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Kerfoot leads Ave past Stars, 4-1

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DALLAS (AP) -- Alexander Kerfoot scored in the first period and assisted on Nathan MacKinnon's winner, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Stars 4-1 on Saturday night for their sixth straight win.

The Avalanche remained in last place in the tight Central Division but are only two points behind Dallas for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

Both teams were playing for the first time in a week. The Stars had won four of their previous five games.

MacKinnon made it 2-1 with 13:27 to play on a snap shot from the inside edge of the left faceoff circle. The puck went off goalie Ben Bishop and into the net.

Blake Comeau scored with 1:40 left, and Mark Barberio added an empty-net, short-handed goal.

Colorado's Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves for his fifth straight win while filling in for injured goalie Semyon Varlamov.

Jamie Benn had tied it with a rebound goal in the second period.

Colorado took a 1-0 lead 14:09 into the first period. Kerfoot skated down the left side to low in the faceoff circle and lifted a snap shot over Bishop.

Dallas outshot the Avalanche 9-6 in the first. On the Stars' best chance, Bernier stopped Benn's backhand on a breakaway.

Alexander Radulov set up John Klingberg low in the slot for a wrist shot. Bernier made a pad save, but the rebound went to Benn, who wristed the puck over the goalie.