Stars end preseason with 4-0 victory over Blues

October, 1, 2011
10/01/11
4:49
PM CT
Andrew Raycroft stopped all 33 shots he faced to help lead the Dallas Stars to a 4-0 win at St. Louis Saturday afternoon. The Stars finished the preseason with a 6-1-0 record.

“It’s preseason so you’ve got to take it for what it is. But from a coaching perspective it’s easy to go to sleep at night when you are 6-1 rather than 1-6 in preseason,” said Gulutzan. “Now you just wipe the slate clean and we’ve got another week of work before we get our game completely in order, but it is nice to be on the 6-1 side.”

Jake Dowell, Francis Wathier, Vernon Fiddler and Tomas Vincour scored goals for the Stars, who outscored their opponents 29-14 in the seven preseason games.

Dowell and Wathier (power play) scored in the first eight-and-a-half minutes of the game to stake the Stars to and early lead. Fiddler and Vincour scored in the second period to extend the Dallas lead. There was no scoring in the third period.

The Stars open the 2011-12 regular season Friday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center.

Quotable

“I’ve felt good the last three weeks, since we started camp. It was nice to get in there and have a full game and know it was going to be my game. The guys did a great job. There was no real second chances and they cleared the front and I got to see it.” – Stars goaltender Andrew Raycroft, who stopped all 33 shots he faced in the game

More roster cuts expected Sunday

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said another round of roster cuts is expected Sunday. The Stars are currently at 32 players and need to get down to 23 prior to the season opener.

“We’ll get most of our roster down tomorrow (Sunday),” Gulutzan said. “Then we’ll see what our health is Monday and we may have to trim it one more time.”

Notes

*Andrew Raycroft stopped 59 of 64 shots during the preseason for a .922 save percentage.

*Vernon Fiddler (one goal, one assist), Francis Wathier (one goal, one assist) and Trevor Daley (two assists) all had two point games for the Stars.

*Daley and Sheldon Souray led Dallas with 4 shots on goal each.

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

*The Stars won 28 of 54 (52 percent) faceoffs in the game. Fiddler won 9 of 14. Tom Wandell won 6 of 10 and Jake Dowell won 7 of 12.

*Mark Fistric and Philip Larsen led Dallas with 3 hits each.

Stars lineup

Ott-Fiddler-Vincour
Petersen-Wandell-Sceviour
Wathier-Dowell-Sawada
Barch-Morin-Godard

Souray-Pardy
Grossman-Daley
Fistric-Larsen

Raycroft (starter)
Bachman (backup)

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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