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Keeping Positive

Thursday, 11.05.2009 / 9:42 PM / News
By Olivia Kiespert  - DallasStars.com
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Keeping Positive

Despite dominating the Flames in almost every aspect Wednesday night’s game, the Stars still found themselves on the losing end of yet another overtime heartbreaker. Still, the Stars found many positives in their game and hope build on their solid play tomorrow against Vancouver.

“I thought it was one of those nights where the wrong team won,” says defenseman Trevor Daley. “Some nights it’s going to happen like that, but I’m really excited about what we had out there last night and what this team could possibly do.”

Teammate Mike Ribeiro agreed. “We can take the positives from last night: we played well; we just weren’t lucky and didn’t get the win,” he says. “We just need to keep focusing on what we have to do and not the other team. We have a good team, good goaltending. We just need to try to play the same way we did last night.”

Head Coach Marc Crawford didn’t have too many complaints from game either. With a few minor adjustments, the Stars should be ready to dominate most nights and – most importantly – win.

“That’s the type of game offensively that we generated a lot in,” Crawford says. “It’s the type of game that defensively, we really did stymie the opposition for large portions of the game. If we keep throwing that formula out there, we’re going to have good results. You’re always looking for improvements. I don’t think there is a perfect hockey game, but you’re always trying to have your players play as flawlessly as they possibly can. As much as we are gaining as much solace as we can in the fact that we played a real strong game, victories are what speak the loudest, especially when you’re talking about confidence. We know the formula’s right; we’ve got a lot of belief in the group. The next step is to close the deal, so to speak.”

Injury Update

Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen returned to the Stars’ lineup last night after missing the last 13 and nine games respectively. Today, both players were feeling fine at practice and are ready to take on the Canucks tomorrow night.

“They both said they felt pretty good,” Crawford says. “Mike commented on the fact that he thought he caught up to the pace of the hitting in the second period. Jere told me that it was a hard game last night, but he feels really good today. That’s a good blessing for us, obviously. He had that long training camp off getting ready. He came back, had two games and went back on the shelf. I’m sure it’s good for him getting through these periods where his body going to get some soreness, and hopefully its not to the severity that he’s got to take time off again. We’re always leery of that. Their comments were pretty positive today.”

James Neal did not skate today (groin) but is a possibility for tomorrow night. He scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season last night.

Canucks Friday

The Stars host the Vancouver Canucks Friday at American Airlines Center at 7:30 (Get Tickets). This is the second time this season the teams will face each other and first in Dallas. The Stars lost to the Canucks, 4-3, in a shootout on Oct. 11 in Vancouver. Stars’ rookie Jamie Benn scored his first career NHL goal with less than two minutes remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 61 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 61 14 37 -3 51
E. Cole 56 18 14 4 32
J. Klingberg 47 10 22 4 32
T. Daley 58 16 15 -11 31
A. Hemsky 55 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 61 2 24 4 26
C. Eakin 58 12 13 -3 25
A. Roussel 59 11 11 -11 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 9 .906 2.96
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
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