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NHL - US Sports: Stars focussed on proving themselves

Forward Tyler Seguin says the Dallas Stars are focussed on proving in reality what was believed about their team on paper.

The Stars, 35/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, scored 24 seconds apart in the third period to beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 on Tuesday.

Playoff place within reach

The victory was their third win in the past four games taking their season record to 35-24-3 which ranks fifth in the Central Division.

Dallas currently hold the second Wild Card spot to qualify for the playoffs from the Western Conference, an achievement they weren't able to do last season after making the Stanley Cup Final the year previous.

30-year-old Seguin has scored 37 points (19 goals, 18 assists) in 61 games for the Stars this season which is his ninth with Dallas.

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Landmark goal

His goal against the Oilers was his 300th in the NHL. In addition he has collected 374 assists for a total of 674 points in 805 regular season games with the Stars and Boston Bruins who originally drafted him second-overall in the 2010 NHL draft.

Over 88 playoff games, the dynamic centre has 45 points (13 goals, 32 assists).

Seguin said to the media following the win over the Oilers: "We've been saying since Day One our team is really good on paper, we could be up there with the best in the league.

"Paper doesn't mean anything. It's about putting it all together at the right time."

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