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Sydor nets OT winner to complete Stars rally over Avs

DENVER (AP) -- Dallas Stars defenseman Darryl Sydor slashed Milan
Hejduk's stick in frustration, breaking it in two as the third
period ended with the game tied.

A boneheaded blunder? A big-time break, actually.

Sydor came out of the penalty box to take a pass from goaltender
Marty Turco and scored the winning goal at 2:07 of overtime
Wednesday night, giving the Stars a 3-2 win over the Colorado
Avalanche.

Turco stopped several power-play shots from the Avalanche, the
last one by Marek Svatos, before swatting the puck to Sydor as he
streaked to center ice. Sydor took the puck in stride and beat Jose
Theodore over his right shoulder.

"That's every goalie's dream, sending a pass right up the
middle for a score," Turco said. "I don't plan on scoring any
goals or helping out on the offense too often, but that was great
in a situation like that where emotions are running high in the
third and overtime. Coming off another penalty, and just seeing
Darryl coming out of the box and a quick, bang-bang play, that was
a pleasant surprise."

And it stunned many in the crowd at the Pepsi Center -- and maybe
some of the Avalanche -- because the 2-minute penalty clock
inadvertently didn't start ticking for almost 30 seconds.

Turco certainly wasn't among the astonished to see a wide-open
Sydor streaking to center ice.

"We weren't aware of it," Turco said of the penalty clock
malfunction. "Guys do a lot of chatter on the ice, a lot of things
that signal a guy coming out. I didn't know the clock was wrong.
I'm glad we didn't look at it. We had enough things to worry about
with the 4-on-3 with those guys out on the ice for them."

Sydor called it sweet satisfaction after sweating out the
penalty.

"I was just praying we didn't give up a goal. You don't want to
take a penalty, especially in overtime," he said. "Mine was a
dumb penalty. With these sticks, if you slash they are going to
call it. A lot of sticks were up tonight. There was a lot of
hooking.

"Once I saw Marty get it and set himself up to pass it, I had a
feeling he was going to go up the middle with it," Sydor said.
"He saw me and he knew what he was doing. Once I got it I had no
idea what I was doing except to skate down and shoot."

Dallas coach Dave Tippett also sweated out Sydor's penalty,
flabbergasted over the clock malfunction.

"It's amazing how you can have a clock not working in
overtime," Tippett said. "Did you see that? A clock not working
on a penalty time in overtime, now that seems a little wow. I'm
looking up there and suddenly Syd is coming out of the box and he
scores and that was that. We got a break there.

"It's frustrating when you see things like that happen. It was
easy to figure out the penalty time because it was five minutes to
three [on the game clock], but when the [penalty] clock is not
jiving with that, you look at that clock and you think about when
the guy is coming out of the box and a lot of things in play
there."

The Stars' 7-0-3 mark since 1995 is the fourth-longest unbeaten
opening-night streak in NHL history. Colorado still owns the NHL's
best opening-night record at 15-6-6.

The Stars, who set an NHL record last season by winning 12 times
when trailing after two periods, were down 2-0 entering the third
period and tied it in the third on goals 28 seconds apart by Mike
Modano and Loui Eriksson, then overcame the Avs' power play to beat
the team that knocked them out of the playoffs five months ago.

Rookie forward Wojtek Wolski scored one of the Avs' two
power-play goals in the first period, 46 seconds after Colorado
captain Joe Sakic scored on a pass from Hejduk across the crease
during a 5-on-3 advantage.

Modano, who relinquished his captainship to Brenden Morrow this
season, scored from the left circle off a pass from Lindros at 1:28
of the third period, and Eriksson tied it at 2 when he took Stu
Barnes' pass from behind the net at 1:56 and flipped it past
Theodore.

"The first two periods we played really well," Sakic said. "I
think the difference was Marty."

Tippett won't argue with that.

"I thought Marty Turco gave us a chance to win and held us in
the game," he said. "That was all that we said after the second
period, was, Marty has given us a chance, let's see if we can go
steal one."

Game notes
The Avs lost their first home opener (5-1-1) since moving
to the Pepsi Center. ... Avs coach Joel Quenneville fell to 0-7-2
in season openers.