DENVER (AP) -- The Dallas Stars have reeled off their longest
unbeaten streak in nearly two years. Not that anyone is counting.
Jere Lehtinen scored in the second period and Marty Turco
stopped 34 shots as the Dallas Stars extended their unbeaten streak
to 11 games with a 1-1 tie against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday
Dallas' unbeaten streak (8-0-3) is its longest since a 13-game
run from March 13 to April 7, 2001. It also ties the fourth-longest
streak in team history, but it might as well be one victory as far as
the Stars are concerned.
''We don't talk about the streak much,'' Stars coach Dave
Tippett said. ''We prepare for every game like we want to give
ourselves a chance to win. It's not a matter of 'Let's keep the
streak alive.' We haven't talked about that at all.''
Colorado ended a four-game losing streak at home on the night
Patrick Roy became the first NHL goalie to play 1,000 games. The
Avalanche earned a point for just the third time in eight games,
but got one of Roy's best games of the season.
Roy, who holds nearly every significant goaltending record,
received an award from the league and a silver stick from the
Avalanche during a presentation before the game.
He was back in form after allowing 15 goals during a four-game
losing streak. Roy stopped 29 shots, including Brenden Morrow on a
breakaway in the third period and four tough chances early in
''It was good for Patty and special for us to be involved in his
1,000th game and it's a great hockey game to be a part of,''
Colorado coach Tony Granato said. ''He is always primed, but he has
had a lot of special occasions and moments throughout his career.
This was another one.''
Turco was booed every time he handled the puck after whacking
Peter Forsberg in the left ear early in the game, but it didn't
stop him from remaining unbeaten in nine games (6-0-3).
He stopped several good scoring chances in the first period and
was particularly strong after Lehtinen's goal.
Turco stuffed Steven Reinprecht from close range midway through
the second, then stopped a hard shot from the slot by Derek Morris
a few seconds later. He also thwarted a one-timer by Joe Sakic with
five minutes left and covered up a rebound with his body in the
goal about a minute later.
''I thought Turco played well,'' Roy said. ''He seems to be
playing with a lot of confidence. Every goalie who plays with a lot
of confidence, even sometimes when you don't see the puck, it seems
to be hitting you or finding a spot in your pad.''
Turco also was dishing out hits, setting the tone for a physical
game with his chop to Forsberg's head in the opening minutes.
The players had to be separated several times through the first
two periods and it boiled over late in the second when Forsberg and
Derian Hatcher were called for dual slashing penalties.
The two exchanged words, then Hatcher pushed Forsberg into the
boards. Forsberg followed with a stick to Hatcher's stomach just as
the officials stepped in. The players also had to be separated at
the end of the period after leaving the penalty box.
Hatcher wasn't finished, landing several punches to the top of
Adam Foote's head during a fight at the start of the third.
The fans even got into it, booing the Stars, the officials and
even each other when a fight in the stands nearly broke out in the
''It was an intense hockey game,'' Tippett said.
Colorado's Riku Hahl opened the scoring 9:31 in, notching his
first goal since last April when a rebound off a shot by Reinprecht
bounced off his body into the goal.
Lehtinen tied it 4:36 into the second with his 19th of the
season, one-timing a touch pass from Mike Modano past Roy's stick
side on a power play. The assist was No. 593 in Modano's career,
tying Neil Broten's team record.
Modano has played 991 games, one behind Broten's team
record. ... Colorado left wing Mike Keane returned after missing three
games with a back injury. ... Sakic had an assist for the seventh
consecutive game. ... Former Avalanche defenseman Ray Bourque attended the
game and received a loud ovation when he was shown on the
scoreboard. ... Dallas is unbeaten in seven games against Colorado
(4-0-3), including 2-0-2 this season.