Dallas Stars: Adam Henrique

Calder Trophy finalists

April, 20, 2012
The NHL started announcing finalists for regular season awards today and first up was the Calder Trophy, which goes to the top rookie. The finalists are New Jersey's Adam Henrique, Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog and Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Here's the release from the NHL:
Center Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils, left wing Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche and center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers are the three finalists for the 2011-12 Calder Trophy, which is awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2012 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2012 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils

A third-round pick by the Devils in 2008 and winner of back-to-back Memorial Cups with the OHL Windsor Spitfires in 2009 and 2010, Henrique filled a crucial void in the Devils lineup following an Achilles injury to No. 1 center Travis Zajac, who missed all but 15 games this season. Henrique made the most of his opportunity by tallying 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists) in 74 games, mostly centering wings Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk. He led all rookies in assists and shorthanded goals (four), ranked third in rookie scoring and posted the NHL's longest point streak among freshmen (seven games, Nov. 25 to Dec. 8).

Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche

Selected second overall at the 2011 NHL Draft, Landeskog assumed a leading role on an Avalanche club that improved by 20 points over its 2010-11 total. Landeskog posted 52 points (22 goals, 30 assists) in 82 games, capturing the rookie scoring title in a tie-breaker over Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (18-34--52) on the basis of more goals. Landeskog ranked second among rookies in goals and third in assists, making him the only rookie among the top three in all three categories. The 19-year-old left wing led all rookies and set a Colorado franchise record with 270 shots on goal and was the only rookie to lead his club in goals.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers

A spectacular start to his NHL career quickly ended speculation where Nugent-Hopkins, the first overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, would spend the 2011-12 season. He notched the game-tying goal in the season opener against Pittsburgh, tallied a hat trick in his third career game and became the first 18-year-old in League history to tally five assists in one game, against Chicago on Nov. 19. Nugent-Hopkins went on to finish in a tie for first place among rookies in points with 52 (18 goals, 34 assists) despite missing 20 games due to injury. His point-per-game average of .84 was the best among rookies.

Turnovers costly for Stars in loss to Devils

December, 16, 2011

The Dallas Stars didn’t finish their five-game road trip the way they were hoping, and turnovers were the big reason why. The New Jersey Devils turned Dallas turnovers into goals Friday night, defeating the Stars 6-3 at Prudential Center.

“The blue lines are huge in hockey and you can’t turn pucks over there,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “I think they had a better feel of how the game needed to be played tonight, they put pucks to our net and capitalized on our turnovers.”

The loss snapped the Stars’ winning streak at three games and sent them home with a 3-2-0 record on the trip, their longest of the season and one that covered 6,500 miles.

“I think we had a pretty good road trip,” said Stars forward Michael Ryder. “But tonight was a little disappointing and we’ve got to learn from it.”

The Stars looked to be in good shape early in the second period. They took a 2-1 lead at the 1:38 mark when Mike Ribeiro made a pretty pass to set up a wide open Brenden Morrow, who put the puck into the open side of the net.

But then the Stars’ turnovers started to end up in the back of their net.

A short time after the Morrow goal the Stars went on a power play with a chance to extend their lead, but Zach Parise stripped the puck from Stephane Robidas and set up Adam Henrique, who scored shorthanded to tie the game at 3:35 of the second period.

“It stings your power play and puts you on your heels,” said Gulutzan. “A shorty gives the other team a lot of life. It was hard work on their part and a good play. Those things can get you.”

New Jersey got a little more life moments later when goalie Johan Hedberg made a slick pad save on Alex Goligoski and Jamie Benn’s rebound attempt was swatted away by Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador.

The Devils took the lead at the 12:12 mark of the second when a Ribeiro pass was deflected out of the New Jersey zone and Ilya Kovalchuk scored off an odd-man rush from the left circle.

After Vernon Fiddler turned the puck over at the New Jersey blue line, the Devils went the other way and Petr Sykora scored off a rebound to give the Devils a 4-2 lead with 1:27 left in the second period.

“It’s something we always talk about. We want to win the blue lines,” said Morrow. “They are like a lot of teams, they are good on transition. When you give Parise, Kovalchuk and [Patrik] Elias time and space with those turnovers they are going to make you pay. We didn’t learn from our mistakes early and they just kept adding up. It was too much to overcome.”

Stars goaltender Richard Bachman, who had won his first three NHL starts, stopped 25 of 31 shots Friday and suffered his first NHL defeat.

Parise had four points (one goal and three assists) and Hedberg made 33 saves for the Devils, who won their third straight game.

Ryder scored in the first period for the Stars and Toby Petersen added a goal in the third. David Clarkson scored for New Jersey in the first and Parise and Elias tallied in the third for the Devils.


*Stars defenseman Philip Larsen left the game in the first period and did not return. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said he had a charley horse and could miss a couple days.

*RW Tomas Vincour missed Friday’s game with a knee injury suffered in Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders.

*The Stars fell to 0-6-0 in the second end of back-to-back games this season.

*The Stars were 2-2 on the penalty kill in Friday’s and are 34-36 (94.4%) on the PK over the last 12 games.

*The Stars were 0-4 on the power play Friday.

*Defensemen Mark Fistric and Adam Pardy were healthy scratches for Dallas.

*The Devils retired Scott Niedermayer’s jersey prior to the game.