The Colorado Avalanche participated in a shootout for the first time this season but fell 3-2 to the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Saturday.
Forward J.T. Compher and defenseman Ian Cole tallied for the Avalanche and goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 38 saves, including seven in overtime in the contest. Matt Nieto also had two assists in the loss, the second time this season that Nieto has registered multiple points in a game.
Tyler Seguin got Dallas on the scoreboard 1:08 into the contest, and Denis Gurianov tied the game early in the third while on the power play. John Klingberg added two helpers, Denver native Ben Bishop stopped 41 shots and Joe Pavelski recorded the decisive goal in the shootout.
The Avalanche and Stars will conclude their four-game season series on Jan. 14 at Pepsi Center.
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1:08 DAL (0-1) - Tyler Seguin gave Dallas the early lead when he scored into an open net.
18:58 COL (1-1) - J.T. Compher got to a loose puck in the crease and put it over Ben Bishop's pad to score his fourth of the year.
7:19 COL (2-1) - Ian Cole fired a shot that went five-hole while J.T. Compher was screening Ben Bishop.
1:25 DAL (2-2) - PPG, Denis Gurianov tied the game with a shot from the right circle that deflected off an Avalanche defender.
DAL Joe Pavelski - GOAL
COL Nathan MacKinnon - No Goal
DAL Tyler Seguin - No Goal
COL Mikko Rantanen - No Goal
DAL Alexander Radulov - GOAL
Final: Dallas - 3 | Avalanche - 2 (Shootout)
- John Klingberg (DAL): Had two assists
- Tyler Seguin (DAL): Scored the first goal of the game
- Ben Bishop (DAL): Made 41 saves and stopped two shootout attempts
Selected by The Athletic's Sean Shapiro
Colorado: 0 for 3
Dallas: 1 for 5
Colorado: Philipp Grubauer made 38 of 40 saves, including seven in overtime
Dallas: Ben Bishop denied 41 shots and both Avalanche shootout attempts
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Ian Cole scored in the second period to extend his point streak to a season-high four games (one goal, three assists). It is one outing short of the longest stretch of his career as he had five consecutive contests with a point from March 29-April 7, 2015 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. It is also his first point streak of four games since Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2016.
The Avalanche became the final team in the NHL this campaign to participate in a shootout… Matt Nieto had two assists in the outing to register his second multi-point game of the season… Ryan Graves finished with a career-high seven shots, surpassing his previous best of five set on Dec. 23 at Vegas. He now has 76 shots this season, ranked first among Avs defensemen... Matt Calvert's six hits is his most in a game since Dec. 12, 2015 versus the New York Islanders (also six)... The Avalanche registered 43 shots after recording 44 versus Minnesota on Friday, the first time this year the Avs have recorded 40 or more shots in back-to-back games… Colorado concluded its seventh back-to-back of the season and is now (3-3-1) in the second outing of these sets… The Avalanche is 13-6-2 on the road this year and is 6-0-2 in its last eight contests away from Pepsi Center… The outing was the third of four meetings between the Avs and Stars this year. The Central Division rivals will conclude the season series in Denver on Jan. 14.
Jared Bednar on the game: "I thought it was a good hockey game. You know, judge our team on the way we play, our habits, our work ethic. That's a tight checking team. They outplayed us in the first, we got a timely goal at the end of the first period. I thought we outplayed them in the second and outchanced them in the second. Third period, I give them the slight advantage but we go into overtime, we got a 2-on-1 right away, a scoring chance… I thought it was a pretty well-played game, both teams fighting hard for it and shootout, I mean you can flip a coin."
Video: COL@DAL: Cole goes five-hole on Bishop
IMAGE OF THE GAME
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Philipp Grubauer made his 22nd start of the year… Mark Barberio and Vladislav Kamenev were the healthy scratches.
Colin Wilson (lower body) is out indefinitely after having surgery.
Colorado continues its stretch against the Central Division when it returns to Pepsi Center on Tuesday to open a two-game homestand versus the Winnipeg Jets on New Year's Eve. The Avs conclude the homestay against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
Based on start of the game
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 96 Mikko Rantanen
95 Andre Burakovsky - 91 Nazem Kadri - 72 Joonas Donskoi
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 11 Matt Calvert
83 Matt Nieto - 17 Tyson Jost - 37 J.T. Compher
16 Nikita Zadorov - 49 Samuel Girard
28 Ian Cole - 6 Erik Johnson
27 Ryan Graves - 8 Cale Makar
31 Philipp Grubauer
39 Pavel Francouz