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Stars-Ducks Notes

Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 12:38 AM / 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.

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 NSH 49 32 11 6 149 115 70
2 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
3 STL 49 32 13 4 160 120 68
4 CHI 50 31 17 2 155 115 64
5 SJS 50 27 17 6 139 135 60
6 WPG 51 26 17 8 142 132 60
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 50 27 20 3 144 129 57
9 LAK 49 21 16 12 134 132 54
10 DAL 49 23 19 7 157 159 53
11 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 50 18 26 6 116 170 42
14 EDM 50 13 28 9 115 166 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 49 28 28 1 56
J. Benn 49 16 29 -2 45
J. Spezza 49 9 27 -6 36
T. Daley 46 12 13 -8 25
J. Klingberg 35 9 15 9 24
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 49 1 22 9 23
A. Roussel 49 11 11 -2 22
C. Eakin 46 9 13 7 22
A. Hemsky 46 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 21 11 7 .905 2.96
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
 
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