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DENVER (AP)—David Aebischer’s second shutout was just what Colorado needed. Watching Paul Kariya skate off holding his wrist wasn’t.

Aebischer stopped 29 shots and Teemu Selanne and Steve Konowalchuk scored 50 seconds apart, but Kariya’s injury took some of the luster off Colorado’s 3-0 win over Dallas Saturday night.

“Disaster,” said Selanne, who scored his fourth of the season. “Right when we were supposed to get going again. I was so happy to see him back, and everybody else too. It’s tough.”

Kariya re-injured his right wrist late in the first period after being checked into the boards by Dallas’ Brenden Morrow. X-rays were negative, but it wasn’t good news considering Kariya just returned Thursday night against Phoenix after missing 10 games with a sprained wrist.

“He will be out indefinitely,” Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. “As far as we know nothing is broken, but it’s a sprained wrist again—the same one.”

Kariya’s injury forced Colorado to shuffle its lines, but that’s nothing new.

The Avalanche have lost 76 games to injuries this season, including three straight by Peter Forsberg due to a groin injury. It hasn’t seemed to affect them.

Colorado peppered Dallas goalie Marty Turco with 41 shots—31 in the first two periods—to earn a point for the seventh straight game (5-0-1-1). Alex Tanguay added his seventh goal to help the Avalanche beat Dallas for the first time since Dec. 26, 2001, a span of eight games (1-4-3).

“Guys are playing with everybody,” said Konowalchuk, who’s scored five of his six goals in the past six games. “I think that it shows the depth this team has, you know that it is not one or two scorers or one or two defensemen. If one guy goes down another guy can pick it up.”

Dallas played its second game without coach Dave Tippett, who’s expected back Monday after having neck surgery Friday. Associate coach Rick Wilson took his place, but it doesn’t seem to matter who’s behind the bench.

Dallas struggled in its defensive zone and failed on four power-play chances, including a four-minute high-sticking penalty on Konowalchuk in the third period.

The Stars lost for the fifth time in six games and have been outscored 23-7 in that span.

“I think a lot of it right now is fighting the frustration,” Wilson said. “Instead of fighting the competition or fighting the game, there’s just a level of frustration that is becoming a little bit difficult to overcome.”

Aebischer didn’t help.

He stopped five shots on a power play with Colorado clinging to a 1-0 lead late in the first period and was solid during Konowalchuk’s double minor.

It was Aebischer’s eighth career shutout and his seventh win in eight starts. He also blanked Chicago in Colorado’s opener, his first game after replacing Patrick Roy in the offseason.

“No matter how well you play, if you only have one goal and they have a power play, your goalie is going to have to make a big save for you,” Granato said. “And he did it.”

Tanguay wasted little time adding to his league-leading 24 points, beating Turco 2:41 in from between the circles after Hejduk circled from behind the net.

Selanne made it 2-0 with 8:02 left in the second period, freezing Sergei Zubov with a fake pass before beating Turco between the pads on a power play.

Konowalchuk needed just 50 seconds to add to the lead, beating Turco with a one-timer after Jim Cummins stole the puck from Zubov at Dallas’ blue line.

“Yeah, it’s frustrating,” said Turco, who lost Colorado for the first time in seven career games (3-1-3). “And to tell you the truth, I’m kind of sick of this feeling. You look for answers and wonder why, but there really arenone.”


Dallas C Pierre Turgeon did not play due to a sprained neck. He is listed as day-to-day. … Dallas D Richard Matvichuk lay on the ice for several minutes late in the second period after a shot by Colorado’s Adam Foote hit him in the right knee. He was back on the ice by the start of the third. … Foote returned after missing four games with a strained hamstring. … C Jason Arnottplayed his 100th game with Dallas.

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  Game Winning Goal
A. Tanguay A. Tanguay
Colorado Avalanche
Scored at 2:41 of 1st


Goalie Team Shot Save
David Aebischer Wpg 29 29