After four days off during which they made a trade and their goaltender was arrested on domestic violence charges, the Colorado Avalanche returned to the ice.
Even after four days off, the Avs stayed hot, beating the Dallas Stars 3-2 in their first overtime game of the season.
Paul Stastny scored two goals including the ovetime winner and Gabe Landeskog added another goal to his totals as the Patrick Roy winning trade rolls on.
After the Stars surged back from a 2-0 deficit in the third period, Stastny and the Avs went to OT. After three minutes of back-and-forth action, Tanguay passed to the Avs' center in the high slot who used Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn as a screen on his shot that beat Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen glove side.
Embattled goaltender Semyon Varlamov showed no signs of being distracted by his legal troubles, stopping 27 shots. He stepped up big in the third when the Avalanche defense bent and let up 16 shots in the final frame.
Stastny continues to show a resurgence under Roy, starting to regain his offensive form when he was nearly a point per game. He is facing the opposing team's top line and, thanks to chemistry with Tanguay and Landeskog, is able to bottle the opposition in the defensive zone thanks to superior puck handing and cycling skills.
Every night it's a different line coming up big for the Avalanche. Earlier in the season it was Matt Duchene's line. Now, as defenses move to cover Duchene, Stastny is catching fire (no, that's not a "Hunger Games" reference) providing the Avs will a potent offense.
1. Paul Stastny- Two goals and a great overall game
2. Jan Hejda- Avs defenseman had an assist and was the most solid defenseman all night
3. Kari Lehtonen- His saves during a 13-save first kept Dallas in the game
Facepalm of the Game
Ryan Wilson has had a rough go of it to start the season and now he is starting the chase hits. He was chasing a hit when Tyler Seguin came into the zone with the puck and fired it by Nate Guenin and Semyon Varlamov. Maybe it's time to give Wilson a break.
Bang Bang play of the Game
Kari Lehtonen made the save of the week with his left leg save on John Mitchell that kep the game close at 2-1.