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Rapid Recap: Stars 3, Avalanche 2 (OT)

Nathan MacKinnon assisted on both Colorado goals

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche picked up a point in the standings but fell 3-2 in overtime to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday at Pepsi Center.

The Avs outshot the Stars 43-30 in the contest and scored the first two goals of the game with tallies from Nikita Zadorov and Gabriel Landeskog. Nathan MacKinnon also recorded assists on both markers, increasing his season total to 68 points (27 goals, 41 assists).

Denis Gurianov and Jason Dickinson scored in regulation for Dallas before Esa Lindell scored in the extra frame. Denver native Ben Bishop stopped 41 shots in the contest, including all 14 he faced in the third period.

It was the fourth and final game between the Avs and Stars this season. Colorado concluded the series with a 0-2-2 mark.

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THE GOALS

1st Period
9:04 COL (1-0) - Nikita Zadorov fired the puck toward the net from the bottom of the left circle, and it hit twine after it deflected off a defenders' stick.
15:27 COL (2-0) - Nathan MacKinnon shot the puck through traffic and Gabriel Landeskog tipped it past Ben Bishop.

2nd Period
9:54 DAL (2-1) - PPG, Denis Gurianov scored from the right circle while Dallas was on the power play.

3rd Period
14:37 DAL (2-2) - Jason Dickinson tied the game after collecting his own rebound. 

Overtime
1:54 DAL (2-3) - Esa Lindell scored from the game-winner from the slot.

Final: Stars - 3 | Avalanche - 2 (overtime)

3 STARS

  1. Esa Lindell (DAL): Scored the game-winner in overtime
  2. Nathan MacKinnon (COL): Recorded two assists
  3. Ben Bishop (DAL): Stopped 41 of 43 shots

Selected by Colorado Hockey Coach of the Game: James Mercure (Boulder)

POWER PLAYS

Colorado: 0 for 2
Dallas: 1 for 3

GOALTENDING BATTLE

Colorado: Philipp Grubauer stopped 27 shots
Dallas: Ben Bishop made 41 saves

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Nathan MacKinnon recorded two assists for his 19th multi-point game of the season and the 11th time this year he has notched two or more helpers in a game. He now has 68 points (27 goals, 41 assists) in 46 games this year, which ranks third in league scoring.

NOTEBOOK

Dallas found the back of the net at the 6:02 mark of the second period but it was waived off for being offside after a Colorado coach's challenge. The Avalanche is now 5-2 when challenging plays this season... Mikko Rantanen recorded a season-high six shots on goal, which also matches his career best (five times)... Colorado and Dallas closed out their season series with the Avs finishing 0-2-2… The Avalanche recorded 40 or more shots on goal for the ninth time this season and the fifth time in its last nine outings. The Avs are averaging 33.1 shots per game, ranked eighth in the league... Colorado scored twice in the first period. The Avs now have 54 first-period tallies, the most in the NHL.

QUOTABLE

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer on the game: "I think we played really good the whole game. I don't think we gave up too many chances. We worked on the D-zone coverage a little bit and how we played off the rush. I think that was one of our better games. A little bit unlucky we hit two posts in the second period that went out, they hit one in overtime and it went in, so that's how it goes. I think we can build on the last couple of games even though we lost and you got to move forward."

BIG HIGHLIGHT

Video: DAL@COL: Landeskog deflects MacKinnon's shot for goal

IMAGE OF THE GAME

Hockey smiles for the win.

ROSTER REPORT

Colorado used the same alignment it did in its last game except Philipp Grubauer started in net… Mark Barberio was the Avalanche's healthy scratch.

INJURY UPDATE

Joonas Donskoi (concussion protocol) skated for the third straight day in a red, non-contact jersey. He took some contact after Tuesday's morning skate and could be cleared for practice on Wednesday… Colin Wilson (lower body) remains out indefinitely after having surgery.

UP NEXT

Colorado continues its five-game homestand on Thursday against the San Jose Sharks. It is the first matchup between the clubs since they met in the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

LINE COMBINATIONS

Based on start of the game

Forwards

92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 96 Mikko Rantanen
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 91 Nazem Kadri - 95 Andre Burakovsy
83 Matt Nieto - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 11 Matt Calvert
17 Tyson Jost - 37 J.T. Compher - 81 Vladislav Kamenev

Defensemen

27 Ryan Graves - 8 Cale Makar
49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson
16 Nikita Zadorov - 28 Ian Cole

Goaltenders

31 Philipp Grubauer
39 Pavel Francouz

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