NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Colorado
(Wednesday, December 27th)
Final Score: Dallas 5, Colorado 4
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Jeff Halpern scored the game-winning goal and added two assists, as the Dallas Stars came from behind to defeat the Colorado Avalanche, 5-4, at the Pepsi Center.
Jere Lehtinen had a goal and two helpers while Sergei Zubov recorded a goal and an assist for the Stars, who have won three of their last four games. Marty Turco had 28 saves in the win.
Dallas has now defeated Colorado seven consecutive times, including three times this season, and has emerged victorious in each of its last four trips to the Pepsi Center.
"We had some young players that played well and the veterans picked up the slack while Turco played well," said Dallas head coach Dave Tippett. "In the third, we clogged a lot of lanes and the defense came through."
Rookie Wojtek Wolski had a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, who were aiming for their third straight victory.
Jose Theodore started between the pipes for Colorado and gave up five goals on 22 shots. He was replaced early in the third period by Peter Budaj, who finished the contest with five saves while not allowing a goal.
Trailing by a goal, Dallas netted two goals in the first two minutes of the final frame to take control of the contest.
Just 36 seconds into the period, the Stars tied the game at 4-4. Zubov skated into the Colorado zone and from the top of the right circle, unleashed a wrister that sailed over the glove of a screened Theodore.
Dallas then jumped ahead 5-4 after Halpern took a feed from Lehtinen in the slot and beat Theodore on the short side. Budaj then entered the game to replace Theodore.
Colorado pulled Budaj with about 45 seconds left for an extra attacker, but were unable to net the equalizer.
"We were very happy with the start of the game but the outcome sure isn't what you want," said Wolski. "You just have to go with the flow and get your bounces in the third period. We did not do that."
The Stars netted a power-play goal 2:57 into the opening period to strike first. Halpern dished a pass from the left circle to Loui Eriksson in front and he fired the disc into the top right corner of the net over a sprawled out Theodore.
Colorado quickly tied the contest after Wolski scored his 11th goal of the season less than a minute later. The rookie darted into the Dallas zone and from the slot, lofted a shot on net that Turco stopped, but couldn't control. An alert Wolski followed the play up and then whacked the disc past Turco.
With 2:18 left in the first period, the Avs grabbed a 2-1 lead after Joe Sakic scored off a rebound in front. Colorado's lead didn't last for long as Dallas responded with a goal from Chris Connor just 26 ticks later to even the score at 2-2.
The Avalanche went up 3-2 early in the second stanza after John-Michael Liles tallied a power-play goal 1:49 into the period. A power-play goal by Andrew Brunette at the 12:00 mark of the second provided Colorado with a two-goal advantage.
Dallas answered with a power-play goal of its own 1:27 after Brunette's goal to pull to within 4-3. From the low slot, Lehtinen snapped a wrister through the pads of Theodore for his eighth goal of the season.
The Stars finished 3-for-4 on the power play while the Avalanche went 2-for-6 with the man advantage...Dallas captain Brenden Morrow will be out of action indefinitely following successful surgery Tuesday night to repair severed tendons in his right wrist. The team recalled Conner from its AHL affiliate in Iowa to take Morrow's place on the roster...Eriksson's goal was his first tally in the last 12 games.
12/28 00:02:46 ET