Avalanche's 'O' Struggles in 'Big D'

Scott Ward | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

DALLAS -- Jamie McGinn scored a third-period goal for the Avalanche on Thursday, but that's all the offense Colorado could muster in a 5-1 loss at American Airlines Center.

Alex Chiasson scored two goals, and Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves for the Stars (4-0-2), who knocked off Colorado (2-3-0) for the second time this week after winning 4-3 Tuesday in Denver.

McGinn's score came on a power play at 8:40 in the third period, with Erik Johnson and newcomer Marc-Andre Cliche getting the assists.

Colorado was outshot 8-1 in the first period, but used a 25-16 advantage the rest of the way to outshoot Dallas 26-24 overall.

The Avalanche will now board a plane and head to Las Vegas, where the club will finish its 2013 preseason against Los Angeles on Saturday night in Frozen Fury XV.

The game will be a rematch from earlier in the preseason when Colorado knocked off the Kings 4-3 in overtime, and it will give the Avs and new coach Patrick Roy a final tuneup before starting their regular season Wednesday, Oct. 2, against Anaheim at Pepsi Center.

"Right from the beginning, Patrick's been very positive, trying to teach everybody his system and his way of things," Colorado defenseman Nick Holden said. "I think it's been very good. The guys have been very receptive to it, and I think as time goes on here guys are going to get more comfortable with his system and things are only going to get better."

Chiasson opened the scoring 55 seconds into the game, pushing a wrist shot past Colorado's Semyon Varlamov, who took the loss after playing the full 60 minutes and making 19 saves

Chiasson's third goal of the preseason, at 6:30 of the third period, came on a power play, and Erik Cole, Alex Goligoski and Valeri Nichushkin also scored for the Stars.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:55DAL Alex Chiasson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Goligoski (1), Ray Whitney (1) 1 - 0 DAL
2nd Period
09:23DAL Erik Cole (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Tyler Seguin (1), Jordie Benn (1) 2 - 0 DAL
3rd Period
03:29DAL Alex Goligoski (1) Slapshot - ASST: Ray Whitney (2) 3 - 0 DAL
06:30DAL PPG - Alex Chiasson (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Tyler Seguin (2), Sergei Gonchar (1) 4 - 0 DAL
08:40COL PPG - Jamie McGinn (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Erik Johnson (1), Marc-Andre Cliche (1) 4 - 1 DAL
15:44DAL Valeri Nichushkin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Goligoski (2) 5 - 1 DAL
Three Stars of the Game
Alex Chiasson
Alex Chiasson
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:28
Alex Goligoski
Alex Goligoski
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 21:51
Erik Cole
Erik Cole
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:03
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:33COL Matt Duchene  Slashing  - 2 min against  Jamie Benn
16:41COL Guillaume Desbiens served by Steve Downie  Instigator  - 2 min against  Ryan Garbutt
16:41COL Guillaume Desbiens  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Ryan Garbutt
16:41COL Guillaume Desbiens  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min against  Ryan Garbutt
16:41DAL Ryan Garbutt served by Lane MacDermid  Interference (maj)  - 5 min against  Tyson Barrie
16:41DAL Ryan Garbutt  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Guillaume Desbiens
16:41DAL Ryan Garbutt  Game misconduct  - 10 min
2nd Period
05:53DAL Ray Whitney  Hooking  - 2 min against  Jamie McGinn
3rd Period
03:42DAL Antoine Roussel  Slashing  - 2 min against  PA Parenteau
05:36DAL Brenden Dillon  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Steve Downie
05:36COL Steve Downie  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Brenden Dillon
06:09COL Guillaume Desbiens  Hooking  - 2 min against  Erik Cole
06:42DAL Antoine Roussel  Hooking  - 2 min against  Nathan MacKinnon
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/41/2
Faceoff Wins2526
Blocked Shots1311
Penalty Minutes2631
2N. HoldenD00-11017:56
4T. BarrieD00-11021:17
6E. JohnsonD01-24021:18
7J. MitchellC00-10014:43
8J. HejdaD00-12018:06
9M. DucheneC00-11216:46
11J. McGinnL10-14016:53
15P. ParenteauR00-11018:41
17S. DownieR00-11515:26
22M. HunwickD00-11016:49
24M. ClicheC01-1209:52
27G. DesbiensR00-10198:56
29N. MacKinnonC00-11017:50
40A. TanguayL00-12020:02
42B. MaloneC00-10010:11
58P. BordeleauL00-1009:20
61A. BenoitD00-23021:20
90R. O'ReillyC00-12020:19
1S. Varlamov1924.79260:00
35J. Giguere00.0000:00
3S. RobidasD0000019:33
4B. DillonD0000519:20
5J. OleksiakD0013018:10
10S. HorcoffC0011016:09
12A. ChiassonR2022018:28
13R. WhitneyL0221215:46
14J. BennL0011018:40
16R. GarbuttC0000203:40
20C. EakinC0013017:20
21A. RousselL0010413:11
24J. BennD0112016:59
28L. MacDermidL000005:11
33A. GoligoskiD1232021:51
38V. FiddlerC0010012:10
43V. NichushkinR1011014:42
55S. GoncharD0130021:48
72E. ColeL1014016:03
91T. SeguinC0214020:04
30D. Ellis00.0000:00
32K. Lehtonen2526.96259:57