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Rapid Reaction: Stars 7, Avalanche 6 (OT)

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Goal, Goal, Goal: The Colorado Avalanche came out strong in the first period, netting two goals and outplaying the Stars just about everywhere. The second period was a different story, to say the least. The Stars scored four straight goals (Eriksson, Fiddler, Souray, Goligoski) before letting the Avalanche tie it at 4-4 with two goals of their own. The third period continued the scoring trend with the Avalanche scoring just a couple minutes into the frame only to be answered by an Eric Nystrom goal. The tie was short-lived as Matt Duchene gave the lead back to the Avalanche with his hat trick goal, but did you really expect that lead to last? Of course not, Robidas sent a rocket from the point to once again tie the game, this time at 6-6. This would send the game into overtime, where the Stars capped off an incredible game with a Loui Eriksson goal, his second of the night.

What It Means: The Avalanche and Stars may have rekindled their rivalry with what Ralph Strangis called “an instant classic” tonight. This team had some offensive power hiding somewhere and it reared its head tonight, the power play caught fire as the Stars went 4/6. Of course it would have been nice to see the power play as effective during games that aren’t a slug fest, but it is a positive sign nonetheless. All statistics aside, tonight showed the Dallas Stars can play exciting hockey. The AAC was rocking and it is a game like this that will get people to start paying attention to the Stars again.

What’s Next: The Stars are back in action this Sunday afternoon against the Carolina Hurricanes. 12:30CST/1:30EST. It will be the first of a four game road trip.

Topics: Colorado Avalanche, Loui Eriksson, Matt Duchene, Stephane Robidas

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