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Saturday, February 5, 2011
Stars drop third straight, fall 3-1 to Flyers

By Mark Stepneski

The Dallas Stars fell to 0-3-0 since the All-Star break, losing 3-1 at Philadelphia Saturday night. The loss was the fifth in the last six games for the Stars, who saw their lead in the Pacific Division shrink to three points over both San Jose and Anaheim. Brenden Morrow scored the lone goal for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen stopped 29 of 32 shots. The Stars played without injured forwards Adam Burish, Jamie Benn, Tom Wandell, Krys Barch, Toby Petersen and Ray Sawada.

Quotable

“We’re happy with our effort, but disappointed with the results. We’ve probably put in four good periods in the last two games and that doesn’t add up to many wins. Part of us is happy with our effort, but the majority is disappointed with the result.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow

“I certainly don’t think it’s a step back. But you get in big trouble with your start and being satisfied with losses. And our job is to try to find a way. We knew it was going to have to be a tight game tonight; we were probably going to have win the game 2-1 or something like that. It was going to be tough to penetrate their defense and it was going to be tough to stop the good offense that Philadelphia has especially with some of the people we had in the lineup but your job is to try and find a way to do that. I don’t think any of our guys feel morally absolved by the game. That’s not what we are about; we are about trying to find ways to make ourselves a little bit better and trying to make ourselves in the hunt.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

Notes

*The Stars have lost four straight games on the road and have been outscored 23-9 in those games.

*The Stars were 0-3 on the power play Saturday and are now 1-21 over their past six games.

*The Stars gave up their ninth shorthanded goal against Saturday, tied for the second most in the league.

*The Stars were 3-3 on the penalty kill and are 7-7 on the PK over their last two games.

*Stars captain Brenden Morrow has 10 goals in the last 15 games.

First period

The Philadelphia Flyers lead the Dallas Stars 1-0 after one period of play.

Kari Lehtonen had a big save, stopping James van Riemsdyk’s breakaway bid. Flyers goalie Brian Boucher had a nice stop on a Brad Richards scoring bid off a nice set up by Mike Ribeiro. Lehtonen came up big again later in the period, stopping a close range redirection by Andreas Nodl

The Flyers finally broke through with 1:20 left in the period of a goal by Andrej Meszaros. After a turnover by the Stars in the neutral zone and another in the Flyers zone, the Philadelphia defenseman skated into the left circle and scored off a wrist shot.

The Stars dressed 11 forwards and 7 defensemen for the game. Francis Wathier was the scratch at the forward position.

Second period

The Stars opened the second period with 1:49 of power play time, but it was the Flyers who cashed in with a shorthanded goal, the ninth the Stars have allowed this season.

Darroll Powe finished off a three-on-two rush, beating Kari Lehtonen high to glove side from the right circle 1:19 into the period to make it 2-0 Flyers.

Lehtonen kept the Stars close, stopping a point blank chance by Claude Giroux later in the period.

The Stars finally got on the board at 12:07 of the period when Brenden Morrow won a puck battle along the right boards, went to the front of the net and then knocked home a pass from Mike Ribeiro to make it a 2-1 game.

Third period

Boucher made a nice glove save on Ott to keep it a 2-1 game and Lehtonen made nice saves on Jeff Carter and Kimmo Timonen to keep the Stars with in a goal.

But Flyers were able to extend with 9:23 remaining after keeping the Stars pinned in their zone for an extended period of time. Carter picked off the puck out of midair in the left circle and then slipped the puck by Lehtonen to make it 3-1, a score that held up the rest of the way.

Stars lineup

Neal-Richards-Eriksson
Morrow-Ribeiro-Langenbrunner
Morrow-Ribeiro-Gagnon
Ott-Morin-Langenbrunner
Sutherby-Ott-Langenbrunner
Morrow-Ribeiro-Sceviour
Sutherby-Ott-Gagnon

Grossman-Robidas
Woywitka-Daley
Skrastins-Niskanen
Skrastins-Fistric

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Scratches:  Wathier

Injured:  Burish (face), Barch (face), Benn (shoulder), Wandell (shoulder), Petersen (leg), Sawada (shoulder/nose)

Power play units

Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson-Richards-Robidas
Neal-Ott-Langenbrunner-Richards/Daley-Niskanen

Penalty kill units

Ott-Eriksson-Skrastins-Robidas
Ribeiro-Morrow-Skrastins-Robidas
Ott-Langenbrunner-Grossman-Daley