Dallas Stars clinch spot in NHL playoffs

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Dallas Stars

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Apr 11, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley (6) and left wing Ryan Garbutt (16) …

(Reuters) - The Dallas Stars clinched their first National Hockey League playoff berth in six years on Friday, a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues sealing a wild-card spot.

The result eliminated the Phoenix Coyotes from postseason contention and the 16 playoff-bound teams are now set.

The Stars (40-40-11) enter the Stanley Cup playoffs as the second wild-card team in the Western Conference.

(Reporting By Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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