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Texas Stars Report

Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 11:35 AM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Texas Stars Report
The Texas Stars opened the 2013-14 season by splitting a pair of games over the weekend. Forward Travis Morin had a big weekend for Texas.

The Texas Stars opened the 2013-14 season by splitting a pair of games over the weekend at Cedar Park Center. Forward Travis Morin had a big weekend for Texas, registering six points (three goals, three assists) in the two games.

Saturday October 5: Texas 4, Chicago 1

Morin tied a franchise mark with four points (two goals, two assists) in a game as Texas opened the season with a 4-1 victory over Chicago Saturday night at Cedar Park Center. Colton Sceviour chipped in with a goal and an assist and defenseman Max Fortunus also scored. Rookie defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka had two assists in his AHL debut.

“It was a good win,” said Texas coach Willie Desjardins. “I think Morin was the difference tonight. He had such a great game.”

Morin set up the first two goals by Texas to give the team a 2-0 lead by early in the second period. Off the rush he backhanded the puck across the crease to Sceviour, who scored off a close range backhand at 10:07 of the first period to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. Early in the second Morin sent a pass to Fortunus, who scored off a blast from the point with Texas on the power play to make it a 2-0 game. Morin scored on a two-on-one rush late in the second to put the Stars up 3-0. Chicago scored a little more than a minute later to make it a 3-1 game, but Morin scored again just under eight minutes into the third to round out the scoring in the game.

Jack Campbell got the start in goal and stopped 18 of 19 shots.

“I was incredibly impressed with the guys,” said Campbell. “Everybody top to bottom played well and that’s what it is going to take to have a great season and build off last year.”

The Stars outshot Chicago 38-19 in the game.

Sunday October 6: Rockford 4, Texas 3

The Stars jumped out to a 2-0 lead Sunday evening against Rockford at Cedar Park Center, but couldn’t hold it and eventually lost 4-3 despite a 44-24 advantage in shots.

“We played well at the start and we did some good things. They capitalized on some mistakes that got them going and got them some life,” Desjardins said. “They played a pretty good game. We have to play better. We probably didn’t work as hard away from the puck as we need to.”

Morin had a goal and an assist for the Stars. Curtis McKenzie scored his first professional goal and Mike Hedden also tallied for Texas. Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal and stopped 20 of 24 shots.

Morin scored 6:32 into the game and then assisted on a power play goal by McKenzie midway through the first period to stake the Stars to a 2-0 lead. But Rockford scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead. Hedden scored at 11:22 of the second to tie the game, but Rockford scored a little more than seven minutes later to take a 4-3 lead.

The Stars outshot the IceHogs 18-6 in the third period, but couldn’t get another puck past Rockford goaltender Kent Simpson, who ended the night with 41 saves.

Week ahead

No games scheduled.

Next game is October 15 at Oklahoma City.

Notes

*Travis Morin leads Texas in scoring with six points (three goals, three assists) after two games.

*Morin, Colton Sceviour and Curtis McKenzie are all plus-four after two games.

*Forward Matej Stransky, who is in his first professional season, picked up an assist in each of the first two games.

*Stransky leads the Stars with ten shots on goal through two games.

*Texas defenseman Maxime Fortunus played in his 700th professional game in Saturday’s season opener vs. Chicago.

*Forward Austin Smith missed the first two games due to injury.

Texas opening weekend lineup

Here was the lineup Texas used primarily for the first two games of the season.

Curtis McKenzie-Travis Morin-Colton Sceviour
Mike Hedden-Justin Dowling-Brett Ritchie
Matej Stransky
-Taylor Vause-Toby Petersen
Francis Wathier
-Taylor Peters-Brock Montgomery

Jamie Oleksiak-William Wrenn
Patrik Nemeth
-Maxime Fortunus
Jyrki Jokipakka
-Cameron Gaunce

Jack Campbell/Cristopher Nilstorp

Texas Roster

Here is the Texas Stars roster to open the season. There are 14 forwards, 8 defensemen and 2 goaltenders currently on the roster.

Forwards: Justin Dowling, Mike Hedden, Curtis McKenzie, Brock Montgomery, Travis Morin, Taylor Peters, Toby Petersen, Brendan Ranford, Brett Ritchie, Colton Sceviour, Austin Smith, Matej Stransky, Taylor Vause, Francis Wathier

Defensemen: Ryan Button, Maxime Fortunus, Cameron Gaunce, Jyrki Jokipakka, Hubert Labrie, Patrick Nemeth, Jamie Oleksiak, William Wrenn

Goaltenders: Jack Campbell, Cristopher Nilstorp

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
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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