NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Dallas|
(Monday, January 27th)
Final Score: Colorado 4, Dallas 3
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Tanguay scored the winner in the third
period and Semyon Varlamov finished the game with 41 saves as the Colorado
Avalanche took a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars.
Jamie McGinn, Paul Stastny and Nathan MacKinnon all scored for the Avalanche,
who have won six of their last eight.
Tyler Seguin posted two goals and an assist while Jamie Benn had a goal and an
assist for the Stars, who had a three-game winning streak stopped. Kari
Lehtonen made 17 stops in the loss.
"It's a tough one. We had a couple of great opportunities late but just
couldn't get it to go," said Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff. "We had probably
five or six point-blank chances in the second to blow the game open but he
(Varlamov) was there and made some saves."
With the score tied in the third, Colorado took a 4-3 lead at 4:13 as Tanguay
threw a pass out front from the left side that went off the skate of a Star
From there, it was Varlamov's show, as he made several huge stops in the
frame, including a backhand shot from Antoine Roussel on a partial break with
about 3 1/2 minutes to play.
Varlamov finished the frame with 13 stops, also helping the team kill off a
power play for the win.
"You know, it wasn't pretty, but those things happen," said Tanguay of the
goal. "I had [Stastny] in the corner of the net. If it doesn't hit something
else, it probably goes in with him. We'll take those bounces, and Varlamov was
great. He gave us a chance to win, and that was the difference in the game."
MacKinnon scored on a backhander just 100 seconds into the game to give the
Avs a 1-0 lead, and the team added to their advantage at 15:57 of the first.
Matt Duchene gained the line down the right wing and left a drop pass from
Ryan O'Reilly, who sent it to the slot where McGinn got a shot off then
slammed home his own rebound for a 2-0 lead.
Dallas got one back 90 seconds later as Tyler Seguin whipped a pass from the
left boards to the slot where Benn snuck home a quick shot for his 20th of the
The Stars tied the game 1:02 into the second on the power play as good work in
the Colorado end was finished off when Benn sent a pass from the right circle
to the low left side where Seguin finished it off.
Colorado took the lead back at 17:57 of the second on the man advantage as a
bad clear from behind the net was picked up by Stastny and he quickly
backhanded it in.
Dallas, though, answered 16 seconds later as Seguin's wrister on the fly from
the right wing beat Varlamov for his 23rd of the season.
Colorado hosts Minnesota on Thursday ... Dallas hosts New Jersey on Thursday
... The Avs won four of the five games against the Stars this season ...
Colorado was 1-for-2 on the power play, while Dallas went 1-for-4.
01/28 00:50:37 ET