Alexander Radulov had two goals and an assist, and the Dallas Stars defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Saturday.
Jamie Benn had three assists, Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist, and Anton Khudobin made 28 saves for Dallas, the No. 3 seed in the West.
The team that wins Game 1 is 485-220 (.687) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series, including 7-1 in the first round.
Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is in Edmonton, the West hub city, on Monday (9:45 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS).
Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and an assist, and Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist for Colorado, the No. 2 seed in the West.
Philipp Grubauer allowed three goals on 10 shots before leaving the game 3:06 into the second period with an apparent left leg injury. He was replaced by Pavel Francouz, who made 18 saves.
Seguin gave the Stars a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the playoffs at 4:00 of the first period.
MacKinnon scored 64 seconds later on a snap shot from the slot to tie it 1-1.
Blake Comeau scored with a shot that deflected off the stick of Avalanche defenseman Ryan Graves to give Dallas a 2-1 lead at 9:51.
Radulov took a centering pass from Benn and beat Grubauer five-hole with a backhand to push the lead to 3-1 at 16:28.
Landeskog got the Avalanche within 3-2 at 4:36 of the second when he skated around Khudobin and stuffed the puck inside the right post, but Radulov’s second of the game made it 4-2 at 9:09.
MacKinnon scored on a redirection at 18:29 of the second to cut it to 4-3. He leads the NHL with 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in the postseason.
Roope Hintz scored glove side at 8:47 of the third for the 5-3 final.