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\u2019s 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.

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.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 76 28 44 -4 72
T. Seguin 66 34 35 -1 69
J. Spezza 76 16 41 -3 57
J. Klingberg 59 11 27 6 38
C. Eakin 72 17 19 -2 36
T. Daley 62 16 19 -9 35
A. Goligoski 76 4 31 0 35
A. Hemsky 70 11 21 -6 32
S. Horcoff 72 11 17 8 28
V. Fiddler 74 12 14 -6 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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