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Avalanche defeat Stars in Game 5 of Western Second Round, extend series

Score six goals, Hutchinson makes 31 saves in first NHL playoff start

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

Avalanche score five in the 1st

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Michael Hutchinson made 31 saves in his first Stanley Cup Playoff start, and the Colorado Avalanche avoided elimination with a 6-3 win against the Dallas Stars in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Monday.

Colorado, the No. 2 seed in the West, scored four of its five first-period goals in a span of 2:36, one second shy of tying the NHL playoff record for fastest four goals (Montreal Canadiens, Game 5 of 1944 Semifinals against Toronto Maple Leafs).

"We knew that we had to show our best self," Avalanche forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare said. "We were not happy about the way we started the game last game (trailed 3-0 after first period in a 5-4 loss in Game 4). And we knew the situation. … We decided to show the best version of ourselves tonight, in the start at least."

Hutchinson made three saves in relief of Pavel Francouz in a 5-4 loss in Game 4 on Sunday in his NHL playoff debut. Francouz and Philipp Grubauer each was unfit to play Game 5.

"It was exciting," Hutchinson said. "I've had a pretty long career so far, and this was my first playoff start. When you get that news, first thing on my mind was excitement. It's what you work for when you're a kid, you dream about [it] playing in the backyard, playing in the Stanley Cup Final."

Hutchinson is the 14th goalie in NHL history to make his first playoff start and win when his team was facing elimination.

Game 6 of the best-of-7 series is in Edmonton, the West hub city, on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).


[WATCH: All Stars vs. Avalanche Game 5 highlights]


Ben Bishop allowed four goals on 19 shots and was pulled 13:43 into the first period for Dallas, the No. 3 seed.

"I had an opportunity tonight to close the door," Bishop said. "You knew they were going to have a push, obviously. Their season is on the line. I'll take blame. I've got to be better. The guys have been playing hard all series, and you've got to come up with a save there. No matter what the circumstances are, I've been in this situation before and you know they're going to throw everything at you."

It was Bishop's first game since Aug. 13, Game 2 of the first round against the Calgary Flames. Anton Khudobin, who started the previous eight games, made 20 saves in relief.

Bellemare gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 4:37 of the first, and Andre Burakovsky made it 2-0 at 11:51.

"Bishop hasn't played for a bit of time, so we kind of knew that we had to send a lot of pucks in, make him work early here, and we came out really strong," Burakovsky said. "We were shooting a lot of pucks, we were going to the net and making it tough for him. A tough spot for him to not be able to play for a while and come in and face all those shots, so I think we did a good job there."

Nathan MacKinnon made it 3-0 at 12:32. He has scored at least one point in all 13 Colorado games this postseason (eight goals, 15 assists).

Nazem Kadri scored 61 seconds later for a 4-0 lead at 13:43, and Mikko Rantanen made it 5-0 at 14:27.

The Avalanche outshot the Stars 23-5 in the first period.

"We just clearly weren't ready to play," Dallas coach Rick Bowness said. "We weren't ready to compete. Again, point your fingers at me and work your way down. Nobody was ready. To defend against that team, it takes hard work. We got outworked. There's no sugarcoating it. It was clear what was going on. We got outworked, we got outhustled, and it starts with being ready to play. We weren't."

Video: Avalanche win Game 5 behind five-goal 1st period

Joe Pavelski scored at 7:50 of the second to make it 5-1, and Miro Heiskanen made it 5-2 with a power-play goal at 17:31.

Burakovsky scored his second of the game at 18:04 to make it 6-2.

Jamie Benn made it 6-3 with a power-play goal at 14:12 of the third.

"Our first 10 minutes was an absolute joke," Stars forward Andrew Cogliano said. "[Bishop] will take the blame and put it on himself, but let's be honest, we were atrocious in the first 10 minutes. It was 5-0 with [five] minutes left in the period. This has nothing to do with our goalies. We're wasting our time if we're talking about our goalies. We have the luxury of having these two, and when [Bishop] is in the net, we have full confidence in him. We let him down."

Thirteen Avalanche players scored at least one point.

"That's why we end up winning the hockey game," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "You have to have [depth scoring]. You have to score to win the game, and not every night is your top line going to be able to carry you."

NOTES: The five first-period goals were the most in one period in the playoffs in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history. … MacKinnon's point streak of 13 games is the fourth longest to begin the playoffs in NHL history behind Bryan Trottier (18 games for New York Islanders in 1981), Mark Messier (14 games for Edmonton Oilers in 1988) and Bobby Orr (14 games for Boston Bruins in 1970). senior writer Dan Rosen and staff writer Tracey Myers contributed to this report

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