Stars-Blackhawks Notes

Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 11:48 PM CT / 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 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
5 MIN 75 43 25 7 215 185 93
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 74 27 44 -4 71
T. Seguin 64 33 34 -1 67
J. Spezza 74 16 40 -4 56
J. Klingberg 57 10 27 7 37
C. Eakin 70 17 17 -2 34
A. Goligoski 74 4 30 0 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
A. Hemsky 68 11 21 -7 32
S. Horcoff 70 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 72 12 14 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 14 10 .908 2.82
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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