DALLAS (AP) — Maxime Talbot scored the winner in the 11th round of the shootout after Tyson Barrie tied it in the final minute of regulation, and the Colorado Avalanche rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Tuesday night.
The Avalanche were down 2-0 in the third period in a matchup of teams that started the night tied with 53 points apiece in the Central Division and trying to climb into the playoff picture after slow starts.
Colorado matched a season low with 16 shots in regulation, but the last one was Barrie’s one-timer from just inside the blue line with 19 seconds remaining. Ryan O’Reilly got the Avalanche within a goal 6:12 into the third.
Patrick Eaves scored on Dallas’ suddenly potent power play, and Erik Cole added a goal late in the second period.
The Avalanche had just eight shots through two periods but turned up the pressure on Kari Lehtonen in the third, particularly after pulling goalie Semyon Varmalov in the final 2 minutes.
Colorado had several chances close to the net before Gabriel Landeskog ended up with the puck on the right circle and fed a pass to Barrie, who beat Lehtonen between the pads with 19 seconds remaining.
O’Reilly gave the Avs a chance to get even when he had an open net to Lehtonen’s right on a shot by Brad Stuart that caromed off the boards behind the goal earlier in the third period.
Nathan MacKinnon and Dallas’ Tyler Seguin scored on consecutive shots early in the shootout before 11 straight misses. After goals were scored on four straight shots, a streak of three misses ended with Talbot’s winner.
Varlamov saved 30 of 32 shots after getting his fourth shutout of the season in Colorado’s previous game against Nashville.
Lehtonen had 22 saves after surviving a nine-shot barrage in overtime by the Avs, including two in the final 10 seconds from Barrie.
Eaves gave the Stars their seventh goal on the power play in the past three games when he scored on a pass from Jamie Benn 20 seconds after John Mitchell was called for hooking early in the first period.
Dallas had just 26 power-play goals through the first 47 games, languishing near the bottom of the NHL. The Stars had four in a 5-2 win at Winnipeg in the previous game.
Cole, back after missing three games with an upper-body injury, gave Dallas a sudden jolt near the end of a quiet second period. His 13th goal came after a pass from Nate Guenin deep in Colorado’s defensive end deflected off the skate of Ales Hemsky, who gathered the puck and flipped a backhand pass to Cole in the high slot.
NOTES: Stars D Jordie Benn played without his bushy beard for the first time since last season after losing a Super Bowl bet to Seguin, the former Boston player who is a Patriots fan. Benn is a Seahawks fan from western Canada. … O’Reilly leads the NHL with 61 takeaways after topping the league in that category with 83 last season. … Stars D John Klingberg was named rookie of the month for January after getting 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 13 games. … The Stars sent G Anders Lindback to AHL affiliate Texas for a conditioning assignment and called up Jussi Rynnas to replace him. … Both teams are at home Thursday, Colorado against Detroit and Dallas against Tampa Bay.
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