The Dallas Stars ended an ugly losing streak - and a severe offensive slump - their last time out, earning a crucial win in their battle to make the playoffs.
They may have a good chance to make it two in a row Wednesday night when they visit the sliding and defensively challenged Colorado Avalanche, losers of three straight at home.
Dallas (13-12-3) defeated Calgary 4-3 on Monday, ending a four-game skid in which it was outscored 16-3. The Stars were coming off an 8-1 home defeat to Chicago on Saturday.
"It was a big win. I thought we clawed our way a little bit to the surface here, we still got a few feet to go," coach Glen Gulutzan said. "We were doing simple things to win the game, our leadership was real good throughout. We have to continue with that mindset."
Gulutzan's team is just outside the extremely crowded playoff picture in the Western Conference, in which every spot from third through eighth is very much in play.
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