Great OT win for the AVs!
Avalanche all but bury stumbling Stars
Alex Tanguay's overtime goal powered the Avalanche to a commanding 3-0 lead over the Stars on Wednesday
April 27, 2006
DENVER (AP) -- The Dallas Stars' inability to close out a game has them teetering on elimination.
The Colorado Avalanche took a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven series Wednesday night when they beat the Stars in overtime for the second straight game. This time it was 4-3 on Alex Tanguay's game-winner.
Tanguay attempted a cross-ice pass to Ian Laperriere that went off Willie Mitchell's skate and into the net at 1:09 of overtime, marking the second time in 48 hours the Avs had beaten the Stars after tying the score with a goal late in the third period.
This time, Andrew Brunette tied it at 3 on the power play with less than a minute left in regulation.
"We got a few lucky bounces," Tanguay said. "We're very fortunate."
They're also one win away from sweeping the second-seeded Stars.
"It's the way it's been for us in the series. The bounces haven't gone our way," Dallas goaltender Marty Turco said. "We have to find a way to win Game 4" Friday night in Denver.
The Avalanche have had 3-0 leads in the playoffs twice before and swept both series.
Maybe desperation will shake the Stars from their doldrums, Turco said.
"It's going to be an effort that is unparalleled from what we've seen from our group. Our backs are against the wall. When teams are desperate and guys are desperate, guys seem to play well," he said.
"We're going to expect to win. Nothing has been handed to them yet."
Maybe not, but only two NHL teams have ever overcome a 3-0 playoff deficit and the Stars have never been able to rally from a 2-0 hole since the 1968 quarterfinals, when they were the Minnesota North Stars and came back to beat Los Angeles 4-3.
Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco (35) lets a shot from Colorado Avalanche's Joe Sakicslip past as he flops on the ice during the first period of Game 3 of their NHL first-round hockey playoff series at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Wednesday, April 26, 2006. The Avalanche beat the Stars 4-3 in overtime.
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Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco, front left, kneels in the crease after giving up the tying goal to Colorado Avalanche left winger Andrew Brunette, back center, to send Game 3 of the teams' NHL Western conference first-round playoff series to overtime in Denver on Wednesday, April 26, 2006. Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov, front center, of Russia, and Avalanche center Joe Sakic, front right, look on. Avalanche right winger Milan Hejduk, back left, of the Czech Republic, and defenseman Rob Blake, back right, join in the celebration.
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Colorado Avalanche center Brett McLean, front left, and defenseman John-Michael Liles, front right, join in with teammates to congratulate left wing Alex Tanguay after his goal in overtime to give the Avalanche a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars in an NHL hockey first-round playoff game in Denver on Wednesday, April 26, 2006. The Avalanche lead 3-0 in the best-of-seven series.
(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)