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Stars
53-23-6

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Colorado Avalanche 3, Dallas Stars 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Colorado Avalanche 3, Dallas Stars 2 FINAL
Colorado Avalanche 3, Dallas Stars 2

DALLAS (AP) - Marek Svatos scored on a power-play rebound with 1:57 left to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Svatos scored his first goal of the season on a scramble in front of the net with 2:09 left on a 7-minute power play.

Peter Budaj stopped 16 shots in his NHL debut. Joe Sakic added a goal and an assist for Colorado, and Pierre Turgeon had a power-play goal and an assist.

Stars center Jason Arnott was bleeding heavily from a cut to the head after a high stick from Dan Hinote of the Avalanche with 6:48 remaining. Referees Don Koharski and Wes McCauley did not see the high stick, however.

Arnott and teammate Bill Guerin retaliated, resulting in a brawl. Minor penalties were assessed to Arnott and Guerin, and Arnott also received a game misconduct for instigation to give the Avalanche the 7-minute power play.

Colorado's Ian Laperriere got a game misconduct for being the third man in the fight as well as a roughing minor.

Jere Lehtinen had a short-handed goal and Brenden Morrow added a third-period goal for Dallas.

Sakic's goal at 19:33 of the second period broke a 1-all tie. Sakic has 543 career goals, one short of tying Maurice Richard for 21st place.

Morrow tied it at 2 at 11:43 of the third period, converting from in front of the net after a feed from Guerin.

With a scoreless first period, Dallas was off to a far better defensive start than in Wednesday night's opener when the Stars trailed the Los Angeles Kings after one period, 4-0. The Stars rallied for a 5-4 victory in that game.

Colorado had a man advantage when Lehtinen scored on a bouncing shot taken from just inside the blue line at 52 seconds of the second period to give Dallas a 1-0 edge.

The Avalanche tied it at 1 on the power play when Turgeon, a former Star, converted a goal-mouth pass from John-Michael Liles at 12:24 of the second period. Sakic also assisted on the goal.

Notes: RW Milan Hejduk is out for Colorado with a right knee injury. Hejduk underwent surgery on Sept. 20 and there is no timetable for his return. ... D Jon Klemm missed the game for the Stars due to back spasms. Klemm hasn't played or practiced since Wednesday.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
00:52
DAL
SHG - Jere Lehtinen (1) ASST: Trevor Daley (1), Philippe Boucher (1)
1 - 0 DAL
12:34
COL
PPG - Pierre Turgeon (1) ASST: John-Michael Liles (1), Joe Sakic (1)
1 - 1 Tie
19:33
COL
Joe Sakic (1) ASST: Andrew Brunette (1), Karlis Skrastins (1)
2 - 1 COL
3rd Period
11:43
DAL
Brenden Morrow (1) ASST: Bill Guerin (2), Jason Arnott (4)
2 - 2 Tie
18:03
COL
PPG - Marek Svatos (1) ASST: Steve Konowalchuk (1), Pierre Turgeon (2)
3 - 2 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:12
COL
Marek Svatos  Too many men/ice - bench
03:36
DAL
Jaroslav Svoboda  Interference
09:04
COL
Ian Laperriere  Fighting (maj)
09:04
DAL
Brenden Morrow  Fighting (maj)
09:48
DAL
Jason Arnott  Hooking
09:52
COL
Marek Svatos  Interference
14:20
DAL
Antti Miettinen  Delay of game
2nd Period
00:16
DAL
Stu Barnes  Tripping
03:30
DAL
Philippe Boucher  Slashing
06:15
COL
Ossi Vaananen  Hooking
07:08
COL
Karlis Skrastins  Holding
11:14
DAL
Brenden Morrow  Tripping
13:02
COL
Ian Laperriere  Boarding
3rd Period
07:13
DAL
Bill Guerin  Holding
13:12
COL
Ian Laperriere  Roughing
13:12
COL
Ian Laperriere  Game misconduct
13:12
DAL
Bill Guerin  Roughing
13:12
DAL
Jason Arnott  Instigator
13:12
DAL
Jason Arnott  Fighting (maj)
13:12
DAL
Jason Arnott  Game misconduct
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 18TOI: 60:00
Saves: 16EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .889SH: 2 - 3
Marty Turco
SA: 31TOI: 59:37
Saves: 28EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .903SH: 1 - 1