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Stars-Devils Notes

Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 11:42 PM / 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 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 65 41 17 7 193 178 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
12 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 64 23 38 -4 61
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 64 15 37 -5 52
J. Klingberg 50 10 24 2 34
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
C. Eakin 61 15 15 0 30
A. Hemsky 58 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 64 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 62 12 12 -10 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 26 13 10 .906 2.95
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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