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Stars seek more sparks against reeling Avalanche

Dallas (24-18-7) at Colorado (24-26-1), 9:00 p.m. EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Dallas Stars are out to prove they are

not done making up for a shoddy first half of the season.

Seeking their sixth straight win, the Stars visit the reeling

Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

Brad Richards and rookie James Neal each scored a goal and set

up another as Dallas extended its winning streak to five games

by vanquishing the Calgary Flames, 3-1, on Tuesday.

Jere Lehtinen also tallied and Marty Turco turned aside 24 shots

for the Stars, which has won five in a row for the first time

since a seven-game run from January 29-February 11, 2008.

A few months removed from competing in the Western Conference

finals, Dallas suffered a huge blow when captain Brenden Morrow

went down with a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament

in his right knee in late November.

The Stars then entered December with an 8-11-4 record and limped

into the All-Star break with a 20-18-7 mark.

However, they have not missed a beat since, outscoring

opponents, 20-7, during their current streak.

Colorado, meanwhile, snapped a four-game skid by posting a 4-3

triumph over the Calgary Flames on Monday.

Prior to that win, the Avalanche had lost seven of eight.


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