DALLAS — This season just needed a little drama to cap it off, right?
The Dallas Stars closed out the season with a 4-3 shootout victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
Dallas appeared to have won the game in overtime, but a challenge was won by the Avalanche and the game didn’t end until Kari Lehtonen stopped all three shots and Tyler Seguin scored in the shootout.
“We wanted it to be entertaining, maybe not that entertaining,” Seguin said. “Why not have a little drama I guess.”
Denis Gurianov made his NHL debut and had 17 shifts for 13 minutes, six seconds of ice time.
The 19-year-old Russian started the game and admitted after the game that it came with some jitters.
“Nervous, for sure. Of course first shift I have puck and it’s like, wow,” Gurianov said.
Stars coach Lindy Ruff said it was a good first game for the rookie.
“I thought for a first game, he got a really good feel for the speed of the game. I thought some of those plays where he got wound up a little bit down on the wing, he would have been in in the American League, maybe,” Ruff said. “But I think he realizes that everybody’s mobile and fast here. I think he’s just got to get a little bit stronger, a little bit quicker with the hands. I thought early on a little bit nervous to make a play, but it’s his first game. It was still a good showing for him.”
Nemeth and Pateryn shine
Patrik Nemeth and Greg Pateryn had a strong night from the blue line and consistently helped generate offensive chances with booming shots.
Nemeth had a game-high eight shots, while Pateryn had three and had an assist.
“Nemeth finished with eight shots. The puck was coming to him a lot,” Ruff said. “There was a lot of opportunities there. I thought that pair really, just on the one goal that guy got by Greg to tip the puck where, a quick little move in front of the net. Overall, I thought that pair had a pretty solid game for us.”
13:40 Devin Shore put home a rebound after an initial shot by Greg Pateryn was tipped by Cody Eakin and snuck through Jeremy Smith. Stars 1, Avalanche 0
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0:37 Jamie Benn finished off a pretty passing play on the power play with John Klingberg and Tyler Seguin. Stars 2, Avalanche 0
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17:35 Mikko Rantanen scored on a deflection after an initial shot by Tyson Barrie. Stars 2, Avalanche 1
5:36 Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskogg scored on a deft deflection. Stars 2, Avalanche 2
8:24 Nathan MacKinnon scored on a deflection on the power play. Avalanche 3, Stars 2
13:44 Tyler Seguin deflected a point shot by Esa Lindell past Jeremy Smith. Stars 3, Avalanche 3
Jamie Benn — Tyler Seguin — Jason Spezza
Remi Elie — Cody Eakin — Devin Shore
Mark McNeill — Gemel Smith — Denis Gurianov
Jason Dickinson — Radek Faksa — Adam Cracknell
Esa Lindell — John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis — Julius Honka
Patrik Nemeth — Greg Pateryn
Scratched: Jamie Oleksiak, Stephen Johns
Injured: Mattias Janmark (knee), Antoine Roussel (hand), Curtis McKenzie (eye), Jiri Hudler (groin), Ales Hemsky (hip), Brett Ritchie (charlie horse), Justin Dowling (concussion-like symptoms), Patrick Sharp (hip)