Stars clinch playoff spot with another romp over Blackhawks

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The Dallas Stars are in.

Texas' team clinched a Western Conference playoff berth with a rather convincing win over the division-rival Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

The Stars, who were playing without top center Tyler Seguin, earned the convincing victory thanks to a host of depth players, namely Colton Sceviour, Vernon Fiddler, and Patrick Eaves, who all scored in the first period en route to an early 4-0 lead that would not be relinquished.

The postseason-clinching win marked the fourth time the Stars have beaten the Blackhawks in five meetings this season, with Dallas outscoring Chicago 20-11 in those contests.

It also strengthened the Stars' hold on both the Central Division and Western Conference leads.

Not bad for a team that was on the outside looking in this time last year.

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