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Stars snap losing streak with win over Senators

Mar 22, 2014, 7:04 PM EDT

Trevor Daley AP

Trying to get back into the Western Conference playoff race, the Dallas Stars needed a victory in the worst way.

On Saturday against the Ottawa Senators, the Stars peppered goalie Robin Lehner with rubber – finishing with 44 shots on the day – before finally opening the game up on their way to an important 3-1 victory. It snapped the Stars’ losing streak at four games.

For now, it also gets them back to within two points of the Phoenix Coyotes, currently holding down the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. The Coyotes are in action tonight, as they go up against the red-hot Boston Bruins, winners of 11 consecutive games. So, it was critical for the Stars to do their part in trying to make up on ground in the West.

The Stars (with 77 points) now have 12 games remaining in their regular season. After tonight, the Coyotes (currently with 79 points) will have only 11 remaining.

Cue the scoreboard watching, if players haven’t been doing that already.

“Sometimes, you think it’s best not to, but I know it’s there. I’ve done the math, and I know what we have to do,” Stars’ center Vern Fiddler told the Dallas Morning News.

“I think the veterans can handle it, and we have to help the younger players with that. You obviously have to concentrate on each game and each shift, but I don’t think there’s any harm in knowing where you stand.”

  1. jacketsfan7 - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    That picture is hilarious

    • einjzmolf - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      The whole celebration was hilarious. Quite the pirouette he pulled off! Stars desperately needed that win, points-wise and confidence wise.

  2. darksidecowboy - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Two desperate clubs needing a win, finally Dallas gets it done. With a Yotes loss, it seems that the wild card spot might just come down to the last game in Glendale, can’t wait when the Stars can just think about seeding and not just barely squeaking in the playoffs, jeez!

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