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December 16, 2013

Stars undone by Avalanche’s 4-goal 2nd period

Avalanche 6, Stars 2

Paul Stastny scored twice and added two assists, and the Colorado Avalanche scored four goals in the second period en route to a 6-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist and Kevin Connauton scored his first NHL goal for the Stars, who have dropped three of the past four.

Goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 42 shots for Dallas in a rare poor start against Colorado. Lehtonen was 8-3-2 with a 2.52 goals-against average against the Avalanche before Monday.

The Avs’ Erik Johnson and Andre Benoit also scored in the second period, and Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie added goals for Colorado.

The Avalanche outshot Dallas 21-10 in the first period but managed just one goal against Lehtonen. It was a different story in the second.

Stastny broke a 1-all tie when he knocked in Jamie McGinn’s tip pass 8:29 into the period for his ninth goal of the season. Benoit made it 3-1 when he pinched in from the blue line and blasted a shot through traffic past Lehtonen.

Stastny scored again when he tipped a shot by Gabriel Landeskog in front of the net, and Johnson finished the run with a shot from the top of the right circle with 3 seconds left in the period to make it 5-1.

Seguin scored early in the third, but Barrie’s first goal of the season on Stastny’s second assist made it 6-2.

It was more than enough for the Avalanche, which improved to 3-0 against the Stars this season and tied its season high in scoring.

The teams play again Tuesday night in Dallas.

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