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Glue Guys Return

Wednesday, 11.12.2008 / 3:45 PM / Feature
By Dallas Stars Staff
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Glue Guys Return

The Stars will play a home game for the first time in over two weeks on Thursday, and the team will have a few pieces that it did not have the last time there was a hockey game at American Airlines Center.

The team signed veteran winger Mark Parrish last week to a one-year deal and the move paid off immediate dividends with a hat trick in his first game – a 5-2 win at Anaheim last Friday.

More importantly, the Stars got two key members of the team back from injury with the season debuts of Sergei Zubov and Jere Lehtinen during the three-game trip to California.

“They’re both what I like to call ‘glue guys,’” said Stars Head Coach Dave Tippett. “Zubie and Lehts are both excellent players and they contribute in so many ways. It’s good to have them back.”

Zubov returned on Friday at Anaheim, missing the first 12 games of the season as he recovered from hip surgery at the beginning of training camp. Lehtinen returned on Tuesday at Los Angeles, scoring a goal in his return.

Both have looked solid in their return to game play.

“Lehts is a solid player and there aren’t many who are more dependable," said Mike Modano. “He makes his entire line better with his all-around play. And Zubie is a rock back there, playing a ton of minutes and a factor in all situations for us.”

The Stars host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday at American Airlines Center (7:30 PM, FS Southwest, News/Talk 820 WBAP).


No Discipline to Morrow or Tippett
The NHL has deemed that both Brenden Morrow and Dave Tippett will not receive any further discipline from Tuesday night’s penalties in the last minute of regulation at Los Angeles.

Morrow received an instigator penalty in the final minute of regulation when he fought Kings forward Dustin Brown after Brown hit Stars forward Mike Ribeiro into the boards.

The league has rescinded both the automatic one-game suspension to Morrow and the $10,000 fine to Tippett. NHL rules deem any player who instigates a fight in the final five minutes receives an automatic one-game suspension and his coach shall be fined $10,000, but the NHL reserves the right to review each case and determine whether it meets the "spirit of the rule." The rule was instituted to cut down on late-game aggression and unnecessary fighting, especially when the outcome of the game was already determined.

Morrow's instigating of the fight with Brown was purely in reaction to Brown's hit on Ribeiro. Brown was ejected from the game and assessed a five-minute major for boarding. No further disciplinary action is expected.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 62 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 62 15 37 -3 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 59 16 16 -9 32
J. Klingberg 48 10 22 2 32
C. Eakin 59 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 56 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 62 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 60 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
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