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Stars edge closer to clinching by beating Avalanche 4-2

  • Dallas Stars center Jason Dickinson, center, celebrates his goal with teammates, including defensemen Jordie Benn (24) and Kris Russell (2),  during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)

    Dallas Stars center Jason Dickinson, center, celebrates his goal with teammates, including defensemen Jordie Benn (24) and Kris Russell (2), during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) attempts a shot on goal against Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)

    Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) attempts a shot on goal against Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard (31) makes a glove-save on a shot on goal-attempt by the Dallas Stars during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)

    Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard (31) makes a glove-save on a shot on goal-attempt by the Dallas Stars during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)  (The Associated Press)

Jason Dickinson scored in his first NHL game, and the Dallas Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Thursday night to move closer to the Central Division and Western Conference titles.

With one game remaining for each team, the Stars and St. Louis Blues are tied with 107 points, but Dallas holds the tiebreaker. Dallas hosts Nashville and St. Louis hosts Washington, both on Saturday night.

Dickinson was recalled from Texas of the AHL earlier Thursday because of injuries to Stars forwards, including 30-goal scorers Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza. The game was scoreless until Dickinson backhanded a shot past Calvin Pickard from short range at 15:13 of the first period.

Colton Sceviour and Jordie Benn scored on the power play in the second period, and Antoine Roussel added an empty-net goal with 3:06 remaining for the Stars.

Francois Beauchemin and Shawn Matthias scored for Colorado in the third period.