As has become almost commonplace lately, the Dallas Stars relinquished an early two-goal lead to the Colorado Avalanche, resulting in a 4-3 loss to the team with the worst win-loss record in the Western Conference.
Dallas kicked the game off with energy and might, with Jaromir Jagr scoring a goal and adding an assist in the first period. Trevor Daley scored Dallas’s second first period goal, and the team headed into the locker room up 2-0.
The tides changed quickly, though, as Colorado’s Mark Oliver grabbed a rebound of the boards and landed the Avs first goal of the night. Just three minutes later, while Dallas was on the power play, a bad pass from Daley to Loui Ericsson was snagged by Garbriel Landeskog, whose goal tied the game in faster time than it took Dallas to score the two goals that put the Stars so far ahead. Eric Nystrom and Jan Hejda dropped gloves after the Landeskog goal, resulting in dual five minute fighting majors. And Antoine Roussel and PA Parenteau were called for unsportsmanlike conduct resulting from the scuffle also. Slightly more than a minute later, Dallas’ Ray Whitney reclaimed the lead for the Stars off a pass from Jagr, putting the Stars up 3-2 heading into the second intermission.
Colorado tied the game again in the third period, off a slipping and sliding Ryan O’Reilly who managed to put one past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. Avs forward Church Kobasew slammed a backhanded shot against Lehtonen with three and a half minutes remaining in the game to take the final lead.
The loss dropped the Stars back to 11th in the conference, yet again, and a win tonight against the Kings would only squeeze them into eighth if the Phoenix Coyotes lose to the Vancouver Canucks.
Tonight’s game begins at 9:30 p.m. and will be shown on Fox Sports Southwest.