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Lehtonen & Ott Lead Stars Over Blue Jackets

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Goaltender Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center on March 9, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Goaltender Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center on March 9, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (AP) – Kari Lehtonen made 23 saves for his 17th career shutout, Steve Ott scored his second goal in 25 games on the power play, and the Dallas Stars pulled closer to the final Western Conference playoff spot with a 3-0 victory over the short-handed Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

Loui Eriksson and Brenden Morrow had empty-netters in the final 53 seconds to secure the win for Dallas, which improved to 91 points, tied with idle Calgary for the No. 9 seed in the conference. The Stars and Flames are two points behind Chicago and Anaheim, tied at No. 7.

The Blackhawks got a point when they lost 2-1 in overtime at Montreal earlier Tuesday night. Anaheim and Calgary did not play. Dallas, Chicago and Anaheim all have three games left, and Calgary has two remaining.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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