Colorado Avalanche Defeat Dallas Stars In Overtime

Balls - Cooper Neill

This was not pretty for 20 minutes. Over the final 40 the Stars were dominant.

The Stars put up a good fight after a very slow first period, and were able to tie the game up late against the incredibly hot Colorado Avalanche. This game had a lot of similarities to the loss in Montreal except the Stars were able to actually able to tie this one up. The Stars lost 3-2 in overtime to a team relying on their defensive game for the better part of 60 minutes. The Stars needed to create offensive opportunities, had trouble for a while, but eventually broke through. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to pick up both points.

All the statistical information you could want from this game can be found here.

1st Period

The first period was pretty ugly. The highlight of the period was Paul Stastny scoring after Alex Tanguay drew the Stars defense in. Mike Heika claimed it was a slam dunk on Twitter. I think I agree.

As the period wore on Lindy Ruff slipped Ray Whitney out with the Tyler Seguin/Jamie Benn unit. The offense had been underwhelming and this was Ruff's attempt at shaking things up. The second line then consisted of Antoine Roussel, Cody Eakin, and Alex Chiasson. Erik Cole played the role of the most expensive fourth liner in the NHL*.

*Probably

The period ended with the Avalanche out-shooting the Stars 13-4.

1st Intermission

For those of you that play Fantasy Five I've put together the leader board.

Name Points
Dillon 73
Benn 52
Roussel 48
Robidas 46
JoBenn 42
Chiasson 38
Eakin 37
Garbutt 32
Daley 31
Seguin 28
Horcoff 27
Peverley 24
Nichushkin 23
Gonchar 23
Cole 20
Fiddler 18
Goligoski 13
Whitney 11
Connauton 9
MacDermid 8
Mueller 1

Tonight's game isn't reflected in these numbers, but the top scorers tonight appeared to be Benn, Chiasson, Rich Peverley, Trevor Daley, Alex Goligoski, and Brenden Dillon.

You might look at this and think, man, Brenden Dillon's goals have made him a fluke. Don't be fooled. He only has three goals at two points a piece. He still has a 15 points lead on Jamie Benn WITHOUT his goals. The scoring system is rigged for defensive defensemen. This seems intentional so you can't just pick the top player every game. You should really just pick Dillon every game.

2nd Period

The second period saw the shots get much closer to even. The Stars had the puck significantly more in the second than in the first as the Avalanche dropped into a full on trap for a good portion of the period for some reason. The best chance of the period was the breakaway chance by P.A. Parenteau near the end of the period.

With less than two minutes to go Gabriel Landeskog drilled a shot past Kari Lehtonen off the rush. Lehtonen probably wants the goal back. The goal gave the Avalanche the lead 2-0 heading into the 2nd intermission.

3rd Period

The third period started with Ray Whitney shifted back to the second line. Peverley was shifted back to the top line. Five minutes into the period Goligoski roofed a goal from the top of the circle from Seguin to make it 2-1. The Avalanche immediately almost got the game back to a two goal lead, but Kari Lehtonen is a hero.

The Stars kept the pressure up as the period went on. Seguin would tie the game up with a little over three minutes remaining. Chiasson immediately fought Gabriel Landeskog at center ice after the goal. The Stars got a late powerplay due to an extra roughing minor on the fight. They had numerous chances to take the lead, but ultimately couldn't.

Overtime

As will happen play opened up in overtime. Both teams had plenty of chances. Stastny came in with a little over a minute left to rip a shot past Lehtonen to give the Avalanche both points.

The Stars generated a 64.7 Corsi percentage with the game close. They played well overall despite the ugly first period. Ultimately they salvaged a point out of what looked like it would be a lost game. It would be hard to call that anything but a success.

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