Stars edge closer to clinching by beating Avalanche 4-2

DALLAS (AP) - Jason Dickinson scored in his first NHL game, and the Dallas Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Thursday night to move closer to the Central Division and Western Conference titles.

With one game remaining for each team, the Stars and St. Louis Blues are tied with 107 points, but Dallas holds the tiebreaker. Dallas hosts Nashville and St. Louis hosts Washington, both on Saturday night.

Dickinson was recalled from Texas of the AHL earlier Thursday because of injuries to Stars forwards, including 30-goal scorers Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza. The game was scoreless until Dickinson backhanded a shot past Calvin Pickard from short range at 15:13 of the first period.

Colton Sceviour and Jordie Benn scored on the power play in the second period, and Antoine Roussel added an empty-net goal with 3:06 remaining for the Stars.

Francois Beauchemin and Jarome Iginla scored for Colorado in the third period.

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