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 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

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
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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