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Rapid Recap: Stars 4, Avalanche 3 (SO)

Colorado ends preseason 2-3-1

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

DALLAS--The Colorado Avalanche fell 4-3 to the Dallas Stars in a shootout on Saturday night at American Airlines Center in both clubs' final outing of the preseason.

Nazem Kadri and Andre Burakovsky scored their first goals of exhibition play 22 seconds apart in the first period to give the Avalanche an early 2-0 lead, but the Stars constructed a comeback with two tallies in the final four minutes of the contest to send the outing into extra time. 

Joonas Donskoi also found the back of the net for the Avs, while Jamie Benn and Joe Pavelski both had multi-point outings for Dallas (goal and assist each).

Colorado used a mostly veteran lineup, with goaltender Philipp Grubauer playing the entire game and finishing with 33 saves.

THE GOALS

1st Period
11:22 COL (1-0) - PPG, Nazem Kadri tallied his first of the preseason on a wrist shot from the mid-slot.
11:44 COL (2-0) - Andre Burakovsky scored from nearly the same spot as Kadri, from the slot on a wrister that went top shelf.

2nd Period
13:33 DAL (2-1) - Tyler Seguin scored into the an open area of the net after a spin move in the low slot took Grubauer out of position.

3rd Period
6:04 COL (3-1) - Joonas Donskoi picked up a loose puck in the slot and fired a shot that beat Ben Bishop far side.
16:22 DAL (3-2) - Joe Pavelski cut Colorado's lead in half with his first goal of the preseason.
18:27 DAL (3-3) - Jamie Benn tied the game with a wrist shot from the right circle.

Overtime

No Scoring

Shootout

DAL - Tyler Seguin - GOAL
COL - Nathan MacKinnon - GOAL
DAL - Alexander Radulov - GOAL
COL - Nazem Kadri - No Goal
DAL - Joe Pavelski - No Goal
COL - Gabriel Landeskog - No Goal

Final: Stars - 4 | Avalanche - 3 (Shootout)

3 STARS
  1. Jamie Benn (DAL): Recorded a goal and an assist, including the game-tying marker with 1:33 remaining
  2. Joe Pavelski (DAL): Tallied with 3:38 left in the third period to begin the Stars' comeback and also had an assist in the game
  3. Tyler Seguin (DAL): Scored Dallas' opening goal

Selected by Jeff Odom of DallasStars.com

POWER PLAYS

Colorado: 1 for 5
Dallas: 0 for 4

GOALTENDING BATTLE

Colorado: Philipp Grubauer made 33 saves in the contest, including all seven he faced in overtime
Dallas: Ben Bishop stopped 25 shots and denied all 15 pucks he faced in the second period

NOTEBOOK

- The Avalanche closes the preseason with a 2-3-1 record

- Jayson Megna led the team in goals (three) and points (four) during the preseason

- Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky and Joonas Donskoi scored their first goals of the preseason

- Jayson Megna and TJ Tynan played in a team-high five preseason contests

QUOTABLE

Gabriel Landeskog on Mikko Rantanen signing with the team on Saturday night: "We are really excited to get it over with. Obviously we wish it could have been getting done a little bit sooner, but we are excited that we are going to have him for the first game hopefully. He is going to be paying for a lot of dinners so hopefully his credit card is ready to go."

IMAGE OF THE GAME

Andre Burakovsky celebrates his goal with his teammates in the first period.

ROSTER REPORT

Defenseman Erik Johnson (shoulder) and forward Colin Wilson (shoulder) made their preseason debuts after having offseason surgeries… Wilson missed most of the team's training camp and preseason with a minor lower-body injury. He participated in his first team practice on Thursday at the club's fan fest and also skated in Friday's session… Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Nathan MacKinnon and Nikita Zadorov all appeared in their second games of the preseason.

The Avs announced in the third period that they had signed forward Mikko Rantanen to a six-year contract through the 2024-25 season.

INJURY UPDATE

Shane Bowers returned to Colorado's lineup after missing two practices and the club's last preseason game with a minor injury… Valeri Nichushkin did not travel to Dallas as he deals with a minor foot injury from blocking a shot in the Avs' contest on Wednesday in Vegas… Ian Cole continues to progress after have offseason surgery on both of his hips and was a non-contact participant in Friday's practice.

UP NEXT

The Avalanche begins the 2019-20 regular season. Colorado has four days to prepare for opening night on Thursday when it hosts the Calgary Flames at Pepsi Center. The two teams met in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a series the Avs won in five games after picking up four straight victories.

Colorado's current roster is at 30 players and the team needs to get down to a league-mandated, 23-man active roster by the season opener. The Avalanche is expected to make final cuts early next week.

LINE COMBINATIONS

Based on start of the game
Forwards

Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Joonas Donskoi
Tyson Jost - Nazem Kadri - Andre Burakovsky
Colin Wilson - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - J.T. Compher
Shane Bowers - Vladislav Kamenev - TJ Tynan

Defensemen

Samuel Girard - Cale Makar
Nikita Zadorov - Erik Johnson
Ryan Graves - Calle Rosen

Goaltenders

Philipp Grubauer
Pavel Francouz

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