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Western Conference (NHL)

Eaves gets hat trick as Stars beat Blackhawks 4-2

Patrick Eaves and the Dallas Stars put together an impressive response to their ugly home loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

One strong start did the trick.

Eaves scored three of Dallas' four goals in the first period, and the Stars beat the Blackhawks 4-2 on Thursday night.

"It was just good to get a nice start. I think that was the biggest thing," Eaves said. "We got spanked on Saturday, so that was still fresh in our mouth."

Eaves' second career hat trick helped Dallas to its fifth win in six games and moved the Stars within one of the Blackhawks for the most points in the Western Conference. Dallas' lone loss during the strong stretch was a...