Kuemper and Avalanche shut out Stars to extend point streak to 19 games

DALLAS– Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves and the Colorado Avalanche extended their one-point streak to 19 games in a 4-0 win over the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Sunday.

Gabriel Landeskog marked twice, Cale Makar got two assists and Nathan MacKinnon had an assist for the Avalanche (34-8-4), who haven’t lost in regulation since a 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Dec. 16.

MacKinnon returned after missing four games with a concussion and facial fracture suffered Jan. 26 against the Boston Bruins. Along with an assist, the forward had three shots and was plus-2 in 17:45 of ice time.

“I felt good,” MacKinnon said. “Better than I thought. I had good legs, a lot of beauty. I think our whole team played very well, so it made it easier for me.”

Braden Holtby made 26 saves in his first start since Jan. 26 for the Stars (25-19-2), who finished a six-game 3-3-0 homestand.

“Where’s our bluster? It wasn’t there,” Dallas coach Rick Bowness said. “It was there sporadically in the second, but it definitely wasn’t there in the third. It must come from within. When you have 20 guys playing with an aggressive mindset, we’re a good hockey club. When we have 20 guys who are not aggressive and on the same page, we are not.”

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Landeskog gave Colorado a 1-0 lead at 5:31 of the first period when he deflected a point shot from MacKinnon.

“They’re a fast team, they skate,” Dallas forward Joe Pavelsky noted. “You don’t win a lot of games just playing offense. They check pretty hard. They don’t turn over a lot of pucks. They have a full game going. It’s similar to how we want to play. You I want to play this 200-foot game and have the teams go the length of the ice and compete. We can do a better job next time.

Nazem Kadri made it 2-0 at 11:51 when he caught a pass from Makar at the top of the slot and scored five holes to set an NHL career high in points (62).

“It’s in your mind,” Kadri said of setting a personal best this season. “You are aware of it, but it’s not something I focus on too much. I just feel like I’m in a zone right now, and the best way to keep going is to stay focused and to don’t go overboard. from yourself.”

Colorado outshot Dallas 13-5 in the first period and 10-4 in the third period.

“I think with our forecheck, we were on their end a lot of times,” MacKinnon said. “I think when they got the puck, it was pretty much at the end of their shifts, and they didn’t have a ton of energy just circling us. In addition to our incredible [defensemen] move the puck quickly, they make it easy.”

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel scored to make it 3-0 at 1:50 of the third on a shot from the high slot.

“Our refills, follow-ups, [defensive] the gaps were remarkable,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “Our breakouts were great, in and out of our zone, especially [in the] third period. I think the third period was the best defensive period we’ve played all year. »

Landeskog scored an empty net goal at 18:10 for the 4-0 final.

The Stars and Avalanche complete a home-and-away on Tuesday at the Ball Arena in Denver.

“Play with a chip on your shoulder and bring it to them,” Dallas forward Michael Raffl said when asked about the team’s approach. “They took two points off our building. We’ll try to do the same.”

REMARKS: Dallas defender John Klingberg did not play due to an upper body injury suffered Friday against the Winnipeg Jets. …stars ahead Luke Glendening was playing his 600th game in the NHL. He played 554 games with the Detroit Red Wings from 2013 to 2021 and 46 with Dallas. … Landeskog has 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in its last eight games and scored two goals in a game for the second time this season and the second time in its last five games. … Kadri is on a seven-game point streak (five goals, six assists).

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