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Stars Fall to Jets in Shootout

Sunday, 10.27.2013 / 12:02 AM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars Fall to Jets in Shootout
Stars coach Lindy Ruff thought his team played Saturday night the way it practiced Saturday morning, and that wasn\u2019t a good thing.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff thought his team played Saturday night the way it practiced Saturday morning, and that wasn’t a good thing. The Stars got off to a slow start and it cost them in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets at American Airlines Center.

“The first period we resembled the team that practiced this morning. We weren’t crisp this morning and we didn’t’ come out crisp,” Ruff said. “I thought that hurt us.”

It was the fifth loss in the last seven games for the Stars (2-4-1) and it snapped a three game winning streak at home. The Stars are now 4-5-1 on the season.

“Our first period wasn’t very good. We got outshot, we got outworked. It’s tough to win games when you have bad starts,” said Stars forward Vernon Fiddler. “You’re playing catch up hockey, you’re trying to find some momentum and you just can’t find it. We can’t be a team that turns it on in the third period and expects to win. We’ll take the point out of it, but we have to be much better.”

Despite the slow start, the Stars were in a position to make sure this game never got to a shootout, but they couldn’t’ take advantage of a power play opportunity late in regulation that continued for the first 1:34 of overtime. The Stars were 0-4 on the power play in the game. They are 1-20 on the power play over the last five games.

“We’ve got to figure it out because it can make a difference in the game,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “When you have a 4-on-3 in overtime or a 5-on-4 late in the third, whatever it is, that’s pretty big. We’re going up against their four hardest working players pretty much and we’ve got to outwork them and figure out a way to get a goal.”

Getting goals on either side wasn’t easy on this night. Both goaltenders were outstanding. Kari Lehtonen stopped 37 of 38 shots in the game and 2 of 3 in the shootout. Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec stopped 35 of 36 shots in the game and was 3-3 in the shootout.

“Our goalie was fantastic,” said Jets coach Claude Noel. “We gave them some opportunities right there at the end there point blank that he had to come up big. He made some really key saves. I thought that Lehtonen made some key saves as well, but there was some point-blank ones that we had to face. It’s getting to the point where we’re starting to expect that from Pavelec. He’s coming through big time for us.”

The Jets dominated the first half of the first period, outshooting the Stars 11-3, and they ended up with a 14-8 advantage after the first 20 minutes.

The Stars had a power play early in the second period – their second of the game – but couldn’t cash in. Just after it expired there was a delayed penalty call on the Stars and the Jets scored when Evander Kane scored off the rebound of a Dustin Byfuglien shot at the 3:18 mark.

The Stars had another power play chance in the second, but couldn’t get a shot on goal.

The Jets came close to extending their lead just seconds into the third period, but a Devin Setoguchi shot off the rush hit the post.

The Stars tied it at 6:36 of the third after Fiddler picked off a Byfuglien pass in the neutral zone. The end result was Stephane Robidas scoring from the right point on a shot where his stick broke.

“It’s a lucky goal,” said Robidas. “I guess he (Pavelec) probably got surprised a little bit.”

The Jets took a too many men on the ice penalty with 26 seconds left in regulation. Pavelec made a big stop on a Jamie Benn redirection with 18 seconds left in the third.

The power play carried over into overtime, but the Stars couldn’t cash in and surrendered a couple of good shorthanded chances for the Jets.

“It was a chance for us to close out that game and if you don’t score at least get a couple scoring chances. They had the better chances,” said Robidas.

Valeri Nichushkin had a great chance all alone in front of the net with 1:50 left in overtime, but Pavelec turned away his backhand attempt.

Lehtonen came up big with 28 seconds left, stopping a redirection by Andrew Ladd.

The game went to the shootout, where Ladd scored the only goal. Pavelec stopped Jamie Benn and Alex Chiasson and Ray Whitney missed the net.

The win snapped a three game losing streak for the Jets, who improved to 5-5-2 on the season.

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 61 41 13 7 186 143 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 60 38 18 4 188 151 80
4 CHI 61 36 20 5 180 146 77
5 VAN 60 35 22 3 171 156 73
6 WPG 62 31 20 11 173 168 73
7 LAK 59 29 18 12 162 152 70
8 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
9 MIN 60 31 22 7 169 158 69
10 SJS 61 30 23 8 171 174 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 61 20 34 7 134 206 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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