DENVER (AP) -- Andrew Raycroft stopped 35 shots for his first win in nearly a year, and the Dallas Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Monday night.
Raycroft (1-5) hadn't won since beating Minnesota on Jan. 9. He made his first start since taking over for Kari Lehtonen, who was placed on the injured list on Sunday after he hurt his right knee against Phoenix.
Michael Ryder scored two goals, and Eric Nystrom added his eighth of the season for the Stars.
Kevin Porter spoiled Raycroft's shutout bid with his first this season, but Colorado fell to 4-9 at home.
The Avalanche entered with the NHL's second-best power play, but went 0 for 3. Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves.
The Avalanche had a 11-8 shot advantage in the first period, but Dallas led 1-0 at the intermission on Nystrom's rebound goal.
Vernon Fiddler sent a slap shot from the slot after an Avalanche turnover. Varlamov made a stick save, but Nystrom crashed the net for the loose puck and easily scored at 15:56.