Stars-Blackhawks Notes

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 11:55 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Blackhawks Notes

With the two goals scored in Tuesday’s game against Chicago, the Stars have now scored just 12 goals over the last six games. During that six game stretch they’ve scored two goals or fewer in five of the six games.

The chances have been there over the last six games, but the finish hasn’t

“You have to capitalize on your chances,” Stars captain Jamie Benn said after the 4-2 loss to Chicago. “You don’t want to be looking back in games like this, especially the one-goal games where maybe you think you should have had that one. At least we’re getting the chances, but it is crunch time now and we’ve got to find a way to bury those.”

Strong game for Garbutt

Stars forward Ryan Garbutt had a strong game Tuesday night, scoring both Dallas goals and registering six shots on goal.

“I felt he was our best player tonight for sure,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn.

Garbutt played on various lines in the game, including one with Shawn Horcoff and Dustin Jeffrey and that line was one that Stars coach Lindy Ruff singled out for praise after the game.

“I think when you look at the game, it sums up where your energy level is. Horcoff, Jeffrey and Garbutt were the line that was getting the most done,” Ruff said.

The Stars coach also liked the performance of goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 38 of 41 shots.

“I thought he played very well. I thought he played very well for us,” Ruff said. “I thought Jeffrey, Garbutt, Horcoff, Lehts. After that it was pretty tough.”

Notes

*The Stars are 7-6-1 since the Olympic break.

*The Stars have lost four straight on the road and are 1-5-0 on the road since the break.

*The Stars were 0-2 on the power play and 1-3 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars have allowed a power play goal in eight of the last 11 games.

*Chicago outshot the Stars 42-27. Ryan Garbutt and Tyler Seguin led the Stars with six shots apiece.

*The Stars won 22 of 71 faceoffs (31 percent). Cody Eakin won 8 of 18. Dustin Jeffrey won 3 of 12. Tyler Seguin won 3 of 14. Jamie Benn won 1 of 8. Chicago’s Jonathan Toews won 23 of 28. Chicago’s Teuvo Teravainen won 7 of 7.

*Seguin picked up an assist in the game, running his career-high points streak to 10 games (7 goals, 10 assists, 17 points).

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Ray WhitneyCody EakinColton Sceviour
Antoine RousselVernon FiddlerAlex Chiasson
Shawn HorcoffDustin JeffreyRyan Garbutt

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Jordie BennBrenden Dillon
Kevin ConnautonSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Tim Thomas

Scratched: Aaron Rome

Injured: Erik Cole (upper body), Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat)

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 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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