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Stars get Thomas from Panthers for Ellis in swap of goalies to bolster spot behind Lehtonen

Florida Panthers goalie Tim Thomas (34) stops a shot by Detroit Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar (21) of the Czech Republic during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. The Dallas Stars have acquired Thomas from the Florida Panthers for Dan Ellis in a swap of goaltenders designed to give Dallas a boost behind Kari Lehtonen in its push for the playoffs.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Carlos Osorio

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Florida Panthers goalie Tim Thomas (34) stops a shot by Detroit Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar (21) of the Czech Republic during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. The Dallas Stars have acquired Thomas from the Florida Panthers for Dan Ellis in a swap of goaltenders designed to give Dallas a boost behind Kari Lehtonen in its push for the playoffs.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Carlos Osorio

DALLAS - The Stars have acquired Tim Thomas from the Florida Panthers for Dan Ellis in a swap of goaltenders designed to give Dallas a boost behind Kari Lehtonen in its push for the playoffs.

Ellis was shaky early for the Stars filling in for Lehtonen on the second night of a back-to-back in a 4-2 loss to Columbus on Tuesday. He is 5-6 with a 3.04 goals-against average.

The Stars added a veteran three years removed from winning the Stanley Cup as they try to end a five-year post-season drought. Dallas started the day holding the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Thomas had a 2.97 goals-against average in 40 starts for the Panthers after sitting out last season. He helped lead Boston to the Stanley Cup in 2011.

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