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Stars fall to Avalanche, 4-2

Radek Faksa scores two goals, but Avalanche rally past Stars in third period

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Radek Faksa scored two goals, but the Dallas Stars lost 4-2 to the Colorado Avalanche in preseason play Wednesday night in Denver. The Stars are now 1-1-0 in the preseason.

After Colorado's Joe Whitney scored to give Colorado a 1-0 lead in the first period, Faksa scored twice in the second period to put the Stars up 2-1. Faksa, just back from the World Cup of Hockey, scored seven seconds into the period to tie the game and then had a rebound off a Brett Ritchie shot deflect off him and into the net to give the Stars the lead at the 3:30 mark. 

But Colorado scored three times over the final 20 minutes to run their preseason record to 2-0-0. Francois Beauchemin tied the game 16 seconds into the period and Ben Smith's tip-in tally with 4:16 remaining proved to be the game-winner. Patrick Wiercioch scored into an empty-net to seal the win for Colorado.

Antti Niemi and Philippe Desrosiers split time in goal. Niemi stopped 12 of 13 shots and Desrosiers stopped four of six shots.

The Stars next preseason game is Friday at St. Louis.


*The Stars outshot Colorado 31-20 and had a 63-35 advantage in attempted shots.

*Radek Faksa led the Stars with five shots on goal.

*Jamie Oleksiak and Jordie Benn led the Stars with eight shot attempts.

*The Stars were 0-6 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.

*There were a total of 48 penalty minutes in the game, 20 of them on fighting majors. Stars forward Antoine Roussel and Colorado's Jarome Iginla dropped the gloves as did Stars forward Adam Cracknell and Colorado's Cody McLeod.

*The Stars won 32 of 67 faceoffs (48 percent).

*Gemel Smith won 8 of 13 faceoffs (62 percent). Adam Cracknell won 9 of 15 (60 percent). Radek Faksa won 10 of 19 (53 percent). Justin Dowling won 3 of 11 (27 percent).

*Jordie Benn led the Stars with 23:07 of ice time.

Stars lineup

Antoine Roussel - Radek Faksa - Brett Ritchie
Brandon DeFazio - Justin Dowling - Denis Gurianov
Remi Elie - Adam Cracknell - Matej Stransky
Curtis McKenzie - Gemel Smith - Cole Ully

Johnny Oduya - Jordie Benn
Patrik Nemeth - Jamie Oleksiak
Esa Lindell - Andrew Bodnarchuk

Antti Niemi
Philippe Desrosiers

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