DALLAS (Ticker) -- A three-game road trip has provided the
perfect environment for the Colorado Avalanche to turn things
Coming off victories at Columbus and Minnesota, the Avalanche
can move above the .500 mark by completing a three-game sweep of
the trip Monday against the Dallas Stars.
Prior to the trip, Colorado dropped four consecutive games,
including consecutive one-goal losses at home to the Edmonton
Oilers and the San Jose Sharks. It was the Avalanche's longest
slide in regulation contests since 1998-1999.
However, goaltender Peter Budaj stopped 25 shots for Colorado's
first shutout of the campaign in Friday's 3-0 triumph over the
Blue Jackets. He followed that performance with 28 saves
Saturday in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Wild.
Captain Joe Sakic scored his ninth goal in regulation and netted
the clincher in the shootout, as Colorado handed Minnesota its
first shootout loss in five games this season.
Opening a three-game homestand, Dallas has dropped four of its
last six contests and is in third place in the
highly-competitive Pacific Division.
Patrick Stefan and Jeff Halpern scored in a 46-second span of
the third period and Jussi Jokinen added his fourth of the
season for the Stars in Saturday's 5-4 defeat to the Carolina
Darryl Sydor scored the game-winner in overtime to give Dallas a
3-2 win over Colorado in the season opener on October 4.