(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars will try to get their playoff push back on
track and avoid a third straight loss when they visit the San Jose Sharks in
Tuesday's Western Conference showdown at HP Pavilion.
The Stars enter Tuesday 10th in the West and three points out of a playoff
spot with three games left. Dallas aided its playoff chances during a five-
game win streak from April 5-13, but the club has dropped three of four since
and is running out of time to prove itself postseason worthy.
Dallas is three points behind both Minnesota and Columbus for the last two
playoff spots in the West and Detroit is also one point ahead of the Stars in
ninth place. The Wild play Tuesday against Los Angeles, while both Detroit and
Columbus are idle. All of those teams have three games left, except the Blue
Jackets, who have only two.
The Stars have missed four straight postseasons since making it to the
conference finals in the spring of 2008.
Dallas fell to 0-1-1 on a three-game road trip after Sunday's 4-3 overtime
loss to the Los Angeles Kings. The Stars trailed 2-0 at one point before
rallying to go ahead 3-2 less than a minute into the third period. However,
Dustin Brown would tie the game for L.A. a few minutes later and Jeff Carter
scored with 51.4 seconds left in OT to give the Kings two points.
Alex Goligoski had a goal and an assist for the Stars, while Antoine Roussel
and Loui Eriksson also scored. Kari Lehtonen stopped 27-of-31 shots in defeat.
"Our work ethic was there as it has been for a while now so it's always good
to see," Goligoski said. "Points are huge right now and battle back a little
bit to get one point but we kind of let it slip right there, but we just got
to move on and if we win these next three, we feel like we have a pretty good
The Stars are 11-10-2 as the road team this year. They will close the regular
season with two straight home tests against Columbus and Detroit.
San Jose, meanwhile, needs just one point in Tuesday's game to secure its
ninth straight trip to the playoffs. The Sharks are seeded fifth in the West
and trail Los Angeles by two points. Both San Jose and the Kings, who are
playing Tuesday in Minnesota, have three games left in the regular season.
The Sharks also are just one point ahead of sixth-seeded St. Louis, which
plays Tuesday against visiting Colorado. The Blues also have three games
San Jose had won three in a row before dropping a 4-3 regulation decision
Sunday against visiting Columbus. Ryan Johansen broke a 3-3 tie for the Blue
Jackets with 1:37 left in regulation to deny the Sharks the point they needed
to lock up a postseason spot.
Andrew Desjardins and Joe Pavelski scored to erase a two-goal, third-period
deficit for the Sharks. Martin Havlat scored, while Antti Niemi made only 18
saves for San Jose.
"It's our game that will get us there or won't get us there. Forget about the
clinch part," San Jose head coach Todd McLellan said.
San Jose is wrapping a four-game homestand tonight and has a superb 16-2-5
record at the Shark Tank this season. The club will complete its regular
season with two straight on the road against Phoenix and L.A.
Dallas is 3-0 against the Sharks this season, but San Jose had won seven of
eight in this series before the 2012-13 campaign. The Stars had lost four
straight in San Jose before recording a 5-4 shootout win on April 7. Rookie
Alex Chiasson had two goals for Dallas in that win, but is currently sidelined
with a shoulder injury.
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