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, 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 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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