Radek Faksa scores twice, Stars beat Avalanche 4-1
DALLAS — Radek Faksa scored two goals off rebounds and the Dallas Stars won for the seventh time in eight games, beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Jason Dickinson scored in the first period and Corey Perry added a goal in the third for Dallas, which never trailed. Ben Bishop made 36 saves.
J.T. Compher scored for the Avalanche, 0-4-1 in their last five games.
Colorado lost replay challenges after the Stars’ first and third goals. The Avalanche contended that there was goalie interference on Dickinson’s goal, and that Faksa’s stick had broken before he scored his second goal. For losing the challenges, the Avalanche received six minutes in penalties.
Dallas came out fast, taking the first 12 shots on goal and a 2-0 lead before Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon shot from the left faceoff circle into Bishop’s pad at 16:23. The shot came during the Avalanche’s second power play.
The Stars’ first goal was all Dickinson. He was relentless in keeping the Avalanche in their own end, took the puck away and scored unassisted on a shot 19 seconds in.
Faksa increased the lead to 2-0 at 5:46. He got his own rebound at the right side of the net and lifted the puck over and off the stick of Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer.
Dallas came away empty on four first-period power plays.
Colorado scored with 36 seconds left in the first, pulling within 2-1. Vladislav Kamenev dropped the puck for Compher high in the right circle, and he sent the puck just under the crossbar.
The Avalanche finished the period with five shots. The Stars had 13.
Faksa scored again at 10:54 of the second period, backhanding a rebound past Grubauer.
NOTES: Dallas D John Klingberg didn’t play in the third period because of a lower-body injury. … LW Roope Hintz (lower body), the Stars’ scoring leader, sat out the game. D Andrej Sekera missed his fourth straight game. Coach Jim Montgomery said Sekera hurt his chest, back, both hips and a knee when he crashed into the boards on Oct. 26. … Dallas LW Blake Comeau played in his 800th career game. … Dickinson’s goal was his first point this season. He had gone without a goal for 14 regular-season games dating to April 2. . Colorado rookie D Cale Makar received his team-leading 11th assist on Compher’s goal. C Nathan MacKinnon also had entered the game with 10 assists. … Colorado had season highs of eight power plays (0 for 8) and seven penalty kills (6 for 7). … The Stars’ seven power plays were a season high. The eight penalty kills tied their season-high eight from Oct. 6 at Detroit. Dallas has had to kill at least five penalties in each of the last three games, allowing only one goal in 18 penalty kills. … Faksa’s two-goal game was his first since March 25 at Winnipeg.
Avalanche: Hosts Nashville on Thursday in the first of two home games.
Stars: At Winnipeg Jets on Sunday, the start of a four-game swing through Western Canada.
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