Stars-Canadiens Notes

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 10:31 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Canadiens Notes

The second games of back-to-backs haven’t been kind to the Stars in recent seasons and they are off to a slow start in that department this season.

After Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss in Montreal, the Stars are now 0-3 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. They are 4-20-2 in those games dating back to 2011-12.

Even though they lost Tuesday night, Stars coach Lindy Ruff didn’t seem to have a problem with his team’s effort in this back-to-back.

“It was a tight game,” said Ruff. “We didn’t make the mistakes we’ve made in road games, didn’t give the opposition the opportunities. They got a bounce on their first (goal) and you’ve got to fight through those. The third period, we had four of five point blank (chances). If you don’t score, you don’t get anything.”

The Stars’ two previous losses in the second games of back-to-backs this season were a 5-1 loss at Minnesota and a 6-3 loss at Anaheim, where they blew a 3-1 lead and were outscored 5-0 over the final two periods.

Canadiens a tough nut to crack

The Canadiens blocked 28 shots in their 2-0 victory at Madison Square Garden Monday night. Tuesday night they blocked 29 of the 64 shots the Stars attempted on net. Sixteen of the 18 Montreal skaters in the game had at least one blocked shot. Defenseman Andrei Markov led the way with four. Markov and teammate Josh Gorges rank in the top ten in the NHL in blocked shots this season.

Quotable

“It was a dream come true for me, being from here and being a fan growing up. It was a great experience. My legs were shaking for quite a bit there. I used that as motivation throughout the game, but it’s going to be a sour taste.”

-Stars forward Alex Chiasson, a Montreal native, after playing his first NHL game in Montreal

Notes

*Stars coach Lindy Ruff started Quebec natives Stephane Robidas and Alex Chiasson in Tuesday’s game. Antoine Roussel, who was born in France and grew up in Quebec, also started.

*The Stars outshot Montreal 27-24 in the game.

*Alex Chiasson led the Stars with five shots on goal. Sergei Gonchar had four.

*The Stars won 33 of 67 (49 percent) of faceoffs. Tyler Seguin won 10 of 17 (59 percent). Jamie Benn won 6 of 9 (67 percent). Cody Eakin won 5 of 15 (33 percent).

*The Stars were 0-1 on the power play and 3-3 on the penalty kill.

*Stars forward Antoine Roussel picked up his fourth fighting major of the season, dropping the gloves with Montreal defenseman Francois Bouillon in the first period.

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen picked up a roughing minor after taking a shot at Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher, who was penalized for goaltender interference on the play.

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 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 148 152 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 120 142 54
12 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
13 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 54 28 33 16 61
T. Seguin 54 28 30 11 58
J. Klingberg 54 9 35 15 44
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 54 16 24 -1 40
A. Goligoski 54 4 20 17 24
C. Eakin 54 10 13 1 23
M. Janmark 54 10 10 13 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 51 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 14 5 0 .909 2.82
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