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Stars Take Bite Out of S.J.

Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, pulls down a rebound over Washington Wizards' Garrett Temple (17) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, pulls down a rebound over Washington Wizards' Garrett Temple (17) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

San Jose, Calif. (ap) — Jamie Benn scored the lone goal in the shootout and Kari Lehtonen stopped all three attempts as the Dallas Stars snapped the San Jose Sharks’ seven-game winning streak with a come-from-behind 5-4 victory yesterday.

Alex Chiasson started the rally from a two-goal deficit in the third period when he scored his second goal of the game, and Loui Erickson tied it for the Stars, who have won two straight following a three-game losing streak. Eric Nystrom also scored, and Lehtonen made 32 saves through overtime for Dallas.

The Stars also erased a 2-0 deficit before falling behind 4-2.

Blues 1, Red Wings 0

Detroit — Brian Elliott made 28 saves for his 19th career shutout and Chris Porter scored the game’s only goal in St. Louis’ win over Detroit.

Porter scored his second goal of the season off a goalmouth scramble with 3:32 remaining in the second period. Elliott earned his first shutout of the season.

Jimmy Howard stopped 24 shots for Detroit, which dropped from seventh to eighth in the West.

Wild 3, Blue Jackets 0

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 by beating Columbus.

Pominville, acquired this week from Buffalo, earned his first points with Minnesota.

Panthers 1, Senators 0

Sunrise, Fla. — Dmitry Kulikov scored a power-play goal 10:46 into the third period to lift Florida over Ottawa and send the Senators to their fourth straight loss.

Kulikov’s wrist shot from top of the left circle beat Craig Anderson as Sergei Gonchar served a holding penalty.

Blackhawks 5
Predators 3

Chicago — Rookie Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews scored 55 seconds apart midway through the third period, and Chicago rallied to beat Nashville to become the first team to clinch a NHL playoff spot this season.

Chicago (29-5-4) had fallen behind 3-2 early in the third on a goal by David Legwand, but Saad and Toews connected against Pekka Rinne to put the Blackhawks back ahead.

Capitals 4, Lightning 2

Washington — Harking back to his MVP days, Alex Ovechkin scored twice to make it five goals in two games as Washington got a win over Tampa Bay.

Ovechkin scored his 24th and 25th goal — giving him 16 in 14 games — to pull even with the Lightning’s Steven Stamkos for the top spot in the NHL.

John Carlson and Joel Ward also scored for the Capitals, who moved two points ahead of the second-place Winnipeg Jets in Southeast Division with a game in hand.

Sabres 3, Devils 2 (so)

Buffalo, n.y. — Nathan Gerbe scored the only goal in the shootout to give Buffalo a victory over New Jersey that extended the Devils’ losing streak to seven games.

Ryan Miller stopped 37 shots through overtime, and all three shootout attempts — included a victory-clinching glove save on Travis Zajac.

Steve Ott extended his goal streak to three games, and Patrick Kaleta also scored for Buffalo, which won its third straight.

Steve Sullivan and Mark Fayne, who forced overtime with a short-handed goal, scored for the Devils, who are 0-3-4 in their past seven. That is their longest winless streak since going 0-4-2-1 from Nov. 10-23, 2001.

The Devils’ loss clinched a playoff spot for the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins and the West-leading Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday became the first teams to secure berths.