Daley, Gonchar return

Tuesday, 01.7.2014 / 7:38 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Daley, Gonchar return

The Stars got two defensemen back Monday night with both Trevor Daley and Sergei Gonchar returning to the lineup.

Daley returned after missing 14 games with a high-ankle sprain. He played 19:35 in the game, had three shots on goal and was a plus-one.

“I felt pretty good out there,” Daley said. “I tried to keep it as simple as possible, and felt pretty good physically.”

Gonchar was back after missing six games with concussion-like symptoms. He played 18:35, had one shot on goal and was a minus-two.

“It wasn’t that bad. Obviously the timing was off,” Gonchar said. “When you miss a few games your timing is off, gap is off. Have to work on it and be better next time.”

With Gonchar and Daley returning, Cameron Gaunce was a healthy scratch on defense. Aaron Rome also sat out with an upper body injury suffered in Saturday’s game against Detroit.

Quotable: Kari Lehtonen

“I don’t think the game changed too much (from the first period to the second). They had a couple of good chances in the first and I was able to make a couple of saves. They had similar chances in the second and they went in. As a goalie, that’s how I look at it. I don’t know or care about forechecks or backchecks or things like that. I try to react on their opportunities. It’s a long game. After a really good first period for myself, things really went bad the next two. Just need to keep working and believing in this group and myself.”

Notes

*The Stars have lost three games in a row for the first time this season.

*The seven goals against Monday were the most the Stars have allowed this season.

*The three power play goals allowed were the most the Stars have allowed in a game this season.

*The Stars were outshot 43-23 in the game.

*Valeri Nichushkin and Trevor Daley led the Stars with three shots each.

*The Stars won 27 of 72 (38 percent) of faceoffs. Cody Eakin won 8 of 17. Vernon Fiddler won 6 of 15. Rich Peverley won 5 of 14. Tyler Seguin won 4 of 10. Jamie Benn won 2 of 10.

*The Stars are now 6-6-1 vs. the Eastern Conference.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel - Cody EakinRyan Garbutt
Erik ColeRich PeverleyAlex Chiasson
Shawn HorcoffVernon FiddlerRay Whitney

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon
Kevin Connauton
Sergei Gonchar
Jordie BennTrevor Daley

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

Scratched: Cameron Gaunce, Dustin Jeffrey

Injured: Aaron Rome (upper body), Stephane Robidas (leg)

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 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 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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