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 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 13 5 10 2 15
J. Spezza 13 5 8 0 13
C. Eakin 13 1 7 -4 8
A. Goligoski 13 4 3 -6 7
P. Sharp 13 4 2 -4 6
P. Eaves 9 3 3 3 6
R. Faksa 13 3 2 2 5
M. Janmark 12 2 3 -3 5
C. Sceviour 11 2 3 1 5
J. Klingberg 13 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 6 3 0 .899 2.81
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .865 3.29
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