The Dallas Stars completed a four-game season sweep of the struggling Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday with a 4-2 victory at the United Center.
Tyler Seguin scored twice for the visitors and the 26-year old center finds himself tied for fourth in goals in the league alongside Nikita Kucherov, John Tavares and Anders Lee as the quartet chase Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and William Karlsson above them for the NHL lead.
Stephen Johns and Tyler Pitlick were also on target for the Stars on Thursday as Dallas recorded its fourth consecutive win.
That was enough to pull the Stars to within a point of the St. Louis Blues in the Central Division standings as the teams battle for one of the automatic postseason places.
The Stars are now 5000.00 to win the Central Division, while the Blues are 5000.00 and the Nashville Predators 1.033.
Unlike the recent surge of the Colorado Avalanche, the Dallas challenge may have longer legs, as the Stars are only second to the Winnipeg Jets in the Division with a +29 goal differential.
Friday the Stars return home to the American Airlines Center in Dallas to open a three-game home stand.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins are in town to be followed by the Vancouver Canucks and the St. Louis Blues.
The match up with the Penguins is the first of the year for Dallas who will play in Pittsburgh in March at the start of what could be a season-defining six-game road swing.
The Stars will take on not only the Penguins, but also the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets and the Washington Capitals over a 10-day stretch.
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