Svatos scored on a power-play rebound with 1:57 left to give the
Avalanche a 3-2 victory over the Stars on Saturday night.
Svatos scored off a scramble in front of the net with 2:09
remaining on a 7-minute power play resulting from Arnott's reaction
to a hit by Colorado's Dan Hinote.
Arnott was bleeding heavily from a cut to the head after he was
checked by Hinote with 6:48 remaining. Arnott's head struck the
divider on the plexiglass, causing a gash over his left eye that
required multiple stitches.
Arnott, who thought he'd been hit by a high stick, and teammate
Bill Guerin retaliated, resulting in a brawl. Minor penalties were
assessed to Arnott and Guerin, and Arnott also received a game
misconduct for instigation to give the Avalanche the 7-minute power
Colorado's Ian Laperriere got a game misconduct for being the
third man in the fight as well as a roughing minor.
"The hit felt up high and that's why I lost my cool," Arnott
said. "I didn't think I'd get all those penalties, but I feel
pretty bad about it."
Stars coach Dave Tippett said postgame replays showed Hinote's
check was clean.
"It was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit and Jason's head caught the
partition," Tippett said. "Our job is winning and taking every
opportunity to put ourselves in a position to win. (Arnott's
reaction) wouldn't be classified as giving us an opportunity to
Said Hinote: "I made the hit, turned around and it was chaos. I
still don't know what happened."
Sakic's goal at 19:33 of the second period broke a 1-all tie.
Sakic has 543 career goals, one short of tying Maurice Richard for
Morrow tied it at 2 at 11:43 of the third period, converting
from in front of the net after a feed from Guerin.
With a scoreless first period, Dallas was off to a far better
defensive start than in Wednesday night's opener when the Stars
trailed the Los Angeles Kings after one period, 4-0. The Stars
rallied for a 5-4 victory in that game.
Colorado had a man advantage when Lehtinen scored on a bouncing
shot taken from just inside the blue line at 52 seconds of the
second period to give Dallas a 1-0 edge.
"The guys battled back for me after the short-handed goal,"
Budaj said. "I could have had that one."
The Avalanche tied it at 1 on the power play when Turgeon, a
former Star, converted a goal-mouth pass from John-Michael Liles at
12:24 of the second period. Sakic also assisted on the goal.<
^Notes@: RW Milan Hejduk is out for Colorado with a right knee
injury. Hejduk underwent surgery on Sept. 20 and there is no
timetable for his return. ... D Jon Klemm missed the game for the
Stars due to back spasms. Klemm hasn't played or practiced since
Wednesday. ... Lehtinen has seven career short-handed goals.
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Arena: American Airlines Center Location: Dallas, Texas
Referees: Don Koharski, Wes McCauley Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Dan Schachte
Attendance: 18,532 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Jere Lehtinen (1)
(Shorthanded) Assists: Trevor Daley, Philippe Boucher
Pierre Turgeon (1)
(Power Play) Assists: John-Michael Liles, Joe Sakic
Joe Sakic (1)
Assists: Andrew Brunette, Karlis Skrastins
Brenden Morrow (1)
Assists: Bill Guerin, Jason Arnott
Marek Svatos (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Steve Konowalchuk, Pierre Turgeon