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Saturday, March 23rd
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (11-14-4) at Dallas Stars (14-13-3), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will try to record their second
consecutive win against the Dallas Stars when the teams meet Saturday night at
American Airlines Center.
The Stars visited Colorado on Wednesday and lost a 4-3 decision at the Pepsi
Center. Dallas, which is 6-6-2 as the home team this season, hopes to return
the favor when it hosts the rematch on Saturday.
Colorado's Chuck Kobasew scored the game-winner against the Stars late in the
third period, giving the Avalanche three victories in the last five encounters
between the clubs. The Avs have also claimed three of the past five games
played in Dallas.
Mark Olver posted a goal and two assists on Wednesday while Ryan O'Reilly and
Gabriel Landeskog each scored for the Avalanche. Semyon Varlamov posted 29
saves in the win.
"We generate a lot of chances," said Kobasew. "I've been around long enough to
know to do whatever we can to win some games. We have to generate a lot of
opportunities and when you get them you have to take advantage of them."
Jaromir Jagr had a goal and two assists in a losing effort for Dallas, while
Kari Lehtonen gave up all four goals on 34 shots.
"We played flat tonight," said Jagr. "I guess we really didn't know how
important this game was and with back-to-back games it's only going to get
The Stars held a 3-2 lead going into the third period, but the Avalanche tied
the game 6:20 in, after O'Reilly rushed down the left wing and flung a wrister
on net that fooled Lehtonen. Colorado moved ahead for good with 3:29 to play
after Matt Hunwick threw a shot on net from the left boards that hit off the
helmet of Stephane Robidas, but the puck sat in front of the net and Kobasew
snapped it in.
"A bit of a fluke play, I just took a whack at it and it worked out for us,"
Colorado hasn't won a road game since beating Minnesota on Feb. 14 and the Avs
are 2-9-3 as the guest this season. The Avalanche enter Saturday tied with
Calgary for last place in the Western Conference.
The Stars already rebounded from the loss in Denver, posting Thursday's 2-0
shutout win at Los Angeles. Lehtonen turned aside 40 shots for his first
shutout of the year and helped Dallas blank the defending Stanley Cup
Jagr and Ray Whitney each had a goal for the Stars, who won for the second
time in three games following a four-game slide.
"If you can weather the storm the tide will change," said Dallas head coach
Glen Gulutzan. "Your goalie saves you and Kari kept us in it. Jagr and Whitney
are stingers and they can get you."
The Stars are 6-6-2 as the host this season and are playing the first of five
straight on home ice Saturday.
03/23 11:02:46 ET