Postgame observations from a 5-3 loss

Are the Stars' playoff hopes officially extinguished? Last week, GM Joe Nieuwendyk said the team needed to win five of six on the homestand to have a realistic chance, and that's impossible now after losses to LA and Colorado. But coach Marc Crawford isn't ready to give up on his team's playoff chances.

"They're not over, not at all," Crawford said. "You just have to win the next game. You get two points, and you keep going. You don't try to win four (games); you try to win one."

Next up: First place San Jose on Tuesday night at 7:30 at the AAC.

Some other notes:

*The Stars marveled at the play of Colorado goalie Craig Anderson after he stopped 48 of 51 shots to steal the victory. Anderson was particularly good in the final two minutes, when the Stars had essentially a two-man advantage with a power play and a pulled goalie. "Their goalie was unbelievable," James Neal said. "We had traffic in front, we had shots coming in from everywhere. He stopped everything."

*The Stars are now 1-5-1 since the Olympic break. They've given up five or more goals in five of those seven games. The defense has been worse than the goaltending in most of those games, but goaltending was the culprit Sunday. Turco only stopped 14 of 18 shots, and Lehtonen stopped three of four.

*One big reason for the Stars' defensive struggles is poor penalty killing. Colorado scored on two of three power plays. Since the break, the Stars have killed only 16 of 23 penalties (.696).

*Crawford singled out Mike Ribeiro and Stephane Robidas for their stellar play Sunday. Ribeiro was 17 of 25 on faceoffs (68 percent) and Robidas dished out five hits and had a blocked shot.