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STARS WIN TO CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT; POSTSEASON FIELD SET

Times wires

DALLAS - Trevor Daley had a goal and an assist, Kari Lehtonen recorded his fifth shutout of the season, and the Stars clinched their first playoff berth since 2008 with a 3-0 victory against the Blues on Friday night.

The Stars were the last team to clinch a playoff spot. They are locked in to the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, which means they will face the top team in the West in the first round.

The Stars missed the postseason a franchise-record five straight seasons after never going more than one without a playoff trip since moving to Dallas in 1993. The longest previous drought was three seasons in Minnesota in the early 1970s.

Dallas' victory eliminated Phoenix in the race for the West's final playoff spot and kept the Stars from having to worry about a potential win-or-go-home game at the Coyotes on Sunday.

St. Louis, outshot 40-22, dropped its fifth straight game for the first time since February of last year. The playoff-bound Blues also jeopardized their shot at the top seed in the Western Conference.

Game highlights: The Red Wings' 2-1 loss to the visiting Hurricanes locked Detroit into the second wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. That means the Wings will face the Bruins in the first round. Boston has clinched first place in the conference. ... Islanders beat the host Devils 3-2 in a shootout in what might have been Devils goalie Martin Brodeur's final start, at least for New Jersey. Brodeur, 41, the NHL career leader in wins (687) and shutouts (124) in a 20-year career with New Jersey, is in the last season of his contract. The Devils' season finale is Sunday at home against the Bruins. "I'd like Marty to play on Sunday, but I haven't spoken to him about that," DeBoer said. ... Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 51st goal to help lead the host Capitals to a low-intensity 4-0 rout of the coasting Blackhawks.

Around the league: Wild forward Mike Rupp was suspended for four games - the regular-season finale Sunday and the Wild's first three playoff games - for a hit to the head of Blues forward T.J. Oshie on Thursday. Rupp is a seldom-used veteran who before the game had not played since Feb. 1. Oshie didn't play against the Stars on Friday with what the team said was an upper-body injury. ... Oilers forward Ryan Smyth, 38, will retire after tonight's game against the Canucks. Smyth, called "Captain Canada" for his loyalty to the national team, has 386 goals and 456 assists in 1,269 regular-season games in 18 seasons with Edmonton, the Islanders, the Avalanche and the Kings. ... As expected, Hall of Fame player Brendan Shanahan was named president of the Maple Leafs and began his job immediately. Shanahan leaves his job as NHL director of player safety. He will be replaced by former player Stephane Quintal.

at Stars 0 2 1 3 Blues 0 0 0 0

First Period-None. Penalties-Shattenkirk, StL (tripping), 4:20; Polak, StL (holding), 13:39; Ott, StL (roughing), 19:15; Roussel, Dal (roughing), 19:15.

Second Period-1, Dallas, Daley 9 (Ja.Benn), 5:52. 2, Dallas, Seguin 37 (Ja.Benn, Daley), 11:58 (pp). Penalties-Jaskin, StL (hooking), 11:48; Schwartz, StL (closing hand on puck), 13:05; Jackman, StL (delay of game), 19:16.

Third Period-3, Dallas, Garbutt 17 (Goligoski, Fiddler), 4:27. Penalties-Seguin, Dal (hooking), 8:48; Ott, StL (roughing), 12:26; Fiddler, Dal (roughing), 12:26; Ja.Benn, Dal (high-sticking), 15:50. Shots on Goal-St. Louis 9-6-7-22. Dallas 10-21-9-40. Power-play opportunities-St. Louis 0 of 2; Dallas 1 of 5. Goalies-St. Louis, Miller 25-29-4 (40 shots-37 saves). Dallas, Lehtonen 33-20-10 (22-22).

Islanders 1 0 1 0 3 at Devils 2 0 0 0 2 Islanders s win shootout 3-1

First Period-1, N.Y. Islanders, Lee 7 (Nielsen), 10:04. 2, New Jersey, Carter 7 (Bernier, Gionta), 11:03. 3, New Jersey, Elias 18 (T.Zajac, Jagr), 19:51. Penalties-None.

Second Period-None. Penalties-Sestito, NJ (tripping), 19:32.

Third Period-4, N.Y. Islanders, Strome 7 (Nielsen, Donovan), :19 (pp). Penalties-Hamonic, NYI (tripping), 4:41; Jagr, NJ (hooking), 10:55.

Overtime-None. Penalties-Merrill, NJ (tripping), 2:08.

Shootout-N.Y. Islanders 3 (Nielsen G, Bailey G, Strome G), New Jersey 1 (Brunner G, Jagr NG). Shots on Goal-N.Y. Islanders 4-13-9-4-30. New Jersey 13-3-11-0-27. Power-play opportunities-N.Y. Islanders 1 of 3; New Jersey 0 of 1. Goalies-N.Y. Islanders, Nilsson 7-7-2 (27 shots-25 saves). New Jersey, Brodeur 18-14-6 (30-28).

Hurricanes 2 0 0 2 at Red Wings 9 9 1 1

First Period-1, Carolina, Lindholm 9 (Loktionov, Harrison), 8:15 (pp). 2, Carolina, Tlusty 16 (E.Staal, Faulk), 18:24. Penalties-Detroit bench, served by Nyquist (too many men), 7:34.

Second Period-None. Penalties-Hainsey, Car (tripping), 6:21; Skinner, Car (roughing), 14:05; Quincey, Det (holding stick), 14:05.

Third Period-3, Detroit, Sheahan 8 (Jurco, Tatar), 3:43 (pp). Penalties-Harrison, Car (slashing), 2:58; Detroit bench, served by Nyquist (too many men), 15:24. Shots on Goal-Carolina 8-7-4-19. Detroit 11-9-9-29. Power-play opportunities-Carolina 1 of 2; Detroit 1 of 2. Goalies-Carolina, Ward 10-12-6 (29 shots-28 saves). Detroit, Howard 21-19-11 (19-17). A-20,066 (20,066).

at Capitals 2 2 0 4 Blackhawks 0 0 0 0

First Period-1, Washington, Ovechkin 51 (Carlson, Backstrom), 2:04 (pp). 2, Washington, Beagle 3 (Orlov, Kuznetsov), 9:22. Penalties-Kruger, Chi (holding), 1:03; Carrick, Was (interference), 11:36.

Second Period-3, Washington, Backstrom 18 (Ovechkin, Alzner), 1:19. 4, Washington, Beagle 4 (Chimera, Ward), 16:16. Penalties-Chicago bench, served by Bickell (too many men), 4:00; Washington bench, served by Kuznetsov (too many men), 19:18.

Third Period-None. Penalties-Brookbank, Chi (roughing), 3:26; Ovechkin, Was (hooking), 4:45. Shots on Goal-Chicago 7-10-17-34. Washington 7-13-7-27. Power-play opportunities-Chicago 0 of 3; Washington 1 of 3. Goalies-Chicago, Crawford 32-16-10 (20 shots-16 saves), Raanta (0:00 third, 7-7). Washington, Halak 29-13-7 (34-34).

Playoff chase

The top three teams in each division get berths. The two teams in each conference with the next-highest point totals, regardless of division, get wild cards. Wild-card standings with points, games left and regulation/overtime wins (ROW, tiebreaker):

East Pts GL ROW

yBlue Jackets 91 137

ywRed Wings 91 133

West Pts GL ROW

ywWild 98 1 35

ywStars 912 35

yClinched playoff spot

wLocked in to wild-card spot

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