NHL The Dallas Stars leave it late to deny the Vancouver Canucks

Last Updated: 19/04/13 7:59am

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The Dallas Stars celebrate Vernon Fiddler's goal

The Dallas Stars celebrate Vernon Fiddler's goal

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The Dallas Stars ran riot in the third period to prevent the Vancouver Canucks clinching an NHL play-off spot.

Vancouver led at American Airlines Center through Derek Roy's goal but Vernon Fiddler levelled the scores, before Cody Eakin, Jamie Benn, Ray Whitney and Erik Cole found the target as the the Stars cut loose to win 5-1.

The Winnipeg Jets secured a 4-3 overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes at MTS Centre, with Dustin Byfuglien settling things to keep his team's play-off hopes alive.

The San Jose Sharks routed the Minnesota Wild 6-1 at HP Pavilion as they took another step forward in their own play-off push, with Logan Couture (2), Martin Havlat (2), Raffi Torres and Joe Pavelski all scoring.

The Los Angeles Kings continued their home dominance and improved their play-off prospects with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kyle Clifford and Drew Doughty scored either side of Dalton Prout's marker at Staples Center, where the Kings are now 17-4-1.

Recovered

The New York Rangers brushed aside Florida, winning 6-1 after goals from Derick Brassard (2), Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello (2) and Brad Richards.

The New York Islanders recovered from a slow start to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3, while Brian Gionta's strike with 47 seconds remaining earned the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ryan Carter, Matt D'Agostini and Adam Henrique got the goals in the New Jersey Devils' 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, while Kyle Turris was on target twice for the Ottawa Senators in their 3-1 defeat of the Washington Capitals.

Andy McDonald scored the lone shoot-out goal as the St Louis Blues edged the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 at Scottrade Center.

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