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Rapid Recap: Stars 4, Avalanche 1

Colorado falls to Dallas at American Airlines Center

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche fell 4-1 to the division rival Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Tuesday night.

Radek Faksa scored two of Dallas' markers and goaltender Ben Bishop made 36 saves, including stopping all 21 shots he faced in the third period. Jason Dickinson and Corey Perry also tallied for the Stars, while J.T. Compher recorded the lone goal for the Avalanche.

The contest featured 30 combined penalty minutes, all on minor penalties. Colorado went 6-for-7 on the penalty kill but could not convert on eight man-advantage opportunities. 

The Avs open a two-game homestand on Thursday against another Central Division rival, the Nashville Predators.

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THE GOALS

1st Period
0:19 DAL (0-0) Jason Dickinson got Dallas on the scoreboard early with a goal then went five-hole.
5:46 DAL (0-2) - Radek Faksa chipped the puck into the air, and it bounced into the net after Philipp Grubauer tried to bat it away.
19:24 COL (1-2) - Cale Makar sent the puck up the ice and Vladislav Kamenev set up J.T. Compher, who scored with a top-shelf wrister.   

2nd Period
10:54 DAL (1-3) - PPG, Radek Faksa tallied his second of the night by backhanding a rebound from in front of the goal.

3rd Period
6:49 DAL (1-4) - Corey Perry scored after banking the puck off of Philipp Grubauer's back.

Final: Stars - 4 | Avalanche - 1

3 STARS

  1. Radek Faksa (DAL): Scored twice, including the eventual game-winner
  2. Jason Dickinson (DAL): Tallied Dallas' first goal of the game
  3. Corey Perry (DAL): Recorded his second goal of the season

Selected by DallasStars.com

POWER PLAYS

Colorado: 0 for 8
Dallas: 1 for 7

GOALTENDING BATTLE

Colorado: Philipp Grubauer denied 34 shots
Dallas: Ben Bishop made 36 of 37 saves

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare skated in his 400 NHL career outing. The Le Blanc-Mesnil, France, native became only the third French-born player in NHL history to reach the milestone, joining Paul MacLean (719) and Antoine Roussel (478). He spent his first three years in the league with the Philadelphia Flyers and two years with the Vegas Golden Knightst before he signed with Colorado as a free agent this past summer. He has 72 career points (32 goals, 40 assists), including seven (three goals, four assists) this campaign.

NOTEBOOK

Cale Makar recorded his 11th assist of the year, which leads all rookies and ranks tied for fourth among all defensemen in the league… Vladislav Kamenev picked up his first point of the season with an assist on J.T. Compher's tally… Colorado challenged Dallas' first goal for goaltender interference but original call on the ice was confirmed… The Avalanche used another Coach's Challenge for a missed stoppage in the offensive zone and that original call was also confirmed. The Avs are now 3-for-5 with the Coach's Challenge this season… The contest was the third game with 24 or more penalty minutes in the first two periods of play--with all of the calls being minor penalties--in the NHL this season.

QUOTABLE

Forward Andre Burakovksy on the special teams in the game: "We talked about it, we got to eliminate those penalities a little bit. I think we are taking way too many night after night, I mean we got a bunch back tonight, but we got to be better on power-play too."

BIG HIGHLIGHT

Video: COL@DAL: Compher goes top shelf on Bishop

IMAGE OF THE GAME

In the fast lane

ROSTER REPORT

Colorado used the same personnel as it did in its previous outing on Saturday at the Arizona Coyotes. Nathan MacKinnon began the outing centering a group with Matt Nieto and Joonas Donskoi, while Nazem Kadri was between Tyson Jost and J.T. Compher. Andre Burakovsky was on a trio with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Matt Calvert, and the fourth line consisted of Vladislav Kamenev, Valeri Nichushkin and Jayson Megna.

INJURY UPDATE

Gabriel Landeskog (out indefinitely), Mikko Rantanen (week-to-week) and Colin Wilson (day-to-day) all remain out with lower-body injuries.

UP NEXT

Colorado returns home for a Division Rivalry game against the Nashville Predators on Thursday. The Avs will wrap up their quick two-game homestand on Saturday versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.

LINE COMBINATIONS

Based on start of the game

Forwards
83 Matt Nieto - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 72 Joonas Donskoi
17 Tyson Jost - 91 Nazem Kadri - 37 J.T. Compher
95 Andre Burakovksy - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 11 Matt Calvert
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 81 Vladislav Kamenev - 12 Jayson Megna

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

Goaltenders
31 Philipp Grubauer
39 Pavel Francouz

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