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Stars use big third period to blow by Canucks, move closer to playoff spot

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars continue to push hard in the Western Conference playoff race. The Stars used a big third period to blow by the Vancouver Canucks, 5-1, Thursday night at American Airlines Center and move to within two points of eighth place in the Western Conference.

”We obviously know how tight the standings are,” said Stars center Jamie Benn, who had a goal and an assist in the game. ”We had our game in hand tonight and we got the two huge points that we needed.”

Thursday’s win pushed the Stars, who have five games remaining, into ninth place and a win Friday night in St. Louis would move them into the eighth spot.

“We kind of control our own destiny and every game is big for us,” said Stars center Cody Eakin, who had a goal and an assist in the game. “We’re going to give it our all and scratch and claw every chance we get and play our game from here on in.”
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