Makar scores winner as Avs down Stars:

Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen blazed a trail for Colorado who staved off removal again with a 4-1 win versus Dallas to require game 7. 0:57

Video game 7 is Friday.

"Our mindset's altered," Makar said. "Obviously, we're on the ropes and we have a team that's going to fight to the end here. The next one is a huge one for us. It's going to be an enjoyable one."

Miro Heiskanen scored for destiny, while Anton Khudobin made 20 saves.

Both teams lost in Game 7 last season in the 2nd round. Colorado is trying to advance to the Western Conference finals for the very first time since 2002. Destiny last entered 2008.

"We never believed it was going to be a sweep or a simple series," Stars forward Tyler Seguin stated. "We constantly said it can go Game 6 or 7, and it's 7, so here we are."

This marked the very first time in the high-scoring series the winning team didn't net at least five goals.

Colorado increased its lead to 3-1 on a goal by Rantanen that was set up on a flip pass from MacKinnon with 16:39 remaining.

It was well secured by Hutchinson, who was acquired in a February trade with Toronto and locked things down.

"He soothes things down for us," MacKinnon said. "Galvanizes the group, for sure. We feel very confident when our goalie is playing like that."

The Stars are trying to find ways to interfere with Hutchinson's rhythm.

"Give Colorado a great deal of credit," Stars interim coach Rick Bowness stated. "They're doing an excellent job protecting him."

Dallas' Corey Perry is examined by Colorado's Nikita Zadorov during the second duration.(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

MacKinnon's objective and assist provide him a minimum of a point in all 14 games this post-season. He's the very first player to notch 25 post-season points (9 objectives, 16 helps) in 14 or less video games since Wayne Gretzky with Los Angeles in 1993 (8 objectives, 17 helps in 14 games).

What stuck out to MacKinnon, however, was the defensive effort. The Avalanche only took one charge.

"We were one of the best protective teams in the routine season. People don't really realize that," MacKinnon said. "We actually take pride because."

Makar put Colorado up 2-1 midway through the second period by dropping down from the blue line, taking a pass from Rantanen and cruising the puck past Khudobin. Makar's 15 points this post-season are the most by a novice defenceman in Stanley Cup playoffs history. Right on his heels, however, is Quinn Hughes, who has 14 points for Vancouver.

A banged-up Colorado team saw captain Gabriel Landeskog limp off the ice after taking a skate to his ideal leg late in the 2nd period. He quickly returned in the third, but his status for Game 7 doubts.

The Avalanche also had Conor Timmins leave the video game.

When his shot glanced off the glove of Hutchinson and into the net, Heiskanen scored the video game's first goal late in the opening period. The 21-year-old Heiskanen leads all defencemen with 19 points (5 objectives, 14 helps) throughout the post-season.

Dallas' benefit lasted less than two minutes as Colorado tied it up on Zadorov's goal. Right before the shot, Jamie Oleksiak pressed J.T. Compher into Khudobin, who never ever got a great appearance at the puck.

Destiny weathered what could've been disaster in investing six minutes inside the charge box. Blake Comeau drew a four-minute, double-minor after capturing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the head with a high stick. Oleksiak also drew a penalty for holding.

On to Game 7.

"We put ourselves in this position," Bowness said. "Hey, we're in Game 7. Offer with it. Simply got to make it a more difficult night for that whole group there."

Nathan MacKinnon scored an empty-netter for the Avalanche, who staved off elimination for a second straight game to connect the series at 3 wins apiece. Both groups lost in Game 7 last season in the second round.(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

MacKinnon's objective and assist give him at least a point in all 14 games this post-season. Heiskanen scored the game's first goal late in the opening period when his shot glanced off the glove of Hutchinson and into the internet. "Hey, we're in Game 7.