It was essentially a must-win for the Dallas Stars, and with help from Mike Ribeiro, they got the job done in Anaheim on Sunday night. His power-play goal with about five minutes remaining turned out to be the game winner as the Stars escaped town with a 4-3 victory.
Corey Perry made the game closer than it seemed with a late shorthanded goal. With the win, the Stars keep their tragic number to lose a playoff spot at six points behind 8th-seeded Chicago. With four games remaining in the regular season, the 10th-seeded Stars are three points behind the Blackhawks.
With the loss, Anaheim lost their long shot at winning the Pacific Division, but more importantly, failed to gain ground on the Blackhawks. The Ducks are only a point up on the final seed in the West, which clearly doesn't bode well for the confidence of fans at SB Nation's Anaheim Calling.
Flames 2, Avalanche 1: Miikka Kiprusoff made 34 saves to single-handedly (well, basically) save Calgary's playoff hopes with a much-needed two points. Their tragic number sits at three points with two games remaining in their season.
Lightning 2, Blackhawks 0: Chicago needed two points in this one to stay in a solid position in the Western playoff picture, but Mike Smith made 31 saves to eliminate those hopes from their minds.
Blues 6, Blue Jackets 1: A few days after beating the Wings by a touchdown, St. Louis embarrassed the Jackets by five. Interesting.