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Stastny, Landeskog Coming up Big
Paul Stastny and Gabe Landeskog had combined to score just five points through the Avalanche’s first five games this season, and all those points had come on assists
Assists are nice, of course—they only result when your team has scored, after all—but for Colorado’s captain (Landeskog) and alternate captain (Stastny) were looking for a higher level of production.
Consider that internal struggle a thing of the past.
Stastny scored a pair of goals Friday night—including hitting the game winner for the second straight game—and Landeskog found the back of the net, too, in the Avalanche’s 3-2 win in Dallas’ American Airlines Center.
Stastny Scores in OT to Lift Avalanche Past Stars
Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent
DALLAS -- Paul Stastny scored the first goal of the game and the final one Friday for the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-2 overtime win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.
Stastny scored 8:22 into the first period and ended the game with 1:24 remaining when he beat Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen.
Colorado has won five in a row and is 11-1-0.
"Right now, we're playing very good. We're playing solid hockey" Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "We work hard. The thing that I like is before games we're always really well-prepared and we focus. When we jump on the ice, we have good starts, and that's what we want."
Click below for photos from the Avalanche's 3-2 OT win in Dallas
D-man Holden Ready to Play Forward versus Stars
Holden said he had a couple of times, and Roy responded by saying, "I was hoping you would say no, because now you are going to start Friday night in Dallas. Good luck."
While Roy was joking that Holden would start, he was dead serious on Holden playing left wing for tonight's game against the Stars while the club is dealing with a smaller roster than normal.
"It's been over a month since I played a game so I'm obviously itching to get in," said Holden, who last played Sept. 26 in Colorado's preseason game at Dallas. "When I got the opportunity to play left wing I jumped at it, and hopefully I can contribute a little bit up front."
With Jamie McGinn out with a knee injury and Cody McLeod out for one more game while serving a five-game suspension, Roy had to mix up his lines this week. Among the many moves he made to his lineup was placing Holden with Marc-Andre Cliche and Patrick Bordeleau on the Avs' fourth forward line.
-At 10-1-0, the Avs have equaled their best start through 11 games in franchise history. The Nordiques also went 10-1-0 in their first 11 games of the 1994-95 season, while the Avalanche recorded 20 points (9-0-2) through their opening 11 contests in 2000-01. Today is the only day that the team will spend outside of Denver in a span of 21 days from Oct. 22 to Nov. 11.
-The Avs are playing their first of 10 back-to-back sets this weekend, as they take on the Stars tonight in Dallas before hosting the Canadiens tomorrow night in Denver.
-Tonight is the second of five meetings between the Avalanche and Stars this year and the first of three matchups here in Dallas. Colorado won the first meeting 3-2 on Oct. 15 at Pepsi Center.
-The Avalanche finished 10-1-0 in October, earning 20 out of a possible 22 points. That .909 points percentage was the best of any month in franchise history (min 10 GP). The previous mark for best points percentage in a single month was .857, accomplished in January of 2000-01 (10-0-3-1) and March of 2006-07 (11-1-2). Colorado’s 10 victories last month matched the franchise record for wins in the month of October. The Avs also won 10 games in October of 2009-10 (10-2-2).
-Patrick Roy has guided the Avalanche to a 10-1-0 record in his first 11 games, joining Marc Crawford (1994-95 with Quebec) as the only coaches in NHL history to win 10 of their first 11 games behind the bench. Roy was one of only five coaches to win nine of his first 10 games, but three of those bench bosses lost their 11th contest.
-Matt Duchene registered a team-high nine goals in October, tying the Colorado Avalanche record for most goals scored in the month of October (since the team moved to Denver). Joe Sakic scored nine in October 1997, Peter Forsberg in October 2000 and Chris Stewart in October 2010. The nine tallies were Duchene's career high for a single month.
-The Avalanche enters tonight's game with a streak of 18 consecutive penalty kills, their longest streak of the year. Colorado has the league's No. 1 ranked penalty killing unit at 92.3% (36/39).
Avalanche aims for fifth straight win, faces Stars
AVALANCHE (10-1-0) vs. STARS (5-6-1)
TV: ALT2, FS-SW+
Last 10: Colorado 9-1-0; Dallas 4-5-1
Season series: The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Dallas Stars 3-2 in the teams' first meeting Oct. 15 behind two Matt Duchene goals and 39 saves by Semyon Varlamov. Colorado and Dallas play three more times, including a home-and-home Dec. 16 and 17.
Big story: The Avalanche are winners of four straight, a League-best 10-1-0 and off to the best start in franchise history, but that didn't stop the club acquiring forward Maxime Talbot from the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday in exchange for forward Steve Downie. Talbot, 29, has one goal and one assist in 11 games, and had the highest average shorthanded ice time per game among the Flyers' forwards at 3:35.