Avs shoot down Stars in OT
DALLAS ” Joe Sakic scored his NHL playoff-record seventh overtime goal Monday night, tipping in a shot at 4:36 of the extra period to give the Colorado Avalanche a 5-4 victory over the Dallas Stars and a 2-0 series lead.
Sakic broke a tie with former Montreal star Maurice “Rocket” Richard for the most overtime goals in the playoffs. It was Sakic’s 79th goal in 12 playoff seasons.
Sakic deflected John-Michael Liles’ slap shot from the point past goalie Marty Turco seconds after Dallas’ Antti Miettinen hit the post at the other end.
Game 3 of the Western Conference series is Wednesday night in Denver.
After blowing a 3-0 first-period lead, Colorado forced overtime when Brett Clark scored a short-handed goal with 2:04 left in the third period. The Avalanche got an odd-man rush and Milan Hejduk got the puck to Clark.
Stars captain Mike Modano, whose goal with 3 seconds left in the second period made it 4-3, had a backhand swipe that goalie Jose Theodore grabbed with about a minute left in regulation.
At the end of the second period, Modano had waited anxiously, looking up at the replay being shown from multiple angles on the huge videoboards above the ice after the puck ricocheted off his skate and into the net.
After a nearly 5-minute review by NHL officials in the arena and Toronto, referee Marc Joannette finally confirmed Modano’s 52nd career playoff goal.
Jere Lehtinen had a pair of ugly goals 1:04 apart ” one that bounced high in the air and over Theodore ” and rookie Jussi Jokinen also scored in the second period.
Rob Blake, Andrew Brunette and Hejduk each had a goal and an assist in the first period for Colorado, which scored the last five goals in its 5-2 victory in Game 1 on Saturday.
Alex Tanguay was called for high-sticking with 1:26 left in the second to set up Modano’s goal. Time was running out in the period when Janne Ninimaa shot the puck that bounced off Theodore’s pad and ricocheted off Modano’s skate.
Jokinen scored 2:41 into the second period.
Lehtinen’s first goal came on a power play with 15:17 left in the second period when he knocked in a loose puck off a Colorado stick.
Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville called timeout to try to calm his team, but it didn’t work. Only 64 seconds later, Lehtinen took a swipe at the puck, which was blocked and popped up in the air. Theodore had no idea where it was until it fell behind him and bounced into the net to tie the game at 3.
Modano’s goal helped make up for his penalty in the first period that got Colorado’s early scoring barrage started.
The Avalanche were on a power play after Modano’s hooking penalty when Blake’s shot from the top of the point made it 1-0 with 12:54 left in the first period.
Turco had just stopped three rapid-fire shots before holding the puck to force a faceoff that Pierre Turgeon won. That set up the quick shot by Blake for his second goal of the series.
Less than 2 minutes later, Turco went to the right side of the net to glove a shot by Hejduk. But the puck fell out of the glove, and Hejduk knocked it back out to Brunette for an easy open shot and a 2-0 lead. That goal also was reviewed.
Colorado also scored on its next shot, going up 3-0 when Sakic was open on the right side and pushed a puck toward the net. It went off a defender’s skate and was poked in by Hejduk with 7:37 left in first period.
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