DALLAS - Tyler Seguin scored in the fourth round of a shootout and the playoff-chasing Dallas Stars won 3-2 over Nashville on Tuesday night to eliminate the Predators from post-season contention.
After the first two shooters for both teams came up empty, Nashville's Roman Josi scored when the puck trickled under the pads of Kari Lehtonen. Stars forward Vernon Fiddler slipped on his way to the net, but recovered and was able to get the puck in to extend it.
Seguin, who had been 1 of 6 in shootout chances, scored the winner after Predators centre Matt Cullen was denied.
Dallas holds the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 89 points, two ahead of Phoenix. The Coyotes got a point for an overtime loss at Columbus.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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