Avalanche 4, Stars 1
1. Jonathan Bernier, Avalanche – Some huge third period saves
2. Alex Kerfoot, Avalanche – One goal, one assist, several good chances
3. Jamie Benn, Stars – Goal, five shots on goal, 10-1 on faceoffs
With time running down in the second period, Colorado’s Tyson Jost took a pass from Alex Kerfoot and appeared to have a wide open net. However, Stars goalie Ben Bishop stuck out his left skate and made the save. Less than a minute later, Antoine Roussel had a breakaway and drew a penalty that allowed Dallas to start the third period on the power play.
You ever worry that officials are afraid to call penalties because they know teams can go to replay. Ben Bishop was knocked down by Colorado’s Blake Comeau behind the net in the second period, and the Avalanche scored into an open net. Officials let the goal stand, the Stars challenged for goaltender interference, and Toronto overturned the goal. Should the officials have simply got it right in the first place?
What does it mean?
It means the Western Conference wildcard race is a lot tighter. Dallas is 24-17-3 (51 points) and slips into the second wildcard spot behind Minnesota at 24-17-4 (52points). Meanwhile, Chicago is 22-16-6 (50 points) and Colorado is 23-16-3 (49 points). That’s a tough place to be with a four-game road trip starting Monday.
Avalanche: Alex Kerfoot outraced John Klingberg up the left wing, and then sort of swept in a shot while falling down. It was his 11th goal of the season at 14:09 of the first period. Avalanche 1, Stars 0.
Stars: After John Klingberg put a shot on goal, Jamie Benn cleaned up the rebound for his 18th goal of the season at 15:43 of the second period. Stars 1, Avalanche 1.
Avalanche: Nathan MacKinnon broke down the left wing and fired a shot through a defenseman that trickled between the pads of Ben Bishop at 6:33 of the third period. Avalanche 2, Stars 1.
Avalanche: Blake Comeau flew in on the left wing and snapped a shot in for his eighth goal of the season with 1:40 left in the third period. Avalanche 3, Stars 1.
Avalanche: Mark Barbeirio scored an empty net, shorthanded goal from distance for his third goal of the season. Avalanche 4, Stars 1.