Remember that 5-1 pounding of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 19? Avalanche fans attending that game at the Pepsi Center certainly do, but it was long enough ago that Colorado's players might not recall the last time they produced that much offense.

So long to that scoring funk. Minus a power play they didn't need, the Avs danced around the Dallas Stars on Monday night in a 6-2 triumph to begin a consecutive-night, two-city stretch against the Stars. The floodgates to the Avs' modest scoring drought opened in the second period when they scored four consecutive times in less than 11 minutes to break open a 1-1 game at the Pepsi Center.

The six goals was Colorado's season-high, matching what it did on opening night in a 6-1 rout over Anaheim in Patrick Roy's NHL coaching debut.

Against the Stars, with whom the Avs are 3-0 against, Paul Stastny demolished his nine-game points drought with two goals and two assists, P.A. Parenteau chipped in three assists and Matt Duchene had two helpers. The Avs registered 48 shots.

"We brought a lot of speed right off the bat. You could tell we were going to get a lot of scoring chances," Parenteau said. "Tonight, the door opened for us. It's nice to see, good for our confidence, good for everyone. It was a good team win."

It was more than good for Stastny, who hadn't scored since that Nov. 19 rout over Chicago.

"I always put pressure on myself. I was the most frustrated, but whether I show it or not — you guys won't see it, no one will see it — but on the inside it is frustrating sometimes but that's how it is," said Stastny, who has 10 goals and 21 points in 30 games. "It's a long season, an 82-game season and you have to battle through it."

The Avs' best player might have been rookie Nathan MacKinnon, who scored the first goal of the game and indirectly helped produce two others — in addition to going on two breakaways. He and Duchene had seven shots.