Stars-Sabres Notes

Monday, 10.28.2013 / 11:37 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski

Stars coach Lindy Ruff shuffled his lines a bit for Monday night’s game in Buffalo and it paid dividends. Ruff moved Erik Cole back up to the top line, where he had played in the preseason and earlier in the regular season.

Cole, Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn combined for 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the 5-1 victory over Buffalo.

“We played together in the preseason and we know each other’s games a lot better now,” said Seguin, who had one goal and one assist. “Look what happened when Pevs (Rich Peverley) came to (our line) in Winnipeg, we had another good game. Tonight, I thought we played pretty well. “

The Stars also had some balance on the scoring front. The fourth line chipped in with a goal as well.

“We got a good start from (Vernon Fiddler’s) line, a good goal early for us. It was that play around the net, which has been kind of lacking in our game. That was good,” said Cole, who had two assists. “We were quicker to pucks, created some turnovers, some quick little plays at the net and it was in.”

Quotable: Kari Lehtonen on winning for Lindy Ruff in his return to Buffalo

“This is a special place for him. I remember the first time I played against Atlanta after getting traded. It was a big moment and I remember the feeling after we got the win, and I was able to play well in that game. Of course, you want something like that for your head coach.”

Notes

*Monday’s win was the Stars’ first regular season win in Buffalo since Oct. 7, 1997 when they beat the Sabres, 4-2.

*The Stars outshot the Sabres 29-25.

*Jordie Benn led the Stars with 4 shots on goal.

*The Stars were 1-3 on the power play and 2-3 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars won 39 of 58 (67 percent of faceoffs).

*Jamie Benn won all 9 of his faceoffs. Cody Eakin won 12 of 16.

*Alex Goligoski and Vernon Fiddler both scored their first goals of the season for the Stars.

*Valeri Nichushkin picked up second assist of the season on Goligoski’s power play goal.

*Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon and Sabres forward Marcus Foligno dropped the gloves early in the third period.

Stars lineup

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

Brenden DillonStephane Robidas
Trevor Daley
Sergei Gonchar
Alex Goligoski
Jordie Benn

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Travis Morin

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 - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Sceviour 1 1 1 1 2
J. Benn 1 1 0 0 1
T. Seguin 1 1 0 1 1
T. Daley 1 0 1 1 1
J. Benn 1 0 1 0 1
A. Chiasson 1 0 1 -2 1
C. Eakin 1 0 1 1 1
V. Nichushkin 1 0 1 2 1
R. Whitney 1 0 0 0 0
S. Gonchar 1 0 0 0 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 0 1 0 .886 4.07
 
 
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