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Sunday, 04.30.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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DALLAS (AP) - Andrew Brunette scooped a rebound shot over sprawling goaltender Marty Turco 13:55 into overtime to give Colorado a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday, wrapping up the first-round series in five games for the seventh-seeded Avalanche.

Joe Sakic took a shot that bounded off Turco, and Brunette scored despite a desperate sliding attempt by Mike Modano to stop the puck. It was Colorado's third overtime victory in the series.

The Stars outshot Colorado 11-4 in the extra period, including seven shots during the frame's only power play. But Dallas couldn't solve Jose Theodore, who had 50 saves.

Sakic also had his 81st career playoff goal, the most among active players, as the Avalanche advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the eighth time in 10 postseason trips. Jim Dowd also scored for Colorado.

After the game ended, Marty Turco stood motionless in his net for several minutes. He stopped 27 shots, but lost a series in five games to Colorado for the second straight playoff appearance - the last in 2004.

Modano, the Stars captain, had to be helped off the ice midway through the third period when he took a hard hit by Brett Clark. No penalty was called.

Modano returned for overtime, drawing huge cheers when he was shown on the bench. His return to the ice was met by a standing, towel-twirling ovation, but couldn't save the Stars.

Massachusetts native and huge Boston Red Sox fan Bill Guerin tied the game at 2 for the Stars with 17:13 left in regulation when he poked the puck away from Kurt Sauer and scored his second goal of the series.

Guerin reminded his teammates of 2004, when the Red Sox overcame an 0-3 deficit in the AL championship series against the New York Yankees and went on to win the World Series.

Only two NHL teams have come back from 0-3 deficits to win. The Stars couldn't make it three.

Unable to take advantage of a late power play, the Stars still almost avoided overtime. Sergei Zubov's shot with about 10 seconds left in regulation got past Theodore and skimmed off the post.

The Stars dominated during the second period, and midway through had outshot Colorado 16-3 in the period and led 1-0. They kept plenty of pressure on Theodore, and at times had the puck in front of the net without being able to get a stick on it.

And they still trailed going to the locker room for the second intermission.

Dowd tied it at 1 with 6:57 left in the second when he knocked in a rebound to end Turco's 88-minute scoreless streak.

Sakic's goal came with only two seconds left in the middle period, when he pushed a bouncing puck through Turco's legs.

Dallas led 1-0 when Jussi Jokinen scored 4:25 into the second period. The rookie made a move similar to what he used to score 11 shootout goals in the regular season, this time with a defender riding on his back.

Turco didn't allow a first-period goal for the first time in 10 career playoff games against Colorado, stopping all seven shots. He is 2-8 against the Avalanche, and 8-14 overall in the playoffs.

That was part of the first scoreless period in the series.

Notes: Avalanche C Pierre Turgeon, with two assists in the first four games, was a healthy scratch. ... It was the seventh career playoff goal for Dowd. He scored two others against Dallas while playing for Edmonton. ... Turco didn't get credited with a shot, but his clearing pass midway through the first period got past teammate Niklas Hagman. The only other player to touch it was Theodore, who stopped it in front of the Colorado net. ... Dallas center Stu Barnes played in his 100th career playoff game.


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