Avs Win Preseason Opener 4-2
DENVER (AP) - Joe Sakic scored on a 5-on-3 power play with 4:15 remaining to put the Colorado Avalanche ahead for good in a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars in the exhibition opener for both teams Saturday night.
Colorado and Dallas traded power plays for most of the third period before hooking penalties 50 seconds apart sent both Yared Hagos and Jaroslav Svoboda to the penalty box. Sakic scored 14 seconds later.
Earlier in the period, Dallas also had a two-man advantage for 44 seconds, but failed to convert. The teams were whistled for six penalties in the third, all in the last 10 minutes.
Marek Svatos added an empty-net goal with 31 seconds remaining. The Avalanche outshot the Stars 34-23.
Sakic scored Colorado's first goal just 30 seconds into the game and Patrice Brisebois, signed in part to replace defenseman Adam Foote, scored early in the second period for his first goal with the Avalanche.
Dallas managed to overcome the 2-0 deficit in the second with two goals from Jussi Jokinen.
While Colorado played most of its veterans for the home crowd, Dallas dressed just the minimum eight required, partly because the team plays again Sunday at Edmonton. Captain Mike Modano did play, but Marty Turco, Bill Guerin and Jason Arnott were among those who sat out.
Despite the final score, both teams competed in a shootout at the end of the game, which the Stars won 2-0.