Avalanche Vs. Stars: Dallas Drops Colorado, 4-2

Colorado failed to severely damage Dallas' playoff aspirations on Thursday night by losing, 4-2, to the Stars.

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Avalanche Vs. Stars Final Score: Colorado Falls To Dallas, 4-2

Colorado Avalanche fans won't need to put up with the team's losing ways soon enough. Following Thursday night's 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars, the Avalanche have just two games remaining on the schedule. The story for these games hasn't changed much. The Stars jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first period when Tom Wandell and Louis Eriksson scored within two minutes of each other during the last five minutes of play.

Then in the second period, Brandon Yip put the Avalanche on board with his 10th goal of the season. Philippe Dupuis and Matt Duchene assisted on the goal that came at 10:15 in the period. But then in the third period, Ryan O'Byrne caused a delay of game penalty 44 seconds into play, which led to a Brendan Morrow power play goal eight seconds later. Mark Olver narrowed Dallas' lead to 3-2 when he scored his second goal of the season at 11:06. But, as always, the Stars battled back and answered with their fourth goal of the game a little over a minute later when Brad Richards netted his 27th goal of the season.

Brian Elliott drew the start for Colorado and saved 33 shots on 37 attempts. The Stars' Kari Lehtonen faced just 23 shots and saved 21 of them.

The Avalanche (29-43-8, 66 points) head back to the Pepsi Center for a Friday contest with the Stars.

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Avalanche Vs. Stars: Colorado Looks To Play Spoiler

The Colorado Avalanche may not be in the playoff hunt, but there's no reason they cannot play spoiler for the last remaining team on the schedule in playoff contention. The Dallas Stars are currently four points behind both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. The Stars, however, have one more game to play than their competitors, and get the distinct advantage of two straight games against a Colorado team that has failed to find consistency the second half of the season.

If Dallas manages to win their last three remaining games, they could end up tied with Chicago (though the Blackhawks hold the tiebreaker). Stars fans have to root for their team to sweep the last three games, and hope that Chicago misses a point in their last two contests against a Detroit Red Wings team that is hoping for a second seed.

It'll be an emotional day for Avalanche fans and players alike, as captain and the longest tenured member of the organization Adam Foote has announced that he will retire at the end of the season. Though he won't skate tonight, everyone hopes he will at least take the ice for the season finale on Sunday, in front of the home crowd one last time.

Brian Elliott will start for Colorado, the first time in a week. Kari Lehtonen will play in goal for the Dallas Stars.

Puck drops at 6:30 p.m. MDT.

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