Stars send Blues to 5-4 loss in overtime

Sunday, April 5, 2009
The Blues' David Backes fires a shot past Stars goalie Matt Climie during the second period Saturday in Dallas. (TIM SHARP ~ Associated Press)

DALLAS -- 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 4-4, Daley skated up the right side, and fired Mike Modano's centering pass past Blues goalie Chris Mason.

"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.

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