National Hockey League

Stars blank Blues, secure playoff berth

Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves for his fifth shutout of the season as the Dallas Stars defeated the St. Louis Blues, 3-0, to clinch their first playoff berth since 2008.

The Stars secured the final spot in the Western Conference, eliminating the Phoenix Coyotes in the process.

Tyler Seguin and Ryan Garbutt both scored while Trevor Daley supplied a goal and an assist. Jamie Benn contributed two assists for Dallas, which won two of its last three.

Ryan Miller stopped 37-of-40 shots in the Blues fifth straight loss. St. Louis was without both David Backes (foot) and T.J. Oshie, who was caught by an illegal hit to the head from Minnesota Wild forward Mike Rupp on Thursday. Rupp was suspended four games for the illegal hit.

St. Louis is currently tied with Colorado for the Central Division lead. The Avalanche, who are currently in action against San Jose, could clinch the division title with a win against the Sharks.

04/11 23:25:14 ET

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