DENVER (AP) — Tyler Seguin scored twice, Thomas Harley had an help on all three of Dallas’ power-play objectives in…

DENVER (AP) — Tyler Seguin scored twice, Thomas Harley had an help on all three of Dallas’ power-play goals within the second interval and the Western Conference-leading Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-4 on Sunday evening.

Dallas now has 107 factors, which is 5 forward of each Colorado and Pacific Division-leading Vancouver for the highest spot within the West. The Stars have 4 video games remaining.

“It’s utterly in our fingers, which is sweet,” mentioned Matt Duchene, who had a aim towards his former workforce. “If we maintain enterprise, we’ll find yourself being the place we need to be.”

Jamie Benn, Roope Hintz, Mason Marchment and Wyatt Johnston all scored for the Stars, who completed the season collection 1-2-1 towards the Avalanche. Jake Oettinger stopped 34 photographs.

Dallas confirmed no indicators of fatigue after a 3-2 loss to Chicago the day earlier than. The workforce needed to stay in Chicago till Sunday morning because of the windy circumstances in Denver.

“I believe each groups have had this sport circled for slightly bit,” Seguin mentioned of the significance. “We’re at the moment of the 12 months the place you’re simply sort of watching the standings and knew the significance of tonight’s sport. So, fairly good hockey sport.”

Leading 5-2 within the second interval, the Stars noticed Colorado begin a rally and made it a one-goal sport with 9:45 remaining on Jonathan Drouin’s rating. Johnston, although, quieted the comeback together with his thirty first aim of the season. Seguin added an empty-netter with 8.7 seconds left.

Sean Walker, Artturi Lehkonen and Brandon Duhaime additionally scored for a Colorado workforce that was missing Mikko Rantanen (concussion protocol). Alexandar Georgiev gave up six objectives on 36 photographs, two days after permitting six objectives on 47 photographs in a loss at Edmonton.

The Avalanche are trending the fallacious course down the house stretch, going 2-4-1 over their final seven video games. Colorado stays in second place behind Dallas within the Central Division with 102 factors. The Avalanche try to carry off Winnipeg (100 factors), with the highest two spots within the division incomes home-ice within the first spherical.

“The defending breakdowns we had, we did some dumb stuff at the moment,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar mentioned. “They all result in actually good scoring probabilities towards.”

Benn absorbed penalties that allowed the Stars to go on their second-period power-play barrage. The Stars captain was hit by a high-stick from Walker that drew blood and a double-minor. Hintz and Seguin took benefit by scoring 1:20 aside. Benn later took a slash from defenseman Cale Makar that put the Stars on the person benefit once more, with Marchment scoring to make it 5-2.

“That’s a distinct animal than a few of the groups we’ve been enjoying,” Bednar mentioned. “They’re a wagon. They’re deep.”

Nathan MacKinnon had two assists to present him 133 factors (48 objectives, 85 assists) for the season. He’s six away from matching Peter Stastny (139, 1981-82) for essentially the most factors for a season in franchise historical past.

Dallas got here out flying within the first and outshot the Avalanche by a 9-1 margin at one level within the interval. Colorado’s lone shot, although, was a aim by Walker simply 1:59 into the sport. Dallas responded late within the interval, with Duchene and Benn scoring 2:06 aside.

Stars defenseman Esa Lindell returned to the sport after struggling a lower-body damage. He had X-rays after the competition, which had been unfavorable, coach Pete DeBoer mentioned.

“When he wakes up, I’m certain he’s going to be sore,” DeBoer mentioned.

UP NEXT

Stars: Close out the common season with 4 straight residence video games beginning Tuesday towards Buffalo.

Avalanche: Host Minnesota on Tuesday.

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