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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Dallas



(Sunday, February 11th)

Final Score: Dallas 7, Colorado 5

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Phillipe Boucher scored the deciding goal and also added an assist, and the Dallas Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche, 7-5, at the American Airlines Center.

Jere Lehtinen added a goal with an assist and Jeff Halpern notched a goal with two assists for Dallas, which has won three straight and five of its last six games overall. Marty Turco surrendered three goals on 15 shots before being replaced by Mike Smith in the second period. Smith made 12 saves the rest of the way.

"It was a really weird game out there," said Turco. "The main thing we want to concentrate on is that we had a good week and finished it with a big win today. I'm disappointed in myself and how I've let in a few 'not-so-good' goals when the team has been playing so well. But I was encouraging the guys in the third and supporting my teammates. I know it hasn't been the best last few weeks for me, but I need to get back out there and get back to being my best."

Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk each had a goal and an assist for Colorado, which has dropped four of six on its recent homestand. Peter Budaj stopped 11-of-15 shots before Jose Theodore took over netminding duties in the middle stanza. Theodore finished with seven saves.

Trailing 6-3, the Avalanche pulled within one in the third period. Hejduk's wrist shot made it a 6-4 game at 1:42, while the next tally followed a Dallas turnover along the boards. Brett McLean managed to snag the puck off the faceoff and sent a wrist shot past Smith with 15:41 left in the game.

Colorado had a couple power-play chances down the stretch but couldn't capitalize, and Halpern's marker put Dallas up by two with just 2:28 remaining in the contest.

Both sides finished 1-for-5 on the power play.

The Stars grabbed the early 1-0 lead after working the puck down low and winning the battle behind the net. In a swarm of players, Ribeiro was able to corral the puck and send it back in front to Trevor Daley, who finished off the centering pass with a snap shot that managed to sneak past Budaj at 2:52.

"That's the way we have to get the job done, no matter the circumstances of the game," said Daley. "The guys around me have been great and I think are getting me the puck in the right spots. I am taking more chances and getting up in the play, using my speed and doing what I can."

A power play marker doubled the margin with 5:04 remaining in the front stanza. Stu Barnes served as the catalyst to his own goal, throwing a shot to the net before the disc ricocheted back to the point. Joel Lundqvist then took a stab at the puck, tipping a long shot toward the goal that deflected off Budaj, with Barnes all alone on the right side to bang the puck into the wide open net.

Lehtinen's score made it 3-0 at 1:51, as the Stars won the battle along the wall when Ian Laperriere couldn't clear the puck. Ribeiro had a chance, and Lehtinen was there to jump on the rebound, sending a backhand shot into the twine at 18:09.

Colorado finally scratched the scoreboard on Sakic's tally, which came with 41 ticks remaining. The veteran center stuffed home a rebound, as his wrister off the initial shot by Andrew Brunette beat a sprawling Turco to close within 3-1 and end the first period flurry.

Dallas regained its three-goal margin early in the second, however, as Niklas Hagman and Jussi Jokinen engaged in an odd-man rush, ending with Hagman's one- timer high into the top left corner of the net at 3:07.

Colorado answered with a pair to cut its deficit to 4-3. Paul Stastny got the first score off a turnover in the neutral zone, as he deked around Barnes and followed up on his own shot at 8:54. Then, just 49 seconds later, Wojtek Wolski's wrister got past Turco, sending the netminder to bench for the remainder of the contest.

The Stars needed just 34 seconds to make it 5-3, however, as Lundqvist tipped in a shot that trickled over the skate of Theodore at 10:17. Boucher then followed up with a 54-foot slapshot less than 3 1/2 minutes later to put Dallas back on top by a 6-3 margin.

Game Notes

Dallas played without center Eric Lindros, who is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Lindros hasn't scored a goal since November 20 against Colorado. He has missed 12 games because of injury since then, while playing in 24... The Stars have won all four matchups against Colorado this season...Turco came into the game 5-0-0 with a 2.83 goals-against average in his last six starts versus the Avs.

02/11 20:01:40 ET


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