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Daley, Stars beat Blues 3-0, end playoff drought

Friday, 11 April 2014 22:44 Published in Sports
DALLAS (AP) -- Trevor Daley had a goal and an assist, Kari Lehtonen recorded his fifth shutout of the season, and the Dallas Stars clinched their first playoff berth since 2008 with a 3-0 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.
 
The Stars missed the postseason a franchise-record five straight seasons after never going more than one without a playoff trip since moving to Dallas in 1993. The longest previous drought was three seasons in Minnesota in the early 1970s.
 
St. Louis, outshot 40-22, dropped its fifth straight game for the first time since February of last year. The playoff-bound Blues also jeopardized their shot at the top seed in the Western Conference.
 
Daley, the only holdover from the team that lost to Detroit in the Western Conference finals six years ago, and Lehtonen were on the ice three years ago for a season-ending loss at Minnesota when Dallas just needed to win to move on.
 
Dallas' victory eliminated Phoenix in the race for the West's final playoff spot and kept the Stars from having to worry about a potential win-or-go-home game at the Coyotes on Sunday.
 
Daley put Dallas up 1-0 when he stole the puck during a series of St. Louis turnovers and raced ahead of everyone before beating Ryan Miller on the glove side early in the second period.
 
Tyler Seguin's team-leading 37th goal came on the power play 10 seconds after the Blues' Dmitrij Jaskin was called for hooking. Daley sent a pass to Jamie Benn, who zipped the puck through the crease to an open Seguin for an easy shot past Miller.
 
After Ryan Garbutt tipped in Alex Goligoski's shot from the point in the third period of the home finale, the last 15 minutes were basically a celebration for the sellout crowd that included a fan with a No. 99 jersey that read "Stanley" - a reference to the franchise's only Stanley Cup title in 1999 when the hockey playoffs were a rite of spring in North Texas.
 
The Blues knew T.J. Oshie would be sidelined after he took a hit to the head that resulted in a four-game suspension for Minnesota's Mike Rupp. They also ended up missing former Stars captain Brenden Morrow, who injured his foot in practice before the Wild game, and Vladimir Sobotka and Derek Roy, who got hurt during that game.
 
St. Louis didn't get its first power play until the third period and couldn't convert on two chances with the man advantage in the final 12 minutes.
 
After the Stars killed the last power play, the crowd stood and cheered for the final two minutes, counting down the last few seconds.
 
NOTES: Taylor Lipsett, a Dallas-area resident who won a 2014 Paralympic gold medal with the U.S. in Sochi, was honored before the game. ... The Stars signed popular broadcasters Ralph Strangis and Daryl Reaugh to contract extensions. Strangis, the play-by-play voice, has been with the franchise since it was still in Minnesota, and color analyst Reaugh is in his 18th season with the team. The call from Strangis and Reaugh is on TV and radio. ... Because of the rash of injuries, the Blues recalled Adam Cracknell, Keith Aucoin and Ty Rattie from their Chicago AHL affiliate.

Police Shooter Sentenced To Life

Friday, 11 April 2014 10:24 Published in Local News

Clayton, MO --  The man who was convicted of shooting a former police officer has been sentenced to two life terms plus 20 years.  

Fox2 News reports that Brian Cannon Jr. learned his fate Friday morning at the county courthouse in Clayton.  

The 22 year old was convicted of shooting and paralyzing  Florissant police officer Mike Vernon while fleeing from a crime. He was convicted in March of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, two counts of burglary, car theft and other felonies.

Officer Vernon was searching an alley for a burglar in May of 2012, when Cannon popped out of a dumpster and began shooting. Vernon was struck three times and is paralyzed from the waist down. 

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois attorney and former candidate for the St. Clair County board is accused of marijuana charges in two counties.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 49-year-old Scott Hassebrock of Mascoutah is charged in St. Clair County with marijuana trafficking and possession. He is accused in Montgomery County of marijuana manufacturing.
 
In St. Clair County, prosecutors allege Hassebrock brought than 2,500 grams of marijuana from California to Illinois. Authorities say they seized five pounds of the drug from his home.
 
Hassebrock ran as a Republican in 2012 for the St. Clair County board but lost in the general election.
Online court records do not show whether Hassebrock has a lawyer.  A message left Friday at his home was not immediately returned.
 

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