Nate Guenin had a career-high three points with a goal and two assists for the Avalanche. They rallied from deficits of 3-1 and 4-3 in the third period.
Cody Eakin had two goals and an assist, but the Stars lost their fifth straight game (0-3-2) They also were 0-3-2 against Colorado this season.
Jhonas Enroth stopped 21 shots for Dallas. He got the start after giving up six third-period goals in the Stars' 6-2 loss to Minnesota last Sunday.
When the Edmonton Oilers hired Dallas Eakins in June 2013 to kick-start their youth movement, he was seen as the archetype for the new breed of NHL coach. Eakins, 46, was a former NHL player, a successful American Hockey League head coach and well-versed in the world of advanced stats.
In fact, Eakins considers himself an analytics proponent. Last summer, Eakins championed the hiring of prominent analytics blogger and vocal Oilers critic Tyler Dellow for a role in hockey operations. With Dellow's input, Eakins tweaked the way the Oilers played in order to improve their Corsi, an advanced stat that measures possession. Edmonton saw a significant improvement in Corsi percentage under Eakins from last season to this season.
The wins column was another story. After the Oilers lost 15 of 16 games, Eakins was fired in December, just 18 months after he was hired. In one of his first interviews since leaving Edmonton, Eakins spoke with ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance about the challenge of selling analytics in a sport that remains resistant to change.
Custance: What's the hardest part about selling analytics in hockey?
The Wild are an NHL-best 11-1-1 since the All-Star break, outscoring the opposition 40-18 during that stretch to get into playoff position for the first time since Nov. 24.
Making his 17th straight start since being acquired from Arizona in mid-January, Devan Dubnyk finished with 18 saves to improve to 13-2-1 with Minnesota.
Jason Spezza scored twice for Dallas, which is 0-2-1 in its last three.
DALLAS -- Niklas Kronwall scored 36 seconds into overtime and the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Dallas Stars 7-6 on Saturday night after overcoming a pair of two-goal deficits in a wild third period.
But then Jakub Kindl had two goals 45 seconds apart in the third to tie it 4-all in his return to the Red Wings.
Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen had 29 saves but allowed a season-high seven goals.
Antti Niemi made 37 saves for the Sharks, who had lost two straight. The victory vaulted them into a tie for seventh place in the Western Conference with Calgary, tied for third in the Pacific Division.
The Stars had won four of their previous five games. They fell six points behind Calgary and San Jose in the race for the final wild-card berth.
Jason Spezza had three assists for the Stars, who have won four of five and triumphed on coach Lindy Ruff's 55th birthday. Dallas entered 11th in the Western Conference with 60 points, 18 behind St. Louis.
Patrik Berglund spoiled Lehtonen's bid for a second straight shutout with 7:30 remaining. Lehtonen's scoreless streak was 1:45:48.
I have been employed by ESPN for the past 18 years. In terms of a "big league" television career, ESPN has been my only employer after my eight years in the poverty/pasta every night/Dodge Neon minor TV leagues.
So, like Stevie Y, Mario, and Alex and Sid and Anze so far, I've spent my entire career with one franchise. Will I stay with this team for the rest of my career? It is rare, and like with athletes, it probably won't be my call. I'm a sentimental and loyal person to a fault, though, so it would probably be my preference.
I feel the ultimate sign of respect and love is not running away from things. Stay until they tell you to go. This ultimate "decision" to probably stay is made easier because my ESPN team is so successful, impactful and filled with great people.
Plus, our state-of-the-art, kick-butt cafeteria is opening soon and I'm hoping for a chicken parm vending machine and nightly bowls of complimentary Thin Mints.
Anything can happen, though. I mean, did Boston Bruins fans ever think Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque wouldn't finish their careers with the B's? Patrick Roy traded?!?! Martin Brodeur finishing his career with the St. Louis Blues? You just never know. I mean, Wayne Gretzky played on four teams.
The incident occurred at 13:05 of the third period of the Stars' 2-0 win over Florida on Friday. Kulikov went low and hit Seguin on his right knee just after the Dallas forward entered the offensive zone.
Kulikov was assessed a major penalty for clipping and a game misconduct.
The Stars announced that the team's leading scorer will miss 3 to 6 weeks with a right knee injury.
Kulikov will forfeit more than $93,000 in salary.