Quick recap: Blue Jackets 3, Stars 1
The Dallas Stars hopes of making the Western Conference playoffs came to an end Thursday night. The Stars were eliminated when Detroit defeated Nashville, 5-2. The Stars then lost, 3-1, to Columbus at American Airlines Center. Jamie Benn scored the lone goal for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen stopped 32 shots. The Blue Jackets, who got two goals from Cam Atkinson and 31 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky, kept their playoff hopes alive with the victory.
Red Wings victory eliminates Stars
The Stars were eliminated from the playoff race with a little more than seven minutes left in the second period when Detroit defeated Nashville, 5-2, at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit needed to lose in regulation for the Stars to stay alive in the playoff race.