Daley, Gonchar return

Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 8:38 AM
Mark Stepneski

Daley, Gonchar return

The Stars got two defensemen back Monday night with both Trevor Daley and Sergei Gonchar returning to the lineup.

Daley returned after missing 14 games with a high-ankle sprain. He played 19:35 in the game, had three shots on goal and was a plus-one.

“I felt pretty good out there,” Daley said. “I tried to keep it as simple as possible, and felt pretty good physically.”

Gonchar was back after missing six games with concussion-like symptoms. He played 18:35, had one shot on goal and was a minus-two.

“It wasn’t that bad. Obviously the timing was off,” Gonchar said. “When you miss a few games your timing is off, gap is off. Have to work on it and be better next time.”

With Gonchar and Daley returning, Cameron Gaunce was a healthy scratch on defense. Aaron Rome also sat out with an upper body injury suffered in Saturday’s game against Detroit.

Quotable: Kari Lehtonen

“I don’t think the game changed too much (from the first period to the second). They had a couple of good chances in the first and I was able to make a couple of saves. They had similar chances in the second and they went in. As a goalie, that’s how I look at it. I don’t know or care about forechecks or backchecks or things like that. I try to react on their opportunities. It’s a long game. After a really good first period for myself, things really went bad the next two. Just need to keep working and believing in this group and myself.”

Notes

*The Stars have lost three games in a row for the first time this season.

*The seven goals against Monday were the most the Stars have allowed this season.

*The three power play goals allowed were the most the Stars have allowed in a game this season.

*The Stars were outshot 43-23 in the game.

*Valeri Nichushkin and Trevor Daley led the Stars with three shots each.

*The Stars won 27 of 72 (38 percent) of faceoffs. Cody Eakin won 8 of 17. Vernon Fiddler won 6 of 15. Rich Peverley won 5 of 14. Tyler Seguin won 4 of 10. Jamie Benn won 2 of 10.

*The Stars are now 6-6-1 vs. the Eastern Conference.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin

Antoine Roussel - Cody EakinRyan Garbutt

Erik ColeRich PeverleyAlex Chiasson

Shawn HorcoffVernon FiddlerRay Whitney

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon

Kevin ConnautonSergei Gonchar

Jordie BennTrevor Daley

Kari Lehtonen (starter)

Dan Ellis

Scratched: Cameron Gaunce, Dustin Jeffrey

Injured: Aaron Rome (upper body), Stephane Robidas (leg)

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