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by George Malik on 04/12/14 at 03:21 AM ET
The Dallas Stars made the playoffs for the first time since 2008 by defeating the St. Louis Blues 3-0, bumping the Phoenix Coyotes out of the playoff mix and setting the set of 16 teams that will battle for the Stanley Cup starting next Wednesday, and after the game, DallasStars.com's Mark Stepneski reports that the Stars were nothing less than ecstatic about their achievement:
“It means a lot,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “Every kid dreams of playing in the playoffs and trying to win a Stanley Cup. I believe we’ve got a great group in here that can do some damage. We earned it tonight.”
The trip to the postseason is the first for the Stars since 2008, when they made it to the Western Conference Finals.
“It’s a great feeling,” said defenseman Trevor Daley, the only player still around from that 2008 playoff team. “We’ve been battling hard. We’ve been battling hard for a long time. “
Stars coach Lindy Ruff may have been the most excited person in the Stars' locker room, too:
“I am so damn happy. Our team played awesome,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “I was worried that we were a little tight to start the game but man did we start to skate and did we start to compete. I know they were missing quite a few of their top bodies but you still have to play well. … I’ve got to give my club credit for putting up the battle they did. When we had the chance to put them down, we put them down and we took advantage of a team that had seven or eight of their players out of the lineup.”
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