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Stars Top Avs 3-2 In Shootout

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
DENVER (AP) -- Sergei Zubov and Jussi Jokinen scored shootout goals to lift the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

Stu Barnes tied the game with 1:59 left in regulation. Jason Arnott added a goal for the Stars, who are 7-0 in shootouts.

Marty Turco made 37 saves including ones on Joe Sakic and Alex Tanguay in the shootout. Marek Svatos had Colorado's lone shootout goal.

Rob Blake and Tanguay scored goals for Colorado. Peter Budaj had 28 saves, but had no chance against Zubov and Jokinen.

Dallas peppered Budaj with quality chances early, but trailed 1-0 after one period. Budaj got to a screened shot by Stephane Robidas and Nathan Perrott's deflected attempt in the first six minutes.

Blake put the Avalanche ahead with a power-play goal at 16:15. Andrew Brunette found Blake, who beat Turco with a one-timer from the lower right circle.

The Avalanche lead was 2-0 after Tanguay's 22nd goal of the season at 2:21 of the second period. John-Michael Liles hit Tanguay in stride at the blue line and Tanguay faked Turco to the ice and put the puck into the net.

Turco kept it a two-goal game, making several spectacular saves. Arnott rewarded the effort by converting a one-timer at 16:30 with the Stars on the power play.

Budaj stopped shots from Guerin and Arnott at the start of the third period. He denied two scoring chances by the same pair midway through the final period and with Brett McLean off for hooking.

But with Stars applying pressure, Colorado defenseman Patrice Brisbois turned the puck over in the corner and Philippe Boucher fed Barnes in front of the net with 1:59 left in regulation.


The Dallas Stars improved to 7-0 in shootouts this season, best in the National Hockey League ... Colorado fell to 2-4 in six shootouts ... Jussi Jokinen is now a perfect 7-for-7 in shootout attempts this season, best in the league ... He has the most goals of any NHL player (Alex Ovechkin is second with 6) and is the only perfect shooter of anyone who's had at least four attempts (two players are 3-for-3) ... Marty Turco improved to 5-0 in shootouts, stopping 11 of 12 shots ... Marek Svatos was the first player to score on Turco in a shootout this year, as he had stopped each of his first nine attempts ... Brett McLean pushed his point streak to five games tonight (0g, 7a), setting a new career best ... McLean's previous career long of four games was set Nov. 1-9, 2003 ... John-Michael Liles extended his point streak to six games (2g, 7a), already a career high ... Rob Blake scored his 195th career goal, one behind Scott Stevens for 18th place all-time by a defenseman in NHL history ... Blake's 195 goals rank second among active defensemen, trailing only Brian Leetch (246) ... Jason Arnott extended his point streak to six games tonight (4g 3a).


Peter Budaj: On Shootouts... "It's frustrating but I'm not going to put myself down. I think we played well and (Marty) Turco played really well for Dallas." On Jokinen's Shootout Goal... "I've seen him many times, exactly the same move. I was sure I had more room. But he scored so it's tough. We got the point but we should have won the game in regulation."

Alex Tanguay: "We just had bad breaks. I think they played pretty well. They were a team that was a little tired, as they played last night. They played a very solid game defensively. We weren't able to capitalize on our chances. We just gave them a bad break in the end. They are a team that plays their system very well, everyone is disciplined. They played very well defensively, they are extremely patient and that's what they did tonight. Turco played a good game. They just waited for the break late in the game and fortunately for them, it went in."

Head Coach Dave Tippett: "Fatigue was certainly a factor in our team tonight. We were just trying to hang around and give ourselves a chance to win. Marty Turco was excellent. He made some big saves for us. We got one on the power play to get us back in the game. And then we got one late and fortunately we got the win in the shootout."

Jussi Jokinen: "First of all we have seven big points in those shootouts. I think my confidence in shootouts is pretty high now. I think it helped me in Europe. We had power-play breakouts on my Finnish team and I got lots of breakaways with that. In the last two or three years, I've practiced a lot with breakaways. So, it's been a great help for me." On His Move... "I've scored on a lot of goalies on that move. And even the goalies know what I'm going to do. It's so tough to get it. I know (Peter) Budaj might know what I'm going to do because I scored two goals---one in preseason and one in regular season---with the same move. He may think that I'll try something else so I try to do the same."

Marty Turco: "It's the second time I've seen them in the shootout but there are zero pre-conceived notions on my part going into it. It's just read-and-react. Sometimes you get lucky if you move the right way and follow it. But it helps when you have guys potting them down on the other end. And when you have confidence in shootouts it certainly helps."

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