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Tyler Seguin scores winner to defeat Avs

Tyler Seguin scores winner to defeat AvsThe official game recap Colorado Avalanche vs Dallas Stars.

Tyler Seguin scored the only goal in the shootout and the Dallas Stars defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 at American Airlines Center on Saturday.

Kari Lehtonen stopped Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, and Mikko Rantanen to seal the win in the final game of the season for the Stars (34-37-11).

"We wanted it to be entertaining, maybe not that entertaining," Seguin said. "Why not have a little drama I guess."

Jeremy Smith made 42 saves for the Avalanche (22-55-4), who have one game remaining.

Dallas appeared to have won the game with 1:08 remaining in overtime when John Klingberg scored on a wrist shot, but Colorado challenged the play was offside and the goal was overturned.

"I think it kind of sums up the year, actually, where we were leaving and got reviewed," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "We had plenty of great opportunities in overtime to put it away, a breakaway, a 2-on-0. It's been a little bit the way the year has gone."

Devin Shore gave the Stars a 1-0 lead at 13:40 of the first period. Greg Pateryn took the initial shot that was deflected by Cody Eakin and snuck through Smith. The puck sat in the crease before Shore went to the net and scored his 13th goal.

"Getting the puck in the back of the net has a lot to do with bounces," Shore said. "And all you can really focus on is generated chances and trying to get as many bounces as you can. And we we're doing that and it ended up being a good start to the game."

Jamie Benn pushed the lead to 2-0 37 seconds into the second on the power play.

Rantanen scored to make it 2-1 at 17:35 when he deflected Tyson Barrie's point shot past Lehtonen.

Gabriel Landeskog tied it 2-2 on a deflection at 5:37 of third period.

MacKinnon gave Colorado a 3-2 lead at 8:24 on the power play on another tipped shot.

"We talked about working through and getting some traffic to the front of the net. So we did that on those goals, just throwing pucks to the front of the net," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said.

Seguin tied it 3-3 at 13:44 when he deflected Esa Lindell's point shot past Smith.

-- by Sean Shapiro for NHL.com --

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