Stars defeat Avalanche in Game 4 of Western First Round, extend lead

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Anton Khudobin made 33 saves, and the Dallas Stars held on for a 5-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4 to extend their lead in the Western Conference Second Round series at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Sunday.

Radek Faksa had a goal and two assists, and Roope Hintz and John Klingberg each had a goal and an assist for Dallas, the No. 3 seed in the West, which scored three power-play goals.

Teams with a 3-1 lead are 284-29 (90.7 percent) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series, including 6-0 in the first round this season.

Game 5 is in Edmonton, the Western hub city, on Monday (9:45 p.m., ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS).

Valeri Nichushkin scored twice for Colorado, the No. 2 seed in the West. Pavel Francouz allowed five goals on 26 shots before being replaced by Michael Hutchinson 8:02 into the third period. Hutchinson made three saves in his playoff debut.

The Stars scored three times in the first 10:45 of the game.

Klingberg made it 1-0 after Francouz was unable to secure a shot by Faksa at 6:18.

Faksa made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 8:33 on a rebound in front.

Jamie Benn extended the lead to 3-0 on the power play, tipping a shot by Alexander Radulov at 10:45.

Nichushkin got the Avalanche within 3-1 at 13:24 of the second period.

Cale Makar scored with 26 seconds remaining in the second to make it 3-2 with Colorado on a 5-on-3 power play. Nathan MacKinnon had an assist to extend his point streak to 12 games (21 points; seven goals, 14 assists).

Hintz scored a power-play goal at 7:30 of the third for a 4-2 lead, and Denis Gurianov‘s goal 32 seconds later made it 5-2 at 8:02.

Nichushkin’s second of the game made it 5-3 at 11:24 of the third.

Vladislav Namestnikov scored with four seconds left for the 5-4 final.

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