Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/5/13
DENVER -- Jamie Benn had two goals and an assist, Brenden Morrow also scored, and the Dallas Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Monday night. Kari Lehtonen made 29 saves for the Stars (4-5-1), who won for just the second time in their past seven games. The majority of game was played with one referee after official Chris Rooney was hurt 3:12 into the first period. A shot by Dallas' Jamie Oleksiak deflected off the leg of Colorado's Paul Stastny and hit Rooney in the head. Rooney was on the ice for several minutes before getting up and being helped off. Milan Hejduk and P.A. Parenteau scored for the Avalanche. It was Colorado's first home loss in four games. The Stars led 2-0 on goals by Benn and Morrow, the first of the season for both. Dallas was poised for more when it got a two-minute, 5-on-3 power play late in the first period. The Stars kept the puck in the offensive zone the entire two minutes but couldn't get any of their five shots past Semyon Varlamov. Varlamov finished with 23 saves. Colorado, energized by the penalty kill, cut the lead in half when Hejduk knocked in a rebound with 1:48 left in the opening period for his first goal of the season. Parenteau tied it with a power-play goal midway through the second, his seventh goal of the season. Benn notched his second of the game when he scored on a delayed penalty on Colorado late in the period. Colorado pulled Varlamov for an extra attacker with 49 seconds left but couldn't get a shot on goal. NOTES: Colorado honored Hejduk for playing in his 1,000th NHL game, all as a member of the Avalanche. He is the first player to play all of his 1,000 games for the Avalanche. Joe Sakic holds the franchise record with 1,378 games, but 508 of those were as a member of the Quebec Nordiques. Hejduk is the 30th player to play 1,000 games exclusively with one team, one of nine active players to accomplish the feat. ... Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson was scratched with an ankle injury suffered in Saturday's game. Gabriel Landeskog (head, leg) and David Jones (knee) were also out. ... Dallas forward Jaromir Jagr has more career points against Colorado (43) than against any other Western Conference team.
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