DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars won – and lost.
Defenseman Trevor Daley scored 16 seconds into overtime to give
Dallas a 5-4 victory over the Blues on Saturday night. But it
was a hollow victory for the Stars, who were eliminated from
With the point for reaching overtime, St. Louis reached 86
points to match Anaheim and Nashville in the race for the final
two Western Conference playoff spots.
“It’s almost a Game 7 situation every game we play right now,”
St. Louis center Keith Tkachuk said.
Loui Eriksson had two goals for the injury-depleted Stars in
their final home game of the season. Mike Ribeiro and Steve Ott
also scored for Dallas, 2-6-2 in its last 10.
The Stars will miss the postseason for the first time since
2001-02 and the second time in the last 12 seasons after coming
within two games of reaching the Stanley Cup finals last year.
“You make the playoffs by playing well all year,” Stars coach
Dave Tippett said. “We were too inconsistent over the course of
the season to give ourselves a chance.”
Brad Boyes had two goals and two assists for the Blues, 6-1-1 in
their last eight. Rookie T.J. Oshie added a power-play goal, and
David Backes also scored.
With the game tied at 4, Daley skated up the right side, and
fired Mike Modano’s centering pass past Blues goalie Chris
“I found a hole,” Daley said. “I think it just bounced off my
stick and went in.”
Blues coach Andy Murray was disappointed with his team’s
“When you score four goals on the road you should come away with
two points,” Murray said. “Overall our attention to defensive
detail wasn’t what we needed it to be.”
Dallas’ Matt Climie made 22 saves in his NHL debut, replacing
top goalie Marty Turco, out with a lower-body injury. Climie,
getting the call ahead of regular backup Tobias Stephan, was an
emergency callup from Idaho of the ECHL, where he was 27-12-1
with a league-best 2.30 goals-against average. Turco had started
73 of 79 games and has played an NHL-high 4,263 minutes.
With the score tied at 3 and Modano serving a double-minor for
high-sticking, Oshie scored his 14th of the season from the left
circle with 13:16 remaining.
But Ott went in alone and connected on a backhand from close
range with 6:13 left in regulation to tie it at 4.
Dallas grabbed a 1-0 lead at 10:57 of the opening period when
Eriksson took advantage of a misplay by Mason.
Mason skated behind the net to play the puck, but Dallas’ Tom
Wandell was there to pass it in front to Eriksson, who fired
into an open net.
Climie stopped the first seven shots he faced before Boyes’
deflection at 2:15 of the second period tied it at 1.
Ribeiro notched his 25th of the season at 4:54 of the second
period, converted Matt Niskanen’s cross-ice pass to give the
Stars a 2-1 edge.
Boyes scored his 32nd from between the circles 1:45 later to
draw the Blues even at 2, and Backes fired a shot into the upper
right corner at 17:10 of the second period to put St. Louis in
Eriksson’s rebound 35 seconds into the third period was his
career-best 36th goal, pulling the Stars into a 3-all tie.