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Stars 3, Avalanche 2

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:47 PM

Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) -- Loui Eriksson had two goals and an assist, linemate James Neal added a goal and an assist, and the Dallas Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Thursday night in exhibition play.

Alex Auld made 32 saves, and Brad Richards had two assists for Dallas (3-3).

Auld was acquired in an offseason trade with Ottawa to serve as No. 1 Marty Turco's backup. Coach Marc Crawford anticipates that Auld will get between 20-30 starts in an effort to lessen the workload for Turco, who appeared in 74 games and led the NHL in minutes played last season.

After Dallas jumped out to a 3-0 lead midway through the second period, the Avalanche began to claw its way back into the contest. Marek Svatos recorded his first goal of the preseason at 12:58. The winger's power-play tally was assisted by T.J. Hensick and Kyle Quincey.

Colorado got to within a goal on a Scott Hannan marker midway through the third period, but would get no closer.

Peter Budaj allowed three goals on 16 shots for the Avalanche (3-2).
scoring summary
1st Period
12:51
DAL
James Neal (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Stephane Robidas (1), Loui Eriksson (1)
1 - 0 DAL
15:47
DAL
PPG - Loui Eriksson (1) Tip-in - ASST: James Neal (1), Brad Richards (1)
2 - 0 DAL
2nd Period
10:03
DAL
Loui Eriksson (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Richards (2), Karlis Skrastins (1)
3 - 0 DAL
12:58
COL
PPG - Marek Svatos (1) Wrist shot - ASST: TJ Hensick (1), Kyle Quincey (1)
3 - 1 DAL
3rd Period
09:39
COL
Scott Hannan (1) Slapshot - ASST: TJ Galiardi (1), Matt Duchene (1)
3 - 2 DAL
penalty summary
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2nd Period
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