NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Colorado
(Saturday, December 26th)
Final Score: Colorado 4, Dallas 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Peter Budaj made 39 saves and Chris Stewart scored a pair of third-period goals to help Colorado hold off Dallas, 4-1.
Chris Durno scored his first career goal and Milan Hejduk notched his 15th of the season for the Avalanche, winners in three of their last four.
Steve Ott tallied for the Stars, who received a 29-save performance from Alex Auld in the club's fifth loss in seven games.
Durno's goal came on a lucky bounce at the 6:04 mark of the opening period, as his centering pass from behind the net found its way over the goal line despite none of his teammates coming within striking distance of the puck.
"That first goal was on a bad hop," Auld said. "It hit my stick, jumped in the air and ran down behind my leg. It happens rarely. It was a tough bounce to start the game and they took it to us after that."
Colorado went up 2-0 with 5:56 left in the second on another play behind the net, as Matt Duchene's wrap-around pass found an open Hejduk on the left doorstep.
Ott halved the deficit when he was in the right place following a deflection off Jere Lehtinen's skate out front with 7:44 gone in the third period.
That was as close as the game got, however, as Stewart skated along the left board and showed pass before sending a wrister past Auld with 6:26 left in regulation.
Stewart's empty-net tally in the final minute was his 11th goal of the season.
"We're happy with our effort. We came out tonight with guns blazing and held on strong," Stewart said. "Tonight we played like we were down two goals rather than with the lead, and that kept our intensity up."
The Avalanche honored Adam Deadmarsh prior to the game. Deadmarsh, the team's current video/development coach, helped the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup in 1995 with 17 points in 22 postseason games...Colorado next plays at Ottawa on Wednesday, while Dallas hosts Chicago on Tuesday...Attendance: 18,007, the second sellout of the season at Pepsi Center.
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