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Alex Goligoski
Stars cruise to 4-0 win over Blackhawks

DALLAS The Stars continue to play their best hockey of the season, and yet might be too late in doing so. Dallas crushed Chicago 4-0 Saturday and now is 7-2-0 in its past nine games to move to 34-28-10 (78 points). However, Winnipeg beat Washington, 3-0 on Saturday, and the Jets still sit eight points ahead of the Stars in the second wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference with 10 games remaining. That's a frustrating reality for a team that frittered away too many great opportunities earlier in the season. "We put ourselves in a tough spot," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "It's going to be agonizing, but we just have to keep taking care of our own end....