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Stars Prospects Down Blue Jackets In Game Three

Team To Face Detroit Red Wings Prospects On Thursday In Fifth Place Game

Wednesday, 09.09.2009 / 11:08 PM / News
By Dallas Stars Staff
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Stars Prospects Down Blue Jackets In Game Three

The Stars continue to get better at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., and that’s a great sign for all involved.

"That’s why you’re here," said Glen Gulutzan, the new coach of the Texas Stars, who is coaching the prospects, as well. "You want to see progress, you want to see players learn, and we’re seeing that."

Dallas took a hard-fought 4-3 win over Columbus Wednesday to move to 1-1-1 in pool play. The Stars finished third in the Western Division of the eight-team tournament and will play the Detroit Red Wings (the third place team in the East) at 2 p.m. CDT Thursday for fifth place in the tournament.

Richard Bachman was great in goal as he had 35 saves and allowed only two 5-on-3 goals and a puck that deflected in off of his own defenseman. That was a big improvement on Bachman’s performance in a 9-6 loss to St. Louis in the tournament opener.

"You just want to get out there and play again after a game like that, so this was fun," Bachman said. "It’s good to just get in there and forget about everything else and just play."

Bachman was under siege early as he had to stop a Columbus power play just 1:19 into the game and also had to face a penalty shot in the first period. He came through untarnished by either and the Stars came out with a 1-0 first period lead on a deflected goal by Sergei Korostin.

"It’s good sometimes to get tested, especially if you get through it," Bachman said. "You get a lot of confidence."

The Stars built on that confidence by going up 2-0 on a power play goal in the second period. Scott McCulloch jabbed in a puck that had trickled through the pads of Columbus goalie Jamie Tucker. Zak Stebner and Scott Glennie had the assists on the play.

Columbus then came back, as the game started to get more physical, and scored twice on 5-on-3 power plays. Matt Calvert tallied both goals for the Blue Jackets, and Dallas was faced with a tie just 43 seconds into the third period.

The excitement was just getting started as Korostin scored his second goal of the game at the 2:15 mark, and then Columbus came right back when a puck deflected in off of Hubert Labrie’s skate at the 4:09 mark.

But a game that included four fights continued to be played physically, and Dallas took advantage. Columbus was hit with a four minute penalty for high sticking, and the Stars capitalized on the ensuing power play. Mathieu Tousignant, who has earned an AHL/ECHL contract with the Texas Stars, crashed the net to punch in a rebound for the game-winner.

"It was a really hard fought game, and it’s good to go through that with your teammates," said Glennie. "I just feel like we’re playing better every game, and we’re hoping we save our best for (Thursday).


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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 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 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
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