Score still tied 1-1 at end of first

The Avs had some excellent chances late in the first, but Marty Turco atoned for letting in the earlier goal by making some tremendous saves. Turco covered the post perfectly on one shot and stacked the pads to kick away another one. The Avs only had seven shots in the first (compared to 14 for Dallas) but Colorado easily could have taken a 2-1 lead if Turco hadn't made some big stops.

Jamie Benn was best player on the ice in the first period. He showed some excellent stickhandling on one shift, carrying the puck through multiple Avs defenders before finally taking a shot that was kicked away by Anderson. Shortly thereafter, Benn scored the Stars' lone goal.

There were no power plays in the first period. The only penalties were five-minute fighting penalties to Steve Ott and Matt Hendricks.

It's a good sign for the Stars that they got 14 first-period shots despite no power-play opportunities. Colorado's defense is its weakness, and the Stars need to take advantage by firing lots of shots and getting traffic in front. So far, so good.


*Stars announcer Daryl Reaugh is covering the game from between the benches, like Pierre McGuire does for Versus and NBC. That's an interesting idea to spice up the radio broadcast for this non-televised game.

*The Avs' TV broadcast flashed a graphic showing that goalie Craig Anderson is tied for second place in franchise history with seven shutouts this season. First on the list is Patrick Roy with nine, and Roy is also tied for second with seven. Any time you can get your name on a list with Patrick Roy you're doing OK.