Stars-Ducks Notes

Tuesday, 11.26.2013 / 11:38 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Ducks Notes

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he wanted to get Dan Ellis a start soon, and that start came Tuesday night against the Ducks. Ellis said he found out he was in goal just prior to the game.

“I found out shortly before the game, last minute decision that caused a change,” Ellis said. “That’s just one of those things you’ve got to be ready, I guess, every day.”

Asked about the decision to go with Ellis on Tuesday night, Ruff kept the explanation short.

“I just decided he needed to play. That’s it,” Ruff said.

It worked out well for Ellis and the Stars. Ellis stopped 28 of 31 shots in the Stars’ 6-3 victory over the Ducks. It was Ellis’ first start since October 19.

“It was good,” Ellis said. “I hadn’t had a start in a little while, so to get in there and have a chance to contribute, help us win after a couple of losses and play against my old team for the first time, there were a lot of good things there. It takes a little while to get your flow and your rhythm when you’ve been out a while, you’re just battling. We battled and the guys contributed enough on the scoreboard that we got the win.”

Notes

*The Dallas Stars scored five goals in the third period Tuesday night, marking the first time since Feb. 6, 2009 vs. the New York Rangers (six goals in the third period) that the club scored five or more goals in a single period.

*The Stars scored three goals in a span of 53-seconds in game. That is the fastest three goals scored in that span for the team since Oct. 14, 1995 when Dallas scored three times in 44-seconds against Boston.

*Ryan Garbutt registered a career-high three points (one goal, two assists) in Tuesday’s game.

*Antoine Roussel scored a career-high two goals in the game.

*The Stars improved to 4-3-2 at home.

*The Stars improved to 2-6-1 against teams that currently qualify for the playoffs in the Western Conference.

*The Stars outshot the Ducks 33-31. Brenden Dillon, Jamie Benn and Alex Goligoski led the Stars with four shots each.

The Stars won 41 of 67 (61 percent) of faceoffs. Vernon Fiddler won 12 of 17. Cody Eakin won 9 of 14. Jamie Benn won 8 of 11.

*The Stars were 0-3 on the power play and 1-2 on the penalty kill.

*Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar played in his 1,200th NHL game Tuesday.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Ray Whitney
Cody EakinAlex Chiasson
Erik Cole
Shawn HorcoffRich Peverley
Antoine Roussel
Vernon FiddlerRyan Garbutt

Brenden DillonStephane Robidas
Alex Goligoski
Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn
Sergei Gonchar

Dan Ellis (starter)
Kari Lehtonen

Injured: None

Scratched: Dustin Jeffrey; Kevin Connauton; Aaron Rome

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 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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