NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Columbus
(Tuesday, April 18th)
Final Score: Columbus 5, Dallas 4 (OT)
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Sergei Fedorov scored 35 seconds into overtime to lift Columbus over Dallas, 5-4, at Nationwide Arena in the regular season finale for both teams.
David Vyborny picked up a goal and two assists and Trevor Letowski tallied a goal and one assist for the Blue Jackets, who end their season with three wins in their final four games. Marc Denis stopped 32-of-36 shots in the win.
Steve Ott, Niklas Hagman and Bill Guerin each totaled a goal and an assist for the Stars, who finish as the second seed in the Western Conference and will face Colorado in the first round of the playoffs. Johan Hedberg made 26 saves for Dallas, which will host the Avalanche Saturday afternoon.
Vyborny slid a pass through the slot that Fedorov one-timed from the right circle past the outstretched glove of Hedberg for the game-winner.
Columbus struck first 44 seconds into the second period as Vyborny notched his 22nd goal of the season as he slid a shot along the ice from the right circle that found its way between the pads of Hedberg.
Guerin answered for Dallas as he one-timed a pass from Brenden Morrow past Denis to tie the score. However, the Blue Jackets went back on top as Manny Malhotra wristed a shot from the left circle that was stopped by Hedberg. The rebound went right to Letowski who flipped the disc over the glove of the Dallas netminder, giving Columbus a 2-1 lead.
The lead went to 3-1 as Jamie Pushor ripped a slap shot from the right boards that whistled past Hedberg glove side with 56 seconds left in the second period.
The Stars grabbed a 4-3 lead in the third period with three goals separated by less than four minutes to take the lead.
The first came as Hagman backhanded a pass from in close to Niko Kapanen, who one-timed it past Denis. Ott scored the second goal as he one-timed a pass from Morrow into a wide open right side of the net as Denis was caught out of position. Hagman scored his eighth goal of the season with 10:29 to play as he wristed the puck past a sprawling Denis.
Mark Hartigan sent the game into overtime as he slapped a one-timer from the high slot with 56.6 seconds left and Columbus enjoying a two-man advantage.
Mike Modano was among a handful of regulars for Dallas who sat out Tuesday's game to get rest for the playoffs...The Stars head into the playoffs with back-to-back losses...Columbus went 2-for-5 on the power play while the Stars converted 1-of-5 opportunities.
04/19 01:47:23 ET