Dallas at Colorado

    Avalanche 2, Stars 1

    CBSSports.com wire reports

    DENVER -- Paul Stastny scored two goals and Peter Budaj made 20 saves in the Colorado Avalanche's 2-1 preseason victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

    The Avalanche were on the power play when Stastny netted his first goal at 11:50 of the first period. Brandon Yip came around from behind the net and fired a shot that goalie Andrew Raycroft blocked but couldn't control. The rebound came back out to Yip, who pushed the puck back toward the net. There was another rebound that Stastny got to and knocked past Raycroft.

    It was the first goal of the preseason for Stastny, who had 20 goals and 79 points last season.

    Stastny scored again at 16:51 of the second.

    James Neal cut Dallas' deficit to 2-1 with 4:35 remaining.

    Budaj, the backup to Craig Anderson, was solid throughout. He turned away several solid scoring opportunities that the Stars produced in the first period.

    The Stars finally broke through with James' late power-play goal. Dallas had another power play in the closing minutes and pulled Raycroft with about 90 seconds remaining for an extra attacker. Budaj stopped Dallas' best opportunity in the final moments with a stick save of Adam Burish's slap shot from the point.

    The Avalanche (2-3) and the Stars (2-2) will meet in another exhibition game Thursday in Dallas.

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    1st Period
    11:50Power Play - Paul Stastny - Assists: Brandon Yip and Matt Duchene
    2nd Period
    16:51Paul Stastny - Assists: Adam Foote and Brandon Yip
    3rd Period
    15:35Power Play - James Neal - Assists: Severin Blindenbacher and Loui Eriksson
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    1st Period
    8:05Kyle Quincey: high-sticking - minor
    11:44Aaron Gagnon: holding stick - minor
    18:17Brandon Segal: fighting - major
    18:17Patrick Bordeleau: fighting - major
    2nd Period
    8:04Krys Barch: roughing - minor
    10:29Krys Barch: slashing - minor
    19:23Loui Eriksson: high-sticking - minor
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    4:29Loui Eriksson: high-sticking - minor
    6:24John-Michael Liles: slashing - minor
    13:01Matt Niskanen: boarding - minor
    14:55Kyle Quincey: high-sticking - minor
    15:35Adam Foote: hooking - minor
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