ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Stars captain Brenden Morrow said that two wins to end the season won't erase the fact that the Stars are out of the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
"We can't be living in our 99-2000 glory days," Morrow said. "We have to go out and create our own winning tradition around here. There's still enough of us around that competed in the playoffs and have gone deep and know what those feeling are. When you miss out on it, it really makes you hungry and motivates you the next season."
Morrow said there are parts of the team to build on for the future.
"We have the consistency of guys like Loui Eriksson and James Neal and [Brad] Richards," Morrow said. "The way they play around the net and do the small things, that line's got it going. [Jamie] Benn getting going. He's going to be a game changer for us. Having a big goalie back there in [Kari] Lehtonen. There are a lot of questions with Marty Turco, Jere Lehtinen and Mike Modano, but the young guys getting experience like Philip Larsen is really going to help us in the long run."
Steve Ott, who scored two goals on Saturday, was pleased with the professionalism the team showed by playing hard all the way to the end of the season. The team took the last 14 games and pretended they were 7-game series. They ended up winning both series, though it wasn't enough to get them into the postseason.
"Winning is something we take pride in," Ott said. "It's easy to just fold the tent at this point in the season. But there are a lot of guys with stuff to prove."
Ott is also excited about parts of the future, saying this was a transition year into a new style of hockey. He cited Eriksson, Neal, Benn, Lehtonen as important pieces for the future.
"Joe is probably a little bit hungry come July to make this team better," Ott said. "One thing that it pretty easy for me to sign here was that Dallas has a winning tradition. We don't take not making the playoffs lightly either. There's a lot of pride in putting on a Dallas Stars uniform."