With 6 forwards out hurt, Blues fall 3-0 to Stars

With 6 forwards out hurt, Blues fall 3-0 to Stars

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DENVER, CO - MARCH 08: Head coach Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues directs his team during a time out against the Colorado Avalancheat Pepsi Center on March 8, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Blues defeated the Avalanche 2-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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by Schuyler Dixon

AP

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM

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

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.

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.

    

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