Stars Fall in Montreal, 2-1

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 10:26 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars Fall in Montreal, 2-1

The Montreal Canadiens are one of the toughest teams to score on in the NHL, and the Dallas Stars found out just how hard it can be Tuesday night. Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 26 saves and Montreal’s forwards and defenseman blocked 29 shots as the Canadiens defeated the Stars, 2-1, at Bell Centre.

“We do the little things right some nights and the other nights we’re just a little off,” said Stars defenseman Jordie Benn. “Our goal is to get pucks to the net and I heard they blocked a lot of shots. That’s what it is going to take to win, blocking a lot of shots. If we’re not going to hit the net we’re not going to score. Credit to them for blocking a lot of shots, but it’s our job to get it on net and get some greasy ones on the road.”

The loss snapped a three game points streak for the Stars, dropped their road record to 2-5-0 and left them with a 5-6-1 mark overall.

Montreal built a 2-0 lead, the Stars cut the lead to 2-1 late in the second and then outshot Montreal 9-3 in the third as they tried to get the equalizer.

“It was a hard-fought game,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “They got a bounce on the first goal, it was going wide. I thought we did a good job killing off their power plays, we had a couple of late opportunities point blank. They did a great job of being in shot lanes and blocking shots. It’s probably a game we could have come out of here with points.”

Cody Eakin scored the lone goal for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 of 25 shots.

The Canadiens took a 1-0 lead with 7:58 left in the first period when a Raphael Diaz shot from the right point was deflected by Michael Bournival, bounced off Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas and into the net.

The Stars had a great chance to tie with 5:16 left in the period, but Price stopped Jamie Benn’s bid from the left circle with the Stars on a three-on-one rush.

Price had a couple more big saves seven minutes into the second period, stopping a close range bid by Alex Chiasson and then 20 seconds later turning away a shot by Alex Goligoski from the left circle.

Lehtonen came up big when the Canadiens went on a power play midway through the second, making several saves including a sharp stop on a Bournival redirection of a P.K. Subban shot.

But the Canadiens extended their lead a short time later when the Stars turned the puck over at the Montreal blue line and the Canadiens scored off the rush as Rene Bourque scored off the rebound of a Diaz shot.

The Stars got on the board with 2:33 left in the second when Cody Eakin took a pass from Brenden Dillon at the Dallas blue line, skated into the Montreal zone and beat Price with a wrist shot from the slot to make it a 2-1 game.

The Stars came close to tying it early in the third when a Valeri Nichushkin shot from close range got behind Price, but Montreal defenseman Francois Bouillon cleared the puck away.

The Stars had more chances as the period moved along. Price stopped a close range chance by Chiasson with 11:29 left in the game. Chiasson had a great chance with 8:49 remaining, but Ray Whitney’s centering pass was bouncing and Chiasson fired it wide.

“That’s a play we usually connect and it was just a tough bounce,” said Chiasson.

The Stars went on their first and only power play chance of the night with 8:12 remaining, but couldn’t cash in.

The Stars pulled Lehtonen with just under a minute left, and Eakin had a great chance immediately, but Price made a slick glove save. The Stars couldn’t get anything going after that, and Montreal hung on for the victory to improve to 8-5-0 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 reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.




1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47


J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82 is the official Web site of DSE Hockey Club, L.P.  The Stars name and logos are registered trademarks of the NHL and the Stars. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 DSE Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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