Entering Game 3 of the series against the Minnesota Wild, the Dallas Stars had a 2-0 lead in the series. 4 minutes into Game 3, the Stars were already up 2-0. The Stars were in command. The 3-0 series lead close in reach.
But then something happened. The Stars lost 3-5.
And this is when sports crosses into something more than sports. Time and time again, we have seen teams all across sports that get big leads early on in the game and somehow end up picking up the L. Why is this such a common occurrence in sports?
It’s all in the mindset. For some reason, sometimes when teams have a big lead, they become overconfident and loosen up, not putting as much effort as they could. They also don’t want to take any risks and try too hard – no one wants to sprain their ankle, for example, in a blowout with 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter.
Plain and simple, it’s human nature to only give our best when we feel like we need our best to succeed.
But for the Stars, it’s the playoffs, and every game counts. However, if the Stars have the right mindset and treat every remaining game like a best of 1 series, they should be just fine.