included a pair of one-goal losses at Anaheim to start a first-round playoff series.
The Dallas Stars headed west last weekend celebrating their first postseason berth since 2008 before a meaningless regular-season finale in Phoenix.
They came home subdued but resolute, ready to see how fans who used to think playoff hockey was as regular as Easter on their calendar will react to 2,162 days without it. Game 3 is Monday night.
“Be interesting to see the atmosphere, especially with these fans not seeing playoff hockey in a while,” said Seguin, the team’s leading scorer in the regular season. “Pretty long trip. Feels like we haven’t been home in a while.”
Seguin has seen his share of the postseason, even though he’s just 22. But about half the Dallas roster hasn’t, including linemate Jamie Benn, who was second to Seguin in points during the regular season.
The inexperience showed in the playoff opener, when the Stars fell behind 3-0 in the first period of a 4-3 loss.
“Other than that I think once the guys got their feet wet everyone stepped up and did a pretty good job,” said Seguin, who won the 2011 Stanley Cup with Boston and already has 44 career playoff games. “There’s going be Game 7s and a lot of things you can’t really teach. You’ve just got to be there. But we have a lot of experience in this locker room.”
All those playoff newcomers still don’t know what a win feels like either. Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf led a 3-2 victory Friday, getting a goal and an assist playing with a mask after he took a slapshot to the jaw in the series opener.
Ryan Perry also had a goal for the Ducks, who are looking for their first playoff series win since 2009 a year after losing to Detroit in the first round as the No. 2 seed. Anaheim is the top seed in the West this season against the wild-card Stars.