Avalanche 2, Stars 1

Paul Stastny scored two goals and Peter Budaj made 20 saves in

the Colorado Avalanche’s 2-1 preseason victory over the Dallas

Stars on Tuesday night.

The Avalanche were on the power play when Stastny netted his

first goal at 11:50 of the first period. Brandon Yip came around

from behind the net and fired a shot that goalie Andrew Raycroft

blocked but couldn’t control. The rebound came back out to Yip, who

pushed the puck back toward the net. There was another rebound that

Stastny got to and knocked past Raycroft.

It was the first goal of the preseason for Stastny, who had 20

goals and 79 points last season.

Stastny scored again at 16:51 of the second.

James Neal cut Dallas’ deficit to 2-1 with 4:35 remaining.

Budaj, the backup to Craig Anderson, was solid throughout. He

turned away several solid scoring opportunities that the Stars

produced in the first period.

The Stars finally broke through with James’ late power-play

goal. Dallas had another power play in the closing minutes and

pulled Raycroft with about 90 seconds remaining for an extra

attacker. Budaj stopped Dallas’ best opportunity in the final

moments with a stick save of Adam Burish’s slap shot from the

point.

The Avalanche (2-3) and the Stars (2-2) will meet in another

exhibition game Thursday in Dallas.