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Stars-Oilers Notes

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 1:08 AM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Oilers Notes
Stars forward Ryan Garbutt is on a little roll in the points department. Garbutt, who had three points (one goal, two assists) in Tuesday\u2019s win over Edmonton, now has five points (two goals, three assists) over the last three games.

Stars forward Ryan Garbutt is on a little roll in the points department. Garbutt, who had three points (one goal, two assists) in Tuesday’s win over Edmonton, now has five points (two goals, three assists) over the last three games.

“I’ve been trying to use my speed to create chances and I’ve been fortunate to get some bounces,” Garbutt said. “I’ve been playing with some good linemates and our whole team is working hard. Anytime I can help the team out it’s a bonus.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Garbutt, who has been playing on a line with Antoine Roussel and Cody Eakin, may have played his best game of the season on Tuesday, and it came after Ruff gave Garbutt some direction prior to the game.

“Obviously he’s a difference maker, he’s an energy guy for us and it was nice to see him get rewarded because that line has worked hard, he’s worked real hard,” Ruff said. “I’m pushing him for a better level of discipline inside his game and he’s getting rewarded for it. I had a conversation with him again before the game tonight about some of the plays in the previous game that I didn’t like. I said ‘I just want you to improve in a couple of those areas’ and tonight I thought might have been one of his best games.”

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“Better. Better. We need them to be difference makers. I thought their energy was better, even the beginning of the third period, getting pucks deep and getting after them. They had a couple of great looks in the second period that they could have converted on. But for the most part, a lot better for us.”

Notes

*The Stars snapped a six-game losing streak and a three-game home losing streak.

*Ryan Garbutt matched a season high with three points (one goal, two assists). Garbutt has two multi-point games over the Stars’ last three contests.

*The Oilers outshot the Stars 33-30. Jamie Benn led the Stars with six shots on goal.

*The Stars were 1-1 on the power play and 1-2 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars won 28 of 52 (54 percent) faceoffs in the game. Vernon Fiddler won 7 of 11. Tyler Seguin won 8 of 14. Rich Peverley won 5 of 8. Cody Eakin won 4 of 12.

*The Stars are 10-2-2 vs. the Pacific Division.

*Stars forward Ray Whitney played in his 1,300th NHL game.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinErik Cole
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Ray WhitneyVernon FiddlerAlex Chiasson
Shawn HorcoffRich PeverleyValeri Nichushkin

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Brenden DillonJordie Benn
Kevin ConnautonSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Scratched: Dustin Jeffrey

Injured: Aaron Rome (lower 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 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 46 28 24 1 52
J. Benn 46 13 27 -3 40
J. Spezza 46 8 26 -4 34
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 46 1 22 6 23
A. Roussel 46 11 11 -2 22
T. Daley 43 11 10 -9 21
C. Eakin 43 9 12 6 21
A. Hemsky 43 7 11 -5 18
J. Klingberg 32 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 19 10 7 .904 2.98
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
 
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