The Stars’s final road game of the season ended in a loss, as the Lightning picked up a 6-3 victory.
The Stars had the chance once again to be a spoiler on Sunday, one night after unofficially ending the late-season run of the Carolina Hurricanes. A Dallas victory may have been the final nail in the Lightning season as well.
But two goals called back—Gemel Smith’s second of the game was ruled offside, and Tyler Seguin’s third-period tally was a high stick—helped the Lightning prevail and stay in the playoff hunt.
Lindy Ruff shared his frustration with the game’s officiating.
"Can somebody explain to me on their second goal how our guy goes to get the puck and their guy runs him over,'' Ruff asked. "There's no interference? How does their guy not get a penalty on the second goal for running over Smith when we are going for the puck?
"I totally disagree with what the officials did to this game tonight." Lindy Ruff wasn't pleased with a number of calls from tonight's game. pic.twitter.com/pgGm5azDY9— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 3, 2017
The loss also meant the team’s road record tied for a dubious honor.
Stars go 12-24-5 on the road this season. Tied for fewest road wins since team moved to Dallas.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) April 3, 2017
There’s more on the game at the link. [SportsDayDFW]
And Zach Werenski left the Blue Jackets’ game after a hit by Alex Ovechkin.
Which playoff format is the best one? Sportsnet’s Luke Fox breaks down the pros and cons of each. [Sportsnet]
With a loss to the Rangers, the Flyers were officially eliminated from playoff contention. [NBC Sports]
Devils defenseman Dalton Prout will have a hearing today.
New Jersey’s Dalton Prout will have a hearing tomorrow afternoon for interference on Philadelphia’s Radko Gudas.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 2, 2017
And finally, Richard Panik recorded an unusual assist on Artemi Panarin’s goal last night.