Sunday, December 4, 2011
By Mark Stepneski
Here are some notes following the Stars 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders Saturday night.
Comeback falls short: The Stars have had some nice comebacks this season and coming back to tie from an 0-3 hole Saturday night was impressive, but it’s hard to keep falling behind and trying to rally for points. Quote of the night went to Stars forward Jake Dowell.
“Obviously, we’re great at coming back. We have a lot of character in the locker room and we never quit,” Dowell said. “But sometimes it’s like we’re trying to see how many goals we can come back from, and I don’t think that is a good thing to do. It’s not a fun game to play. I think we need to bear down and get ourselves the first goal.”
Power outage: The Stars were 0-2 on the power play in the game and are now 1-25 over the last ten games. Those two missed power play opportunities turned out to be big. They came early in the game and scoring on one of them would have given them an early lead on a team that had played the night before. Instead, the Islanders scored on their first power play and got the early lead.
First time goal scorers: Three of the Stars goals came from guys who had yet to score this season: Tomas Vincour, Jake Dowell and Tom Wandell. Dowell and Wandell’s goal meant a two-goal game for the fourth line, which had a strong game. Dowell and Wandell had a goal and an assist each, and Toby Petersen had an assist.
“They were our best line,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “I thought for the ice time they got, they contributed immensely for us. I was happy for those three because they were rewarded for some work they’ve put in for a while.”
Matt Moulson’s big night: It was an impressive night for Islanders forward Matt Moulson, who scored four goals. He got some help from linemates John Tavares and P.A. Parenteau, who had three assists each.
“He was all over the net. He could have six or seven,” said Tavares. “He was on fire. He’s so good at sniffing around the net and finding those pucks.”
The last guy to score four goals in a game against the Stars was Keith Tkachuk, who did it as a member of the Winnipeg Jets back in 1996.