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Stars fail to pull ahead of Coyotes for Western Wild Card spot

Apr 4, 2014, 1:14 AM EST

Nathan Gerbe, Kari Lehtonen, Jamie Benn AP

It was there for the Dallas Stars. The chance to separate away from the Phoenix Coyotes for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. Didn’t work out that way, however.

The Stars lost on the road to the Carolina Hurricanes by a final score of 4-1 on Thursday. They remain in the Wild Card spot but are tied in points with the Coyotes at 85.

Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen was pulled in the second period after giving up three goals in the span of 4:35, as the Hurricanes pulled away, eventually for the win.

“We had our chances to get one and get some momentum, but we just didn’t get it done. We had some good looks, but our second chances just weren’t there,” Stars’ defenseman Trevor Daley told the Dallas Morning News.

“I felt we didn’t react the right way when we got scored on. When you get scored on, you want to be aggressive, and I thought we laid back.”

  1. darksidecowboy - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Well not the kind of game Stars fans wanted, at least to lessen the anxiety of making the playoffs. Nemeth had a rough one, which is expected. I question putting in Kari even after shutout though. With the stretch of back to backs coming I’d think Thomas would have been better served. Kari hasn’t had the best record for second games of back to backs. Now for a Florida sweep. C’mon Stars bring it home now! Playoffs baby Playoffs!

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