Tanguay scores winner and Avs beat Stars 4-3

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DALLAS (AP) - Semyon Varlamov has mastered beating the Dallas Stars.

Varlamov made 41 saves in the Colorado Avalanche's 4-3 victory Monday night and beat the Stars for the fourth straight time.

Alex Tanguay scored the winning goal early in the third period, and Varlamov made it stand up despite the best efforts of rejuvenated Stars scoring leader Tyler Seguin.

Colorado led twice, but both times Seguin scored to tie the game. Seguin has 23 goals this season, but had not scored in 13 games. He also had an assist on Jamie Benn’s first-period goal.

Varlamov stopped Seguin twice during a third-period power play with the score tied.

“On Jamie’s cross-crease pass, (Seguin) had about 18 inches of open net,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “He just pushed the puck back into the goalie’s pads.”

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.”

The goalie also stopped Seguin’s drive from the left faceoff circle as the Avalanche killed the penalty.

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.

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