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Avs Fall To Stars In Shootout

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
DENVER (AP) - Marty Turco stopped 27 shots in regulation and overtime and made two more saves in a shootout, helping the Dallas Stars end the Colorado Avalanche's four-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory Saturday night.

Sergei Zubov beat Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj to the glove side to open the first shootout in Dallas history, then Turco stopped Milan Hejduk, spinning around to block the shot with his back. Jussi Jokinen beat Budaj stick side at the other end, and Turco secured Dallas' third win in eight games by nearly doing the splits to stop Alex Tanguay with his skate.

The game was fast and furious at the start before slowing to a grind by the third period.

The Avalanche spent most of the second period chipping pucks out of their zone and mustered four shots in the third, leading to shouts of ``Go!'' and ``Shoot!'' from the fans.

Dallas had all kinds of scoring chances in the second period, tying it on Antti Miettinen's power-play goal with two minutes left, but had trouble with Colorado's defense in the final period, getting six shots. Dallas' Philippe Boucher nearly won it with five minutes left in regulation, when his shot from the right circle climbed Budaj's stick and landed on top of the goal, and Stu Barnes hit the post with 1 1/2 minutes left in overtime.

Colorado had scored at least four goals in seven straight games and had 53 goals in the first 12 games. Dallas struggled a bit early, but was coming off its highest scoring game in nine years, getting nine goals against Chicago on Friday night.

No surprise then that the first period included 23 shots and three goals.

Colorado's Andrew Brunette started it off six minutes in, gathering Pierre Turgeon's pass just outside the crease before spinning around and flipping it in.

Mike Modano tied it less than two minutes later, punching in a rebound for his sixth of the season after Budaj stopped Barnes' redirected shot.

Steve Konowalchuk put the Avalanche back up with eight minutes left in the first, getting a short-handed goal on a breakaway after Dallas forward Brenden Morrow mishandled a puck at the Stars' blue line.

The Stars picked up the pressure even more in the second period, thanks in part to Colorado's five penalties.

Budaj did his best to keep Dallas out of the net, turning away a flurry of shots on the third power play, but the Stars just had too many chances. Miettinen scored on Dallas' 13th of 16 shots in the period, raking in rebound on a power play with two minutes left.


A fight between Colorado's Ian Laperriere and Steve Ott broke out early in the second period. Laperriere clearly got the better end of it, landing about a dozen punches to the top of Ott's head...Tanguay had his 10-game points streak end...The Dallas Stars played their first shootout in franchise history...This was Colorado's second shootout (Oct. 14 vs. Chicago)...Brett Clark has set a new single-season career high with five points...His previous high was four points in 61 games with the Montreal Canadiens in 1998-99...Andrew Brunette extended his points streak to four games....Steve Konowalchuk scored his second short-handed goal of the season and eighth of his career.


Peter Budaj: "I think our team played really good. We had lots of power plays. The guys played hard. Marty Turco played well, too. We got our chances and didn't score. It came down to a shootout again. It's disapointing but I wanted to win this game really bad and keep this winning streak alive. Unfortunately, it didn't happen." On Zubov's Shootout Goal... "Zubov made the same move when we played an exhibition game. I knew he was going to do it but he still beat me over the glove. I will look at the video tomorrow and we'll see what I did wrong and I'll work on it in practice."

Joe Sakic: "We played well the last two periods. We weren't in the penalty box too much to really give them momentum. We gave them so many power plays in the second period and they came back and tied it. I had a chance to make it 3-1 before that. I'm disapointed with the shot I took there in the corner. The side was open and I missed the net. For me, that's disapointing." On Not Shooting First in Shootout... "I don't mind being third. If I had my choice, I'd be third.If it gets there, you decide it one way or another. If it doesn't get to you, chances are you weren't going to win it anyways."

Andrew Brunette: On Budaj... "He played great, kept us in the game, especially in those stretches in the second period when we were in the penalty box a lot. He kept us in the game. He got us a point tonight. We kind of got caught flat-footed, not playing the way we should be playing and not doing the things we should be doing. We ended up in the box and that's what is going to happen."

Marty Turco: On The Shootout... "My first reaction was how loud it was in here (during the shootout). It was our first shootout in our organization's history. It's a different level of fun. It's a competitive fun. We all share the excitement as players and fans."

Mike Modano: On The Shootout... "It's a good time and players enjoy it. I'm sure coaches probably have some issues with it. It's the new NHL. We knew in this building it's a tough place to play. They always seem to have some good jump, have a lot of opportunities offensively. They're so creative and talented. There's going to be break-downs in our coverage and (Turco) has always been our last resort and he was pretty solid tonight."

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