10 in the Net: Beyond the Box Score
Saturday, 02.7.2009 / 2:45 PM CT / Feature
By Seamus O'Callahan - Hockey Historian
After Friday’s 10-2 win over the Rangers, we did a little digging and came up with some interesting numbers:
- The 10 goals scored by Dallas are the most scored by the team since moving to Texas in 1993. This marks the eighth time that the franchise has hit double figures in goals (the last coming on 11/28/92 vs. San Jose). The rundown:
|2-6-2009||vs. NY Rangers||10-2|
|11-28-92||vs. San Jose||10-3|
|1-27-84||@ St. Louis||10-8|
- The last time that the New York Rangers gave up 10 goals was April 9, 1993 vs. Pittsburgh.
- The six goals scored by the Stars in the third are a most in one period since moving to Dallas. The all-time franchise record is eight goals (done in that 15-2 romp over Winnipeg in 1981).
- The Stars scored five of their six goals in the third period in a span of 6:20. Dallas came within 26 seconds of breaking a club record for fastest three goals scored when they netted three of those in a span of 1:10 (the record is 44 seconds in the crazy third period comeback over Boston on Oct. 14, 1995).
- Dallas went 4-for-9 on the power play Friday, moving its power play percentage in the month of February to 47.1% (8-for-17). The Stars are also 11-for-33 on the power play over the last five games (33.3%). The last time the Stars scored four ppg’s in a game was Nov. 24, 2006 vs. LA.
- Marty Turco’s numbers have been more like Marty Turco for the last two months. But how about this – Marty is 4-0-0 in his last four home games with a goals-against-average of 1.22 and a save percentage of 94.7%. Overall, Turco is 7-2-0 over the last nine games with a 1.89 goals-against-average and a save percentage of 92.4%.
- Dallas has a is now 10-1-1 in its last 12 home games, and in the last 15 contests at American Airlines Center, the team is 12-2-1.
- Anyone else notice that Steve Ott is playing a lot like Brenden Morrow these days? Otter now has a career-long point streak of seven games (4 goals, 6 assists). He also has points in nine of the last 11 games (6 goals, 7 assists). Even more of a sign – the Stars are 13-5-3 since he returned to the lineup from injury.
- Speaking of streaking, Jere Lehtinen also is on a tear – the best of his career, in fact. Jere’s goal and two assists Friday gave him a new career-long point streak of seven games (4 goals, 5 assists). The new streak bests his former high of six games, set twice before. He also has points in 10 of the last 11 games (5 goals, 8 assists).
- Rounding out that line was Mike Ribeiro, who just happened to be Friday night’s Number One Star of the Game. His two goals and two assists were big, with both goals coming at important moments. (Remember, this game was not a blowout heading into the third). Ribs’ first goal gave the Stars a 2-1 lead and his second tally was a huge momentum swing for Dallas, as it had just killed off an extended 5-on-3 NY power play. Ribeiro’s goal gave Dallas a 4-2 lead and they never looked back. It was his 12th multiple-point game of the season; his second with four points or more. He has points in six of the last seven games (5 goals, 7 assists) and points in seven of the last nine (6 goals, 8 assists).
- Matt Niskanen had three assists - a new career-high for one game (ties his career-high for points). He now has a four-game assist streak (0-7-7), tying his career-high for point streak (set earlier this season, Dec. 16-23, 1 goal, 4 assists). He also has points in seven of the last 11 games (1 goal, 8 assists).
- James Neal’s two goals give him 18 on the season, which pushed him to the top of the league’s rookie class for goals. The 18 goals are the most by a Stars rookie since the team moved to Dallas (Jussi Jokinen held the previous Dallas mark with 17). Neal’s 18 goals rank tied-for-10th in franchise history for a rookie.