(SportsNetwork.com) - On Monday night, the Dallas Stars helped Lindy Ruff earn
his 600th victory as an NHL coach.
They'll waste little time trying to get him win No. 601 as the Stars visit the
Blue Jackets on Tuesday night in a matchup of wild card contenders.
Dallas squared off against Ruff's former team, the Buffalo Sabres, and managed
a 3-2 victory on Alex Chiasson's power-play tally midway through the third
period. Jordie Benn and Alex Goligoski also scored, Ray Whitney notched two
assists and Kari Lehtonen produced 21 saves.
"We stuck with it tonight," said Goligoski. "It was one of those games where
we couldn't get results. But we just kept throwing shots on net and it worked
Dallas improved to 5-1-2 in its last eight games and moved two points ahead of
the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks for the second wild card spot in the
Ruff, who served as head coach in Buffalo from 1997-2013, became the 12th
member of the NHL's 600-win club and gave the credit to his players, past and
"It means I am on my way to 700 (wins), hopefully. I said to somebody probably
30 more losses I've got 500 of those too," said Ruff. "I think it means that
I've had a lot of good players, coached some real good players. I had some
real good teams. Those wins, for the most part, belong to those guys on the
ice who go out and get them for you.
"The guys went out and got one for me tonight. We needed those two points to
move up the standings."
The Blue Jackets are also in the hunt for a wild card spot, sitting one point
back of the Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings for the second bonus
berth in the East. They take aim at a third straight win tonight after beating
the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Monday.
Artem Anisimov scored a goal in a third straight game and defenseman Dalton
Prout netted the second of his career and first since April 18 of last year.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots for the Blue Jackets.
"We changed some things in the neutral zone to generate some speed and get the
forecheck going," said Columbus head coach Todd Richards. "I think we started
to wear them down late in the game."
Columbus lost defenseman Ryan Murray in the first period of last night's game
with a lower-body injury and he did not return.
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