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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.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 61 41 13 7 186 143 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 60 38 18 4 188 151 80
4 CHI 61 36 20 5 180 146 77
5 VAN 60 35 22 3 171 156 73
6 WPG 62 31 20 11 173 168 73
7 LAK 59 29 18 12 162 152 70
8 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
9 MIN 60 31 22 7 169 158 69
10 SJS 61 30 23 8 171 174 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 61 20 34 7 134 206 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 61 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 61 14 37 -3 51
E. Cole 56 18 14 4 32
J. Klingberg 47 10 22 4 32
T. Daley 58 16 15 -11 31
A. Hemsky 55 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 61 2 24 4 26
C. Eakin 58 12 13 -3 25
A. Roussel 59 11 11 -11 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 9 .906 2.96
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
 
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