Five Different Goalscorers and Three PPG’s from the Stars lift Dallas to a 3-1 Series Lead.





Dallas Stars


Anton Khudobin

4.00 / .892

Colorado Avalanche


Pavel Francouz

6.38 / .808

TDLR: Despite two Colorado goals from Nichushkin, five different goal-scorers and three power play goals for Dallas hold off a late push by the Avalanche to take a 3-1 series lead. Game 5 is set for tomorrow, Monday August 31 at 9:45pm EST.

With Game 4 having originally been scheduled for Friday, but being cancelled out of observance, recognition, and respect for the murder of Jacob Blake and the Black Lives Matter movement, the reschedule date moved to the original date of Game 5. Dallas led two games to one with the Avalanche taking the most recent win as a 6-4 defeat.

Just past puck drop it was evident that Game 4 would be a physical display of dominance. The Stars came out heavy, and the Aves answered right back. Jason Dickinson nearly made it 1-0 Stars, but ran out of real-estate in front of Colorado’s net. But moments later, the Avalanche earned the first power play of the evening as Corey Perry went off for goaltender interference just two minutes and 36 seconds into the first. The Aves were 2-for-12 heading into tonight’s game. Dallas’ penalty kill made it 2-for-13. Neither team had registered a shot on goal at the six-minute mark, but John Klingberg’s first shot on goal for Dallas ended up behind Francouz to give the Stars a 1-0 lead 18 seconds later.

The Stars then received their first power play as Vladislav Namestnikov and Nazem Kadri went off for roughing. On a second chance poke, Radek Faksa made it 2-0 Stars with his 3rd of the post-season.

Dallas’s 2nd goal was their 7th shot on goal, and to this point, the Avalanche still hasn’t registered a shot on goal. Nazem Kadri was then called for high-sticking and so the Stars went back on the power play. Jamie Benn made it 3-0 on the Stars’ 2nd power play with his 4th of the playoffs.

The Avalanche then got an opportunity to cut into the Stars lead as Jason Dickinson went off for interference. Luckily for Dallas, and unluckily for Colorado, the Stars held off the Aves and still didn’t allow a shot on goal against. The Avalanche registered their first shot on goal with 1:34 remaining in the first period. With 17 seconds remaining, Khudobin was forced to make a point-blank stop to keep his team ahead.

Shots on goal were 6 to 10 to start the second period, but it was Dallas that led 3-0. Tyler Seguin and Sam Girard became involved behind the net after the play was whistled down, but no penalties were doled out. Dallas went back on the power play as Pierre-Edouard Bellemare went off for tripping at the 2:28 mark of the second. But then Jamie Benn was called for interference so play resumed at 4-on-4 for a little over 90 seconds. Colorado was unable to convert on their abbreviated power play. After dominating play for the entirety of the first period, the Stars fell behind in shots on goal after being held to just four through the first eight minutes of the middle frame. The Aves went back on the penalty kill as Kevin Connauton went off for interference at the 10:32 mark. The Stars power play was 2-for-3 so far. The Aves killed off the penalty, and moments later, Valeri Nichushkin ruined Khudobin’s shutout hopes as he made it 3-1 with his first of the playoffs.

The Stars 5th power play came as Nathan MacKinnon was called for interference against Corey Perry, who was able to skate off on his own. The Aves nearly made it 3-2 as MacKinnon vacated the penalty box. With 36 seconds left, Blake Comeau and Jamie Oleksiak both were called for two-minute minors sending Colorado to a 5-on-3 two-man advantage (hooking, interference). Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar did indeed make it 3-2 with 25 seconds left.

Dallas escaped the second period ahead by just one.

The Avalanche began the third period on the remainder of their power play from the end of the second. The Stars kept the score 3-2, but the momentum definitely had shifted in Colorado’s favor. Tyson Jost went off for tripping at the 5:32 mark of the third and thus the Stars headed to their 6th opportunity with the man-advantage. With two seconds left on the power play, Roope Hintz made it 4-2 with the Stars’ third power play goal of the evening.

Just 32 seconds later, Denis Gurianov made it 5-2 with 11:58 left in the game as Cale Makar failed his defensive coverage. Aves goaltender Pavel Francouz was pulled after allowing five goals on 26 shots and backup Michael Hutchinson came in as relief.

With 8:55 remaining, the Avalanche tried to claw back into the game to tie the series 2-2, and Nichushkin kept his teams’ hopes alive with his 2nd of the game to make it 5-3.

Third period shots on goal were narrowly in favor of the Aves in with 6:34 remaining, as they edged out Dallas 11 to 10. Aves bench boss Jared Bednar elected to pull his goaltender for the extra skater with just under three minutes remaining in hopes of pulling within one of the Stars. With 3.6 seconds left, Vladislav Namestnikov made it 5-4.

Fortunately for Dallas, the Avalanche would fail to score or tie the game and thus would take a 3-1 series lead over Colorado. Anton Khudobin made 33 saves on 37 shots for a .892 save percentage.

TXHT’s Three Takeaways of the Game 1. The Stars need to play a full 60-minutes to remain contenders in the playoffs. A solid 20 isn’t good enough. 2. The Avalanche penalty kill needs to be better with how powerful the Stars power play has been. 3. Bad defensive coverage by Cale Makar leads to a 5th Stars goal. Fail Makar.

Below is the remaining schedule for DAL vs COL:

Monday August 31 @ 9:45pm EST

Wednesday September 2 @ TBD

Friday September 4 @ TBD

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