Apr 7, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Jamie Langenbrunner (15) and center Vladimir Sobotka (17) crash into Dallas Stars goalie Richard Bachman (31) during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Stars Lose To Blues 3-2 In Season Finale, Finish 10th In West

The Stars youngsters couldn't quite hang with the St. Louis Blues in a 3-2 loss in the season finale. The loss puts the Stars in the 10th spot in the Western Conference.

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That's A Wrap: Stars Lose Season Finale 3-2 To Blues

The Stars and Blues finally puy on a little bit of offense and excitement as the regular closed down.

The Blues would score their second goal of the game on a power play after a Loui Eriksson tripping penalty. David Perron screened Richard Bachman and tipped in a shot from Alexander Steen. Bachman had no chance of seeing the puck and couldn't stop it from flying by his right elbow.

Ryan Garbutt would continue his great game and score a goal immediately after that, his second of the season. Eriksson put a shot on net that Halak stopped but he couldn't handle the puck. It dribbled out of his glove and he went to the ice and Garbutt pounced on the rebound and put it into the net. It's a well deserved goal for one of the best players in tonight's game. Jordie Benn also recorded an assist on the goal, also his second point of the season.

Perron got his second power play goal of the game a couple of minutes later on the closing minutes of a Blues power play. He got the puck off of a bad Eriksson turnover at center ice and skated along the right-hand boards. When he got near the face-off circle, he just snapped back and sniped it right by Bachman's right shoulder to put the Blues up 3-1.

Philip Larsen put in the Stars second goal of the game with three minutes left in the period. He fired the puck from the right side and an Eric Nystrom screen blocked out Halak's vision and the puck went over his shoulder. It's Larsen's third goal of the season.

The guy that made the biggest impression this game was Brenden Dillon. He looked fantastic this game and definitely deserves a spot on the roster at the beginning of next season.


2nd Intermission Report: Stars 0 - Blues 1

The Stars were the victims of the hockey gods once again in the second period as a crazy goal put the Blues ahead 1-0.

Richard Bachman was excellent in the second period. He made some point blank saves as well as some sliding saves and didn't give up rebounds for the Blues to pounce on. He's looking great in this game.

The only goal that got past him was pure luck and he had no fault in it. Kris Russell shot a puck from Bachman's right side which got blocked by Michael Ryder's stick. The puck flew straight up into the air, fluttered for a couple of seconds above everyone and then dropped in perfectly right behind Bachman and into the net. Bachman and every other player on the ice had no idea where the puck was until it dropped into the Stars net. It's up there to be ranked as the ugliest goal of all time.

Ryan Garbutt had an excellent period. He was a bulldog on the ice, working hard for every puck and creating a few scoring chances. The best one went to Adam Burish, who had a free breakaway from the blue line after Garbutt won a puck battle. Burish failed to score though as he tried to shoot it past Jaroslav Halak from the slot. Garbutt also had himself a fight after Barret Jackman hit him and wouldn't let him get to his feet.

Scott Glennie took his first penalty of his career but has otherwise been pretty invisible so far tonight. The same goes for Reilly Smith.

Jordie Benn and Brenden Dillon are doing great though and have been some of the Stars best players on the ice, especially Dillon. Dillon has five shots on goal, three hits and three blocked shots so far this game, leading the team in all categories except hits.


1st Intermission Report: Stars 0 - Blues 0

This meaningless game between the Stars and Blues got off to a very slow start.

The Blues played a pretty mean joke on the Stars in this period. They took three penalties in the first 10 minutes and the Stars' historically bad power play took the ice three times. They managed only one shot combined and could barely keep the puck in the zone. Dallas had more scoring chances on one penalty kill than they did with three power plays.

The most interesting part about this meaningless game is the call-ups of youngsters Brenden Dillon, Jordie Benn and Scott Glennie. Reilly Smith also returned to the starting lineup and played alongside Jamie Benn and Michael Ryder, a possible line combination for the start of next season.

Smith took a penalty in the period and had no shots on goal. Glennie had no shots on goal as well. Dillon and Jordie Benn were throwing the body around and did a pretty good job keeping the forwards in front of them.

St. Louis outshot Dallas 9-8 in the period.


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