Avalanche Lose 5-2 In Dallas
DALLAS (AP) — Derek Roy, Eric Nystrom and Jaromir Jagr each had a goal and an assist to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.
Rookie Jordie Benn got his first NHL goal and Cody Eakin also scored for Dallas, which won its second straight game following a 1-4-1 stretch in which they were outscored 23-10. Jamie Benn added three assists.
The Stars moving up from 10th place to eighth in the Western Conference, jumping ahead of San Jose and Columbus for the conference’s final playoff position.
Kari Lehtonen, making his 11th straight start, stopped 33 shots for Dallas two nights after getting 40 saves in a 2-0 win at Los Angeles.
Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist, and P.A. Parenteau also scored for the Avalanche, who overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to beat the Stars 4-3 at home Wednesday night but could not repeat the feat again..
Roy, who had just one assist in his previous seven contests, briefly left the ice after taking a slap shot off his left foot late in the first period, but returned for the second.
The Stars built a 4-0 second period lead, chasing starting goalie Semyon Varlamov, before Colorado pulled to 4-2. However, Dallas managed to lock down the victory in the third period this time.
Varlamov wound up with 11 saves on 15 shots in 24:37, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 15 of 16 shots in 35:23.
The Avalanche, who are last in the West after losing five of their last six games while getting outscored 28-15, were without captain Gabriel Landeskog, who was a last-minute scratch with a torso injury.
Landeskog, who had missed 11 games earlier in the season with head and leg injuries, had scored goals in four straight games, the longest streak of his NHL career. He is considered day-to-day.
Dallas jumped on top just 34 seconds into the opening period, as Roy got his fourth of the season after taking a nice backhand pass from Loui Eriksson and unleashing a wrist shot from the high slot that beat Varlamov over the glove.
The Stars made it 2-0 on a power play when Jordie Benn, skating in his 26th career game, found the back of the net at 9:57. Roy set it up with a slap shot from the right point that Varlamov stopped, but the rebound spit out front where both Benn and Erik Cole swiped at it, propelling it over Varlamov’s pads and in.
Colorado appeared to pull to within 2-1 with 3:08 remaining in the first when Matt Duchene’s deflection of Parenteau’s wrist shot bounced past Lehtonen, but it was waved off when the officials determined that David Jones had interfered with Lehtonen on the play.
Nystrom extended Dallas’ lead to 3-0 with his fourth goal of the season 58 seconds into the second period. Jamie Benn — Jordie’s younger brother — did most of the work, spinning out of the right corner and into the crease, where Varlamov made the save, but Nystrom was able to swat the bouncing rebound home.
The Stars increased their advantage to 4-0 on Eakin’s fifth goal at 4:37 of the second. Jamie Benn also set this one up, curling out from behind the net and feeding a backhand pass into the slot, where Eakin drilled a one-timer just inside the left post.
That prompted Avalanche coach Joe Sacco to pull Varlamov in favor of Giguere.
Dallas nearly went up by five at 12:08 while on a power play when Jagr’s deflection of Jamie Benn’s shot bounced off Giguere’s pad and off the underside of the crossbar before landing in the crease.
Colorado snapped Lehtonen’s shutout streak at 102:35 when Parenteau connected on a one-timer from the left circle during a power play with 54.1 seconds left in the second.
Stastny made it 4-2 with his eighth goal just 1:37 into the final period, beating Lehtonen with a wrist shot from the left face-off circle.
But the Stars restored their hold on the game when Jagr got his team-leading 13th goal of the season, and third in the last three games, at 6:44.
NOTES: After taking a 2-0 lead in the first period, the Stars have now outscored their opponents 7-0 over the last four games. The Avalanche have now been outscored 36-19 in first periods this season. … With the win, Dallas is 9-3-1 in its last 13 home meetings with the Avalanche. … The Stars honored former D Craig Ludwig as part of its all-time team. Ludwig joined the organization in 1991, was part of the move from Minnesota to Dallas in 1993 and helped the club win the 1999 Stanley Cup.
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