Dallas Stars: Alex Burrows

Today was the final day of exhibition play before the 2012 World Championship and some Dallas Stars players were in action. Here are a few notes.

Richard Bachman stopped 16 of 18 shots, including all 12 shots he faced in the third period, in Team USA’s 3-2 win over Sweden today. Detroit’s Jimmy Howard got the start for the U.S. and stopped all 25 shots he faced. Bachman took over midway through the second period, allowed two goals on six shots in the second and then shut the door in the third as the U.S. protected its 3-2 lead.

Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski had no points, no shots and a plus-two rating for Team USA. Stars froward Loui Eriksson had no points, three shots and an even rating for the Swedes.

Stars center Jamie Benn had no points, three shots on goal and an even rating in Canada’s 4-2 win over Switzerland in exhibition play today. Benn centered a line with Vancouver’s Alex Burrows and Anaheim’s Corey Perry on the wings.

And Stars defenseman Philip Larsen had a power play assist in Denmark’s 4-2 win over Italy.

The World Championship begins Friday in Sweden and Finland.
In a tight playoff race and needing points, the Dallas Stars couldn’t find a way to get any in Vancouver on Friday night, falling 5-2 to the Canucks. But they’ve got to put the loss behind them and move on to San Jose, where they open a crucial home-and-home series with the Sharks Saturday night.

“We need to find a way to regroup. We have a big home-and-home against San Jose. We’ve got to focus on that,” said Stars forward Steve Ott. “We’ve got to kick the loss as soon as we can and move on to the next game because there are only four games left.”

Friday’s loss in Vancouver knocked the Stars out of first place in the Pacific Division and third in the Western Conference to seventh in the West. They trail Los Angeles, a 4-1 winner in Edmonton Friday night, by one point in the division and lead the ninth place San Jose Sharks by one point.

“We have a chance to control our own destiny and that starts tomorrow,” said Stars forward Jake Dowell. “We’ll be glum about this tonight, but tomorrow we’ll get back at it.”

The Stars had a chance to enhance their destiny Friday night, but Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider wouldn’t have any part of it. He turned in a stellar performance, stopping 28 of 30 shots to lead Vancouver past the Stars.

“I thought we played well. We had chances. Five-on-five I thought we were going real good, but once again (Cory Schneider) was real good and made good saves on us,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “You run it into that every now and then. Goalies win you games and our goalie has won us enough this year. I thought it was a pretty equal game, but Schneider withstood the test. … We played well. We just didn’t get anything to go and we made a few mistakes that cost us. You can’t do that against Vancouver.”

The Stars played a strong first period, outshooting the Canucks 13-8. But the Canucks scored the only goal of the period. Jannik Hansen set up Chris Higgins, who beat Kari Lehtonen with a quick shot from the slot at the 6:43 mark.

Cory Schneider, who got the start in goal because Roberto Luongo had some stiffness in his neck, was sharp in the first, making several nice stops to keep the Stars off the scoreboard.

The Stars drew even early in the second period, when Ott scored off the rebound of a Jamie Benn shot at the 3:16 mark.

But Schneider kept the Stars from taking the lead with some big saves while the Stars were shorthanded. He stopped Ott busting in on net and then made a spectacular toe save on Loui Eriksson during Vancouver’s second power play of the game.

He then stopped Vernon Fiddler’s point blank shorthanded attempt during the Canucks third power play of the game. But the Canucks ended up taking the lead on that power play when Sami Salo scored on a blast from the right point at the 11:01 mark. A little more than five minutes later, Vancouver defenseman Andrew Alberts took a pass from Henrik Sedin and scored from the left circle to make it a 3-1 game.

“That’s why the goaltender is there. He was able to keep us in the game until we were able to score a couple of goals,” said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.

The Canucks extended their lead to 4-1 at 9:06 of the third when Sedin set up Alex Burrows, who scored from close range. A short time later the Stars pulled goalie Kari Lehtonen, to rest his for Saturday’s crucial game in San Jose.

Richard Bachman took over in net and Vancouver’s Maxim Lapierre cashed in on a wide open look from the slot to make it a 5-1 game.

