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Stars 3, Avalanche 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Stars 3, Avalanche 1
Dallas Stars 3, Colorado Avalanche 1
Three Stars of the Game
Andrew Raycroft
1st
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 28-29
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: .972SH: 4-4
Semyon Varlamov
2nd
SA: 34TOI: 59:06
GA: 2EV: 29-31
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: .941SH: 2-2
Michael Ryder
3rd
Michael Ryder
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 16:41

DENVER (AP) - Andrew Raycroft stopped 35 shots for his first win in nearly a year, and the Dallas Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Monday night.

Raycroft (1-5) hadn't won since beating Minnesota on Jan. 9. He made his first start since taking over for Kari Lehtonen, who was placed on the injured list on Sunday after he hurt his right knee against Phoenix.

Michael Ryder scored two goals, and Eric Nystrom added his eighth of the season for the Stars.

Kevin Porter spoiled Raycroft's shutout bid with his first this season, but Colorado fell to 4-9 at home.

The Avalanche entered with the NHL's second-best power play, but went 0 for 3. Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves.

The Avalanche had a 11-8 shot advantage in the first period, but Dallas led 1-0 at the intermission on Nystrom's rebound goal.

Vernon Fiddler sent a slap shot from the slot after an Avalanche turnover. Varlamov made a stick save, but Nystrom crashed the net for the loose puck and easily scored at 15:56.

Daniel Winnik nearly scored the first short-handed goal against Dallas this season. Winnik broke in on Raycroft, but was slashed by defenseman Sheldon Souray before he was got off a shot at 3:49.

Raycroft was tested in the second period. He survived a flurry midway through when Paul Stastny missed an open net.

Moments later he stopped a shot from in close by Ryan O'Reilly, who swiped at the puck from his knees.

Ryder beat Varlamov glove side at 14:36 of the third period. Porter scored at 16:24, but Ryder sealed it with an empty-net goal with 27.7 seconds left.

NOTES: Raycroft played for the Avalanche in the 2008-09 season. ... Dallas' top prospect Jamie Oleksiak was selected to Canada's National Junior team. ... The Stars played the second of a seven of nine stretch on the road. ... Dallas' power play is 0 for 20 in the past eight games. ... The Avalanche haven't won consecutive home games this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
15:56
DAL
Eric Nystrom (8) ASST: Vernon Fiddler (6), Stephane Robidas (5)
1 - 0 DAL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
14:36
DAL
Michael Ryder (8) ASST: Loui Eriksson (11), Philip Larsen (2)
2 - 0 DAL
16:24
COL
Kevin Porter (1) ASST: David Jones (7), Stefan Elliott (1)
2 - 1 DAL
19:32
DAL
EN - Michael Ryder (9) ASST: Loui Eriksson (12), Adam Pardy (1)
3 - 1 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:49
DAL
Krys Barch  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
02:49
COL
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Krys Barch
02:49
COL
Cody McLeod  Instigator against  Krys Barch
02:49
COL
Cody McLeod  Misconduct (10 min)
03:49
DAL
Sheldon Souray  Slashing against  Daniel Winnik
11:30
DAL
Tom Wandell  Hooking against  Daniel Winnik
13:49
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Cross checking against  Jamie Benn
2nd Period
03:45
DAL
Michael Ryder  Holding against  Jan Hejda
05:33
COL
Ryan Wilson  Tripping against  Radek Dvorak
3rd Period
08:10
COL
Ryan O'Reilly  Boarding against  Steve Ott
goalie stats
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .972SH: 4 - 4
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 34TOI: 59:06
Saves: 32EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .941SH: 2 - 2
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