NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Dallas
(Friday, November 16th)
Final Score: Dallas 6, Colorado 1
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Jussi Jokinen netted a career-high four goals, to lead the Dallas Stars' romp over the Colorado Avalanche, 6-1, at the American Airlines Center.
Sergei Zubov had assists on every one of Jokinen's goals, and Mike Modano had a pair of assists, as Dallas won for the first time in four games. Jeff Halpern and Mike Ribeiro also scored for the Stars, Mike Smith made 17 saves in the win.
Jaroslav Hlinka scored the lone goal for Colorado, which has lost two of three. Tyler Arnason and Andrew Brunette had the assists, while Jose Theodore and Peter Budaj combined to save 20 shots.
After Jokinen gave the Stars a one-goal lead 4:22 into Friday's game, he simultaneously made it a career night and insurmountable Dallas lead in the second stanza. Jokinen scored three goals in just over seven minutes of play, with Halpern's goal wedged in, to make it 5-0, Stars, at the end of two periods.
"Getting that first goal gave me a lot of confidence," Jokinen said. "Sometimes, you feel more confident and this just got going. (Zubov) has been great for a long time and he gave me some great passes tonight."
Jokinen became the first Stars played with a four-goal game since Brett Hull did it on March 21, 2001, and Zubov's quartet of assists are the second most in team history. The duo got off to their historic night early in the game.
On the power play, Dallas moved the puck up ice, and Zubov found Jokinen near the left circle. Jokinen, a lefty shooter, blasted a shot past the glove of Theodore for a 1-0 Stars lead 4:22 into the game.
The rest of the period was fairly even, with the Stars getting off five shots to the Avalanche's four.
In the second period, Jokinen again scored early. He shot from close to the left goal line on a narrow angle, and it snuck past Theodore, 3:47 into the period.
Halpern scored his goal 1:24 later, and Jokinen struck a third time 1:49 after that. On another power play, Zubov spotted Jokinen set up to the left of the net, and sent a picture-perfect pass through traffic, which Jokinen deflected perfectly into the net.
Only 3:52 passed on the game clock before Jokinen scored his final goal, a somewhat unintentional assist by Zubov. Zubov sent a shot in on net, which was deflected to the space between the circles. Jokinen was right there to take the rebound shot, which Theodore got a piece of but couldn't stop.
In just 7:05, the Stars scored four goals and Jokinen notched the first hat trick of his career. It was also enough Dallas firepower for Colorado to pull Theodore, who stopped just 5-of-15 shots. Budaj stopped 10-of-11 shots in his stead.
"We were brutal in all aspects of the game," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We had no spark, no emotion."
Each team added a goal in the third period. Ribeiro scored with 5:04 left in the game, and Hlinka added Colorado's goal with 3:45 remaining.
Dallas winger Brenden Morrow assisted on Jokinen's first goal, and extended his current points streak to four games...Colorado opened a four-game road trip, and will continue it Sunday at Minnesota...The Avalanche's Andrew Brunette had an assist, and has appeared in 390 consecutive games, the third longest active streak in the league...The last Stars hat trick at home was Nov. 24, 2006, by Phillip Boucher...Murray Oliver (10/24/71) and Larry Murphy (10/17/88) each had 5 assists for Dallas....The Stars won at home for the first time in their last five tries.
11/17 01:22:20 ET