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Dallas, San Jose Score Wins in NHL Playoffs

The National Hockey League's Dallas Stars are one game away from eliminating the Anaheim Ducks from the playoffs after beating the defending Stanley Cup champions 3-1.

Stu Barnes and Steve Ott scored third period goals Thursday to help the Stars take a three-to-one-game lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series.

Also in the West, the San Jose Sharks edged the Calgary Flames 4-3 for a three-games-to-two series lead.

The Colorado Avalanche scored twice in 79 seconds in the third period to stun the Minnesota Wild 3-2. Colorado enjoys a 3-2 game series lead.

In the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia Flyers posted a dramatic 4-3 double overtime win over the Washington Capitals. Philadelphia leads that seven-game series 3-1.

The Boston Bruins fought off elimination with a 5-1 thumping of the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal leads the series three-games-to-two.