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Trade-happy Dallas not giving up on season
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San Jose, Calif. • Despite dealing away many of their star players before this week's NHL trade deadline, the Dallas Stars are delivering a clear message to the rest of the Western Conference that they aren't packing it in just yet.

Jamie Benn scored the lone goal in the shootout and Kari Lehtonen stopped all three attempts as the Stars snapped the San Jose Sharks' seven-game winning streak with a 5-4, come-from-behind victory on Sunday.

"They can keep thinking that. The only thing that matters is what we believe in this dressing room," Benn said. "It's not going to be pretty some nights. But the effort is going to be there and the heart and character will be there also. I think you saw part of that."

Alex Chiasson started the second rally back from a two-goal deficit when he scored his second goal of his third career game early in the third period. Loui Erickson tied it for the Stars, who have beaten division-leading Anaheim and the streaking Sharks the past two games.

Eric Nystrom also scored, and Lehtonen made 32 saves through overtime for Dallas, which moved within four points of Detroit for the final playoff spot.

"The situation we're in, every game is important," forward Ray Whitney said. "If we have any chance at all [to reach playoffs] it's going to be a pretty impressive run at the end. If you look at these guys, they hit a hot streak at the right time. You can see how it catapulted them up in the standings. For us to have any chance, we're going to have to go on a similar run."

Tommy Wingels, Brent Burns, TJ Galiardi and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored for the Sharks.

Blues 1, Red Wings 0 • In Detroit, Brian Elliott made 28 saves for his 19th career shutout and Chris Porter scored the game's only goal in St. Louis' win.

Wild 3, Blue Jackets 0 • In Columbus, Ohio, Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves, and newcomer Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist to help Minnesota snap a three-game losing streak.

Panthers 2, Senators 1 • In Sunrise, Fla., Dmitry Kulikov scored a power-play goal 10:46 into the third period to lift Florida over Ottawa. EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Pittsburgh 39 29 10 0 58 127 95

N.Y. Rngrs 38 19 15 4 42 93 90

N.Y. Isles 39 19 16 4 42 113 119

New Jersey 39 15 14 10 40 92 106

Philly 38 17 18 3 37 106 118

Northeast Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Montreal 38 25 8 5 55 120 91

Boston 37 24 9 4 52 102 79

Toronto 38 21 13 4 46 117 106

Ottawa 38 19 13 6 44 94 85

Buffalo 39 16 17 6 38 105 118

Southeast Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Wash. 39 20 17 2 42 117 110

Winnipeg 40 19 19 2 40 98 120

Carolina 37 16 19 2 34 97 115

Tampa Bay 38 16 20 2 34 121 114

Florida 39 13 20 6 32 96 132

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Central Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

x-Chicago 38 29 5 4 62 128 83

St. Louis 37 21 14 2 44 106 98

Detroit 39 19 15 5 43 99 101

Columbus 39 16 16 7 39 91 104

Nashville 40 15 17 8 38 96 109

Northwest Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Vancouver 38 21 11 6 48 103 95

Minnesota 38 22 14 2 46 103 97

Edmonton 38 16 15 7 39 100 106

Calgary 37 13 20 4 30 99 133

Colorado 38 12 21 5 29 89 121

Pacific Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Anaheim 39 26 8 5 57 121 98

L.A. 39 22 13 4 48 114 96

San Jose 38 20 11 7 47 98 94

Phoenix 38 17 15 6 40 105 104

Dallas 38 18 17 3 39 104 117

x-clinched playoff berth

Sunday's games

Dallas 5, San Jose 4 (SO)

Buffalo 3, New Jersey 2 (SO)

St. Louis 1, Detroit 0

Florida 2, Ottawa 1

Minnesota 3, Columbus 0

Washington 4, Tampa Bay 2

Chicago 5, Nashville 3

Anaheim 4, Los Angeles 3 (SO)

Monday's games

Carolina at Boston, 5 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Toronto, 5 p.m.

Calgary at Colorado, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Vancouver, 8 p.m.

Edmonton at Anaheim, 8 p.m.

Day in the NHL • Stars snap San Jose's 7-game winning streak.
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