Avs score five unanswered goals in comeback win over Stars

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DENVER (AP) Gabriel Landeskog scored twice in the third period, one 47 seconds after John Mitchell‘s tiebreaking goal, and the Colorado Avalanche rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 6-3 on Saturday night.

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, and Jarome Iginla and Erik Johnson also had goals for Colorado, which shook off a disappointing 5-4 loss to Minnesota on Thursday night.

Cody Eakin had two goals, and Mattias Janmark had his second tally in as many games for Dallas. Antti Niemi stopped 22 of 28 shots after his 37-save shutout of Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

With the game time at 3, Mitchell beat Niemi from the left circle at 8:11 to give Colorado its first lead of the game. Landeskog scored at 8:58 to give the Avalanche a 5-3 advantage.

Landeskog iced it with his second of the game and third of the season. He also had two assists.

Janmark gave the Stars a 1-0 lead when he beat Semyon Varlamov with a backhander 20 seconds into the first period. It was the second time in as many games the rookie scored early. He scored on his first just 1:39 into Thursday’s win over Pittsburgh.

The Avalanche tied it when MacKinnon took a pass from Alex Tanguay and beat Niemi with a backhander of his own at 9:06 of the first.

Eakin gave the Stars a 2-1 lead 1:15 later when he scored from close in. He got his second goal of the night on the power play at 8:50 of the second.

The Avalanche rallied to even it with a pair of power-play goals later in the second.

Johnson got the first one with a slapshot from the point at 14:53. Iginla tied it at 17:51 with his second goal in as many games.

Iginla’s tally tied him with Mark Messier for 26th in career power-play goals at 179.

NOTES: Varlamov finished with 30 saves. … Stars D Jordie Benn left the game after taking a shot off the right leg in the third period but returned. … Iginla played in his 1,394th career game. He tied Stan Mikita for 36th on the NHL’s all-time list. … Stars D Patrik Nemeth and Jamie Oleksiak and C Colton Sceviour were healthy scratches. … Colorado scratched D Brad Stuart and Brandon Gormley for the second straight game.