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Dallas Stars 2, Colorado Avalanche 5 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Dallas Stars 2, Colorado Avalanche 5 FINAL
Dallas Stars 2, Colorado Avalanche 5

DENVER (AP) _ With Peter Forsberg setting up goals, Joe Sakic scoring them and David Aebischer preventing them, the Colorado Avalanche couldn't have asked for a better start to the playoffs.

The Dallas Stars, on the other hand, have to be wondering when their top players are going to show up.

``Their big guys over there are killing us right now,'' Dallas center Mike Modano said after Colorado's 5-2 victory in Game 2 Friday night. ``Whoever is on the ice against these guys have to be on their toes and be real sharp and smart. Right now those three, four guys are taking us apart.''

At least the Stars are heading home now where they went 26-7-8 this season. They will host Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-seven series Monday and Wednesday.

The Avalanche struggled the last month of the regular season but figured their top players would be able to pick it up once the playoffs started.

They were right.

Sakic ended the regular season with one goal in Colorado's final seven games, but has scored in each game against Dallas. Aebischer has looked a lot like mentor Patrick Roy in his first two playoff starts, turning away 56 of 59 shots.

All-Star defenseman Rob Blake is back to being his steady self after an inconsistent end to the season, staying strong at the blue line and chipping in three assists.

Then there's the AMP line of Alex Tanguay, Milan Hejduk and Forsberg.

Forsberg has filled his usual role in the playoffs, creating havoc all over the ice with a combination of grit and grace. He had the first goal in Colorado's 3-1 victory in Game 1, and added another along with an assist in Game 2. This from a player who led the NHL in scoring during the 2002 playoffs after missing the regular season.

Tanguay picked up where he left off before sitting out the season's final 10 games with a knee injury. He has goals in both games and an assist in Game 2 after scoring 25 goals and a career-high 79 points during the season. Hejduk has added two assists and done a good job of cycling the puck to his linemates.

The trio has combined for four goals and four assists in two games.

``There's a lot of desperation out there with those guys and when they get going, they're a tough line to stop,'' Avalanche defenseman Bob Boughner said. ``It doesn't matter who's playing against them. I remember playing against the Avalanche, and when those guys are on the top of their game it's a long night back there.''

It's going to be a short series if the Stars' stars don't get going.

Modano had the first goal in Game 2, but hasn't had room to create much else. Bill Guerin, Dallas' leading scorer in the regular season with 34 goals and 69 points, has no points and five shots in the series.

Defenseman Richard Matvichuk was on the ice for all three Colorado goals in Game 1 and is minus-5 in the series.

Then there's Marty Turco. He had a career-high 37 wins during the season and was third in the league with a 1.98 goals-against average, but has allowed eight goals against the Avalanche. Granted, his teammates haven't helped by giving Colorado 14 power plays _ three goals _ but he's going to need to be better if the Stars are going to send the series back to Denver next week.

``Personally, regardless of the goals, the amount of them, I just (want to) give my team a chance,'' Turco said. ``I've been trying to do that, so it doesn't really matter what has happened. It's what is going to happen that matters the most for us.''

But for the Stars to get their scorers going it again, they'll have to find a way to create more space through the neutral zone.

The Stars' top two lines are at their best when they can generate speed across their opponent's blue line, but the Avalanche have been superb at standing the Stars up in the neutral zone and forcing them to dump pucks into the corners.

``It's just trying to eliminate their space and time in the neutral zone and not let them wind up with some speed _ just executing defensive play in the neutral zone,'' Boughner said. ``I think the guys that are assigned to that job, are doing a heck of job. It's everybody coming together and doing the little things.''

scoring summary
1st Period
08:33
DAL
PPG - Mike Modano (1) ASST: Pierre Turgeon (1), Valeri Bure (1)
1 - 0 DAL
09:36
COL
PPG - Joe Sakic (2) ASST: Peter Forsberg (1), Milan Hejduk (1)
1 - 1 Tie
19:57
COL
PPG - Alex Tanguay (2) ASST: Rob Blake (2), Joe Sakic (1)
2 - 1 COL
2nd Period
06:48
COL
Peter Forsberg (2) ASST: Alex Tanguay (1), Milan Hejduk (2)
3 - 1 COL
13:42
COL
SHG - Dan Hinote (1) ASST: Andrei Nikolishin (1)
4 - 1 COL
17:19
DAL
Chris Therien (1) ASST: Jason Arnott (1), Brenden Morrow (1)
4 - 2 COL
3rd Period
03:01
COL
PPG - Steve Konowalchuk (1) ASST: Rob Blake (3), Marek Svatos (2)
5 - 2 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
05:15
DAL
Pierre Turgeon  Tripping against  Marek Svatos
07:12
COL
Steve Konowalchuk  Hi-sticking against  Don Sweeney
09:01
DAL
Philippe Boucher  Roughing against  Peter Forsberg
17:16
COL
Marek Svatos  Interference on goalkeeper against  Marty Turco
19:27
DAL
Steve Ott  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
00:54
COL
Alex Tanguay  Hooking - Obstruction against  Stu Barnes
07:07
COL
Chris Gratton  Hooking - Obstruction against  Mike Modano
09:17
DAL
Richard Matvichuk  Hooking against  Chris Gratton
11:56
COL
Matthew Barnaby  Slashing against  Chris Therien
14:02
COL
Ossi Vaananen  Hi-sticking against  Shayne Corson
3rd Period
01:09
DAL
Bill Guerin  Elbowing against  Dan Hinote
07:00
DAL
Brenden Morrow  Slashing against  Steve Konowalchuk
11:50
COL
Riku Hahl  Holding the stick
17:20
DAL
Richard Matvichuk  Hi-sticking against  Riku Hahl
18:53
DAL
Don Sweeney  Hi-sticking against  Riku Hahl
19:51
COL
Matthew Barnaby  Slashing against  Richard Matvichuk
19:51
DAL
Shayne Corson  Roughing against  Matthew Barnaby
19:51
DAL
Shayne Corson  Game misconduct
19:51
DAL
Richard Matvichuk  Slashing against  Matthew Barnaby
goalie stats
Marty Turco
Marty Turco
SA: 27TOI: 59:46
Saves: 22EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 9
SV%: .815SH: 2 - 3
David Aebischer
SA: 21TOI: 59:55
Saves: 19EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .905SH: 1 - 1
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