Stars-Blackhawks Notes

Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 12:08 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Blackhawks Notes

The Dallas Stars power play continues to struggle. On paper, it was 0-6 in Saturday night’s 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, and is now 0-24 at home this season. The power play is 3-41 (7.3 percent) over the last 12 games.

Saturday night, the power play turned out to be a major factor in the game. The Stars did score their first goal of the night just seconds after a power play expired when they still had a man-advantage. But twice in the game the power play had a chance to extend the lead, couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity and Chicago tied the game a short time later.

“Again, it had some real good opportunities, had some good looks but it didn’t convert,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said about the power play. “That could have been a game changer when the game was right there.”

“We just had some chances we didn’t score on,” said Stars center Tyler Seguin. “A few times the puck was bouncing over our sticks. It’s how the game went.”

The Blackhawks scored on their only power play to snap a 2-2 tie. That goal held up as the game-winner. Chicago’s penalty kill, which came into the game ranked 30th in the league at 74.4 percent, had a good night.

“Basically, it was one of those nights where you look at special teams was the differential and our penalty kill led the charge,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said.

Quotable: Lindy Ruff

“I was really worried about coming off the road and coming into the first game back home. Thought we started the first shift a little shaky with the passing but after that our puck moving and our skating, some of the opportunities we created with the speed of our team. We chose to pass up some good opportunities. There were a couple that were sitting right there for us and we didn’t finish. At the end, we gave the game away and that hurts.”

Notes

*Saturday’s loss was only the second in regulation for the Stars in the last nine games (5-2-2).

*The Stars are now 1-3-2 vs. the Central Division.

*Tyler Seguin took over the team lead with his seventh goal of the season.

*The Stars outshot Chicago 33-31.

*Cody Eakin led the Stars with 7 shots on goal.

*The Stars won 26 of 52 (50 percent) of faceoffs. Eakin and Tyler Seguin both won 5 of 9 (55 percent).

*Chicago’s Patrick Sharp tied a career-high with his four assists in the game.

*The Blackhawks blocked 21 shots in the game. Defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya blocked three each.

*Stars forward Erik Cole played only 5:11 in the game.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinRich Peverley
Ray Whitney
Cody EakinAlex Chiasson
Ryan Garbutt
Shawn HorcoffValeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel
Vernon FiddlerErik Cole

Brenden DillonStephane Robidas
Alex Goligoski
Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn
Sergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

Scratched: Aaron Rome, Lane MacDermid

Conditioning assignment: Kevin Connauton

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 10 5 9 6 14
J. Spezza 10 4 7 2 11
C. Eakin 10 1 7 2 8
P. Sharp 10 4 2 1 6
R. Faksa 10 3 2 2 5
A. Goligoski 10 3 2 -5 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
J. Klingberg 10 1 3 -3 4
A. Hemsky 10 1 3 -1 4
M. Janmark 9 1 3 -1 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 5 1 0 .906 2.58
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .872 3.33
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