DALLAS - The Colorado Avalanche didn't get much help from the officiating Saturday night, getting yet another call go against them from the video review officials in Toronto - along with most of the calls on the ice made by referees Tim Peel and Marc Joannette. No matter, the Avs overcame it all and beat the Dallas Stars anyway, 4-1, at American Airlines Arena.
Nathan MacKinnon's and Blake Comeau's third-period goals got the Avs their sixth win in a row. The Avs got one power play in the game, to Dallas's four. Thanks to Jonathan Bernier, a great penalty kill and opportunistic scoring, it didn't matter either.
"I liked our team's composure," coach Jared Bednar said. "Our guys just stayed with it, and just kept moving on to the next thing. And that's what you have to do. You've got to stay composed through some of those calls and get the job done."
The first period looked just like one might have thought, from two teams coming off their bye week. Not much in the way of quality, high-tempo play. Well, except for one brilliant move by Alexander Kerfoot, that is.
Kerfoot gave Colorado a 1-0 lead at 14:09, with his 11th goal of the season. He took A.J. Greer's lead pass, came down the left side and just outworked John Klingberg to the net, or at least close enough to the net where he would get a shot off on Stars goalie Ben Bishop.
Kerfoot then roofed a shot over Bishop. The lead would last all the way until the 15:43 mark of the second period, but before that the Avs had a goal disallowed. It was disallowed because the NHL "War Room" in Toronto deemed Comeau interfered too much with Bishop behind the net. Comeau did grab Bishop a bit by the sweater, then the two had their skates intertwine, leading Bishop to fall down. The goal was called good on then ice, but no good in Toronto.