Stars-Devils Notes

Thursday, 01.9.2014 / 10:42 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Devils Notes
Sergei Gonchar was considered a strong contender to make Russian\u2019s Olympic squad for the 2014 Sochi games, but he wasn\u2019t on the 25-man roster.

Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar was considered a strong contender to make Russian’s Olympic squad for the 2014 Sochi games, but he wasn’t on the 25-man roster released earlier this week.

That apparently doesn’t sit well with Russian hockey legend Slava Fetisov, who went to bat for Gonchar in an interview with a Russian news outlet.

“In this situation, I feel very sorry only for our experienced defenseman Sergei Gonchar,” Fetisov told R-Sport. “After all, our defensive line looks pretty young and Gonchar’s playing well in the NHL at the moment. I think that at such a fast-moving tournament [as the Olympics] his experience could be useful for the national team, especially on the power play.

“However, if the coaches have made that decision, I hope that they’ve made the right decision. Everyone understands the responsibility for the result.”

The 39-year-old Gonchar has played in every Olympics since 1998. If he had been selected to play at the 2014 Sochi games, he would have been the first man to play five times at the Olympics for Russia.

Notes

*Thursday was the first time the Stars have been shut out this season.

*The Stars are 3-5-2 in their last 10 road games and are now 11-10-2 on the road this season.

*The Stars are 1-5-1 in their last seven games vs. the Eastern Conference and are now 6-7-1 vs. the East this season.

*The Devils outshot the Stars 34-26.

*Tyler Seguin led the Stars with six shots on goal.

*The Devils blocked 18 shots in the game. Forward Ryan Carter led the Devils with four blocks.

*The Stars were 0-3 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars won 33 of 66 (50 percent) of faceoffs. Vernon Fiddler won 8 of 14. Cody Eakin won 7 of 14. Jamie Benn won 7 of 15.

*With Aaron Rome healthy again after missing time with an upper body injury, the Stars assigned defenseman Cameron Gaunce to Texas of the AHL. Gaunce played in nine games with Dallas, registering no points and a plus-one rating.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinRich Peverley
Erik ColeCody EakinValeri Nichushkin
Ray WhitneyVernon FiddlerAlex Chiasson
Dustin JeffreyShawn HorcoffRyan Garbutt

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Brenden DillonJordie Benn
Kevin ConnautonSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Scratched: Antoine Roussel, Aaron Rome

Injured: 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 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 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
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 74 40 27 7 217 195 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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