Stars Fall to Coyotes in Regular Season Finale

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 12:03 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars Fall to Coyotes in Regular Season Finale

With not much to play for and the emotional fuel tank running a little low, the Dallas Stars closed out the regular season with a 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena Sunday night.

“We’ve had a lot of hockey. We’ve put in a lot of games and I know every team has put in a lot of games, but I think a little bit emotionally drained is understandable,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff.

With a playoff berth secured and the Anaheim Ducks looming on the horizon, the Stars were understandably not on top of their game Sunday night. They managed just eight shots on goal through the first two periods and were outshot 31-17 for the game.

“We were coming outside emotionally. You’re looking forward a little bit. You don’t like to, but it’s hard to get excited with the playoffs and everything,” said Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. “But we played well enough to stay in the game to the end. We’re glad to move on and start focusing ahead.”

Phoenix’s David Moss scored with 2:31 left in regulation to snap a 1-1 and help the Coyotes snap a season-long seven-game losing streak.

"It's good to win, it's nice to win, but it's a very hollow game,” said Phoenix coach Dave Tippett. “There isn't meaning in it, it's hard for coaches because you want to push and it's hard to push in a game like that. It's just a hollow game, but we will take the win."

Colton Sceviour scored the lone goal for the Stars. Tim Thomas turned in a stellar performance in net, stopping 29 of 31 shots to keep the Stars in the game until the very end.

The Stars took the early lead, cashing in on the game’s first power play. Sceviour made a nice move in front of the Phoenix net and then roofed a backhand shot over Coyotes goaltender Thomas Greiss 2:35 into the game.

Phoenix made it a 1-1 game 31 seconds into the second period when Shane Doan tipped a Zbynek Michalek point shot past Thomas.

The Coyotes scored the game winner when Martin Erat set up Moss, who put a shot through Thomas from close range.

“I still slammed a water bottle there at the end. At the end you still don’t want to lose,” said Ruff. “Timmy was fighting hard, and I didn’t want to lose that game. It was the only bitter taste at the end of the game.”

The Stars rested some players as they looked ahead to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which they will begin Wednesday in Anaheim. Jamie Benn and Trevor Daley did not play. Kari Lehtonen had the night off and backed up Thomas. Brenden Dillon (lower body) and Ray Whitney (lower body) were out with injury.

Notes

*The Stars finished the season 40-31-11 (91 points).

*C Tyler Seguin finished fourth in the NHL in scoring with 84 points (37 goals, 47 assists).

*LW Jamie Benn finished tied for eighth in scoring with 79 points (34 goals, 45 assists).

*LW Antoine Roussel picked up 12 minutes in penalties (roughing minor, 10 minute misconduct) giving him 209 for the season, which ranked third highest in the league.

*The Stars were 1-2 on the power play and 5-5 on the penalty kill.

*Kevin Connauton led the Stars with 25:22 of ice time. Patrik Nemeth was next with 24:46.

Stars lineup

Shawn HorcoffTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Erik ColeVernon FiddlerAlex Chiasson
Dustin JeffreyChris MuellerColton Sceviour

Alex GoligoskiJordie Benn
Aaron RomeSergei Gonchar
Patrik NemethKevin Connauton

Tim Thomas
Kari Lehtonen

Scratched: Jamie Benn, Trevor Daley

Injured: Brenden Dillon (lower body), Ray Whitney (lower 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 4 153 127 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 53 21 27 5 131 156 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 52 28 30 16 58
T. Seguin 52 27 28 12 55
J. Klingberg 52 8 35 17 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 52 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 52 10 13 2 23
A. Goligoski 52 3 20 20 23
M. Janmark 52 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 50 8 10 6 18
V. Nichushkin 49 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 9 5 .910 2.46
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .908 2.82
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