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Saturday, April 7, 2012
Stars' power play worst in franchise history

By Mark Stepneski

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars were 0-4 on the power play in Saturday's 3-2 loss to St. Louis, solidifying this season’s power play as the least productive in franchise history.

The Stars finished the season 33-244 with the man advantage for a league-worst 13.5 percent.

The 33 power play goals was the lowest in franchise history, breaking the previous mark of 37 established in both 1972-73 and 1973-74, both 78-game seasons.

The 13.5 percent mark for the season was also the lowest in franchise history, breaking the old mark of 14.5 percent set in 1975-76.

It’s the first time in franchise history the Stars have had the worst power play in the league.

“Our power play certainly didn’t help us out. It could have got us a few more points, which could have made a difference,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “The power play has to improve, us coaches have to do a better job there.”

Excluding the lockout shortened 1994-95 season, the Stars 244 power play opportunities were the third lowest in franchise history. The Stars had only 207 in 1973-74 and 237 in 1972-73, both 78 game seasons.