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Stars overcome Avery, injuries to climb back into West playoff race

Updated: February 3, 2009, 1:22 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun

On the morning of Dec. 2, moments before Sean Avery had parents scrambling for earmuffs for their kids, the Dallas Stars were staring up at 14 other teams in the Western Conference standings.

They were dead last.

Since that fateful morning, they have gone 15-7-3 and have made the long journey back into a playoff spot.

"Things are a little better now," Stars coach Dave Tippett told ESPN.com. "We've got our heads above water. Now we've got to push forward. ...

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