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Stars win fifth straight, move into playoff spot

Sunday, 04.14.2013 / 11:29 AM CT / News
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars win fifth straight, move into playoff spot

On the night of April 3 the Dallas Stars were thought by many to be done in the Western Conference playoff race. They had just traded away two top six forwards for prospects and draft picks and were sitting in 13th place, four points out of a playoff spot. Now, 11 days later, they are in eighth place in the West and riding a five-game winning streak after topping the San Jose Sharks, 2-1 at American Airlines Center Sunday night.

“At the trade deadline we had two choices,” said Stars goaltender Richard Bachman. “One was to just give in and go through the motions. Or we could prove people wrong.”

The Stars have been proving people wrong the past week-and-a-half, putting together an impressive run to climb up the standings and into the top eight in the West with seven games remaining in the season.

“I think we are starting to carve out an identity and figuring out why we are successful,” said Stars forward Eric Nystrom.” There’s a certain way we have to play, we are not a high-risk team. When we tried that earlier in the year we just got picked apart. Now we are playing a more straight line game. We’re getting pucks in, we’re getting bodies to the net and we’re paying the price. That’s what it takes to win. The best teams might have more skill, but they are still doing those little things that make the difference between winning and losing. We’re finding the way of what that takes.”

The Stars got another stellar performance from Bachman, who stopped 31 of 32 shots to win his third straight decision. Bachman had a couple of big saves in the second, stopping Joe Pavelski and then a Patrick Marleau rebound attempt with San Jose on the power play. In the third he stopped 12 of 13 shots as the Sharks stepped up the pressure trying to tie the game.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 9 5 7 5 12
J. Spezza 9 4 6 1 10
C. Eakin 9 0 7 1 7
A. Goligoski 9 3 2 -5 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 9 3 1 0 4
R. Faksa 9 2 2 1 4
J. Klingberg 9 1 3 -5 4
A. Hemsky 9 1 3 0 4
M. Janmark 8 1 3 -1 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 4 1 0 .903 2.70
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .872 3.33
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