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DALLAS -- In just his third NHL game, Stars rookie center Colton Sceviour delivered his first game-winning goal, scoring with 2:52 left in the third period as Dallas beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 at American Airlines Center.

Sceviour scored his second career goal on a breakaway after a great feed from center Rich Peverley near the Colorado blue line.

On Monday, Colorado defeated Dallas 6-2 in Denver in the first game of the back-to-back set.

Dallas (16-12-5) got two goals from left winger Ray Whitney and two assists from rookie right winger Alex Chiasson. Stars backup goaltender Dan Ellis made 23 saves to earn his fourth win.

Colorado (22-10-1) struck first when center Matt Duchene scored his 15th off a rebound 2:37 into the game. The Avalanche was on a four-minute power play after Dallas left winger Ryan Garbutt earned a double minor for high sticking Colorado defenseman Andre Benoit 1:03 into the game.

After Ellis denied a slap shot by Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson from near the blue line, Duchene flipped the rebound into the right side of the net to make it 1-0.

The Stars answered when Whitney scored off a pass from center Shawn Horcoff to tie it at 7:31 of the first period.

The Avalanche recaptured the lead at 10:20 of the second when Johnson scored his second of the year on a wrister from the right faceoff circle.

Dallas tied the game again when Whitney scored his second of the night from the right circle, beating Colorado goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere far post at 17:19 with the Stars on the power play.

Dallas had a great chance to pull ahead in the third, going on the power play at 5:05 when Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie was called for tripping. The Stars then gained a two-man edge at 6:20 when Benoit shot a puck over the boards, but Dallas was unable to convert, and the score remained 2-2.

Giguere stopped 25 shots.

NOTES: Avalanche D Nate Guenin, C Brad Malone and D Ryan Wilson (back) were scratches. ... Dallas scratched C Dustin Jeffrey, D Jamie Oleksiak and D Aaron Rome. ... D Nick Holden returned to the ice for Colorado for the first time since Dec. 12 at Winnipeg. ... Tuesday marked the Dallas debut for D Cameron Gaunce, who was recalled from AHL Texas earlier in the day. Gaunce, acquired by Dallas in an April 2013 trade with Colorado, was a second-round pick of the Avalanche in 2008 and made his NHL debut for Colorado in February 2011. ... The goal scored by Colorado C Matt Duchene early in the first period was the Avalanche's first power-play tally in 12 games. ... Dallas LW Ray Whitney ended a 13-game scoring drought with his second of the season in the first period. ... The announced attendance was 15,143.
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