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Avalanche 2, Stars 1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:39 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 2, Stars 1
Dallas Stars 1, Colorado Avalanche 2

DENVER (AP) - Paul Stastny scored two goals and Peter Budaj made 20 saves in the Colorado Avalanche's 2-1 preseason victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

The Avalanche were on the power play when Stastny netted his first goal at 11:50 of the first period. Brandon Yip came around from behind the net and fired a shot that goalie Andrew Raycroft blocked but couldn't control. The rebound came back out to Yip, who pushed the puck back toward the net. There was another rebound that Stastny got to and knocked past Raycroft.

It was the first goal of the preseason for Stastny, who had 20 goals and 79 points last season.

Stastny scored again at 16:51 of the second.

James Neal cut Dallas' deficit to 2-1 with 4:35 remaining.

Budaj, the backup to Craig Anderson, was solid throughout. He turned away several solid scoring opportunities that the Stars produced in the first period.

The Stars finally broke through with James' late power-play goal. Dallas had another power play in the closing minutes and pulled Raycroft with about 90 seconds remaining for an extra attacker. Budaj stopped Dallas' best opportunity in the final moments with a stick save of Adam Burish's slap shot from the point.

The Avalanche (2-3) and the Stars (2-2) will meet in another exhibition game Thursday in Dallas.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:50
COL
PPG - Paul Stastny (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Brandon Yip (1), Matt Duchene (1)
1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
16:51
COL
Paul Stastny (2) Tip-in - ASST: Adam Foote (1), Brandon Yip (2)
2 - 0 COL
3rd Period
15:35
DAL
PPG - James Neal (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Severin Blindenbacher (1), Loui Eriksson (1)
2 - 1 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
08:05
COL
Kyle Quincey  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Steve Ott
11:44
DAL
Aaron Gagnon  Holding the stick  - 2 min against  Paul Stastny
18:17
COL
Patrick Bordeleau  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Brandon Segal
18:17
DAL
Brandon Segal  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Patrick Bordeleau
2nd Period
08:04
DAL
Krys Barch  Roughing  - 2 min against  Mark Olver
10:29
DAL
Krys Barch  Slashing  - 2 min against  TJ Galiardi
19:23
DAL
Loui Eriksson  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  TJ Galiardi
3rd Period
04:29
DAL
Loui Eriksson  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Paul Stastny
06:24
COL
John-Michael Liles  Slashing  - 2 min against  James Neal
13:01
DAL
Matt Niskanen  Boarding  - 2 min against  Mark Olver
14:55
COL
Kyle Quincey  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Brad Richards
15:35
COL
Adam Foote  Hooking  - 2 min against  James Neal
goalie stats
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 27TOI: 58:41
GA: 2SV%: .926
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 21TOI: 59:48
GA: 1SV%: .952
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