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Bemidji State men's hockey: Former BSU goalie Matt Climie wins NHL debut

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DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars won -- and lost.

Defenseman Trevor Daley scored 16 seconds into overtime to give Dallas a 5-4 victory over the Blues on Saturday night. But it was a hollow victory for the Stars, who were eliminated from playoff contention.

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With the point for reaching overtime, St. Louis reached 86 points to match Anaheim and Nashville in the race for the final two Western Conference playoff spots.

"It's almost a Game 7 situation every game we play right now," St. Louis center Keith Tkachuk said.

Loui Eriksson had two goals for the injury-depleted Stars in their final home game of the season. Mike Ribeiro and Steve Ott also scored for Dallas, 2-6-2 in its last 10.

The Stars will miss the postseason for the first time since 2001-02 and the second time in the last 12 seasons after coming within two games of reaching the Stanley Cup finals last year.

"You make the playoffs by playing well all year," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "We were too inconsistent over the course of the season to give ourselves a chance."

Brad Boyes had two goals and two assists for the Blues, 6-1-1 in their last eight. Rookie T.J. Oshie added a power-play goal, and David Backes also scored.

With the game tied at 4, Daley skated up the right side, and fired Mike Modano's centering pass past Blues goalie Chris Mason.

"I found a hole," Daley said. "I think it just bounced off my stick and went in."

Blues coach Andy Murray was disappointed with his team's defensive effort.

"When you score four goals on the road you should come away with two points," Murray said. "Overall our attention to defensive detail wasn't what we needed it to be."

Dallas' Matt Climie made 22 saves in his NHL debut, replacing top goalie Marty Turco, out with a lower-body injury. Climie, getting the call ahead of regular backup Tobias Stephan, was an emergency callup from Idaho of the ECHL, where he was 27-12-1 with a league-best 2.30 goals-against average. Turco had started 73 of 79 games and has played an NHL-high 4,263 minutes.

Climie is a 2008 graduate of BSU and was playing in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) before he was called up Friday.

Climie, 26, has a 27-12-1 record with an ECHL-best 2.30 goals-against-average, a .915 save percentage and four shutouts with the Idaho Steelheads this season.

The native of Leduc, Alberta, was named the RBK ECHL Goaltender of the Week March 23-29, and received the CCM ECHL Rookie of the Month for December.

The 6-3, 205-pound goaltender was 2-0-0 at the 2008 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., helping the Stars win the championship.

He finished his four-year career at Bemidji State ranked first in school history in shutouts (12) and second in save percentage (.908).

He earned First-Team All-CHA honors as a junior, and was selected to the Second Team All-CHA squad as a senior.

Climie was signed by Dallas as a free agent on Mar. 20, 2008.

Climie became the sixth product of the Beaver hockey program to log time in the NHL.

He follows: Jim McElmury (1967-71), Dale Smedsmo (1969-72), Gary Sargent (1972-73) Joel Otto (1980-84) and Andrew Murray (2001-05).

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