Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Stars announce Ruff won't return as coach

Stars announce Ruff won't return as coach

Ruff expressed frustration after the game.

"The way the season was going, we both chose to just wait and see how the year ends", Nill said. "We were leaving and got reviewed. So we managed to get a win for them and it's a pretty good feeling".

"I want to personally thank Lindy for his commitment and professionalism over the four years that he served as our head coach in Dallas", said Stars general manager Jim Nill in a statement.

Dallas ended the season with a 4-3 shootout win against Colorado on Saturday at home.

"Usually what it always is", Seguin said. Colorado got goals from Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog and Tyson Barrie.

The Avalanche (22-55-4) have one game remaining and will finish with their lowest points total for an 82-game season since moving from Quebec in 1995.

Smith, who faced 20 shots in the first period and kept it from getting out of hand early, finished with 42 saves.

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"I thought Smitty played really well tonight, and he deserved a better fate than how we played in front of him", Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. 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.

Devin Shore would put up the game's first point, hustling into the crease to clean up a Greg Pateryn slap shot from the point that glazed off of Cody Eakin and behind Smith. Shore skated by and swatted the puck into the net.

Jamie Benn pushed the lead to 2-0 at 37 seconds of the second period on the power play.

The Stars reached the playoffs twice in four years under Ruff, but couldn't deliver on lofty expectations this season. With 47 points, Colorado also clinched the NHL's worst record since the shootout was implemented in 2006-07 as it can not surpass the 52 Buffalo totaled in 2013-14. Duchene finished the season with the NHL's best faceoff percentage (63). John Klingberg and Tyler Seguin had the assists as Benn finished the season with 26 goals.

Shore almost doubled the Stars' lead with 2:25 remaining in the period. No one from Colorado had flawless attendance. Neither team would score for the remainder of regulation, yielding some free three-on-three hockey for those in attendance.

Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) clears the puck from the boards as Colorado Avalanche right wing Sven Andrighetto (10) closes in during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Ken Hitchcock, 65, was let go by the St. Louis Blues this season.

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