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DENVER — Esa Lindell scored at 1:54 of overtime, and the Dallas Stars rallied for a 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Tuesday.
Lindell scored from the high slot with a low shot past Philipp Grubauer‘s glove after Joe Pavelski won a face-off in the right circle.
“I was trying to make the play, and then I was right in the slot and just tried to shoot hard,” said Lindell, whose goal was his first since Nov. 25 (21 games). “I just thought to shoot glove side. It’s always fun to score, especially in overtime. It doesn’t happen too often, so you’ll take it every time.
“I bet everyone knows the standings and how tight they are, they were a point behind us (in the Central Division) and it was like a playoff game for us. We didn’t start really well, but when the game went along, we just kept getting better.”
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Ben Bishop made 41 saves for the Stars (27-15-4), who have won seven of their past eight games and went 4-0-0 against Colorado this season.
“They’ve had some struggles at home lately,” Dallas coach Rick Bowness said. “We knew that going into the third. We knew it was going to be the last time we see them until the playoffs, if that’s what happens, so we had to give it our best.”
Nathan MacKinnon had two assists, and Grubauer made 27 saves for the Avalanche (25-15-6), who have lost four straight games (0-2-2) and nine of their past 12 (3-6-3).
“I thought we were engaged start to finish, played hard, checked hard, worked hard defensively,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “I thought we played real hard, I don’t know how else to summarize it. It seems like right now anything that can go wrong will go wrong, so we just got to keep grinding.”
Denis Gurianov cut it to 2-1 at 9:54 of the second period, taking a pass from Roope Hintz in the right circle and scoring under the arm of Grubauer on the power play.
Jason Dickinson tied 2-2 at 14:37 of the third period, getting his own rebound and scoring with a backhand while falling down.
Nikita Zadorov gave Colorado a 1-0 lead at 9:04 of the first period when his pass to the slot redirected five-hole on Bishop off the stick of Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen.
Gabriel Landeskog made it 2-0 at 15:27 on a deflection of MacKinnon’s point shot.
“We knew that wasn’t our best,” Bishop said. “Obviously, we wanted to come out and look a little better, but they played a really good period and kind of threw it all at us. We knew that we had to be better, so it was kind of one of those things where you come in and regroup. It was only 2-0, we still had 40 minutes to play.”
Alexander Radulov appeared to cut it to 2-1 with a power-play goal at 6:02 of the second, but Bednar challenged the play, and the call was reversed after a video review determined Jamie Benn was offside.
“I think we played really good the whole game,” Grubauer said. “I don’t think we gave up too many chances. We worked on the D-zone coverage a little bit and how we played off the rush. I think that was one of our better games.
“A little bit unlucky, we hit two posts in the second period that went out, they hit one in overtime and it went in, so that’s how it goes. I think we can build on the last couple of games even though we lost. You’ve got to move forward.”
They said it
“We weren’t very good at all. We did respond and that’s a sign of a really good hockey club, and we are. But we’re not going to be able to play like that very often and get away with it.” — Stars coach Rick Bowness
“You lose a little confidence, pucks stop going in for you a little bit, and you make one mistake and it seems it’s in the back of the net. That’s not goaltending tonight, our goaltender was excellent. They’re finding ways to capitalize on chances and we’re not. It’s a confidence thing. We have to believe in what we’re doing. I think you play like that on most nights you’re going to get two points.” — Avalanche coach Jared Bednar
Need to know
Stars defenseman John Klingberg had an assist, four shots and one block in 24:45 of ice time in his return after missing the previous four games with a lower-body injury. … Dallas forward Corey Perry served the last of his five-game suspension for elbowing Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. … Grubauer is 2-5-2 with a 3.22 goals-against average and .898 save percentage in his past nine starts.
Stars: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, MSG-B, NHL.TV)
Avalanche: Host the San Jose Sharks on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; ALT, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)