Stars fall 4-1 to Maple Leafs

The Dallas Stars lost their fourth straight game on the road, falling 4-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night at Air Canada Centre. Nikolai Kulemin scored two goals for the Maple Leafs, who got a 21-save performance from goaltender Jonas Gustavsson. Brad Richards scored the lone goal for Dallas, which has scored four goals in its last four road games. Dallas was 0-2 on the power play and is now 1-27 on the power play in road games this season. Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves. The Stars, who are now 10-8-1 on the season, play at Ottawa on Wednesday.

First period

The Leafs took that 1-0 lead about 30 seconds after their first power play of the game expired. A Luke Schenn point shot was tipped by Mikhail Grabovski and then went into the net off Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin at the 10:52 mark.

Some notes from the first period.

  • The Maple Leafs outshot the Stars 7-6.

  • Toronto blocked 11 shots in the period.

  • The Stars had 7 blocked shots.

  • Both teams were 0-1 on the power play.

  • Both teams won 12 faceoffs.

  • Stars forward Krys Barch and Leafs forward Colton Orr staged a long fight just 2:26 into the game.

  • The Stars top six forwards were the same as last game: Neal-Richards-Eriksson/Morrow-Ribeiro-Benn. Tom Wandell centered another line with Brian Sutherby and Adam Burish. Steve Ott was on a line with Barch and Toby Petersen.

  • Brandon Segal and Jeff Woywitka were the scratches for the Stars.

Second period

The Toronto Maples Leafs outscored the Dallas Stars 2-1 in the second period to extend their lead to 3-1 heading into the second intermission.

Toronto made it a 2-0 game at the 14:05 mark when Nikolai Kumelin took a pass from Mikhail Grabovski off the rush, put a shot on net, got his own rebound and then scored from the right circle.

The Stars cut the lead to 2-1 when Steve Ott circled the net and backhanded the puck into the slot, where Brad Richards blasted the puck past Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson at the 15:31 mark.

But 1:36 later Toronto extended the lead with a goal off the rush. After Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas fell at the Dallas blue line, the Leafs entered the zone with three men and Tyler Bozak beat Kari Lehtonen high to make it a 3-1 game.

Some notes after two periods:

  • Stars forward James Neal left the game in the second period with what appeared to be a leg injury. He returned for the start of the third period.

  • Toronto outshot the Stars 10-9 in the second period and has a 17-15 advantage for the game.

  • The Stars are 0-2 on the power play and Toronto is 0-1.

  • The Maple Leafs have won 24 of 43 faceoffs in the game.

Third period

The Leafs maintained their 3-1 lead throughout the third period. The Stars pulled goalie Kari Lehtonen for an extra attacker with just over two minutes remaining, but couldn’t cut into Toronto’s lead. Kris Versteeg scored into an empty net with 10.3 seconds remaining to make it a 4-1 final.