Tag: Colorado Avalanche

Stars recover from slow start but fall in Denver

Stars recover from slow start but fall in Denver

The Dallas Stars took on the Colorado Avalanche and once again the Stars have a very poor first period. The Avalanche score 5 in the first 20 minutes, however, the Stars challenge two of the goals and they are overturned, leaving the first period score 3-0 Colorado. 

The Second period in true Stars fashion was much better as they completely turn the game around and look like the better team, they bring the score back to 3-2 with 2 goals in 44 seconds, but the Avalanche on their 5th Power Play of the night end the period 4-2. 

The stars come out strong again in the 3rd and despite a few bad penalties hold the Avalanche off, then on a rather feckless power play of their own the Stars slide the puck to Seguin who gets his second of the night and gets the Stars back to within a shot. The Stars keep the pressure on and again Seguin gets a shot on net that goes in on the rebound of Benn tieing the game at 4 with just over 3 minutes left in the game. 

The Avalanche however, manage to regain the lead forcing Dallas to pull Bishop in the last 2 minutes and it results in an empty netter for the Avs and gives us a final score of 6-4.

The Stars still need to fix their first period issues, however, they finally managed to get pucks on net and really control the majority of a game on the road again, unfortunately the Colorado team who were also winless in 3 games coming into this one, just wanted it more and they got the win and the Stars finish a road trip they will want to forget and recover from quickly!

Game Stats

Score: 6-4 COL 
Shots: 37-42 DAL 
Face Off: 51% COL 
Power Play: 1/3 DAL 
Penalty Kill 4/7 DAL 
Hits: 15-30 DAL

Stars perform better on the road, but fall to the Avs

Stars perform better on the road, but fall to the Avs

The Dallas Stars managed to put together a much better road performance against the Colorado Avalanche, and Shore & Benn scored twice in the 3rd Period to give the Stars the lead, but the Avalanche came back at the Stars and held on to take the game 3-2.

Both teams were playing on the 2nd night of back-to-back games, and it showed a little, but both Varlamov and Khudobin made some spectacular stops to keep this a low scoring game all the way through to the final period.

Shore was the first Star to get Dallas on the board with a rebound chance, then Radulov with some hard work along the boards got the puck to Seguin who fed Benn in front of the net to give the Stars their first lead of the game. The Avalanche who had won their last 3 games coming into tonight contest and who sit one place above the Stars in the standings fought back and despite a hard push with the extra man the Stars could not get back into this game.

Game Stats

Score: 3-2 COL
Shots: 36-29 COL
Face off: 60% COL
Power Play: 0/2 DAL
Penalty Kill: 4/4 DAL
Hits: 12-15 DAL

Next game: @ Edmonton Oilers (10-10-2) First game home for the Oilers with new coach, former Stars coach Ken Hitchcock

Stars score 5 but fall to the Avs

Stars score 5 but fall to the Avs

The Dallas Stars concluded their preseason with a scoring frenzy that resulted in a 6-5 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, the Stars finished the preseason with a 4-2-1 record.

After a strong start to the preseason the Stars couldn’t keep the winning coming. The opposite to the preseason finale where a bad start with some penalties put the Avalanche up by 2. The Stars then turned things around with a goal from Jason Dickinson and then a power play goal by Jamie Benn to equalize. Tyson Barry then picked up a goal in the last two minutes of the 1st period to restore the Avs lead.

The Avs scored again in the 2nd extending their lead to 4-2 before Faksa bought the Stars back to within a shot, then a minute later Colorado yet again restored their two goal advantage.

Colorado scored first in the 3rd period extending their lead to 6-3, the Stars picked up the pace and Devin Shore makes it 6-4 half-way through the period. With time running out the Stars pull the goalie and with the extra attacker Tyler Seguin gets the Stars back within reach, but its too little too late and the Stars fall 6-5.

The season finale had both teams producing almost opening night rosters, the biggest difference is the Avs played their top goalie Varlamov all night the Stars due to minor injuries and wanting to rest their top 2 goalies started Carlton Point. Point despite the score had a good night, the Stars defense should have been much better and an early 2 power play goals did not help his night. The Stars continued to make mistakes all game totaling 14 giveaways and plenty of things for the Stars to work on.

