Seven-goal surges push Avalanche and Stars into 2nd-round series

Dallas Stars celebrate a goal against the Calgary Flames during first-period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Colorado Avalanche players celebrate a win over the Arizona Coyotes in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Dallas Stars certainly can’t take too much comfort in those four victories over Colorado in the regular season or their unprecedented seven-goal surge to advance in these unusual playoffs.