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Last 10 -- Dallas 4-3-3; Colorado 3-7-0
Season series -- The teams are meeting for the fourth and final time this season -- and the second in as many nights. Colorado took the first two before the Stars won, 4-2, at American Airlines Center on Thursday.
Big story -- Dallas came into Thursday night's game needing three wins in four days and some help from Detroit to catch Chicago for eighth place in the West. Step 1 was beating the Avs in Dallas, and the Stars did just that with their 4-2 win. Step 2 is winning the rematch in Denver while hoping the Detroit Red Wings can knock off the Hawks once in their home-and-home series Friday and Sunday.
Stars -- It wasn't a masterpiece, but the Stars got the job done in the front end of the home-and-home series against the Avs on Thursday, jumping out to a 2-0 lead after one period and never letting Colorado get even. Dallas outshot Colorado 37-23 and got goals from four players -- including three of its big guns: Loui Eriksson, Brenden Morrow and Brad Richards.
"This was the first step and we got to get a good little rest here and get ready for a big one tomorrow," said Morrow, whose 31st goal of the season early in the third period stood up as the game-winner. "This is what we play the whole year for. All summer, you think about the workouts that you put in, it's to be in position to win the Stanley Cup. We're done with 80 of them, we have two left to win to give ourselves a chance. That's what it's all about. It's pretty easy to get up for these games."
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"Tomorrow night will be a huge challenge with Colorado in their building, the altitude and all those sorts of factors, but I really think our guys are up to it," he said after Thursday's win. "They feel like they're a team of destiny right now and they want nothing more than to win for each other and that's a powerful quality to have as a group."