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Stars-Blackhawks Notes

Wednesday, 12.11.2013 / 12:48 AM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Blackhawks Notes
If there was a positive for the Stars in their 6-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks it was the play of forward Antoine Roussel.

If there was a positive for the Stars in their 6-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks it was the play of forward Antoine Roussel, who scored both Dallas goals, was a plus-2 and registered a game-high nine hits.

Both Roussel goals came from his going to the front of the net. Roussel has scored five goals over the last seven games.

“He’s the one bright spot,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “They hate him, they hate playing against him. I think that is a tribute to the way he played. He got rewarded for being in some dirty areas in front of the net. He’s playing hard for us and he’s playing the type of game the opposition doesn’t like to see. I admire the way he works in the game. “

Roussel also picked up 16 minutes in penalties, 14 of which came late when he got in a scrum with Blackhawks forward Jeremy Morin. Roussel got minors for cross-checking and roughing and a ten minute misconduct.

Quotable: Lindy Ruff

“We thought we might struggle in some situations with the defense we have out. I thought the other night they gave us a pretty solid game. I thought tonight our defense struggled. I thought they struggled with the playmaking part, getting the puck up ice. Our transition game wasn’t very good. In some defending situations we defended really poorly. We’ve got to be better than that. We know we can be better. We just flat out got outworked. You won’t win games. We’ve taken a lot of pride in being in every game, trying to outwork the opposition every game, outskate the opposition. That didn’t happen tonight. There wasn’t much to like and it was a group effort.”

Notes

*The Stars are 5-4-4 at home this season.

*The Stars are 2-5-3 against the Central Division.

*The six goals against matched a season-high for the Stars. St. Louis and Anaheim also scored six against the Stars this season.

*The Stars were 0-5 on the power play and are now 1-47 (2.1 percent) on the power play at home.

*Antoine Roussel scored both Dallas goals. He now has 5 goals over the last 7 games.

*Dustin Jeffrey picked up his first assist as a Dallas Star in Tuesday’s game.

*The Stars won 29 of 54 (54 percent) of faceoffs. Dustin Jeffrey won 7 of 10. Rich Peverley won 6 of 8.

*Chicago blocked 21 shots in the game.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel
Cody EakinRyan Garbutt
Ray Whitney
Dustin JeffreyRich Peverley
Erik Cole
Shawn HorcoffAlex Chiasson

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon
Jordie Benn
Sergei Gonchar
Kevin Connauton
Jamie Oleksiak

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

Injured: Vernon Fiddler (upper body), Trevor Daley (ankle), Stephane Robidas (leg)

Scratched: Aaron Rome, Colton Sceviour

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 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 65 23 38 -3 61
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 65 15 37 -5 52
J. Klingberg 51 10 25 4 35
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
C. Eakin 62 15 15 -1 30
A. Goligoski 65 3 24 3 27
A. Hemsky 59 9 17 -9 26
A. Roussel 63 12 12 -12 24
S. Horcoff 61 9 14 3 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 26 13 10 .905 2.98
J. Enroth 14 25 2 .901 3.26
 
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