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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Richard Bachman made 29 saves for his second NHL shutout and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Dallas Stars 4-0 on Friday night.

Jordan Eberle, Derek Roy, Benoit Pouliot and Andrew Miller scored to help the Oilers win their second straight game.

Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves for the Stars. They had won four in a row.

Dallas remained eight points behind Winnipeg for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference, with just seven games left.


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CALGARY, Alberta -- Ales Hemsky scored twice in regulation, Tyler Seguin had the only goal in the shootout, and the Dallas Stars beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 Wednesday night for their seventh win in eight games.

Seguin got a shot past Karri Ramo in the first round of the shootout, and Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was perfect against Joe Colborne, Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan to get the victory.

Jamie Benn also scored for Dallas, which pulled six points behind Winnipeg for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Dereky Engelland got his first two goals of the season, and Gaudreau also scored in regulation for Calgary. The Flames remained third in the Pacific Division, one point up on Los Angeles -- which is outside of a playoff spot.


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Stars rally for 4-3 win over Sabres

March, 23, 2015
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10:34
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DALLAS -- Cody Eakin scored at 16:46 of the third period and the Dallas Stars rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Monday night.

Stars captain Jamie Benn scored his team's first two goals and earned his 200th assist on the third by Patrick Eaves, who tied the game at 3-3 at 12:35 of the third.

On the winner, Eakin took a pass from John Klingberg in the left faceoff circle and beat Sabres goalie Anders Lindback, who began the season with Dallas. Lindback finished with 35 saves.

Buffalo captain Brian Gionta scored the Sabres' first two goals. Matt Moulson also scored for Buffalo.

The Stars won for the sixth time in seven games.

The Sabres, last in the NHL with 47 points, are 1-8-2 in their past 11 games.


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DALLAS -- Kari Lehtonen stopped all 33 shots, including a penalty shot, for his fifth shutout this season and 32nd of his career, and the Dallas Stars defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 on Saturday night.

Patrick Eaves, Tyler Seguin, Shawn Horcoff and Jason Spezza scored for Dallas. Alex Goligoski set up two of the Stars' goals as they won their second straight game and seventh in their last nine.

The Blackhawks had been 6-0-1 in their previous seven games.

Lehtonen turned away Brandon Saad's backhander on a penalty shot 7:13 into the third period. The penalty shot was the first Lehtonen faced this season and came after Jordie Benn tripped Saad.


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Stars hold on for 2-1 win over Penguins

March, 19, 2015
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10:31
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DALLAS -- Brett Ritchie and Jamie Benn scored 1:23 apart in the second period, and the Dallas Stars held on to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Thursday night.

Benn set up Ritchie's deflection goal at 2:15 of the second, and put his own rebound past Marc-Andre Fleury at 3:37 for a 2-0 lead.

Kris Letang scored the Penguins' second power-play goal in nine games at 13:26 of the second. They have scored only twice in losing their last four games.

Dallas' Kari Lehtonen made 15 of his 31 saves in the third period to preserve his 30th win of the season. Fleury had 24 saves.

The Stars won for the sixth time in their last eight games to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. With 11 games remaining, they are eight points away from the Western Conference's final wild-card spot.


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Allen makes 28 saves to lead Blues past Stars 3-0

March, 15, 2015
Mar 15
8:07
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DALLAS -- Jake Allen made 28 saves for his fourth shutout this season, and Vladimir Tarasenko broke a scoreless game with a goal in the third period in the St. Louis Blues' 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

The Blues added a power-play goal by Alexander Steen and an empty-netter by T.J. Oshie in the final 3:15. It was Allen's fifth career shutout.

Tarasenko skated down the slot and fired a shot past Kari Lehtonen into the lower right corner 3:33 into the third. It was Tarasenko's second game-winning goal in Dallas this season.

Steen and Oshie each had a goal and an assist, and teammate Alex Pietrangelo had two assists. St. Louis killed all six Stars power plays. The Blues' penalty killers have been successful in 29 of 30 chances over the last nine games.


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WASHINGTON -- Vernon Fiddler notched a goal and an assist, and the Dallas Stars scored three power-play goals to beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Friday night.

Shawn Horcoff and Tyler Seguin also had man-advantage goals, and Colton Sceviour also scored as Dallas completed its season-high, five-game road trip with three straight victories. The Stars won four of five overall.

The three power-play goals are the second most the Stars have scored in a game this season. They netted four in a 5-2 victory over Winnipeg on Jan. 31.

Kari Lehtonen made 18 saves and has won six consecutive games versus the Capitals. The Stars have beaten Washington seven straight times.

Curtis Glencross and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for the Capitals. Braden Holtby stopped 18 of 22 shots before being replaced after Fiddler made it 4-1 in the second period. Justin Peters stopped all nine shots he faced in relief.


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Assessing emergency goalie plans

March, 13, 2015
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11:50
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When Florida Panthers goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya were both injured in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, it forced the team into panic mode.

In a bizarre but not unique set of circumstances, the Panthers scrambled to find a goalie, eventually suiting up goalie coach Robb Tallas as their emergency backup.

Ultimately, Tallas wasn't pressed into action. Luongo returned to the game after undergoing a CT scan and went back in for Montoya, who was limping through a groin injury.

The situation made us wonder whether each team has a contingency plan for such an incident, so we reached out to all 30 to find out who would play net if both goalies go down. In many instances, it would be the goaltending coach. But for a non-roster goaltender to play, the team would need to sign him to a professional-tryout agreement (PTO) and the league needs to approve it. In some cases, it would be a former Marine, video coach or equipment guy.

"Obviously, the Florida situation was unique," a Predators spokesman said via email. "It will likely lead to more discussion on a league-wide basis as to possible options should the situation present itself somewhere else, and we will await further direction." The GMs discussed the matter further at their meetings this week in Boca Raton, Fla.


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