Avalanche top Stars in Game 3 of West Second Round, first win of series


Nazem Kadri scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Dallas Stars 6-4 in Game 3 for their first win of the Western Conference Second Round series at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Wednesday.

Kadri redirected a shot at 13:54 for a 5-4 lead after Mikko Rantanen scored for Colorado to tie the game 4-4 at 12:02.

Dallas scored three straight goals in 6:05 in the third to take a 4-3 lead.

Kadri, Rantanen and Nikita Zadorov each had a goal and an assist, Cale Maker had three assists, and Nathan MacKinnon had two assists for the Avalanche, the No. 2 seed in the West. Pavel Francouz made 32 saves.

Game 4 of the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series is in Edmonton, the West hub city, on Friday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS).

Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist, and Anton Khudobin made 26 saves for Dallas, the No. 3 seed. It was the first loss in six games for the Stars.

Denis Gurianov scored to get the Stars within 3-2 at 4:42 of the third, and Blake Comeau scored off a loose puck outside the right face-off circle to tie it 3-3 at 9:02.

Benn deflected a shot from Esa Lindell at 10:47 to put the Stars ahead 4-3.

Tyler Seguin gave Dallas a 1-0 lead at 11:12 of the first.

Zadorov scored from the point to tie it 1-1 at 1:00 of the second, and Andre Burakovsky gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead at 4:41.

Gabriel Landeskog scored off the rebound of a shot by Makar to make it 3-1 at 11:00.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored an empty-net goal with 1:34 left for the 6-4 final.

Avalanche forward Joonas Donskoi (unfit to play) was replaced in the lineup by Logan O’Connor, who made his NHL playoff debut.

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