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Avs to face Stars in West semifinals

With Dallas’ come-from-behind victory Thursday night against Calgary it sets the stages for the Stars and Avs to meet for the fifth time in the NHL playoffs.

When Dallas fell behind Calgary 3-0 early in Game 6 Thursday night it looked like Colorado would need to wait a little while longer to find out its opponent for the Western Conference semifinals. But the Stars scored the final seven goals to extinguish the Flames 7-3 and set up a matchup between Dallas and Colorado.

“Now getting into the final eight … it’s just going to come down to execution and who can elevate their game. Every team has a chance to win it in this thing, maybe this year more than any other year.”

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said.

Dallas won all four games the teams played during the regular season, but Colorado rolled over the Stars 4-0 during the round-robin portion of the Stanley Cup qualifiers prior to the first round of the playoffs.

Colorado and Dallas have been four times previously in the playoffs with each team winning twice. Colorado fans might recall that Dallas eliminated the Avs in Game 7 in back-to-back Western Conference Finals in 1999 and 2000. Colorado won the past two series in five games, both in the 2004 and 2006 Western Conference quarterfinals.

The series schedule has yet to be announced.

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