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Blue Jackets still alive in Western Conference playoff race after 3-1 win over Stars

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    Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) stops a shot by Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley (6) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen) (The Associated Press)

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    Columbus Blue Jackets center Mark Letestu (55) celebrates his goal with teammates including right wing Marian Gaborik (10) and center Brandon Dubinsky (17) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen) (The Associated Press)

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    Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) watches as Dallas Stars left wing Antoine Roussel (60) and center Cody Eakin (20) go after the puck with Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Adrian Aucoin (33) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen) (The Associated Press)

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    Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll (40) falls to the ice after a fight with Dallas Stars left wing Lane MacDermid (28) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen) (The Associated Press)

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    Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin (51) and defenseman James Wisniewski (21) celebrates after teammate right wing Cam Atkinson (not pictured) goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. Stars left wing Ray Whitney (13), center Cody Eakin (20) and Brenden Dillon watch. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen) (The Associated Press)

Cam Atkinson scored two goals and Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves and the Columbus Blue Jackets stayed alive in the Western Conference playoff race with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Mark Letestu snapped a 1-1 tie in the third period for the game-winner.

Before the game ended, the Stars were eliminated from playoff contention when Detroit defeated Nashville 5-2, moving past Minnesota into seventh in the Western Conference.

The Blue Jackets are even in points with the Wild, who hold eighth place due to the non-shootout wins tiebreaker.

Columbus needs to beat the Predators on Saturday, and have the Stars beat the Red Wings in regulation on Saturday, or have the Wild earn no more than one point in their two remaining games, for just the second postseason berth in franchise history and first since 2009.