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Forging Ahead

Thursday, 01.28.2010 / 3:32 PM CT / News
By Dallas Stars Staff
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Forging Ahead


The Dallas Stars returned to American Airlines Center on Wednesday night and found a way to win after getting a couple tough breaks; learning that center Tom Wandell would be lost for the season with a torn ACL and defenseman Mark Fistric being assessed a match penalty early in the first period.

Mike Modano has been one of the players to help fill the void left by Tom Wandell’s injury since Jan. 21 and he played over 18 minutes in last night’s shootout win against Calgary. The 39-year old was given the day off from practice today and was also given the day off Tuesday before the game.

“We’re going to try to give Mike every opportunity to rejuvenate because this is a very difficult period that we’re going through right now with the intensity of the games,” Coach Marc Crawford said. “The intensity of the schedule, playing every second day until the break and the fact that we’ve got to do all that we can to make sure that he’s at his best in the game, that’s what counts.”

Help at the center position is on the horizon, with Mike Ribeiro getting closer, but he still is not yet cleared to practice. He has been cleared to skate in non-contact practices, as he did in yesterday’s morning skate, but he was unable to participate in today’s normal practice.

Modano is currently averaging just over 14 minutes per game, which will go up with the recent injuries to Wandell and Ribeiro. The Stars have plenty of options at center with Toby Petersen, Steve Ott, Brian Sutherby and Jamie Benn all having spent time at the center position this season, but right now Crawford is leaning on Modano to pick up more minutes.

“We saw last night we can push him to 18 minutes, he can handle it. I thought he was terrific in all aspects of the game and we’ll try to keep forging ahead with him.”

Mark Fistric was given a match penalty last night for using an opposing player’s helmet during a fight. Fistric was trying to take off Calgary’s Eric Nystrom’s helmet during the fight and the helmet got caught on Fistric’s hand as he threw another punch. The 6-3, 234-pound defenseman had a call this morning to talk about the incident with the league.

“The call [with the league] went alright. We all stated what we felt,” Fistric said. “Anyone that knows me knows that not only was it my third fight in a long time, but I don’t have a history of being a dirty player or anything like that. It was just the heat of the moment; you lose track of stuff. I meant no harm to Eric.”

The league announced earlier today that Mark Fistric would be fined $2,500 for the incident, but would not be suspended.





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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 DAL 56 36 15 5 182 150 77
2 CHI 59 36 18 5 162 137 77
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 ANA 54 27 19 8 123 127 62
6 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
7 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
8 NSH 56 26 21 9 147 148 61
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
11 VAN 55 22 21 12 127 149 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 55 25 27 3 139 157 53
14 EDM 57 22 29 6 138 168 50

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 56 29 34 18 63
T. Seguin 56 30 32 13 62
J. Klingberg 56 10 37 13 47
P. Sharp 56 16 25 -2 41
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
A. Goligoski 56 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 56 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 56 11 10 13 21
A. Hemsky 49 6 14 0 20
J. Demers 49 7 12 16 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 16 5 0 .910 2.80
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