Avs Get off to Slow Start in 5-2 Loss at Dallas Stars

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Avs Get off to Slow Start in 5-2 Loss at Dallas Stars
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DALLAS — When there are two big, fundamental mistakes made on the first shift of the night, it's kind of tough to get into that "Let's start the game on time" mentality that Avalanche coach Joe Sacco likes to preach. Then again, bad starts are nothing new to Sacco's Avs. This season, his team has been outscored 36-19 in first periods, with opponents getting the first goal in nine of the last 10 games and 21 out of 30 overall. The Avs this year are the equivalent of the 1965, rusted-out Dodge Dart when it comes to getting good, clean jumpstarts.

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