Avalanche stuns Stars in Game 1

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1999 Playoffs




Valeri Kamensky scored with 5:58 left in the third period to give the Colorado Avalanche a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of the Western Conference final. Kamensky had a goal disallowed on a controversial call in the second period.

"He's bringing us a new dimension to our offense and he generates a lot defensively with his speed and his skill," Avalanche coach Bob Hartley said. "He's a good complement to Forsberg and Lemieux."

Colorado stays perfect at 7-0 on the road in the playoffs and have won five straight since falling behind 2-0 against Detroit.

"Everything's going our way on the road, and we're just playing with a lot of confidence and staying focused out there," said Colorado captain Joe Sakic. "We're getting the wins, so we're not going to really talk about or think about why it's happening on the road. As long as it keeps on happening, we're going to take it."

Dallas was leading 1-0 in the second period when Kamensky deflected a shot by Claude Lemieux past Ed Belfour just inside the goalpost before bouncing out. After log delay it was ruled no-goal.

"I saw the puck go straight through," Kamensky said. "I think it was a goal."

Dallas lost for the first time at home in the playoffs in a disappointing way. Brett Hull gave the Stars 1-0 lead in the first period, but Dallas couldn't score again on Patrick Roy, who played a great game in Colorado's net.

"We had turnovers, we missed the net on shots," Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said. "They don't need much of a gap to get it going offensively."

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