Game 32. Avs-Stars. Stastny Leads Avs to Astronomical Blowout

Posted: December 17, 2013 in Avs vs. Dallas Stars

Behind Paul Stastny’s four points, and a big second period, Colorado was able to cruise to a 6-2 victory at home over Dallas.
In honor of the lady sitting behind me last night who, in the first period, yelled the first name of every Avs player when they touched the puck, I will be referring to every Avs player by their first name for the opening third of the post.

The game got off to a grim start for Colorado when Cory was called for tripping just 18 seconds into the game. Historically, Dallas has struggled on the powerplay at the Pepsi Center, and again couldn’t net a powerplay goal despite 5 penalties from Colorado.

Nathan tallied the first of the night, and his seventh of the year with an absolute snipe from the left circle. Very similar to the goal he scored against Josh Harding and the Wild earlier in the season, but to the opposite corner. The kid has patience with the puck, and once he can start getting shots off on the rush, is going to be a force.
Paul Stastny
Late in the first Dallas tied it up on Kevin Connauton’s first career NHL goal thanks to Tyler Seguin. The former Bruin circled all the way around the offensive zone, eventually making his way down the right side and throwing a great pass right in front to Connauton for a tap in even Tiger Woods could make.

The powerplay continues to stuggles for the Avs, who couldn’t capitalize on 5 Starts penalties, including a couple of 5 on 3 attempts.

The Avs killed off a early Tyson Barrie high sticking penalty in the second period and never looked back. From the 8:29 mark to the end of the period Colorado netted 4 goals, including a pair from Paul Stastny and Erik Johnson netting his third of the year with just three seconds remaining.

To give Dallas credit, they easily could have called it a night after the second period; they were down 5-1, playing the same team the next night, but they didn’t. They came out and got an early goal from Tyler Seguin. I’m not hearing Seguin’s name for team Canada a whole lot, but with the season’s he’s having he deserves a shot. He was by far the best Stars’ player on the ice last night.

After the Seguin goal, Colorado became much less focused on getting Paul Stastny his hattrick, and became much more focused on winning the game. Dallas made a push, but goaltender Semyon Varlamov and the defensive core did a great job shutting down Dallas. The team is completely different defensively with Jan Hejda in the lineup. For Colorado, they added one final goal coming off Tyson Barrie’s stick, his first of the season. Barrie has a heck of a shot, but defensively couldn’t stop the 6-year-olds who play during the intermissions.

Colorado will wrap up the home and home series in Dallas at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time


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