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Bishop, Stars rally past Avalanche in shootout

Goalie makes 41 saves for Dallas to hand Colorado fourth loss in past five games

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

Stars prevail in shootout

COL@DAL: Pavelski, Radulov score in shootout

Joe Pavelski and Alexander Radulov each score in the shootout to lift the Stars to a victory against the Avalanche

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DALLAS -- Ben Bishop made a season-high 41 saves, and the Dallas Stars rallied for a 3-2 shootout win against the Colorado Avalanche at American Airlines Center on Saturday.

Tyler Seguin and Denis Gurianov scored, and John Klingberg had two assists for the Stars (21-14-4), who are 3-0-0 against the Avalanche this season.

"It was good," Bishop said. "It was nice to go back and hit the reset button (during the Christmas break). We had a good practice yesterday and felt good this morning, so I'm glad it carried over into the game. A lot of good things by our team today. 

"It was kind of a bend, don't break there in the second and we had some big kills. It's a big win and obviously, another big one tomorrow (against the Arizona Coyotes)."


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J.T. Compher and Ian Cole scored, and Philipp Grubauer made 38 saves for Colorado (23-12-4), which is 1-3-1 in its past five games and has blown a lead in the third period in each loss.

"I thought it was a good hockey game," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "I judge our team on the way we play, our habits, and our work ethic. That's a tight-checking team. I thought 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. In the third period, I give them the slight advantage."

Video: COL@DAL: Seguin gives Stars early lead

Gurianov tied it 2-2 at 1:25 of the third period when his one-timer deflected off the stick of Cole past Grubauer on the power play.

"You're going to play tight games all season and it's obviously a very good team over there," Bishop said. "It's a big win for us. You're going to have to find different ways to win every night."

The Stars had a chance to win in overtime after Nathan MacKinnon was called for tripping, but they were unable to get one of their four shots past Grubauer.

Joe Pavelski and Alexander Radulov scored in the shootout while Bishop stopped MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen.

"We're playing better hockey," Pavelski said. "You can just feel it jumping over the wall. For us, it has to continue. It's one game. You have to build off of it now and we found a way to win. [Bishop] came up with some big saves and we got the extra point in the shootout."

Seguin scored 1:08 into the first period to give Dallas a 1-0 lead, tapping the puck into an open net after receiving a backhand pass from Radulov, who returned after missing the previous two games with a lower-body injury.

"That was a great first period," Stars coach Rick Bowness said. "I was a little concerned going into the game because they had played last night (lost 6-4 to the Minnesota Wild) and that worked to their benefit. I was very happy with that first period. 

"That's against a very good hockey club. We found a way to get two points, and that's the most important thing."

Compher tied it 1-1 at 18:58 of the first when he got the rebound of Tyson Jost's shot in the crease.

Cole gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead at 7:19 of the second period after jumping up to catch a drop pass that deflected off the stick of Miro Heiskanen, skating into the left circle, and scoring five-hole on Bishop.

"We were much more disciplined with the puck," Bednar said. "We checked hard. We gave up a couple chances that they earned. We had a couple at the other end. I thought it was pretty evenly played."

Video: COL@DAL: Gurianov blasts one-timer for PPG


They said it

"The penalty kill in overtime was exceptional. We made some sacrifice blocks and got a big save when we needed it. It's a really talented group [the Stars] put on the ice with those four guys. I thought our three guys did a nice job as we rotated through them." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar 

"The break came at a good time for everyone, coaches included. Everyone took advantage of it. I didn't even look at the game against Calgary (5-1 loss on Dec. 22) until the 26th. I just stayed away from looking at it. When you come back with a rested, fresh, and clean mind, you look at things a little differently. We were still sorting out roles for coaches. Now, we've kind of gotten back in the rhythm of how we want to do things and how we were doing things before." -- Stars coach Rick Bowness on the Christmas break


Need to know

The Stars went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill after going 6-for-12 in their previous three games. … Avalanche forward Matt Nieto had two assists. … Radulov has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in a seven-game point streak. … Gurianov has scored in three straight games and has four points (three goals, one assist) in a four-game point streak. 


What's next

Avalanche: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; ALT2, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Stars: At the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-A PLUS, FS-SW, NHL.TV) 

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