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Hitchcock passes Arbour in Stars win against Avalanche

Dallas coach moves into third on NHL's all-time list with 783 victories

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Ken Hitchcock moved into third on the NHL's all-time coaching wins list in the Dallas Stars' 3-1 victory against the Colorado Avalanche at American Airlines Center on Saturday.

Hitchcock, 65, passed Al Arbour with his 783rd NHL win. Scotty Bowman tops the list with 1,244 victories; Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is second with 855.

Tyler Seguin had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick for the Stars, and Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist. Seguin had a goal and an assist in the second period before fighting Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth in the third.

 

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"I didn't even realize it was a Gordie Howe Hat Trick until they said it on the Three Stars," Seguin said. "That's a first. Might hashtag it tonight. Probably never happen again."

Ben Bishop made 22 saves for Dallas.

Matt Duchene scored and Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves for Colorado, which had won three in a row.

Video: COL@DAL: Duchene snipes one top-shelf past Bishop

The Stars built a 2-0 lead on goals early and late in the second period. Benn gave the Stars a 1-0 lead at 24 seconds on a 2-on-1 with Alexander Radulov. Benn skated with the puck into the Avalanche zone and put a wrist shot past Varlamov. 

"Just kind of reading off the D-man, kind of looking at him to see his gap and felt like he gave me a little too much room and I decided to shoot," Benn said. 

Seguin made it 2-0 with one second remaining in the period when he scored a power-play goal. Devin Shore set up the goal with his third assist of the season.

The Stars have scored a power-play goal in each of their five games.

Duchene cut the lead to 2-1 at 1:24 of the third period during a delayed penalty. It was his third goal of the season.

"We were too cute. You can't play like that for 40 minutes against this team," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "I liked everything about the third period, but that was too little, too late."

Esa Lindell scored an empty-net goal for Dallas with 38.5 seconds remaining in the third period.

Tweet from @NHL: Alone in third place all-time. Quite an accomplishment for Hitch. �� #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/NYt00oZFfG

 

Goal of the game

Benn's goal early in the second period was a big spark for the Stars after they outshot Colorado 14-4 in the first period but failed to score.

Video: COL@DAL: Benn picks the corner on Varlamov

 

Save of the game

With 7:26 remaining in the second period, Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis turned the puck over in his own zone and J.T. Compher was all alone on a mini-breakaway, but Bishop made a blocker save.

Video: COL@DAL: Bishop shuts down Compher after turnover

 

Highlight of the game

Seguin's buzzer-beating goal wouldn't have happened without Shore's hard work to win possession and make a quick pass before time ran out. 

"I peeked and I saw there was maybe 6, 7 seconds left," Seguin said. "So when [Shore] was coming to me, I was trying to get it off as quick as I could. Heck of a pass, especially when he knows it's about to end as well and it was timely goal for us, literally."

Video: COL@DAL: Seguin sweeps home Shore's dish for PPG

 

They said it

"Our penalty kill was great. To kill a 5-on-3 against a team like this … the one they scored was when we had it stopped but we couldn't clear the puck off the boards, and Seguin one-timed it in." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar

"He's taken a bigger role on this team. He's playing in different situation, he's wearing a letter, he's being a leader now. It's fun to see, he's going to get better as the year goes on." -- Stars captain Jamie Benn on Tyler Seguin

 

Need to know

Bednar said rookie forward Tyson Jost (knee) is day-to-day, but is hopeful he'll return to practice on Monday. … It was Nemeth's first game against his former team after being claimed off waivers from the Stars on Oct. 3.

 

What's next

Avalanche: At the Nashville Predators on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, ALT, NHL.TV)

Stars: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

Video: Hitchcock moves to 3rd on wins list with 3-1 victory

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