The Colorado Avalanche outshot the Dallas Stars 38-29 but fell 2-1 on Friday night at Pepsi Center.
Roope Hintz tallied both goals for Dallas to bring his season total to nine, while goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped 38 of the 39 shots he faced.
Nathan MacKinnon scored for the Avs to extend his season-opening point streak to 13 games, the fourth-longest streak to start a campaign in franchise history.
It was the first of four outings between the Avs and Stars this season. The teams will meet again in Dallas on Tuesday.
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18:06 DAL (0-1) - Roope Hintz collected his own rebound and scored with a wrist shot that went five-hole.
5:39 DAL (0-2) - SHG, Roope Hintz tallied his second of the game while the Stars were shorthanded.
9:54 COL (1-2) - PPG, Nathan MacKinnon scored with a wrist shot from the left circle to extend his point streak to 13 games. Nazem Kadri assisted on the marker, his 200th career NHL helper.
Final: Stars - 2 | Avalanche - 1
- Roope Hintz (DAL): Scored both of Dallas' goals
- Nathan MacKinnon (COL): Recorded his eighth goal of the season
- Anton Khudobin (DAL): Made 38-of-39 saves
Selected by Colorado Hockey Coach of the Game: Emmett McCabe (Hyland Hills)
Colorado: 1 for 5
Dallas: 0 for 2
Colorado: Philipp Grubauer stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced
Dallas: Anton Khudobin made 38-of-39 saves
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Nazem Kadri recorded his 200th career assist on Nathan MacKinnon's second-period goal. It was his ninth point and fourth helper as a member of the Avalanche.
In 574 career contests, Kadri has recorded 366 points (166 goals, 200 assists).
Nathan MacKinnon extended his season opening point streak to 13 games, the fourth longest scoring streak in franchise history. The only NHL player to record a point in every game this season, his stretch is the fourth longest of any player to start a campaign since 1999-00… His goal was the 48th power-play marker of his career. He surpassed Paul Stastny to take sole possession of fourth place on the Avs' all-time list of power-play goals (since 1995-96)... MacKinnon registered 12 shots on net, the most by any player in a single game this season and the most in the NHL since Detroit's Dylan Larkin and Ottawa's Brady Tkachuk each registered 12 on March 28, 2019. The last Avs player to record 12 or more shots in a game was Gabriel Landeskog on Jan. 9, 2019 at Calgary... Cale Makar collected his 11th point of the season and now ranks first among all NHL rookies in scoring and is tied for seventh among all league defensemen... The Avalanche is now 2-1-0 in the first contest of a back-to-back set this year.
Ian Cole on the game: "Clearly not good enough. We took a little time off in the beginning of the game there and it showed. Picked it up in the later half of the game but they are a good team, you can't spot a good team a lead like that."
Video: DAL@COL: Grubauer denies Stars with series of stops
IMAGE OF THE GAME
Prepared for puck drop.
Ryan Graves returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch on Wednesday against the Florida Panthers. He began the game on a pairing with Nikita Zadorov… Mark Barberio was the team's lone healthy scratch.
Gabriel Landeskog (lower body) is out indefinitely… Mikko Rantanen is week-to-week with a lower-body injury… Colin Wilson is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Colorado completes its third back-to-back set of the season at the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. It is also the first outing of a two-game trip that concludes at Dallas on Tuesday.
Based on start of the game
91 Nazem Kadri - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 72 Joonas Donskoi
95 Andre Burakovsky - 17 Tyson Jost - 37 J.T. Compher
83 Matt Nieto - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 11 Matt Calvert
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 81 Vladislav Kamenev - 12 Jayson Megna
49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson
28 Ian Cole - 8 Cale Makar
16 Nikita Zadorov - 27 Ryan Graves
31 Philipp Grubauer
39 Pavel Francouz