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04/14/2014 12:14 AM EDT
Coyotes beat Stars 2-1 to end season
PHOENIX 2, DALLAS 1

By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Sports Writer

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- A win wasn't going to help the Phoenix
Coyotes. The playoffs were already out of reach and there was
nothing to gain.

But as they went into their final game of the season, the
Coyotes faced a must-win - for their peace of mind heading into
the offseason. What had been dubbed "That stupid streak" had to
end.

Dave Moss scored late in the third period, Thomas Greiss stopped
16 shots, and the Coyotes snapped a seven-game skid with a 2-1
win over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night in the season finale
for both teams.

"That's something we talked about: That stupid streak, someone
has to end it," Moss said. "We were able to get a win, which is
a good way to end, but ultimately it's not where we want to be."

Knocked out of playoff contention on Friday, the Coyotes wanted
desperately to break the season-worst losing streak. Shane Doan
scored, Greiss gave them a chance with some difficult saves, and
Moss finished it with a one-timer past Tim Thomas with 2:31
left.

The Coyotes finished two points behind Dallas for the final
playoff spot in the Western Conference, but at least they went
out on a winning note. It would have been an awfully long summer
had they not.

"It was important for us," Doan said. "It's obviously the way it
ends with the streak, it's good to win one. We had to win one."

Dallas, already locked into a first-round playoff series with
Anaheim, rested many of its key players for the finale. The
Stars kept it close behind Colton Sceviour's first-period goal
and 29 saves by Thomas, but couldn't get anything past Greiss
with an extra attacker in the closing seconds.

"I still slammed a water bottle there at the end," Stars coach
Lindy Ruff said. "You still don't want to lose. I didn't want to
lose that game. The only bitter taste was the end of the game."

The Coyotes had hoped this season finale would put a stamp on
their playoff bid.

Instead, it turned into a play-out-the-string game that mattered
little to either team.

The Stars gave Phoenix every opportunity to take the Western
Conference's final playoff spot, yet the Coyotes were unable to
make up any ground, thanks to a six-game losing streak.

Dallas clinched their first playoff appearance since 2008 by
beating Colorado on Friday, and Phoenix still couldn't shake its
doldrums against depleted San Jose on Saturday, losing to the
Sharks 3-2.

The Stars will open the playoffs on Wednesday, so captain Jamie
Benn and assistant captains Trevor Daley and Ray Whitney were
all given the night off against Phoenix.

Like they did on Saturday, the Coyotes got off to a
lackadaisical start and fell behind when Sceviour got Greiss
off-balance with a couple of dekes and scored on a power play
after a nifty backhand pass from Vernon Fiddler.

Phoenix generated some good chances in the second period, and
Doan broke through with his 23rd goal, redirecting a shot from
the point by Zbynek Michalek past Thomas.

In the third period, Greiss made consecutive saves on Tyler
Seguin, including one on a rebound after sliding across the
crease and nearly doing the splits.

Moss put the Coyotes up late, and Greiss made some difficult
saves in the closing seconds after Dallas pulled Thomas.

The Stars lost, but they had bigger things on their minds.

"It's kind of hard to do it when you're excited for the
playoffs," Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski said. "But for the
most part, we played well enough to stay in the game until
late."

NOTES: The Phoenix Coyotes played their final game before
changing to the Arizona Coyotes next season. The new ownership
group called for the change to make the name more inclusive for
the entire state. ... Sceviour's goal was his eighth of the
season. ... Coyotes LW Lauri Korpikoski played his 400th career
NHL game.

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