Same with coach Jared Bednar - a gut-check win in his debut on the bench.
It was a memorable night for the new guys.
Colborne had his first NHL hat trick, Colorado withstood a 6-on-4 opportunity over final 46 seconds and the Avalanche held off the
''That was a fun game. It was an exciting game. I really liked it,'' Bednar said. ''I enjoyed being on the bench.''
Trailing 2-0 early, Colborne came to the rescue as he scored three of Colorado's next five goals to build a 5-2 lead.
Bednar took over for Patrick Roy after the Hall of Fame goaltender-turned-coach surprisingly stepped away two months ago.
''I liked (Colborne) around the net. He was hungry around the net,'' Bednar said. ''He was getting sticks on pucks. He was fighting to the front of the net. That's part of his M.O., part of what made him successful in years past.''
Dallas pulled starter
Barrie scored a goal that bounced off the skate of
''We didn't do enough to win the hockey game and didn't deserve to win,'' Benn said. ''When you play like that, it doesn't matter if you scored five and give up six, it's unacceptable.''
Stars coach Lindy Ruff felt the same way.
''We're a better team than that,'' Ruff said. ''We have some defensemen trying to find their way. We gave up some tough opportunities in the second period.''
The Avalanche certainly had ample opportunities to gain some separation in the third period. A shot by
Colborne signed with the Avalanche as a free agent in July after a 19-goal, 25-assist season with Calgary. He's a fan-favorite given that he played collegiately down the road at the University of Denver.
''We got a big win against a tough opponent,'' Colborne said. ''There were some nerves at the start.''
Bednar was a career minor leaguer - as a defenseman and then as a coach - before being hired by Colorado on Aug. 25. The 44-year-old led the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League to the Calder Cup last season.
His style may be even more up-tempo than the version Roy implemented. Colorado outshot Dallas 33-28.
''I liked the way we played offensively. I thought we were skating and on our toes and creating chances,'' Bednar said. ''We have to get better defensively.''
The Avalanche haven't garnered much early respect with a majority of prognosticators predicting they'll finish outside of the playoff picture.
''People can say what they want,'' said
NOTES: Shore scored his first NHL goal. ... Stars D
Stars: At Nashville on Tuesday.
Avalanche: At Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh on Monday.