The Dallas Stars are ready for the playoffs, and no one more than goalie Ed Belfour.
Belfour made 44 saves in a spectacular performance as the Stars beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Wednesday night to clinch the top spot in the Western Conference and home ice through the first three rounds of the playoffs."We had two things we had to accomplish, which was win home ice and beat Detroit," Stars defenseman Derian Hatcher said.
While clinching the No. 1 seed in the West for the playoffs which start next week, the Stars also managed to beat Detroit for the first time this season.
SHARKS 3, FLAMES 3: At Calgary, Jeff Friesen scored his sixth short-handed goal and added an assist as San Jose clinched a playoff spot for the first time in three years.
OILERS 5, MIGHTY DUCKS 3: Edmonton overcame a two-goal deficit with three power-play goals against visiting Anaheim.
MAPLE LEAFS 3, BLACKHAWKS 2: At Toronto, Felix Potvin made 34 saves as the Maple Leafs ended the Blackhawks' playoff streak.
DEVILS 5, SABRES 4: Scott Stevens scored on a slap shot with 21.7 seconds left in overtime to lead New Jersey over visiting Buffalo.
PENGUINS 5, LIGHTNING 1: Jaromir Jagr, reunited with linemates Ron Francis and Stu Barnes, assisted on goals by both and scored his 300th as host Pittsburgh beat Tampa Bay to end a four-game winless streak.
BRUINS 6, CANADIENS 2: Tim Taylor scored two goals, including a penalty shot in the first period, and Byron Dafoe made 28 saves to move Boston into fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
KINGS 2, CANUCKS 0: Jamie Storr made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season as Los Angeles won at Vancouver.
RANGERS 4, ISLANDERS 2: Alexei Kovalev scored a goal and assisted on two others and rookie goalie Dan Cloutier stopped 29 shots to lead the Rangers over the Islanders.