Varlamov knew he was challenged on that play.
“(Seguin) is a good player. He’s got a tough shot. He’s pretty skilled. He’s always dangerous, especially when we’re penalty killing.”
Just 19 seconds later, at 4:13 of the third, Tanguay’s shot from low in the left circle hit a skate, possibly Dallas defenseman Sergei Gonchar’s, and skidded past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for the 4-3 lead.
“It wasn’t pretty,” Tanguay said, “but those things happen. I had (teammate Paul Stastny) at the corner of the net. If it doesn’t hit something else, it probably goes in with him.”
Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon scored on the game’s first shot. Jamie McGinn also scored in the first period, and Stastny connected on a power play in the second.
“The first five minutes,” Ruff said. “After that, we dominated. Their goalie stole the show.
“We had five or six point-blank chances in the second to blow the game apart. He was there and he made some great saves.”
Maxime Talbot and Gabriel Landeskog had two assists apiece for the Avalanche.