EDMONTON – Joe Pavelski broke the deadlock with 31.4 seconds left in the third period and Anton Khudobin withstood the three shootout shots on Sunday as the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues, 2 -1.
Dallas thus secured third place in the West for the next round.
“We found what it takes to win,” said Pavelski. I wouldn’t say it’s a relief, but it does help a bit for confidence. We are looking forward. ”
Denis Gurianov was the only one to score in the shootout.
The Stars had lost their first two games of the recovery. They will face the Calgary Flames in the first round of the playoffs.
Defending Stanley Cup champions, the Blues failed to claim a victory in the top 4 round robin tournament in the West.
“Certainly we weren’t at our best in all three games, but there has been steady progress,” said Jake Allen, who turned away 18 pucks on Sunday.
Their next rivals will be the Vancouver Canucks.
“The Canucks are a great team,” added Allen. They are fast, young and talented. ”
Khudobin made 12 saves in regular time and overtime.
The Stars had to make do without center Tyler Seguin and regular goaltender Ben Bishop. They were “not able to play,” the club said.
Allen was launched into action for the first time in the hub city of Edmonton.
Robert Thomas was the goalscorer for the Blues on the first shot of the game.
“When we deploy our style of play, we’re tough to beat,” said Thomas. Beyond the result, we wanted to find our bearings, and we started to do so. ”
The Associated Press