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Stars Start Homestand With 5-2 Win Over Avalanche

Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 11:21 PM

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars wanted a great start to their season-long five-game homestand and that's what they got with a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at American Airlines Center.

Dallas, now 7-6-2 at home, got goals from Derek Roy, Jordie Benn, Eric Nystrom, Cody Eakin and Jaromir Jagr. Jamie Benn had three assists in his second three-point game of the season while Jagr, Nystrom and Roy each contributed a goal and an assist for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 33 shots to avenge a 4-3 loss at Denver earlier in the week.

Colorado got goals from P.A. Parenteau and Paul Stastny. The Avalanche was without its captain, Gabriel Landeskog, who was a late scratch with a torso injury.

Roy gave the Stars the great start they sorely needed on home ice, beating Semyon Varlamov top shelf with a wrist shot in the first minute of the game. Roy intercepted a Colorado pass in front of the Dallas net, fed Loui Eriksson and took a return pass before beating Varlamov from the edge of the left circle for his fourth goal of the season.

The Stars made it 2-0 at 9:57 when Jordie Benn scored his first NHL goal. With Dallas on the power play, Benn backhanded the rebound of Roy's shot from the left side past Varlamov. The Stars came into the game in a 1-for-22 slump with the extra man.

Roy had to leave the ice at 15:36 of the opening period after taking a shot from Colorado's John Mitchell in his leg. He did return to the ice to begin the second period.

Parenteau beat Lehtonen with a long blast from the left side at 16:52 of the first period, but the goal was waved off because the officials called David Jones for incidental contact on Lehtonen.

With the momentum from the no-goal, Dallas scored two more times in the second period.

Nystrom tapped in a rebound 58 seconds into the middle frame after Varlamov stopped Jamie Benn's initial shot. Jagr picked up the secondary assist, giving him 999 helpers for his career. Eakin ended Varlamov's night at 4:37 when he fired a 15-foot wrister from the slot into the net for his fifth tally of the year.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere relieved Varlamov, and the Avalanche picked up their play. They cut the margin to 4-1 with 54 seconds left in the session when Parenteau buried a slap shot for a power-play goal, ending Lehtonen's scoreless streak at 102:35.

Colorado made it 4-2 at 1:37 of the third period when Stastny beat Lehtonen to the short side with a wrister from the left circle. John Mitchell gained possession of the puck near center ice and fed Stastny, who rushed up the left side before burying his eighth of the season on Lehtonen's stick side.

But Jagr put the game away at 6:44, scoring on a wraparound from the far side of the net that deflected off the skate of Avalanche defenseman Stefan Elliott and through the five-hole of Giguere for his team-leading 13th goal of the season. Jagr had collected the puck from behind the net after Jamie Benn had sent the puck around the boards, then skated around the Colorado net before getting the fortunate bounce off Elliott's skate.

Tempers flared with 1:24 remaining as Colorado's Cody McLeod roughed up Aaron Dillon, which led to a confrontation between the Dallas rookie defenseman and Shane O'Brien. Both Dillon and O'Brien left the ice as Dillon, McLeod and O'Brien each received 10-minute misconduct penalties.

The Avalanche will look to respond at home on Sunday as the Vancouver Canucks come into Pepsi Center for a 6 p.m. game.

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