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.”
*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.
Conditioning assignment: Kevin Connauton