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Daley scores in overtime to propel Stars to 5-4 victory over Blues

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DALLAS - Defenceman Trevor Daley scored 16 seconds into overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Daley skated up the right side, took Mike Modano's centring pass and beat Blues goalie Chris Mason.

Despite the victory, the Stars were eliminated from playoff contention. St. Louis has 86 points, six more than Dallas. Both teams have three games left, and St. Louis holds the tiebreaker over Dallas by taking three of four games between the teams this season.

Loui Eriksson had two goals for the injury-depleted Stars in their final home game of the season. Mike Ribeiro and Steve Ott also scored for Dallas, 2-6-2 in its last 10.

Brad Boyes had two goals and two assists for the Blues, 6-1-1 in their last eight in a surprising climb into the conference's top eight. Rookie T.J. Oshie added a power-play goal, and David Backes also scored.

The Stars will miss the post-season for the first time since 2001-02 and the second time in the last 12 seasons after coming within two games of reaching the Stanley Cup final last year.

Dallas' Matt Climie made 22 saves in his NHL debut, replacing top goalie Marty Turco, out with a lower-body injury. Climie, getting the call ahead of regular backup Tobias Stephan, was an emergency callup from Idaho of the ECHL, where he was 27-12-1 with a league-best 2.30 goals-against average. Turco had started 73 of 79 games and has played an NHL-high 4,263 minutes.

With the score tied 3-3 and Modano serving a double-minor for high-sticking, Oshie scored his 14th of the season from the left circle with 13:16 remaining.

But Ott went in alone and scored on a backhand from close range with 6:13 left in regulation to tie it at 4.

Dallas grabbed a 1-0 lead at 10:57 of the opening period when Eriksson took advantage of a misplay by Mason.

Mason skated behind the net to play the puck, but Dallas' Tom Wandell was there to pass it in front to Eriksson, who fired into an open net.

Climie stopped the first seven shots he faced before Boyes' deflection at 2:15 of the second period tied it at 1.

Ribeiro notched his 25th of the season at 4:54 of the second period, converted Matt Niskanen's cross-ice pass to give the Stars a 2-1 edge.

Boyes scored his 32nd from between the circles 1:45 later to draw the Blues even at 2, and Backes fired a shot into the upper right corner at 17:10 of the second period to put St. Louis in front.

Eriksson's rebound 35 seconds into the third period was his career-best 36th goal, pulling the Stars into a 3-all tie.

Notes: Dallas finishes its home schedule at 20-16-5. ... Daley and D Mark Fistric were back for Dallas after missing the previous three games with injuries. ... Wandell had his first two NHL assists. ... Dallas D Darryl Sydor assisted on Ribeiro's goal, leaving him one short of 500 career points. ... St. Louis won the first three games of the season series by a combined score of 14-4.

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