Daley, Gonchar return

Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 8:38 AM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski

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 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 4 3 1 1 4
S. Horcoff 4 0 4 4 4
C. Sceviour 4 1 2 3 3
C. Eakin 4 1 2 0 3
A. Roussel 4 0 3 2 3
R. Garbutt 4 2 0 2 2
V. Fiddler 4 1 1 0 2
A. Goligoski 4 1 1 4 2
A. Chiasson 4 1 1 -4 2
T. Seguin 4 1 1 3 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 2 2 0 .921 2.28
 
 
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