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Blues halt Dallas streak

DENTED The Stars' hopes for a divisional title were dampened by the loss and now they need help from other NHL teams to snatch the honor from the Ducks


Barret Jackman, left, of the St. Louis Blues and the Dallas Stars' Mathias Tjarnqvist of Sweden vie for the puck during the first period of their NHL game in Dallas, Texas, on Monday. The Blues won 4-2.


Glen Metropolit and Doug Weight scored in a 17-second span in the second period to help the St. Louis Blues stop the Dallas Stars' four-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory on Monday night.

With the game tied at 1, Metropolit put the Blues in front with his 14th goal from the right circle at 13:44 after Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas turned over the puck.

Weight's deflection for his 15th of the season at 14:01 extended St. Louis' lead to 3-1.

Lee Stempniak scored two goals, including an empty-netter with 24 seconds left.

Curtis Sanford stopped 28 shots for the Blues, who won three of the four meetings this season.

Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow scored for the Stars, who remain at 102 points, four behind the Anaheim Ducks, who lead the Pacific Division.

Dallas had gone 10-1-1 over its previous 12 games to put the pressure on Anaheim, but the Stars have only three games left to overtake the Ducks.

The Stars, who have already clinched a spot in the playoffs, could have captured the division title if they had won their final four games.

By finishing with four straight victories, the Stars would have been no worse than tied with the Ducks and would have had more victories, the first tiebreaker.

Now the Stars need help.

St. Louis is 5-6-4 in its past 15 games and won't be in the playoffs.

Stempniak skated unimpeded from the right boards and into the circle, where he beat Dallas goaltender Marty Turco with a wrist shot for his 26th goal at 10:46 of the first period to make it 1-0.

Ribeiro tied it at 1 with his 18th goal of the season, taking a cross-ice pass from Morrow and lifting a sharp shot over Sanford, who was sprawled on the ice, at 10:09 of the second period.

After the Blues scored twice in the second period, Morrow made the score 3-2 on a power play with his 14th goal of the season at 19:45 of the second period, banking a sharp-angled shot off Sanford's pads.

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