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Daley's overtime goal lifts Stars over Blues

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

playoff contention.

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

defensive effort.

"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.



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