Postgame notes

November, 12, 2011
11/12/11
11:44
PM CT
Lessons learned: Two games against two tops teams in Detroit and Pittsburgh, two losses and two games where it safe to say the Stars were outplayed. The Stars didn’t get any points out of the games, but they can take something from them.

“Playing Pittsburgh and Detroit, we’ve learned some lessons now,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “I’d rather learn them at 11-5 than at 5-11. Our motto in that room is to get better every day and that’s what we are going to try to do. At least were measuring ourselves against the best, historically, in the league than the bottom.

“I can tell you truthfully – I won’t tell you what – but I’ve gotten better over the last three days, watching these teams play and seeing some of the things they do and some of the things we can improve in our game. It’s been a good learning experience.”

First consecutive losses: The Stars have lost consecutive games for the first time this season. At this point last season they had already had two three-game losing streaks.

Winless Raycroft: Stars backup goaltender Andrew Raycroft fell to 0-3-0 on the season. All three of his starts have come on the road and on the second night of a back-to-back. Not an ideal situation for a guy who hasn’t won a game since January 9 of last season. That can be the life of a backup goalie.

“That’s exactly what his job is. I talked to Rayzor at the beginning of the year and in actuality he has one of the tougher jobs of anybody there,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “He gets the tougher games and the back-to-backs usually. I thought for the most part, he was OK tonight. We never gave him a chance. There was far too much rubber at the net for him to deal with.”

Another rough third period: In each of the last two games the Stars were after two periods, but lost the third period. They were outscored 2-0 in the third in Pittsburgh Friday night and then outscored 3-0 in the third Saturday night in Detroit. The Stars have now been outscored 19-17 in third periods this season.

Turning point: Detroit defenseman Ian White’s big block. With a little more than 11 minutes remaining in the game, and with Detroit leading 3-2, a diving White takes a puck in the face, denying what looked like a goal by Stars forward Jamie Benn.

“He took one for the team, that's for sure,” Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom said. “I think he saved a goal there.”

Less than a minute later Darren Helm scores to make it a 4-2 game and little more than a minute after that Brad Stuart scores to make it 5-2.

Statistical tidbits: The Stars were outshot 40-27 Saturday night and were outshot 72-47 in the games against Detroit and Pittsburgh. The Red Wings won 37 of 64 faceoffs (58 percent). … The Stars were 1-2 on the power play Saturday and are 8-28 (28.6%) on the PP over their last eight games. The Stars were 4-4 on the penalty kill, marking the fifth time this season they have not allowed a power play goal in a game.

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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