Monday, February 4, 2013
Dallas Stars 3, Colorado Avalanche 2
Stars offense finally wakes up in road win.
The Dallas Stars finally got some offensive production on the road Monday night in Denver, defeating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. The win improved Dallas to 4-5-1 on the season and was the first time they've scored more than two goals on the road all year. Colorado fell to 4-5-0.
Dallas' struggling first-line center Jamie Benn finally got on the scoresheet, tallying two goals and an assist on the night. Benn had previously only had a single assist over his first four games of the 2013 season.
Benn opened the scoring right away, stealing the puck in the offensive zone and wristing it past Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov at 2:21 of the first for his first goal of the year and the 1-0 lead. Nine minutes later he got a secondary assist when Stars captain Brenden Morrow scored his first goal of the season off a goalmouth feed from Jaromir Jagr. Dallas had a chance to break the game wide open at 13:21 when they got a rare two-minute 5-on-3, but despite several chances they were unable to score.
Colorado tied it by taking advantage of poor defensive play and penalties, two things that have plagued the Stars early. Colorado's first goal came at 18:12 of the first period when Miljan Hejduk took advantage of an Alex Goligoski error to score his first of the year in his 1,000th NHL game.
Dallas then spent the better part of the second period on the penalty kill, giving Colorado three straight penalties. Dallas easily killed off the first two but on the third, with Stephane Robidas off for tripping, P.A. Parenteau scored the equalizer to make it 2-2 at 11:33 in the second.
Benn came to the rescue four minutes later. Skating with the extra attacker on a delayed penalty, Benn took a pass from Derek Roy and wristed in his second of the night for the eventual game-winner. It was Roy's only point in his first game back from a groin injury.
Neither team scored in the third, with Dallas getting a huge break when the Avs were called for two penalties in the final minutes. Dallas didn't score on either one, but neither did the Avs and the game ended without any last-second tying goals.
Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen had a great game, stopping 29 of the 31 shots he faced for his fourth win of the season. Colorado goalie Varlamov made just 23 saves on 26 shots for his first home loss of the season.
Dallas next heads to Edmonton Wednesday to wrap up their road trip against the 4-3-1 Oilers.