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Blue Jackets still alive in Western Conference playoff race after 3-1 win over Stars

Friday, 04.26.2013 / 12:05 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Blue Jackets still alive in Western Conference playoff race after 3-1 win over Stars

DALLAS - Cam Atkinson scored two goals and Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves and the Columbus Blue Jackets stayed alive in the Western Conference playoff race with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Mark Letestu snapped a 1-1 tie in the third period for the game-winner.

Before the game ended, the Stars were eliminated from playoff contention when Detroit defeated Nashville 5-2, moving past Minnesota into seventh in the Western Conference.

The Blue Jackets are even in points with the Wild, who hold eighth place due to the non-shootout wins tiebreaker.

Columbus needs to beat the Predators on Saturday, and have the Stars beat the Red Wings in regulation on Saturday, or have the Wild earn no more than one point in their two remaining games, for just the second post-season berth in franchise history and first since 2009.

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