Stars-Sabres Notes

Monday, 10.28.2013 / 10:37 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Sabres Notes

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 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 SJS 54 29 20 5 158 144 63
6 ANA 54 27 19 8 123 127 62
7 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
8 NSH 56 26 21 9 147 148 61
9 ARI 55 25 24 6 144 168 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 3 140 158 53
14 EDM 57 22 29 6 139 169 50

STATS

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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