Stars rally past Avalanche in Game 2 of Western Second Round, extend lead


The Dallas Stars scored five straight goals in a 5-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 to extend their lead in the Western Conference Second Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Monday.

Anton Khudobin made 38 saves, and Alexander Radulov had a goal and an assist for Dallas, the No. 3 seed in the West.

Teams with a 2-0 lead are 328-51 (86.5 percent) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series, including a 4-0 record in the first round.

Game 3 is in Edmonton, the West hub city, on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS).

Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist for Colorado, the No. 2 seed. Pavel Francouz made 22 saves.

Trailing 2-0 in the second, Dallas scored four times in 9:20, including two power-play goals in 43 seconds to tie the game. Joe Pavelski cut the lead to 2-1 with a 5-on-3 goal on a one-timer at 9:54, and Radek Faksa scored on a goalmouth scramble at 10:37 to tie it 2-2.

Radulov scored on a deflection in front for a 3-2 lead at 15:34. Jamie Benn‘s shot hit Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard‘s stick before bouncing off Radulov’s shoulder and past Francouz.

Esa Lindell gave the Stars a 4-2 lead at 19:14.

Jamie Oleksiak scored into an empty net with 10 seconds remaining for the 5-2 final.

MacKinnon scored a power-play goal to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 6:08 of the first. He leads the NHL with 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) and has scored at least one point in all 10 postseason games.

Rantanen scored a power-play goal at 8:44 of the second for a 2-0 lead.

Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer and defenseman Erik Johnson did not play. Each was injured in a 5-3 loss in Game 1 and will be out indefinitely.

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