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Stars-Ducks Notes

Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 2:24 AM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Ducks Notes
Cody Eakin took a puck to the face on his first shift of the game, missed the rest of the first period but returned to play a key role in the Stars\u2019 2-0 victory.

Cody Eakin took a puck to the face on his first shift of the game, missed the rest of the first period but returned to play a key role in the Stars’ 2-0 victory in Anaheim Saturday night.

Eakin was injured 40 seconds into the game when he was hit above the eye with the puck.

“It hurt. It put me in shock a little bit and then I saw a bunch of blood. I kind of stumbled around and lost my footing,” Eakin said.

He headed to the locker room for repairs, which involved 12 stitches. He returned for the second period and assisted on Trevor Daley’s game-winning goal, driving the net off the rush and picking up the helper as Daley scored off the rebound.

“He did a great job for us. He did a heck of a job on the first goal. We missed him,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff.

Eakin also had a strong game on the defensive side of things, chipping in to help keep Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in check.

“He’s really smart when it comes to defending, in staying above the puck and getting on the right side of somebody,” said Ruff. “Some of that stuff is hard to teach and I think he’s really grabbed a hold of that responsibility. He’s played against some tough personnel down low this year and really of late from Crosby to Getzlaf and Perry to you name it and has done an excellent job for us.”

Quotable: Dan Ellis

“We’ve been playing a lot better hockey lately. More so just sticking to the way that gives us success. Early in January we struggled a little bit because we got away from our game. Over the past 5-6 games we finally found a way to give ourselves a chance to win every night. We played Pittsburgh really hard, we played a number of other teams, and now we played Anaheim really hard. I think if we stick to that brand of hockey, we give ourselves a chance to win every night.”


*Saturday’s shutout in Anaheim was the first of the season for Dan Ellis and the fourth of the season for the Stars.

*Dan Ellis’ last shutout was exactly one year ago, when he stopped 33 shots in Carolina’s 1-0 victory over Ottawa.

*The Ducks were shutout for the first time this season and for the first time since March 27, 2013, when San Jose defeated them 4-0.

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

*Jamie Benn led the Stars with five shots on goal. Tyler Seguin and Erik Cole had four shots each.

*The Stars won 28 of 53 (53 percent) of faceoffs. Vernon Fiddler won 15 of 18. Jamie Benn won 6 of 9. Cody Eakin won 3 of 7.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn ran his goal scoring streak to five games and his points streak to six games (five goals, five assists).

*Stars center Tyler Seguin ran his points streak to five games (three goals, six assists)

*Ducks defenseman Mark Fistric left the game late in the first period with a lower body injury and did not return.

*The Stars improved to 11-2-2 vs. the Pacific Division.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler Seguin- Valeri Nichushkin
Erik ColeCody EakinRich Peverley
Antoine RousselVernon FiddlerRyan Garbutt
Ray WhitneyShawn HorcoffAlex Chiasson

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Jordie BennBrenden Dillon
Kevin ConnautonSergei Gonchar

Dan Ellis
Kari Lehtonen

Scratched: Aaron Rome, Dustin Jeffrey

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 reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.




1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46


J. Benn 62 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 62 15 37 -3 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 59 16 16 -9 32
J. Klingberg 48 10 22 2 32
C. Eakin 59 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 56 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 62 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 60 12 11 -11 23
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
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