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Stars’ Ruff gets 600th win vs. long-time team Sabres

Mar 3, 2014, 10:46 PM EST

Lindy Ruff won 571 games as the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres, so it only seems fitting that his 600th came against his old team as the Dallas Stars bested Buffalo 3-2 on Monday.

Here’s video of the game-winning goal, which was credited to Alex Chiasson:

Whether they decide to dangle him in a trade or not, Stars veteran Ray Whitney had a nice night, collecting two assists. The Stars hammered 37 shots on Jhonas Enroth, who kept Buffalo in the game despite a serious disparity in play.

Chris Stewart didn’t have the greatest debut (or some wonder, lone appearance) in Buffalo, registering a -2 rating in 17:24 minutes. Jaroslav Halak watched the game – likely to keep him healthy in case the right trade offer comes – but Matt Moulson continues to pump up his trade value, as the forward added two assists today.

With the Minnesota Wild also winning today, the Stars kept pace with the West’s bubble teams. Here is how the West wild card race looks as of this evening:

Two wild card teams

Minnesota: 75 points in 62 games played
Dallas: 68 points in 61 GP

Bubble teams (cutoff at 60+ points)

Winnipeg: 66 points in 62 GP
Vancouver: 66 points in 63 GP
Phoenix: 65 points in 61 GP
Nashville: 62 points in 61 GP

Ruff already won his return home to Buffalo. It’s possible the former Sabres coach might just squeeze into the playoffs thanks in part to victories against Buffalo, but the Stars still have a long way to go.

  1. ewampus - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    What he is doing for this young Stars team is very exciting. Hope he gets 600 more.

  2. jpelle82 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    was a really fun game to watch last night, i flipped it on just to pass time in the background and got sucked in pretty quickly. stars are a pretty fast exciting team right now and enroth gave them all they could handle last night. good stuff.

  3. ralphwilsonisrich - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Ole Lindy is probably telling everybody told you so with Pegula.

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