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Radulov gets hat trick in return, Stars top Avalanche

Bishop makes 31 saves for shutout; Colorado has lost three of four

by Jeff Miller / NHL.com Correspondent

Radulov's first NHL hat trick

COL@DAL: Radulov leads Stars with first hat trick

Alexander Radulov scores in all three periods, leading the Stars to a 4-0 victory with the first hat trick of his career

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DALLAS -- Alexander Radulov got his first NHL hat trick in his return to the lineup for the Dallas Stars in a 4-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche at American Airlines Center on Thursday.

Radulov was scratched by Stars coach Jim Montgomery in Dallas' 1-0 win against the New York Rangers on Tuesday after he was late to morning skate.

Ben Bishop made 31 saves for his second straight shutout, and Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist for the Stars (35-27-5), who have won four straight games and are 6-2-0 in their past eight. Dallas holds the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference, one point ahead of the Minnesota Wild.

 

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"It's always nice to bounce back and have a game like that," Radulov said. "You just have to do the little things. To score a goal is always nice, but the most important thing is winning and getting a shutout for [Bishop].

"We're all human. I just overslept and came a little bit late. A rule's a rule for everybody, so I think it's in the past. I'll deal with it."

Video: COL@DAL: Benn pads lead with one-timer in the slot

Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves for the Avalanche (29-27-12), who have lost three of their past four games and are four points behind the Wild for the second wild card into the playoffs from the West. Philipp Grubauer briefly appeared early in the third period and made three saves after Varlamov had to go to the locker room to get his skate replaced.

"We just couldn't get any secondary chances in there," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "They moved pucks out in front of the net pretty well. They did a nice job in there, so you have to give them credit.

"It was a playoff game for us. We came up short. So now we're going to be chasing it a little bit."

Radulov gave Dallas a 1-0 lead at 16:14 of the first period, skating down the slot and redirecting a pass from Benn at the top of the crease. He extended the lead to 2-0 at 8:55 of the second period when he beat Varlamov blocker side on a shot from the top of the right circle that went in off the post.

Benn made it 3-0 at 5:19 of the third period on a one-timer from the low slot off a pass from below the goal line by Jason Dickinson, and Radulov completed the hat trick to make it 4-0 with an empty-net goal at 17:02.

"It's two times now guys have missed games and they get a little bit of rest and they come back with hat tricks (Benn against the St. Louis Blues on March 2)," Montgomery said. "Maybe there's something to a little bit of rest."

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog left at 9:43 of the third period with an undisclosed injury.

"I was right behind him when it happened," Colorado forward Mikko Rantanen said. "I think Bishop kind of tackled him behind the net, and that's where he got hurt. I hope it's nothing serious and we get our captain back in the lineup."

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They said it

"They're playing fast. Their big guys had a night. I thought Benn did a nice job shutting [Nathan MacKinnon] down." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar

"I mean, he's a great competitor and we expected him to play at a high level tonight. You could tell he had an intensity about him the way he was practicing while he was out." -- Stars coach Jim Montgomery on Alexander Radulov

Video: Enterprise Hat Trick: Radulov nets first career hatty

 

Need to know

Colorado went 0-for-2 on the power play after scoring a goal with the man-advantage in each of its previous four games. … Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson played his 500th game with Colorado. … Stars forward Radek Faksa (neck) missed his first game this season. … Radulov has a five-game point streak against Colorado (three goals, seven assists). … Benn has seven points (six goals, one assist) in his past six games. … Bishop got consecutive shutouts for the first time in the NHL.

 

What's next

Avalanche: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ALT, MSG-B, NHL.TV)

Stars: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-SW, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

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