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Ruff not returning as Stars coach after missing playoffs

13 April 2017

Ruff, 57, joined the Stars prior to the 2013-14 season and reached the playoffs in his first season with the team.

TWO TO GO? Nill indicated changes could be in order for the two-goalie system the Stars used the past two years with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi. The Stars won 4-2 in an overtime shootout.

"My apologies to (Klingberg) for taking away that goal", Seguin said.

Lindy Ruff will not be returning as head coach of the Dallas Stars.

This time, a long postseason run remains the expectation with the high-scoring duo of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin because the Stars are just a year removed from having the best regular-season record in the Western Conference.

Ruff expressed frustration after the game. "We were leaving and got reviewed".

"We could never get on a good run where you go 6-1 or 7-1, or you win five in a row".

In a statement, Nill thanked Ruff "for his commitment and professionalism over the four years that he served as our head coach in Dallas".

The Colorado Avalanche fought back from a 2-0 deficit against the Dallas Stars tonight to take a lead a third-period lead-only to lose that and fall 4-3 in a shootout in 2016-17's penultimate game.

"Usually what it always is", Seguin said. Kari Lehtonen stopped all three attempts by the Avalanche.

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Devin Shore and Benn also scored in regulation for Dallas. Colorado got goals from Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog and Tyson Barrie.

General manager Jim Nill announced the move Sunday, a day after the Stars finished with their second-fewest points in a full season since moving to Dallas in 1993-94.

Smith, who faced 20 shots in the first period and kept it from getting out of hand early, finished with 42 saves. For most teams, such a third-period comeback might be a catalyst for an eventual victory, but we're not talking about most teams here.

"I really think Ken Hitchcock has a decent chance at that job". Greg Pateryn shot the puck down the slot from the blue line, and it hit the Stars' Cody Eakin and slid behind Smith within inches of the goal line.

"Getting the puck in the back of the net has a lot to do with bounces", Shore said. Klingberg skated in from the right and when Smith slid to that side, Klingberg passed across to Benn, who put a short snap shot into the empty left side.

Ruff is best-known for his lengthy run as coach of the Buffalo Sabres, but the Stars made the playoffs just twice in his four seasons as goaltending was a almost constant issue. Duchene finished the season with the NHL's best faceoff percentage (63).

Montgomery's coaching resume is in college, but he did play 122 games in the National Hockey League for five teams over six seasons. No one from Colorado had flawless attendance.

Players echoed that sentiment during the exit interviews.

Time and time again this season, Colorado has managed to play completely ineffective hockey in the first period.

Ruff not returning as Stars coach after missing playoffs