DALLAS -- One night after losing 6-2 to the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center, the Dallas Stars exacted a bit of revenge on their Central Division rival. Rookie Colton Sceviour scored late in the third period for Dallas, and the Stars held off a late rush by the Avs for a 3-2 win at American Airlines Center.
Sceviour scored his second-career goal in his third NHL game with 2:52 remaining on a breakaway after receiving a nifty pass from Rich Peverley near the Colorado blue line. Sceviour then beat Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere through the five-hole for the deciding goal.
Ray Whitney had two goals and rookie Alex Chiasson added two assists for Dallas, which received a 25-save performance from goaltender Dan Ellis.
The Avalanche got an early break when Dallas forward Ryan Garbutt earned a double-minor penalty for a high stick on Andre Benoit 1:03 into the game. Colorado needed 1:36 to capitalize on the power play with Duchene netting his 15th of the season by knocking in a rebound after the initial slapper from just inside the blue line by Johnson was stopped by Ellis.
Dallas tied the game 1-1 at 7:31 of the first when Whitney scored his first goal since Nov. 3 at the Ottawa Senators, a span of 13 games. He knocked in a pass from Shawn Horcoff near the far post.
At 10:20 of the second, the Avalanche regained the lead when Johnson beat Ellis with a snap shot from the left circle for his fourth of the season during a 4-on-4. The sequence began after Duchene spun past a defender at the left-wing wall and sent a cross-ice feed to Johnson at the right circle. Johnson's snap sailed over Ellis' blocker to make it a 2-1 game.
Whitney tied the contest again for Dallas with a power-play tally at 17:19 of the middle stanza. The Stars had gained the advantage when Paul Stastny was called for hooking at 16:09 and capitalized when Whitney converted from the right circle for his third of the season, beating Giguere far post for the equalizer.
Giguere finished with 25 saves and stopped 13 shots in the second period.
Dallas went on the power play again at 5:05 of the third after a tripping call on Barrie. That became a 5-on-3 chance when Benoit fired the puck over the boards at 6:20. However, the Stars were unable to capitalize.
With 6:29 remaining in regulation, Colorado went on the power play for a sixth time after Horcoff was called for a high stick on Barrie. Ellis robbed Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog at close range with a glove save at 15:08 of the third to keep the game tied.
Colorado had several more chances in the final 30 seconds as it fired six shots in a 10-second span. Ellis made three saves in the sequence and received some help from his defense, which blocked the other three shots.
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