Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Penalties cost Stars in loss to Flyers
By Mark Stepneski
DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars have done a good job recently of staying out of the penalty box and limiting power play chances for their opponents. They weren’t able to maintain the trend Wednesday night and the Philadelphia Flyers made them pay, scoring twice on the power play in a 4-1 win over the Stars at American Airlines Center.
“I thought they capitalized on their power plays and we didn’t capitalize on ours,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan, whose team was 0-3 on the power play. “I thought five-on-five the game was pretty even. It’s just specialty teams came into play and they beat us at that game for sure.”
The Flyers were 2-5 on the power play in the game and scored on two of their first three chances, turning a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 Philadelphia lead.
“They’ve got a great high scoring team,” said Stars forward Steve Ott. “They are the top scoring team in the league and if you give them chances on the power play, you are going to shoot yourself in the foot.”
The Stars had 32 penalty minutes in the game, including two ten minute misconducts. The Stars were not happy with some of the calls.
"You can probably watch the same replays on the Jumbotron, and can answer your own question about how good some of the interference calls were out there," said Ott. "But you can't take anything away from Philadelphia's power play. It was a strong effort and I thought they were pretty solid."
“It’s just a little embarrassing when all you have to do is throw your head around to get a penalty call,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow, who picked up one of those misconducts. “I think I got two sticks in the face and if you don’t fall on the ice or throw your head back to make it look obvious they are not going to see it, they are just going to apologize for it. I let them know it. I’ve been in the league 12 years now and I know what’s worth a 10 (minute misconduct) because I’ve had plenty. With the big lights of HBO or Versus tonight, they got a little sensitive.”
Stars goaltender Richard Bachman, making his sixth straight start, surrendered four goals on 30 shots and fell to 4-2-0 since being recalled from the AHL.
The Stars got off to a good start, scoring 56 seconds into the game when Michael Ryder took a drop pass from Loui Eriksson off the rush and beat Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky with a shot from the slot.
The Flyers bounced back with a pair of goals 3:06 apart later in the first to take a lead they would never relinquish. Giroux scored off the rebound of a Jaromir Jagr shot at the 8:30 mark to tie the game.
The Flyers then made it 2-1 when they cashed in on the game’s first power play as Wayne Simmonds tipped home a Kimmo Timonen shot from the point at the 11:36 mark.
The Flyers added another power play goal at the 8:00 mark as Jagr finished off a give-and go with Giroux to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead.
“Jagr has made a career of it and playing with a skilled guy like Giroux, they are going to make you pay,” said Morrow. “We got on the wrong end of it a couple times and skilled guys like that are going to find a way.”
Andrej Meszaros scored off from the left wing off the rush at 5:22 of the third period to round out the scoring in the game. He was set up by Giroux, who had one goal and three assists in his first game back after missing four contests with a concussion.
“I really didn’t do much on those points,” said Giroux. “I was just giving the puck to the other guys and they were doing all the work. It’s fun to come back and get that win.”
*Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas did not play Wednesday due to a foot injury. He is listed as day-to-day.
*Toby Petersen was the lone healthy scratch for Dallas.
*Wednesday’s attendance was 15,061.