DENVER (AP) — Tyler Seguin got the Dallas Stars going, and plenty of his teammates joined in.
Seguin scored two early goals and the Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-2 on Sunday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
Brett Ritchie also had two goals, and Jason Spezza and Greg Pateryn each added one for the Stars, who haven’t lost since a 3-0 setback at Colorado on Nov. 22. Devin Shore scored short-handed into an empty net at 17:24 of the third period. Ritchie closed out the scoring seconds later with his second of the night.
“Tonight, it wasn’t just our line, it was the whole team,” Seguin said after the Stars set a season high for goals. “It’s everybody. It’s when you have guys like (Radek) Faksa who has five goals or whatever in the last few games. Not only does that give him confidence, it gives his linemates confidence, it gives everyone else confidence. It’s been a domino effect through the lineup.”
Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock likes what he’s seen during the streak.
“We are playing the right way,” he said. “We are not chasing the game up and down the ice. We aren’t gambling on 50/50 situations. We are playing smart. You play the game the right way, you give yourselves a chance to win games. That’s what we are doing.”
Blake Comeau and Mikko Rantanen had the goals for the Avalanche, who lost back-to-back home games for the first time this season.
Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson said his team made too many mistakes to be competitive against the Stars.
“We gave them everything they got tonight,” Johnson said. “We turned the puck over, we were sloppy and there’s no excuse. There’s no one to blame but ourselves for that one.
“You just have to flush it down the toilet and focus on the next one. We played horrible.”
Trailing 2-0, the Avalanche got on the board 39 seconds into the second when Nathan MacKinnon sent a cross-ice pass to Rantanen, who wristed the puck over goalie Kari Lehtonen’s glove from the left circle.
But the Stars added two goals 1:04 apart, on a shot by Spezza at 6:48 that clanged off the post, followed by Pateryn’s backhand that slipped through Jonathan Bernier’s pads at 7:52.
Bernier, who made 28 saves in…