NHL: Stars ruin Hejduk's 1,000th Colo. game

2013-02-05T00:00:00Z NHL: Stars ruin Hejduk's 1,000th Colo. gameThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

DENVER - Jamie Benn scored his first two goals of the season, and the Dallas Stars beat Colorado 3-2 on Monday, spoiling the night for Milan Hejduk as the Avalanche forward was honored for playing in his 1,000th NHL game.

Brenden Morrow also scored, and Kari Lehtonen made 29 saves for Dallas.

Hejduk had a goal - as he did in his first career game - and P.A. Parenteau added another in the Avalanche's first home loss of the season.

There was a scary moment early in the game when referee Chris Rooney was hit by a puck after a shot by Dallas defenseman Jamie Oleksiak deflected off the skate of Colorado's Paul Stastny.

The puck appeared to carom off the head of Rooney, who stayed down behind the Avalanche net. Rooney eventually skated off the ice.

No update was given on his condition.

The Avs committed two costly penalties late in the third, preventing them from mounting much offense. They pulled goalie Semyon Varlamov with 0:49 left, but couldn't score on Lehtonen. The game ended with the puck on Hejduk's stick, but he was unable to take a final shot. Hejduk became the 30th player to reach the 1,000th game milestone with the same organization. He is the first player to do it with Colorado.

• Ducks 2, Sharks 1: In Anaheim, Calif., Saku Koivu scored the tying goal early in the third period, defenseman Sheldon Souray netted the winner with 6:39 left, and rookie Viktor Fasth made 25 saves as Anaheim handed San Jose its first regulation loss of the season.

The Sharks, who won their first seven games before a 2-1 shootout loss to Nashville, lead the Pacific Division by two points over the Ducks. Fasth is the first Anaheim goalie to win his first three NHL starts.

San Jose's Thomas Greiss, returning to the site of his NHL debut back in January 2008, stopped Anaheim's first 24 shots and allowed only a second-period goal to Logan Couture.

• Hurricanes 4, Maple Leafs 1: In Toronto, Jordan Staal scored his first goal with the Hurricanes, and his brother Eric added the winner in Carolina's victory over Toronto.

Jeff Skinner had three assists, Patrick Dwyer added a goal and an assist, and Justin Faulk also scored for Carolina. Cam Ward backed up the offense with a 41-save performance.

• Canucks 3, Oilers 2: In Edmonton, Alberta, Chris Tanev scored at 4:40 of overtime, and Vancouver rallied for its season-high third straight victory.

With just 2:17 remaining in regulation, and the Oilers holding a 2-1 lead, the Canucks tied it with a long shot from Kevin Bieksa that beat goalie Devan Dubnyk stick-side and forced overtime.

Slap shots

• The NHL agrees with Chris Kunitz - he scored four goals instead of three in Pittsburgh's 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday. The league credited him with four on Monday.

• The Detroit Red Wings put rookie Brendan Smith on injured reserve Monday and he will be out two to four weeks with a sprained right shoulder.

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