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
The Avalanche (2-3) and the Stars (2-2) will meet in another
exhibition game Thursday in Dallas.