Seguin and Stankoven each net two goals as Stars defeat Avalanche 4-1 to take series lead 2-1

The Dallas Stars took a commanding 2-1 lead in their Western Conference second-round series against the Colorado Avalanche with a 4-1 win on Saturday night. Tyler Seguin and Logan Stankoven led the way with two goals each, while goaltender Jake Oettinger stood tall against Colorado’s high-powered offense.

Coach Peter DeBoer praised his team’s performance, calling it a “perfect road game” in a crucial situation. The Stars have yet to play from behind in the series, showcasing their composure and defensive prowess.

Dallas’s penalty kill was stellar once again, shutting down Colorado’s power plays. Seguin scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period, which Oettinger protected with 29 saves on 30 shots. The Stars’ ability to play well on the road has been a key factor in their success during the playoffs.

Game 4 is set for Monday night at Ball Arena, where the Avalanche have been dominant. However, the Stars have proven to be a formidable road team, boasting a strong record away from home.

Oettinger praised his team’s performance in the third period, noting their smart play and discipline. The Stars effectively neutralized Colorado’s offense and learned from their mistakes in previous games.

The victory gives Dallas home-ice advantage in the series, as they stifled Colorado’s high-scoring attack. Valeri Nichushkin was held scoreless for the first time in the playoffs, as the Stars’ defense put on a masterclass.

Stankoven broke a scoring drought with a crucial goal, contributing to the team’s success. Colorado coach Jared Bednar highlighted his team’s struggles on the power play, which could have made a difference in the game.

Despite a strong effort from Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, the Avalanche couldn’t overcome Oettinger’s heroics in net. Oettinger made key saves and the Stars capitalized on their opportunities to secure the win.

Overall, the Stars’ combination of strong defense, timely scoring, and solid goaltending propelled them to victory in Game 3. As they look ahead to Game 4, Dallas will aim to continue their road success and extend their series lead over the Avalanche.

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