Dallas
Stars
50-25-7
Colorado
Avalanche
44-31-7
OT
33 SOG
38 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
DAL
COL
game recap

Stars 3, Avalanche 2, OT

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:17 AM

Associated Press

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Stars 3, Avalanche 2, OT
Dallas Stars 3, Colorado Avalanche 2

DENVER (AP) -Dallas Stars defenseman Darryl Sydor slashed Milan Hejduk's stick in frustration, breaking it in two as the third period ended with the game tied.

A boneheaded blunder? A big-time break, actually.

Sydor came out of the penalty box to take a pass from goaltender Marty Turco and scored the winning goal at 2:07 of overtime Wednesday night, giving the Stars a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Turco stopped several power-play shots from the Avalanche, the last one by Marek Svatos, before swatting the puck to Sydor as he streaked to center ice. Sydor took the puck in stride and beat Jose Theodore over his right shoulder.

"That's every goalie's dream, sending a pass right up the middle for a score," Turco said. "I don't plan on scoring any goals or helping out on the offense too often, but that was great in a situation like that where emotions are running high in the third and overtime. Coming off another penalty, and just seeing Darryl coming out of the box and a quick, bang-bang play, that was a pleasant surprise."

And it stunned many in the crowd at the Pepsi Center - and maybe some of the Avalanche - because the 2-minute penalty clock inadvertently didn't start ticking for almost 30 seconds.

Turco certainly wasn't among the astonished to see a wide-open Sydor streaking to center ice.

"We weren't aware of it," Turco said of the penalty clock malfunction. "Guys do a lot of chatter on the ice, a lot of things that signal a guy coming out. I didn't know the clock was wrong. I'm glad we didn't look at it! We had enough things to worry about with the 4-on-3 with those guys out on the ice for them."

Sydor called it sweet satisfaction after sweating out the penalty.

"I was just praying we didn't give up a goal. You don't want to take a penalty, especially in overtime," he said. "Mine was a dumb penalty. With these sticks, if you slash they are going to call it. A lot of sticks were up tonight. There was a lot of hooking.

"Once I saw Marty get it and set himself up to pass it, I had a feeling he was going to go up the middle with it," Sydor said. "He saw me and he knew what he was doing. Once I got it I had no idea what I was doing except to skate down and shoot."

Dallas coach Dave Tippett also sweated out Sydor's penalty, flabbergasted over the clock malfunction.

"It's amazing how you can have a clock not working in overtime," Tippett said. "Did you see that? A clock not working on a penalty time in overtime, now that seems a little wow. I'm looking up there and suddenly Syd is coming out of the box and he scores and that was that. We got a break there.

"It's frustrating when you see things like that happen. It was easy to figure out the penalty time because it was five minutes to three (on the game clock), but when the (penalty) clock is not jibing with that, you look at that clock and you think about when the guy is coming out of the box and a lot of things in play there."

The Stars' 7-0-3 mark since 1995 is the fourth-longest unbeaten opening-night streak in NHL history. Colorado still owns the NHL's best opening-night record at 15-6-6.

The Stars, who set an NHL record last season by winning 12 times when trailing after two periods, were down 2-0 entering the third period and tied it in the third on goals 28 seconds apart by Mike Modano and Loui Eriksson, then overcame the Avs' power play to beat the team that knocked them out of the playoffs five months ago.

Rookie forward Wojtek Wolski scored one of the Avs' two power-play goals in the first period, 46 seconds after Colorado captain Joe Sakic scored on a pass from Hejduk across the crease during a 5-on-3 advantage.

Modano, who relinquished his captainship to Brenden Morrow this season, scored from the left circle off a pass from Lindros at 1:28 of the third period, and Eriksson tied it at 2 when he took Stu Barnes' pass from behind the net at 1:56 and flipped it past Theodore.

"The first two periods we played really well," Sakic said. "I think the difference was Marty."

Tippett won't argue with that.

"I thought Marty Turco gave us a chance to win and held us in the game," he said. "That was all that we said after the second period, was, Marty has given us a chance, let's see if we can go steal one."

Notes: The Avs lost their first home opener (5-1-1) since moving to the Pepsi Center. ... Avs coach Joel Quenneville fell to 0-7-2 in season openers.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:54
COL
PPG - Joe Sakic (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Milan Hejduk (1), John-Michael Liles (1)
1 - 0 COL
12:40
COL
PPG - Wojtek Wolski (1) Snap shot - ASST: Marek Svatos (1), John-Michael Liles (2)
2 - 0 COL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
01:28
DAL
Mike Modano (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Lindros (1), Darryl Sydor (1)
2 - 1 COL
01:56
DAL
Loui Eriksson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Stu Barnes (1), Stephane Robidas (1)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
02:07
DAL
Darryl Sydor (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Marty Turco (1)
3 - 2 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:32
DAL
Stephane Robidas  Holding against  Paul Stastny
10:56
DAL
Jeff Halpern  Holding against  Brett McLean
11:34
DAL
Philippe Boucher  Cross checking against  Andrew Brunette
16:51
DAL
Jeff Halpern  Hooking against  Ian Laperriere
18:07
DAL
Sergei Zubov  Hooking against  John-Michael Liles
2nd Period
03:43
COL
Ian Laperriere  Roughing against  Matthew Barnaby
03:43
DAL
Matthew Barnaby  Roughing against  Ian Laperriere
05:06
DAL
Stu Barnes  Hooking against  Marek Svatos
05:46
DAL
Matthew Barnaby  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Laperriere
05:46
COL
Ian Laperriere  Fighting (maj) against  Matthew Barnaby
07:18
COL
Paul Stastny  Hooking against  Mike Modano
11:02
DAL
Steve Ott  Interference against  John-Michael Liles
12:57
COL
Brett McLean  Roughing
13:56
DAL
Antti Miettinen  Holding against  Brett Clark
17:13
COL
Brett McLean  Holding against  Brenden Morrow
3rd Period
15:17
COL
Marek Svatos  Hooking against  Stephane Robidas
20:00
DAL
Darryl Sydor  Slashing against  Milan Hejduk
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Marty Turco
SA: 38TOI: 62:07
Saves: 36EV: 15 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 20 - 22
SV%: .947SH: 1 - 1
Jose Theodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 33TOI: 61:59
Saves: 30EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1
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