The offensive production is a very good sign however, Jamie Benn & Tyler Seguin combined for 13 shots on goal plus a bunch of shot attempts and getting 5 past Varlamov is no easy task.

Brett Richie dropped the gloves early in the second with Ian Cole and received a 10-minute misconduct as it was deemed he punched Cole in the back of the head after the players fell to the ice.

Valeri Nichushkin & Stephen Johns and both the Stars net minders were the only ‘guaranteed’ Stars to sit this game out the rest of the lineup was pretty similar to what we will expect to see on Oct 4th.

Jim Montgomery was not happy with the performance, he liked the offensive production but was not happy with the turnovers and the amount of time and space we gave Colorado in our defensive zone. Jim has till Tuesday to cut the roster down to 23 players.

 

It is finally October, hockey is here!! Be Loud, Wear Green & GO STARS!!!

 

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Preseason finale

Preseason finale

Stars Preview

The Dallas Stars will round up their strong preseason tonight at home against the Colorado Avalanche. The game will be available to watch on dallasstars.com seats are also available – get your tickets here.

The Stars have dominated preseason with a 4-1-1 record they will look to take down the Avs for the second time, Dallas left Denver with a 3-1 win a few days ago.

 

Dallas Stars Roster

The forward lineups are not confirmed but Benn, Seguin & Radulov are expected to start tonight, Nichushkin is likely to rest. For defense expect to see Klingberg & Miro in the lineup, Stephen Johns will not play however, it is believed he could be ready for practice on Tuesday.

Both stars goalies will rest, Big Ben & Doby will be good to go for October 4th. Carlton Point will get the nod for tonights game, could this be a sign that if any injurys occur in the season he will get the call? Or does coach Montgomery still want to see him one more time first?

 

Preseason thoughts

Well it is hard not to get excited about the Stars preseason and first games under new head coach Jim Montgomery, but it is only preseason, and there are many factors to consider when analyzing the wins and loss. But ultimately we really like what we have seen from both the Stars and the new coach, there is a feeling of winning in the air and with that comes belief and that is important and required if the Stars are going to bring another cup home. The final game feels important as it is back in front of a home crowd at the AAC, and the Stars want to bounce back from the loss in St Louis and start the season on a high.

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Stars take down the Avalanche

Stars take down the Avalanche

The Dallas Stars headed to the mile high city to take on the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Centre last night.

Both lineups had top forward and defensive players resting, Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza, Alexander Radulov & Mattias Janmark all sat this one out for the Stars forwards, Tyson Barrie & MacKinnon were among the Colorado top lines who were also resting.

The no.1 goalies however had their chance to shine in a full game, Ben Bishop stopped all shots he faced 5-on-5, and just let one shot past him on an Avs power play. Varlamov for the Avalanche also let one shot past him on a Stars power play along with two more to push the Stars to a 3 – 1 victory.

The Avs opened the scoring in the first on the power play when Ty Lewis picked up his first goal of the preseason, the Stars found the equalizer within a minute of the 2nd period when Roope Hintz got his 3rd goal of the preseason and awarding the Stars a power play goal.

Tyler Pitlick and Julius Honka added 2 goals for the Stars in the 3rd period to give the Stars the win.

Coach Montgomery was once again happy with the performance, after the game he said the Stars didn’t find their legs in the first, but in the second and third periods they were fast and played well. Monte is especially happy with all the potential 4th or even 3rd liners, he has a lot of players who are playing really well, he mentions Ritchie, Hintz, Dickinson, Smith among a few that are impressing him every night and loves that the Stars have depth, he knows if injury strikes the Stars have cover that can step up.

The head coach also commented on how excellent Ben Bishop played, and was impressed at how he stepped right in and looked unstoppable.

The Stars also managed to walk away from the game with ZERO giveaways, that is something I would really like to see every night! Some of the most painful games in the past have been on a silly turnover that has cost us the game, if Monte’s system has us playing fast and in control of the puck I am really excited to see just how far this team will go.

But once again, it may only be preseason, but its another win for the Stars who go 4-0-1 for the Preseason, the Stars have their 2nd game against the Blues on Friday before rounding up the Preseason at home to the Avs on Sunday (the game against the Avs will be streamed live on dallasstars.com – FINALLY).

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