Game Recap: Dallas Stars vs. Colorado Avalanche | 01/04/2024 

Photo: American Airlines Center

The Dallas Stars hosted the Colorado Avalanche in a Thursday night hockey game. But the Stars lost 5-4 to the Avalanche in overtime at the American Airlines Center. Dallas fell to 22-10-5, while Colorado improved to 25-11-3.

Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev made 28 saves for a road win.

The Stars’ starting lineup featured Miro Heiskanen, Jason Robertson, Joe Pavelski, Roope Hintz, Ryan Suter, and Scott Wedgewood. Wedgewood made 29 saves in a losing effort at home.

The Stars drew first blood on home ice. Evgenii Dadonov completed a snap shot from the circle for a 1-0 lead at 11:57 of the first period. Dadonov’s unassisted goal was his ninth of the season.

But the Stars’ lead was short-lived. The Avalanche quickly answered with a game-tying goal. Nathan MacKinnon tied the game 1-1 at 13:44 of the first. Miles Wood and Jack Johnson collected the assists on MacKinnon’s 21st of the season.

The game was tied 1-1 at the end of the first. Colorado outshot Dallas 11-9 after the opening 20 minutes.

The Stars regained the lead to start the second period. Tyler Seguin fired a wrist shot into the Avalanche’s net to put the Stars up 2-1 at 1:28. Matt Duchene and Mason Marchment collected the assists on Seguin’s 12th of the season.

The Stars took a two-goal lead midway through the second. Joe Pavelski capitalized on the man advantage with a slap shot for a power-play goal and a 3-1 lead at 10:10. Matt Duchene and Miro Heiskanen collected the assists on Pavelski’s 15th of the season.

The Avalanche made it a one-goal game late in the second. Jonathan Drouin capitalized on the man advantage and off a poke shot for a power-play goal to cut the Stars’ lead to 3-2 at 19:48. Devon Toews and Nathan MacKinnon collected the assists on Drouin’s seventh of the season.

The Stars brought a 3-2 lead to the locker room at the end of two periods. Dallas outshot Colorado 23-19 through 40 minutes.

The Stars made it a two-goal game nearly midway through the third period. Tyler Seguin scored on a wrist shot to give the Stars a 4-2 lead at 9:07 of the third. Mason Marchment collected the lone assist on Seguin’s 13th of the season and second of the night.

The Avalanche quickly answered to make it a one-goal game 38 seconds later. Jonathan Drouin tipped in a shot to help the Avalanche to a 4-3 lead at 9:45 of the third. Jack Johnson collected the lone assist on Drouin’s eighth of the season and second of the night.

The Avalanche tied the game late in the third Mikko Rantanen scored off a deflected shot to tie the game 4-4 at 18:51. Logan O’Connor and Cale Makar collected the assists on Rantanen’s 20th of the season.

The game was tied 4-4 at the end of regulation and went to a 3-on-3 overtime. Shots were tied at 31 apiece after a full 60 minutes.

The Avalanche sealed the scoring in overtime. Nathan MacKinnon fired a snap shot into the Stars’ net to lift the Avalanche to a 5-4 win at 3:40. Devon Toews collected the lone assist on MacKinnon’s 22nd of the season and second of the game. Colorado finished with 34 shots to Dallas’ 32 shots.

Three Stars of the Game
1. Jonathan Drouin (2 points: 2 goals)
2. Tyler Seguin (2 points: 2 goals)
3. Nathan MacKinnon (3 points: 2 goals and 1 assist)

Injury Update
The Dallas Stars announced Miro Heiskanen (lower body) was questionable to return.

Jake Oettinger was named to the NHL All-Star Game to represent the Dallas Stars.

Up Next
The Stars conclude the homestand against the Nashville Predators on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Central.

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