Jan 12, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan (46) and defenseman Brian Strait (37) celebrate the win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. The Islanders defeated the Stars 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Stars Collapse; Drop Sixth in a Row

Jan 12, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) celebrates his second gaol against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. The Islanders defeated the Stars 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys are not the only Dallas team to take issue with New York metro opponents. The Stars lost to the [Long] Islanders last night for the second time in a week, book-ending two other defeats at the hands of the Devils and Rangers.

Jan 12, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal against Dallas Stars goalie Dan Ellis (not pictured) during the third period at American Airlines Center. The Islanders defeated the Stars 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas led 2-0 after the 1st, but it wouldn’t be long before the Islander leadership took over.

Kyle Okposo wristed it in for the 2nd period’s only goal, then did it again with less than 5 minutes left in the 3rd. Captain John Tavares followed up hardly three minutes later with the go-ahead goal, and Brock Nelson wristed an empty-netter to seal the game.

For the second time this season, John Tavares torched the Stars. In their first meeting, 2009’s first overall pick garnered 5 points on the way to a 7-3 victory.

The inclination may be to place blame on Goalies Kari Lehtonen and Dan Ellis for recent woes, but the fault probably lies more with the Stars defense. Lehtonen is actually having a decent season, but he is third in the league in Shots Against (1,098). If the Stars have any hope in making the playoffs, as they are currently 10th in the Western conference, their defense needs to be more consistent.

Where do you think the Stars are headed this season?  How telling are the recent losses?  Sound off in the comments below!

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