Avalanche 5, Stars 3

The Colorado Avalanche needed a standout performance from

goaltender Craig Anderson to deal another blow to the Dallas Stars’

fading playoff chances.

Anderson matched a season high with 48 saves, Paul Stastny

scored twice, and the Avalanche rallied to beat Dallas 5-3 on


“Our goaltending was outstanding this afternoon, just like it’s

been all season,” Colorado coach Joe Sacco said.

The Stars turned up the pressure in the final minute with a

6-on-4 advantage when they had a power play and pulled their

goaltender, but Anderson responded with a series of sprawling saves

to help his team take the season series from Dallas 3-1.

Anderson also got help in the final seconds from defenseman Kyle

Cumiskey, who swept a rebound away from the net while Anderson was

prone on the ice.

“I was just trying to make myself big and follow the puck off

my body,” Anderson said. “Sometimes you get a little lucky. Our D

was doing a good job protecting me.”

Brandon Segal scored twice in a span of 1 minute and 22 seconds

of the second period for his first career multigoal game, giving

the Stars a 3-2 lead.

Stastny and Chris Stewart answered with goals during a stretch

of 2 minutes and 41 seconds of the second to put Colorado in


Stastny and Tucker scored second-period power-play goals.

Colorado is 8 for 20 with the man advantage over the past six


Colorado is 21-11-4 when it scores at least one power-play goal.

Stastny said his team’s recent success with the man advantage comes

down to a basic approach.

“I think we’re shooting and getting more shots through,”

Stastny said. “You can’t get too cute. Sometimes when you get

shots off, that’s when plays open up.”

Stastny’s goal from beyond the right circle at 12:23 of the

third period pushed the Avs’ lead to 5-3.

Milan Hejduk added a goal for the Avalanche, 4-3-0 since the

Olympic break to maintain their runner-up spot behind Vancouver in

the Northwest Division.

Rookie Jamie Benn added a goal, and defenseman Mark Fistric had

two assists for the Stars, 1-5-1 since the break.

“It’s really frustrating,” Segal said. “It’s definitely

bittersweet to get two goals and lose. We need wins right now,

that’s the most important thing. It’s a do-or-die situation for us

right now.”

Anderson was the difference, withstanding a 37-shot barrage in

the final two periods to improve his record to 35-19-5.

“Anderson’s been one of their MVPs,” Stars captain Brenden

Morrow said. “He gives them a chance to win every night.”

Hejduk’s wrist shot from the right circle got through Dallas

goaltender Marty Turco’s pads to give Colorado a 1-0 lead at 10:19

of the opening period.

Benn drew the Stars even at 1 at 14:31 of the first period,

shoveling a shot into an open net off a centering pass from James


Tucker put Colorado in front 2-1 at 4:28 of the second period on

a one-timer from the slot with 34 seconds left on a tripping

penalty to Dallas’ Trevor Daley.

Segal’s goal 1 minute and 31 seconds later tied it, and he gave

Dallas the lead at 7:21 on a one-timer from the top of the right


Stastny’s power-play deflection at 11:05 of the second period

made it a 3-all game, and Stewart’s wraparound at 13:46 gave the

Avalanche a 4-3 edge despite Dallas’ 20-12 shots advantage in the


At that point, Stars coach Marc Crawford replaced Turco with

Kari Lehtonen, playing his third game since being acquired in a

trade with Atlanta on Feb. 9.

“I thought that was the call that needed to be made,” Crawford

said of the goalie change.

NOTES: The Stars were playing the second game of a six-game

homestand. … Stewart has four goals in four games against Dallas

this season. … Stars D Nicklas Grossman (back) missed his fourth

straight game. … Colorado C Stephane Yelle and LW Cody McCloud

sustained leg injuries in the first period and did not return.

Sacco said he’ll know more about the extent of the injuries on

Monday. … The Avs are also without D Ruslan Salei (torso), RW

Brandon Yip (shoulder) and RW David Jones (knee). … Segal,

claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 11, has four

goals and two assists in his past six games. … The game wasn’t

televised in Dallas-Fort Worth, breaking a streak of 1,101 Stars

games (including playoffs) that had been available on local TV. It

was originally scheduled as an NBC “flex” game, but the network

decided to show Washington-Chicago instead and no local station

picked up the game.