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NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Colorado



(Wednesday, October 4th)

Final Score: Dallas 3, Colorado 2 (OT)

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Darryl Sydor scored the game-winning goal 2:07 into overtime, as the Dallas Stars defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, at the Pepsi Center.

Sydor also had an assist for the Stars, who improved to 7-0-3 in their last 10 season openers. Mike Modano and Loui Eriksson also scored for Dallas, which overcame a two-goal third-period deficit to record its first win.

Marty Turco ended with 36 saves, including three in overtime, and had the assist on the game-winning goal.

Joe Sakic and Wojtek Wolski scored for Colorado, which failed to score on its final six power-play chances in the game, including a 4-on-3 advantage to start OT.

John-Michael Liles had a pair of assists for the Avs, who let this one slip away.

After killing a two-minute penalty issued to Sydor to start the overtime period. Turco controlled a loose puck and found Sydor coming out of the penalty box. Sydor then skated in on Jose Theodore all alone, beating him with a shot over his glove hand.

"[Goalies] just do not plan on setting up goals," said Turco. "I saw Darryl jump out of the box and it was a great result."

Sydor was sent off for a slashing incident, which occurred at the end of regulation.

Theodore ended with 30 saves, facing a total of 19 in the final period and OT.

Down two goals after two periods, the Stars scored a pair of goals less than 30 seconds apart just under 1 1/2 minutes into the third period.

Modano started the scoring with a blast from the left slot 1:28 into the third. Then, 28 seconds later, Eriksson slammed home a Stu Barnes cross-ice pass to tie the game at 2-2.

Barnes sent a pass from the left corner through the crease to Eriksson, who fought off a defenseman for his first NHL point.

Eric Lindros picked up his first point with the Stars, assisting on Modano's goal.

"We had our chances," said Theodore. "Then they had their chances. We just could not get it done. They turned it up in the third. They got one early. We played so well early. I had a little let down, but we got one (point)."

The Avs grabbed the lead with two first-period goals, both coming on the same power play. Sakic started the scoring with a shot from the right slot 11:54 into the game on the two-man advantage. Wolski increased the advantage to 2-0 when he deflected a pass over Turco's left shoulder 44 seconds later, playing one-man up.

Colorado uncorked 22 first-period shots, enabling the club to jump out to the early lead.

Dallas, on the other hand had just seven shots in both the first two periods.

Game Notes

Dallas will host New Jersey on Saturday...The Stars play five of their first six games on the road...The Avs will visit Minnesota on Thursday...The Stars are 16-13-10 all-time in season openers, while the Avalanche franchise is 15-6-6...These two clubs met in the first round of last spring's playoffs, and the seventh-seeded Avalanche upset the No. 2 Stars in five games. The loss ruined what had been a successful campaign for Dallas, which won a franchise- record 53 games...Dallas ended 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Aves ended 2-for-9.

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