Skip to main content

Stars start homestand by thumping Avalanche @NHLdotcom

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars started their season-long five-game homestand by exacting a little revenge.

The Stars blew 2-0 and 3-2 leads in Denver on Wednesday in a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Three days later, they put together a full 60-minute effort as they rolled over the Avalanche 5-2 before 17,311 at American Airlines Center.

"I think it was probably one of our most complete games that we've played," said Dallas' Cody Eakin, one of five Stars to score goals. "We've been trying to work on playing 60 minutes and there were times that they came on strong, but we stood with it."

Dallas, now 7-6-2 at home, also got goals from Derek Roy, Jordie Benn, Eric Nystrom and Jaromir Jagr. Jamie Benn had three assists while Jagr, Nystrom and Roy each contributed a goal and an assist for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 33 shots in his 11th straight start.

"I thought we got some good goaltending again and we got some timely goals from our top players," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "I thought that Colorado played real hard, but we got goals at the right time."

Colorado, now 2-10-3 on the road and 0-6-3 in its last nine away from Pepsi Center, got goals from PA Parenteau and Paul Stastny. The Avalanche last won away from home on Feb. 14, beating the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in a shootout. Colorado was without its captain, Gabriel Landeskog, who was a late scratch with a torso injury.

"It's tough to put a finger on it," Colorado's Matt Duchene said of his team's struggles away from home. "We approach them the same way that we approach a home game. I don't know why we're struggling so much on the road. It's disappointing."

Roy gave the Stars the great start they sorely needed on home ice, beating Semyon Varlamov top shelf with a wrist shot just 34 seconds into the game. Roy intercepted a pass by Colorado's David Jones in front of the Dallas net, fed Loui Eriksson and took a return pass before beating Varlamov from the edge of the left circle for his fourth goal of the .

The Stars made it 2-0 at 9:57 when Jordie Benn scored his first NHL goal. With Dallas on the power play, Benn backhanded the rebound of Roy's shot from the left side past Varlamov. The Stars came into the game in a 1-for-22 slump with the extra man.

"A dream come true," Benn said of the goal. "You always think about scoring a goal in the NHL and it's finally done, and hopefully, there's many more to come."

"We talked about that before the game," Roy said, "how they came back on us because we didn't work hard enough and we didn't focus enough in the second and third periods and tonight was a statement game. We put a whole 60 minutes together."

Instead of taking their foot off the gas, the Stars blew the game open with a pair of goals early in the second period.

Nystrom tapped in a rebound 58 seconds in after Varlamov stopped Jamie Benn's initial shot. Jagr picked up the secondary assist, giving him 999 helpers for his career. Eakin ended Varlamov's night at 4:37 when he fired a 15-foot wrister from the slot into the net for his fifth of the season.

"We talked about that before the game," Roy said, "how they came back on us because we didn't work hard enough and we didn't focus enough in the second and third periods and tonight was a statement game. We put a whole 60 minutes together."

Jean-Sebastien Giguere relieved Varlamov, and the Avalanche picked up their play. They cut the margin to 4-1 with 54 seconds left in the season when Parenteau buried a slap shot for a power-play goal, ending Lehtonen's scoreless streak at 102:35.

Colorado made it 4-2 at 1:37 of the third period when Stastny beat Lehtonen to the short side with a wrister from the left circle. John Mitchell gained possession of the puck near center ice and fed Stastny, who rushed up the left side before burying his eighth of the season on Lehtonen's stick side.

But Jagr put the game away at 6:44, scoring on a wraparound from the far side of the net that deflected off the skate of Avalanche defenseman Stefan Elliott and through the five-hole of Giguere for his team-leading 13th goal of the season. Jagr had collected the puck from behind the net after Jamie Benn had sent the puck around the boards, then skated around the Colorado net almost untouched.

"I say this all the time, catch-up hockey is very difficult in this League," Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. "You can't start out like that consistently and get behind the eight ball. First shift of the game, you can't turn the puck over like that and expect good results."

View More

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.