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Stars eliminate Avalanche on Duchene's 2OT winner

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Matt Duchene scored the winner in double overtime as the Dallas Stars defeated the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in Game 6 to advance to the Western Conference Final.

The Stars thought they'd won the contest in the first overtime when Mason Marchment scored, but officials immediately waved it off. Refs cited Duchene's contact with Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev and upheld the call on the ice following a review by the league.

It's the Stars' second straight trip to the conference final. The eventual Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights ousted them in six games last year.

Dallas will play the winner of the series between the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers. The Canucks lead the series 3-2, with Game 6 scheduled for Saturday night in Edmonton.

The Florida Panthers joined the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final earlier Friday night. None of the remaining playoff teams have won the Cup in this century.

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