The Dallas Stars kicked off their longest home stand of the season with a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche Saturday night.
Five different players scored for the Stars as they exacted some revenge after losing 4-3 on a late goal in Denver Thursday night. This time, they jumped out on top quickly and held off the Avalanche. Derek Roy scored a goal 34 seconds into the first period. Eric Nystrom scored 58 seconds into the second period, and Cody Eakin scored nearly four minutes later.
Roy scored on the Stars’ first shot of the game after Loui Eriksson dished the puck over to lead Roy into the zone. He wristed the puck past Ryan O’Byrne and over Semyon Varlamov.
Halfway through the first period, Jordie Benn scored his first NHL goal on a Stars power play. He made two good plays along the blue line to keep the puck in the zone. After a few passes, Alex Goligoski made a pass along the blue line to Roy, who sent a slap shot on net. The rebound bounced out in front of the goal and Jordie Benn backhanded the puck into the net.
Jamie Benn jammed a shot on net from in tight and Nystrom crashed the goal and buried the rebound. The same combination helped Eakin put the Stars up 4-0 a few minutes later.
Nystrom and Benn went in aggressively on a forecheck and forced a turned over behind the Colorado goal. Benn tried a backhanded wraparound attempt, but the puck slipped out between the circles. Eakin skated in and wristed the puck past Varlamov with 15:22 left in the second period. Varlamov was immediately replaced by Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Colorado went on the power play with less than two minutes remaining in the second period and broke the shutout bid. A shot from the point hit a crowd in the slot and the puck went to Ryan O’Reilly along the left wing boards. Kari Lehtonen atincipated a shot from O’Reilly and dropped to make the save, but O’Reilly sent a cross-ice pass to P.A. Parenteau instead. Parenteau put the puck into the gaping net as Lehtonen attempted scramble back into position.
Paul Stastny scored on a wrist shot from the right circle to make the score 4-2 with 18:23 left in the third period. Jaromir Jagr scored the final goal of the game on a wraparound nearly five minutes later. His wraparound shot bounced off of Stefan Elliott in front and went in between Giguere’s leg for the goal.
The Stars continue the 5-game home stand when they host the Minnesota Wild Monday night.