Dallas at Colorado

Stars beat Avalanche again, stay in playoff contention

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DENVER -- The Dallas Stars kept their postseason drive going to the last game.

Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist, Brenden Morrow and Loui Eriksson also scored and the Stars stayed alive in the playoff race with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

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SeedTeamGPPTSROW
1p-Chicago487730
2y-Anaheim486624
3y-Vancouver485921
4x-St. Louis486024
5x-Los Angeles485925
6x-San Jose485717
7x-Detroit485622
8x-Minnesota485522
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9o-Columbus485519
10o-Phoenix485117
11o-Dallas484820
12o-Edmonton484517
13o-Calgary484219
14o-Nashville484114
15o-Colorado483914
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"We keep the dream alive and keep believing we can get in there," Ribeiro said.

Kari Lehtonen had 15 saves for the Stars.

Dallas has 95 points and trails Chicago by two points for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with one game remaining for each team Sunday. The Stars can earn the eighth seed with a regulation or overtime win against Minnesota and a regulation loss by the Blackhawks to Detroit.

"We now have a meaningful game on Sunday," Stars coach Marc Crawford said. "It's going to take every single point we can muster to get into the playoffs. We're anxious to get to Minnesota and play the game."

Dallas has won four straight -- including two over Colorado on consecutive nights.

"We're still going to need somebody to do us a favor, but we've got to take care of our game first," Morrow said.

Brandon Yip had two goals, Jonas Holos two assists and Peter Budaj made 25 saves for the Avalanche, assured of finishing with their lowest point total since moving to Colorado in 1995.

Before the game, Colorado defenseman Adam Foote announced that he will retire at the end of the season. Foote, the captain for the last two seasons, has missed the last 12 games with a leg injury but hopes to play in the season finale Sunday against Edmonton.

"It's going to be exciting, especially with Footie's last game," Yip said.

Foote spent 17 of his 19 seasons with the Quebec/Colorado franchise and was part of Stanley Cup championships in 1996 and 2001. He is the last player on the team to have been a member of the Nordiques.

Ribeiro started the scoring with his 19th goal midway through the first period. Eriksson made it 2-0 when Brad Richards fed him from behind the net, and Eriksson one-timed for his 27th goal of the season.

The Avalanche cut the lead to 2-1 when Yip scored a short-handed goal with 6:52 left in the second period. Colorado had just five shots midway through the second period and tied a season low with 17 shots for the game.

"It was tough for me because I didn't get much work. There was nothing going on in the first period," Lehtonen said. "It's hard to get into the game when there's no shots. I saw a couple in the second and third. The puck was at the other end so much."

The Stars got their two-goal cushion back when Morrow scored his team-leading 32nd goal 40 seconds into the third, but Yip got this second goal of the game and 12th of the season with 15 minutes left to make it 3-2.

Budaj left for an extra attacker with 1:22 left but Colorado couldn't get the equalizer.

"We battled hard at the end, but we just weren't good enough in the third period," Colorado forward David Jones said.

Ribeiro limped off the ice after blocking a shot in the final 30 seconds, but he said he will be ready for Sunday.

"I stayed in the lane, it's a shot that hit me in the right spot," he said. "For sure it's going to be bruised, but if I can walk I can skate."

Dallas forward Steve Ott took a puck to the face in the second period and briefly went to the locker room and put a shield on. He returned and assisted on Morrow's game-winner.

"It's like playoffs," Crawford said. "You look at playoff teams they have scars, cuts and bruises. Our determination and desperation is showing not on the scoreboard and in the win column, it's also showing on our faces."

Notes

  • The teams split the four-game season series.
  • The Stars have not allowed a power-play goal in the last five games.
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Stars' Steve Ott looks to get to a rebound after goalie Peter Budaj loses sight of the puck. (AP)
Stars' Steve Ott looks to get to a rebound after goalie Peter Budaj loses sight of the puck. (AP)

Scoreboard
Dallas  (42-28-11) «1113
Colorado (29-44-8)0112
Three Stars
M. Ribeiro
DAL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
B. Morrow
DAL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
B. Yip
COL


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
10:51 - Mike Ribeiro (19), Tip-In. Assist: Skrastins
2ND PERIOD
06:56 - Loui Eriksson (27), Wrist Shot. Assist: Richards, Benn
13:08Short - Brandon Yip (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Dupuis, Holos
3RD PERIOD
40.0 - Brenden Morrow (32), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ott, Ribeiro
05:00 - Brandon Yip (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: McClement, Holos
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:07Wilson, 2 min, Hooking
14:52Daley, 2 min, Interference
19:15Olver, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
2ND PERIOD
11:40Koci, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
3RD PERIOD
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
DAL119828
COL29617
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Kari Lehtonen60:00152
Peter Budaj58:42253
Game Information
Attendance - 14037
Referees - Paul Devorski, Brad Watson
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Ryan Galloway
 
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