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'Right now there's Dallas and everybody else'

The Stars are the best team in the Western Conference ... and they've got references to prove it.

Updated: December 3, 2002, 6:04 PM ET
By Mike Heika | Special to ESPN.com

Minnesota Wild coach Jacques Lemaire measures his words very carefully in all situations, so his recent evaluation of the Dallas Stars was downright effusive with praise.

CHIRPIN'

"I find myself going back to the bench after he scores and saying, 'Did he really do that?' For me, it has made playing hockey fun again."

-- Minnesota center Cliff Ronning on 20-year-old scoring sensation Marian Gaborik.

THE NUMBER

6

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