Rarely can a loss to a team that has struggled like the Avalanche be exciting, but the Stars 5-4 loss was about as exciting as they come. The game had hard hits, good fits and faced paced action, especially in the third period. The Stars must yet again face the feelings of another heartbreaking loss. Gladly this time, I hold a lot less blame for goaltender Marty Turco. I digress, and on to the recap.
The first period would begin with a clear battle between the two teams. This idea was personified when the Stars Steve Ott and the Avs’ Ian Laperriere tossed the gloves in a really good battle of the fists. Milan Hejduk would add to the blood spillage when he opened a wound with a wrist shot goal at 6:44. Assisting on the goal was Paul Statsny.
Fabian Brunnstrom would even the score for the Stars on a wrist shot power play goal from Brenden Morrow and Brad Richards at 16:25. Darcy Tucker would put the Avs’ ahead by one at 17:39. Wojtek Wolski assisted on the agitator’s first goal of the season.
The Stars would even the game at two when rookie James Neal scored at 13 seconds into the second period. Assists on the goal came from Mike Modano and B.J. Crombeen. Colorado would go on a scoring spree scoring three goals in a row, two of which were on the power play.
Milan Hejduk would score on a slap shot (PPG) with assists from Joe Sakic and Paul Statsny at 5:29. Ryan Smyth would score on a wrist shot (PPG) with assists from John-Michael Liles and Joe Sakic at 13:06. Tyler Arnason would all but bury the Stars at 18:05 with a goal with Wojtek Wolski recording the assist.
The Stars would refuse to lose, and battle back in the third with a goal by Loui Eriksson at 2:00. Mike Ribeiro and Sean Avery collected assists on the goal. The ever amazing Brad Richards scored at 6:47 to make it 5-4 with assists from Stéphane Robidas and Loui Eriksson. The Stars would continue to skate hard and put pucks on the Avs’ Andrew Raycroft but he wouldn’t budge.
The Stars now go on a three game road trip to the east coast and will face the NHL best New York Rangers on Monday, October 20th at 6pm central time.
Image: Courtesy of Dallas Stars website
Original Boxscore: Courtesy of NHL.com
Ken Armer is a senior hockey writer and Community Leader for the NHL and Dallas Stars. You can contact him on his profile or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org