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Stars lead Avalanche 1-0 after 1st

One period is in the books at the American Airlines Center and the Dallas Stars lead the Colorado Avalanche 1-0.

James Neal scored the only goal of the period, taking a pass from Brad Richards off the rush and beating Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj with a shot from the left circle at the 12:03 mark.

Kari Lehtonen, getting his first start of the preseason for the Stars, stopped all nine shots he faced and looked sharp. Lehtonen is expected to play the entire game tonight.

The Avalanche outshot the Stars 9-7 in the period.

There was one fight, a spirited one between Brandon Segal and Cody McLeod.

Here's the Dallas lineup for tonight:

Neal-Richards-Cheechoo

Brunnstrom-Benn-Ott

Sutherby-Gagnon-Segal

Gazdic-Roman-Sceviour

Grossman-Robidas

Skrastins-Blindenbacher

Woywitka-Fortunus

Lehtonen

Backman (backup)