DENVER (AP) _ Darian Hatcher and Guy Carbonneau scored third-period goals as the Dallas Stars won their fourth straight game, defeating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Saturday.

Grant Marshall set up Hatcher from behind the net to tie the game 2-2 at 7:46. Carbonneau beat Patrick Roy on a two-on-one break at 11:54 for the game-winner as the Stars completed the season series unbeaten, 3-0-1.

Ed Belfour stopped 18 shots in improving to 6-3-2 lifetime against the Avalanche. Roy made 36 saves as Colorado fell eight points behind the Stars for the best record in the Western Conference.

Claude Lemieux had a shorthanded goal and Eric Lacroix added a goal for the Colorado which lost its third straight for the first time since Dec. 13-18, 1995.

With a 16-7 shot advantage and four power plays, the Stars trailed 1-0 after a period. Dallas had nearly six straight minutes of the man advantage beginning midway through the period, but had nothing to show for it.

Colorado got a score shorthanded when Darryl Sydor shattered his stick on a shot attempt from the right point and tapped the puck weakly into the corner. Alexei Gusarov picked off the puck, sent it ahead to Lemieux just out of the box and outside the Dallas blue line. Lemieux skated in alone and beat Belfour glove side at 13:23.

The teams exchanged goals as physical play dominated the second period. Lacroix sent a backhander from in front of the crease past Belfour for Colorado at 1:06.

Modano turned a blind backhanded feed from Pat Verbeek into his 17th goal of the year at 6:12 on the fifth Dallas power play of the game and cut the lead to 2-1.