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Stars beat Predators 5-2 to keep pace with Blues

  • Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) looks for the shot on Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne  (35) as defenseman Ryan Ellis (4) tries to avoid injury during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Dallas.  (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

    Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) looks for the shot on Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) as defenseman Ryan Ellis (4) tries to avoid injury during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nashville Predators right wing James Neal (18) is shoved over the railing into the bench by Dallas Stars defenseman Stephen Johns (28) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Dallas.  (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

    Nashville Predators right wing James Neal (18) is shoved over the railing into the bench by Dallas Stars defenseman Stephen Johns (28) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) blocks a shot as he is pressured by Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Dallas.  (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

    Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) blocks a shot as he is pressured by Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)  (The Associated Press)

Radek Faksa and Jason Spezza scored 46 seconds apart in the second period, and the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Dallas won for the fifth time in six games to keep pace with St. Louis for the Western Conference lead. Each team has 101 points with five games to play, but the tiebreaker currently belongs to the Stars.

Jamie Benn scored two goals for Dallas, and Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves. Patrick Sharp and Benn scored into an empty net during the final two minutes.

Nashville lost for the second straight night, hurting its chances of catching Chicago for third in the loaded Central Division.