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Stars beat Predators 3-2 to clinch Central title

  • Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin (20) and Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok (19) fight for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

    Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin (20) and Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok (19) fight for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (38) jumps in front of Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) during a shot in the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

    Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (38) jumps in front of Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) during a shot in the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nashville Predators left wing James Neal (18) and Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) chase the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

    Nashville Predators left wing James Neal (18) and Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) chase the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)  (The Associated Press)

Jason Spezza scored three times, including the game-winner with 1 minute remaining, and the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Saturday night to clinch the Central Division title and the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Spezza's second of two goals in the second period was No. 300 for his career. It was his second hat trick of the season and the seventh of his career.

Dallas will open the playoffs against Minnesota following its first division title since the 2005-06 season. The Stars finished with the most points in the West for the first time since 2002-03.