DENVER (AP) -- David Aebischer accomplished something Patrick Roy
had trouble with his last few seasons: closing out a playoff
Colorado had lost five straight potential clinching games,
including three consecutive in a first-round loss to Minnesota last
year. Roy was in goal for each one, allowing at least three goals
Aebischer made sure the Avalanche didn't give the Stars any
chances in his first playoff series as Roy's replacement. He
stopped 62 of 65 shots the final two games after giving up four
goals in Game 3 -- Dallas' only win -- and had a 1.83 goals-against
"We have been talking about his confidence and poise all year,
and that is the way to describe him," Avalanche coach Tony Granato
said. "He has been like that all year. He backed it up and played
extremely solid and consistent and very confidently."
He certainly had plenty of help.
Forsberg scored in the second period and had two assists in the
third to extend his playoff point streak to 11 games. Milan Hejduk
scored for the third straight game after ending the season on a
13-game goal-less streak
Rookie Marek Svatos had three assists to give him six points in
the series after playing just four regular-season games.
Even grinding forward Darby Hendrickson got into the act after
managing just two goals during the regular season.
"The mentality of trying to maintain a killer instinct, you
need to have that in the playoffs," Avalanche forward Dan Hinote
said. "We felt we did that."
Dallas got off to a good start for once, but couldn't keep it
The Stars put pressure on Aebischer early and got a goal from
Chris Therien 5:39 in, then went back to the tentative approach
that plagued them throughout the series.
Dallas managed just 22 shots and most of those were from the
perimeter -- just like in the first four games. The Stars finished
the series with 10 goals, and Therien was their top goal scorer
with two after getting just one in the regular season.
"Going into the series, if you'd said that our top goal scorer
was going to be Chris Therien, that would be all you would need to
know," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.
But it wasn't just the offense.
Marty Turco was one of the league's best goalies during the
regular season with 37 wins and a 1.98 goals-against average, but
he was nowhere near that good against the Avalanche. Turco allowed
five goals twice in the series and at least three goals in each
"This is difficult to swallow right now," Turco said. "You
want to make a difference and I did in the series. It just wasn't a
Dallas got the early lead on Therien's goal, then Colorado took
Hendrickson, in the lineup because of Alex Tanguay's bruised leg
from Game 4, scored with 1:03 left in the first period on a rebound
after Turco blocked his wraparound.
Konowalchuk gave Colorado its first lead on a power play 1:41
into the second period on a shot that caromed off Stars defenseman
Philippe Boucher's skate through Turco's legs.
That was a bad break. The next goal, by Forsberg 42 seconds into
the third period, was just a bad play by Turco.
Forsberg weaved his way through Dallas' defense, then flipped a
soft backhander at Turco from a tough angle. Turco appeared to have
the shot stopped underneath him, but the puck squirted into the
goal when he rolled onto his back.
"The puck was sitting on my leg and for whatever reason I
decided to roll over before the whistle went," Turco said. "It
was a backbreaker for us at that point of our season and at that
point of the game."
The game was delayed six minutes in the first period after
Sakic's shot shattered a pane of glass behind Dallas' goal. ...
Colorado scored nine of its 19 goals in the series in the first
period. ... Dallas had won eight straight Game 5s. ... Dallas lost
two games in the series after scoring the first goal. The Stars
were 30-5-5-1 in the regular season after scoring first.