Wild keep Stars out of playoffs with 5-3 win

Antti Miettinen's goal early in the third
period against his former team gave Minnesota the lead and kept
Dallas out of the playoffs, with a 5-3 season-ending win by the
Wild over the Stars on Sunday.
When Chicago lost at home to Detroit earlier in the day, Dallas
had a chance to grab the eighth and final spot in the Western
Conference field that looked like a long shot just a week and a
half ago. The Stars had won their last four games and were in
position to catch the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks and
win the head-to-head tiebreaker.
But Minnesota played with plenty of pride, scoring first on a
rare goal by enforcer Brad Staubitz and last on an empty-netter by
Pierre-Marc Bouchard after the Stars pulled goalie Kari Lehtonen
with 1:21 left.