Stars-Flames Notes

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 12:21 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Flames Notes

Kevin Connauton made his NHL debut Thursday night, and played a solid game. Connauton, who was paired with Sergei Gonchar, logged 16:05 of ice time, had no points, two penalty minutes, a plus-two rating and he blocked four shots.

“It was good. It was nice that we were able to get the win. That was a huge plus. You always want to be in the games the team is winning,” Connauton said. “For me, it was a little bit jittery at first. It took a couple of shifts to get my feet under me, not just the nerves but it’s been in a while since I’ve seen some game action. I think overall it went pretty well, I was happy with it and I hope it is the first of many.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff liked what he saw from the 23-year-old Connauton, who had been a healthy scratch the first eight games this season.

“Maybe a little nervous in the first period, but he settled in and that pair was pretty efficient after that,” Ruff said. “I thought Kevin started to use his legs a little bit and felt better about his game as the game went on.”

Quotable: Stars coach Lindy Ruff on the team’s defensive effort Thursday

“Better, a lot better with our sticks, a lot better with getting our bodies in lanes. Sergei (Gonchar) blocked a key opportunity late in the second. (Lane) MacDermid in the third blocked an opportunity in front. Point shots weren’t getting through near as easily as they were in the previous two games. That’s something we are going to keep working on.”

Notes

*The Stars won their third straight game at home.

*The Stars outshot the Flames 34-29. It was just the second time in nine games the Stars have outshot their opponent.

*Jamie Benn led the Stars with seven shots on goal. Alex Chiasson and Rich Peverley had 5 shots each.

*With his two goals Thursday, Benn extended his points streak to 5 games (2 goals, 5 assists, 7 points).

*With this two goals and one assist Thursday, Alex Chiasson now has 11 goals and 16 points in 16 NHL games.

*The Stars were 0-4 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill in the game.

*The Stars won 33 of 64 (52 percent) of faceoffs. Vernon Fiddler won 6 of 9 (67 percent) and Tyler Seguin won 10 of 19 (53 percent).

*Kevin Connauton and Shawn Horcoff led the Stars with four blocked shots each.

*Stephane Robidas and Brenden Dillon both were a plus-3 in the game.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinRich Peverley
Ray Whitney
Cody EakinAlex Chiasson
Valeri Nichushkin
Shawn HorcoffErik Cole
Lane MacDermid
Vernon FiddlerAntoine Roussel

Brenden DillonStephane Robidas
Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn
Kevin Connauton
Sergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

Scratches: Alex Goligoski, Aaron Rome

Suspended: Ryan Garbutt

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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 9 5 7 5 12
J. Spezza 9 4 6 1 10
C. Eakin 9 0 7 1 7
A. Goligoski 9 3 2 -5 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 9 3 1 0 4
R. Faksa 9 2 2 1 4
J. Klingberg 9 1 3 -5 4
A. Hemsky 9 1 3 0 4
M. Janmark 8 1 3 -1 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 4 1 0 .903 2.70
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .872 3.33
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