Former Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovksy scored his first goal during Colorado’s preseason finale with the Dallas Stars on Saturday at American Airlines Center. The Avalanche fell 4-3 in a shootout and went 2-4 in preseason play.
Avalanche center Nazem Kadri opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 11:22 in the first period. Burakovsky continued Colorado’s lead at 11:44 in the first making it a 2-0 game.
The Stars would eventually score in the second period thanks to forward Tyler Seguin, but the Avalanche fired back with an unassisted goal from forward Joonas Donskoi early in the third period. Dallas found a spark and tied the game with goals from forwards Joe Pavelski and Jamie Benn respectively.
After an unsuccessful five minutes of 3-on-3 overtime, Colorado and Dallas headed into a shootout, where Stars forward Alexander Radulov sealed the deal with a final score of 4-3.
Burakovsky had two shots on goal during 10:24 of ice time. The Swedish left-wing was acquired by the Avalanche on July 15 to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million in exchange for second and third-round picks in the 2020 NHL Draft. Burakovsky, who was a restricted free agent, posted 145 points (62 goals) in 328 games played with the Capitals.
Opening their season with a four-game homestand at Pepsi Center, the Avalanche clash with the Calgary Flames on Thursday for a first-round rematch. Colorado’s first road game will be October 14 when the Capitals host the Avalanche at Capital One Arena.
By Della Young