Stars-Devils Notes

Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 11:42 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski

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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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
C. Sceviour 1 1 1 1 2
J. Benn 1 1 0 0 1
T. Seguin 1 1 0 1 1
T. Daley 1 0 1 1 1
J. Benn 1 0 1 0 1
A. Chiasson 1 0 1 -2 1
C. Eakin 1 0 1 1 1
V. Nichushkin 1 0 1 2 1
R. Whitney 1 0 0 0 0
S. Gonchar 1 0 0 0 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 0 1 0 .886 4.07
 
 
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