Stars-Ducks Notes

Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 2:24 AM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski

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.”

Notes

*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 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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STANDINGS

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
J. Benn 4 3 1 1 4
S. Horcoff 4 0 4 4 4
C. Sceviour 4 1 2 3 3
C. Eakin 4 1 2 0 3
A. Roussel 4 0 3 2 3
R. Garbutt 4 2 0 2 2
V. Fiddler 4 1 1 0 2
A. Goligoski 4 1 1 4 2
A. Chiasson 4 1 1 -4 2
T. Seguin 4 1 1 3 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 2 2 0 .921 2.28
 
 
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