MONTREAL, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 20: Brock Trotter #59 of the Montreal Canadiens battles for the puck with Raymond Sawada #12 of the Dallas Stars during the NHL pre-season game at the Bell Centre on September 20, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Stars defeated the Canadiens 6-3. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Stars Vs. Canadiens: Dallas Wins 3-0, Now Just One Point Out Of Playoff Contention

The Stars broke a two-game losing skid and gained ground on Calgary and L.A. for the final seed in the Western Conference.

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Stars Vs. Canadiens Final Score: Dallas Gets Closer To Playoff Spot With 3-0 Win

The Dallas Stars are now just a point shy of the eighth and final playoff spot in the NHL's Western Conference after grabbing two points in a 3-0 win at Montreal Wednesday night. Kari Lehtonen had 31 saves and former Hab Mike Ribeiro had a goal as the Stars gained ground on Calgary and Los Angeles (both with 65 points) in the playoff race.

Rookie Ryan Gabutt scored his first NHL goal since being called up to start the scoring late in the first period, while Montreal couldn't muster much of anything on offense, blowing four power play opportunities to try and tie the game in the second period. Ribeiro, a Montreal native who played for the Canadiens for four seasons, made it 2-0 and the Stars cruised.

For more on the Dallas Stars, check out Defending Big D. For Montreal Canadiens news, head over to Habs Eyes On The Prize. For all your hockey needs, visit SB Nation's NHL page.

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The Dallas Stars are looking to avoid losing their third game in a row on Tuesday night in Montreal against the Canadiens.

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