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Stars beat Predators 3-2 to clinch Central title

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 (50-23-9) 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.

Coming into the day, Dallas was tied with St. Louis for the Central...