Stars-Senators Notes

Sunday, 11.3.2013 / 5:57 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Senators Notes

The chances have been coming recently for Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin, but finding the back of the net has been a different story. That changed on Sunday. Nichushkin, Dallas’s first round pick (10th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, finally scored his first NHL goal.

Thirty seconds into the second period, Nichushkin took a drop pass from defenseman Brenden Dillon on the rush and ripped a shot past Senators goaltender Craig Anderson from the slot.

“He’s really come along. Tonight I thought he dominated skating-wise, physically,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “He made the play right off the bat at the start of the game where (Jamie) Benn could have converted and late in overtime could have finished it himself.”

The 18-year-old Nichushkin played 19:29 in the game, his highest total since the season opener against Florida. He matched his season-high with three shots on goal and had some good chances in the game.

“You look at not only this game, but a few games before it and you can see he is getting more comfortable,” said Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar. “He’s controlling the puck a little bit more, you can see it coming. It seems like he is making nice progress.”

Line juggling; Seguin’s faceoff woes

Stars coach Lindy Ruff basically stayed with the lines he rolled out in Saturday’s practice, playing Ray Whitney and Alex Chiasson with Tyler Seguin and putting Jamie Benn and Valeri Nichushkin on a line with Cody Eakin.

The moves paid some dividends as Whitney and Nichushkin scored their first goals of the season, as did Antoine Roussel, giving the Stars goals from three different lines in the game.

Ruff did move up Benn up to the Seguin line later in the game because Seguin was struggling in the faceoff circle, winning just one of 14 draws in the game.

“I had to put Benn up there because we were getting killed in the faceoff circle,” Ruff said. “It’s tough to go 0-13. The compete there has to be a lot stronger. Scratch your nose on the ice if you have to.”

Asked what Seguin can do to improve on faceoffs, Ruff had this response.

“You are going to have to get lower, you are going to have to get stronger, you are going to have to get kicked out a couple times,” Ruff said. “It’s a one-on-one compete, it’s a form of competing. Get mad, get mad. Watch (Cody) Eakin go into the faceoff circle, and he’ll get a foot off the ice. He’s bound and determined, and you’ve got to look like that every time, especially on a night when you are having a tough night.”

Notes

*The Stars are now 2-2 in games that have been settled beyond regulation. They are 2-1 in shootouts and 0-1 in four-on-four overtime.

*The Stars are 3-2-0 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Stars have scored 3 third period goals in the last two games. They scored 3 third period goals in their first 12 games.

*The Stars outshot the Senators 38-36.

*Jamie Benn led the Stars with 5 shots on goal.

*The Stars were 0-4 on the power play and 3-4 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars won 24 of 63 (38 percent) of faceoffs. Rich Peverley won 6 of 9. Tyler Seguin won 1 of 14.

*Alex Goligoski led the Stars with 25:54 of ice time.

Stars lineup

Ray WhitneyTyler SeguinAlex Chiasson
Jamie Benn
Cody EakinValeri Nichushkin
Erik Cole
Vernon FiddlerRich Peverley
Antoine Roussel
Shawn HorcoffRyan Garbutt

Brenden DillonStephane Robidas
Trevor Daley
Sergei Gonchar
Alex Goligoski
Jordie Benn

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Lane MacDermid

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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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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