NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Colorado
(Thursday, January 26th)
Final Score: Dallas 3, Colorado 2 (SO)
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Marty Turco made 37 saves in regulation and overtime, then two more during the shootout to lead Dallas to a 3-2 come-from- behind victory over Colorado at the Pepsi Center.
Stu Barnes scored with under two minutes left in the third period to force overtime, while Sergei Zubov and Jussi Jokinen both found the net in the shootout to rally the Stars to their third straight win.
"Fatigue was certainly a factor tonight, but we hung around and got ourselves a chance to win," remarked Dallas head coach Dave Tippett. "Marty was great tonight."
Rob Blake had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have dropped three of four following a season-best eight game win streak. Alex Tanguay also lit the lamp in the loss.
After Zubov and Colorado's Marek Svatos began the shootout with goals, Jokinen lifted his try over Peter Budaj's left shoulder for a 2-1 edge.
Next up, Joe Sakic's attempt hit the top crossbar and went over the net, but Budaj kept things going with a kick save on Mike Modano. Turco then stoned Tanguay with his right blocker to give the Stars the win.
Dallas is now 7-0 in shootouts this season, with Jokinen a perfect 7-of-7 on his individual atttempts.
"We have seven points in those (shootouts)," Jokinen said. "My confidence is high. In Europe, (the shootout's) been in for four years and I got a lot of chances on breakaways with the Finnish team."
Colorado appeared to be on its way to victory, but Phillipe Boucher sent a pass across the crease to an awaiting Barnes, who shot the puck into an open left side with 1:59 remaining in regulation.
"The last two minutes we had the game in hand," said Budaj, who recorded 28 saves. "Giving that one up like that is frustrating. I did what I thought was right, but it was a good shot."
Tanguay had two chances to win it for the Avs in the overtime, but Boucher blocked his close-range attempt early in the extra session and Turco made a nice pad stop after the All-Star wing streaked down the right side with under two minutes left.
Blake scored the lone goal of the opening period with Colorado on a power play. The veteran blueliner crashed the net and received a pinpoint centering pass from Andrew Brunette before snapping the puck past Turco with 3:45 remaining before the first intermission.
Tanguay made it a 2-0 lead less than 2 1/2 minutes into the second period with the Avalanche again on a man advantage. Jon Michael-Liles hit a streaking Tanguay in stride, and he blew by Dallas' Jon Klemm before beating Turco on a breakaway.
Dallas finally got a power-play chance late in the second and cashed in to close within 2-1. Jokinen delivered a feed from the right circle in front to Jason Arnott, who rocketed a one-timer by Budaj with 3:30 remaining in the frame.
Dallas improved to 17-5-1 on the road this season and posted their second shootout victory over the Avalanche in the Pepsi Center. The Stars also won by a 3-2 score in Denver on November 5...Barnes scored for the first time since netting two goals at St. Louis on December 26, a span of 12 games...Jokinen is now 7-of-7 on shootout attempts this season...Sakic has failed on all four of his shootout tries...Dallas moved to 8-2 in overtime for the year, while Colorado slipped to 4-4 in such games.
01/27 00:09:44 ET