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Wood scores 11:03 into OT as Avalanche completes a three-goal comeback to defeat Stars 4-3 to open second round

DALLAS (AP) — Miles Wood screamed for the puck and delivered the game-winner in overtime for the Colorado Avalanche as soon as he got it.

Wood scored on a hard backhander 11:03 into OT after getting the puck from Andrew Cogliano, and the Avalanche, after trailing by three goals in the first period, defeated the top-seeded Dallas Stars 4-3 in the first on Tuesday night period of time. opener of their second round Western Conference series.

“Instead of just turning and shooting… (Cogliano) got his eyes up and Wood was fresh and went through their D,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. ‘When Woody goes on a rampage like that, he’s hard to stop. He’s fast and powerful, and he just brought it home.

Wood outpaced defenseman Miro Heiskanen and got the puck around Jake Oettinger, capping just the Avalanche’s third three-goal comeback and winning a playoff game in their history – and the first since 1997.

‘There’s a scrum in the corner there. … I just screamed ‘Chip, chip, chip.’ He made a great play and from then on I just used my speed,” said Wood, still breathing heavily from the winning play. “I definitely kicked it into high gear there.”

Cale Makar had a goal and two assists for Colorado, while Valerie Nichushkin had a goal and an assist. Nathan MacKinnon had the equalizer just 39 seconds into the third period when he was left open just to the left of the net, and Mikko Rantanen, who had two assists, had a shot off the post midway through the third period.

“It would have been easy to fold after that first period,” MacKinnon said. “But we felt like we played better than what the score showed. We wanted to see it through.”

Alexander Georgiev had 19 saves while earning his fifth consecutive start in goal for the Avs. But Dallas, after nine shots on net in the first period, had only seven combined through the rest of regulation, and six in overtime when denying Tyler Seguin twice in less than a minute and a pair of long high shots from Thomas Harley downed.

“He’s playing great for us. We are all so excited about him,” Wood said of the goalkeeper. “He let in three quick in the first, but he was solid from there.”

Star goalie Oettinger stopped 22 shots, ending his six-game streak of allowing two goals or fewer.

Dallas led 3-0 in the first period against the 2022 Stanley Cup champions, just two nights after wrapping up a seven-game series against last year’s champions Vegas in which both teams finished with 16 goals and the margin was never more than two. goals.

“It’s a difficult turnaround for us as a group. I thought we had a great start,” Stars coach Pete DeBoer said. “I thought the fatigue from Game 7 hit us in the second half of that game.”

Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who lost their series opener at home, as they did in the first round, when they dropped the first two games. Ryan Sutter and Wyatt Johnston also scored goals.

Game 2 is Thursday night.

Colorado scored 28 goals in five games against Winnipeg, and a full week had passed since that streak was completed in five games. The Avs had three comeback wins against the Jets, but none came from being down by more than one goal.

It wasn’t the first time this season that the Avalanche came back from a 3-0 deficit in Dallas. They trailed so early in the second period in November before scoring six unanswered goals in a 6–3 win.

“You can’t breathe with these guys,” Benn said. “It’s a great team.”

Colorado scored two power-play goals in the second period, with Nichushkin scoring his eighth goal of the playoffs to extend his goal streak to six games this postseason before assisting on Makar’s goal, bringing them within 3-2.

Nichushkin, Dallas’ 10th overall draft pick in 2013, knocked in the loose puck after Makar had a shot at Oettinger that Ryan Suter couldn’t clear. Makar got a wrister on his next shot from about 50 feet into the net.

Suter, the 39-year-old defenseman whose 1,444 regular-season games are the most for any player without winning a Stanley Cup, put the Stars up 1-0 with an 18-yard drive from the left boards just 7 1/2 minutes into the game. in the match. Georgiev never saw the puck because of all the traffic in front of the net after Suter received a pass from Matt Duchene, who had just gotten up from a hit.

The Stars made it 2-0 straight after a face-off win from Benn, with the 20-year-old Johnston scoring from the top of the left circle for his fifth goal this postseason.

Dallas was on a 5-on-3 power play when Benn scored with three minutes left in the first period by deflecting a flying puck into the net.

And the Stars captain almost had another goal in the final seconds on another power play. He made a nifty move, making a sweeping shot as he fell to get the puck behind Georgiev before defenseman Josh Manson knocked it away from the goal line.

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AP NHL Playoffs: https://apnews.com/hub/stanley-cup and https://www.apnews.com/hub/NHL