Dallas Stars boost playoff chances with shootout win over Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, on Monday
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer
DALLAS — The Dallas Stars finally got another extra point after regulation, and it moved the defending Western Conference champions up in the standings in their late push to get back in the playoffs.
Denis Gurianov scored in the fifth round of a shootout for a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.
“Honestly, it’s a huge relief,” said rookie Jason Robertson, who scored a goal in regulation before converting the first shootout attempt for Dallas. “I know that everyone in the locker room has been disappointed in the last few months about the points we’ve left on the table in the shootout.”
The Stars have earned points in a season-best seven games in a row (5-0-2), but they also have an NHL-high 12 overtime losses (six shootouts) this season. They had lost six in a row since mid-March when tied after regulation. Had they gotten the extra point in only a few of those, they could already be in playoff position.
“It was great to finally win a game in the shootout, lost too many as we all know,” coach Rick Bowness said.
Dallas moved into fifth place in the Central Division with 48 points, one ahead of Chicago, with 12 regular-season games left. Nashville is fourth with 51 points, but only nine games remaining. The top four teams make the postseason.
Roope Hintz had a goal and an assist for the Stars, and Miro Heiskanen assisted on both regulation goals.
Anton Khudobin stopped 20 shots before the shootout, including a glove save reaching around a defender with less than three minutes left in regulation.
After Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin got a puck through Khudobin’s legs in the first round of the tiebreaker, the Stars goalie stopped the next four attempts, including Filip Hronek’s try after Gurianov had beaten Thomas Greiss at the other end.
Greiss finished with 34 saves, and both goalies had three in overtime.
Luke Glendening, with only three goals in his first 44 games and none since March 11, scored two tying goals for Detroit in the second period.
It was the first of four consecutive games this week between the teams, with another matchup Tuesday night in Dallas. Then they play in Detroit on Thursday and Saturday, when the Stars start a regular season-ending stretch with nine of their last 11 games on the road.