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Stars-Canadiens Notes

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 11:31 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Canadiens Notes
The second games of back-to-backs haven\u2019t been kind to the Stars in recent seasons and they are off to a slow start in that department this season.

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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 23 14 4 5 63 56 33
2 VAN 22 15 6 1 67 61 31
3 NSH 21 14 5 2 61 45 30
4 STL 22 14 6 2 59 46 30
5 CGY 23 13 8 2 73 64 28
6 LAK 22 11 6 5 60 53 27
7 CHI 21 12 8 1 63 44 25
8 WPG 23 11 9 3 49 53 25
9 MIN 20 12 8 0 58 44 24
10 SJS 23 10 9 4 62 64 24
11 DAL 22 9 9 4 64 74 22
12 COL 22 8 9 5 57 70 21
13 ARI 23 9 11 3 57 71 21
14 EDM 22 6 14 2 51 77 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 22 17 11 6 28
J. Benn 22 8 12 4 20
J. Spezza 22 4 15 -6 19
A. Roussel 22 5 7 -3 12
T. Daley 22 5 6 -10 11
C. Eakin 19 4 5 2 9
A. Goligoski 22 0 9 2 9
J. Klingberg 8 3 5 6 8
R. Garbutt 19 3 5 -5 8
E. Cole 21 4 3 -3 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 9 5 4 .908 2.93
A. Lindback 0 4 0 .845 4.52
 
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