Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Avalanche points streak snapped at 19 games in home loss to Dallas Stars

Avalanche points streak snapped at 19 games in home loss to Dallas Stars

Avalanche Points Streak Snapped At 19 Games In Home Loss To Dallas Stars

A blazing hot Avalanche team was finally cooled off with its first regulation loss in almost two months.

The Dallas Stars rolled to a 4-1 victory Tuesday at Ball Arena to end Colorado’s franchise-record points streak at 19 games. The Avs went 17-0-2 over that span.

Pavel Francouz started in net against Dallas to rest starting goalie Darcy Kuemper ahead of a quick turnaround Wednesday at the Vegas Golden Knights. Colorado entered Tuesday’s game with 17 consecutive penalty kills but gave up two power-play goals to Stars center Joe Pavelski. Nathan MacKinnon scored the Avs’ lone goal with Jake Oettinger in net for Dallas.

The Avalanche (34-9-4) dominated to begin the game with suffocating puck possession. The Stars were held without a shot on goal until nine minutes left in the first period. But momentum shifted when a Nazem Kadri delay of game penalty gave Dallas a power-play chance. Francouz got beat backdoor by Pavelski to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.

The teams exchanged goals early in the second period. A missed defensive assignment in the Avalanche defensive zone left Stars winger Jason Robertson all alone for an easy one-timer past Francouz. Then, less than a minute later, MacKinnon put Colorado on the scoreboard with his first goal since returning from a broken nose and concussion. MacKinnon improved to 10 goals scored on the season.

But the newfound energy in Ball Arena wouldn’t last. A Colorado penalty for too many men on the ice resulted in yet another Pavelski power play goal for a 3-1 deficit after two periods.

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