Dowell scored a late goal to make it a 5-2 final.

Notes

*The Stars ended the season 14-6-0 against the Northwest Division.

*Stars forward Reilly Smith, playing in his second NHL game, played 7:47 and had one shot on goal. He started the game on the fourth line, but in the third period was bumped up to the second line with Jamie Benn and Steve Ott.

*Mark Fistric (abdominal strain), Radek Dvorak (ankle) and Eric Nystrom (leg) were out for Dallas.

*The Stars were 0-1 on the power play and 2-3 on the penalty kill in the game.

Canucks down Stars 4-1

February, 1, 2011
2/01/11
8:21
PM CT
The Dallas Stars lost their first game out of the All-Star break, falling 4-1 to the Vancouver Canucks at American Airlines Center Tuesday night. The Stars are now 0-3-0 against the Western Conference leading Canucks this season. Vancouver scored twice on the power play in the game and have scored eight times on the power play in the three games against Dallas. The Stars were 0-5 on the power play Tuesday. Loui Eriksson scored the lone goal for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 of 26 shots.

Quotable

“For some reason against Vancouver our special teams have been terrible this year. It happened again tonight, I don’t know why.” – Stars center Brad Richards

“Our biggest thing going into the game was not to give them a lot of power play chances and we took some silly [penalties], myself included. That makes it hard to play against them because when they are on the power play they are going to find a way to make a difference in the game.” – Stars forward Adam Burish

“We had our opportunities tonight and we have to take responsibility for not jumping on the opportunities that we had. First period we had three power play chances and didn’t generate a lot on those three and they got on their opportunity and capitalized.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

Notes

*The Stars are 8-4-1 in their last 13 games and three of the four regulation losses have come against the Vancouver Canucks.

*The Canucks have outscored the Stars 15-3 in three games this season.

*Vancouver is 8-15 (53.3%) on the power play against Dallas this season.

*The Stars are 1-13 (7.7%) on the power against the Canucks this season.

*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has 22 points (8 goals, 14 assists) in his last 20 games.

*Kari Lehtonen picked up an assist Tuesday. He now has four on the season, tying for the league lead among goaltenders with Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.

*The Stars have placed forward Tom Wandell on injured reserve retroactive to January 24.

First period

The Stars had three chances on the power play, but couldn’t take advantage. Vancouver has had two power plays and will have 1:42 remaining on the second one when the second period opens.

Both goalies had some big saves in the period. Kari Lehtonen stopped Cody Hodgson point blank with the Canucks on the power play. Cory Schneider stopped a point blank shot by James Neal with the Stars on a power play.

Mark Fistric was out for the Stars due to illness. Jeff Woywitka, who was out the last three games with an injury, was back in the lineup.

Second period

The Canucks scored two power play goals in the first 3:05 of the period to take a 2-0 lead in the game.

The first one came 26 seconds into the period when Mikael Samuelsson beat Kari Lehtonen with a shot from the right circle.

The Canucks scored eight seconds into their next power play when Christian Ehrhoff scored off a shot from the right point.

The Canucks came close to extending it to 3-0, but Lehtonen made a a couple of saves during a scramble in front of the Dallas net and then with 13:45 left in the period he made a big stop on a point blank shot by defenseman Dan Hamhuis.

Just seven seconds after that save Loui Eriksson scored on a two-on-one rush to cut the Vancouver lead to 2-1.

The Stars had a chance to tie with their fourth power play of the game, but after a pass jumped over the stick of Eriksson the Canucks got a two-on-one break and Ryan Kesler scored shorthanded to make it a 3-1 game with 5:35 left in the period.

Third period

The Canucks extended their lead to 4-1 with 5:03 left in the game. After Alex Burrows forced a turnover by Trevor Daley, he gave up the puck to Henrik Sedin, got it back and then scored off a backhand shot.

Stars lineup

Neal-Richards-Eriksson
Morrow-Ribeiro-Langenbrunner
Ott-Morin-Burish
Sutherby-Gagnon-Barch

Grossman-Robidas
Woywitka-Daley
Skrastins-Niskanen

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Scratches: None

Injured: Fistric (ill), Benn (shoulder), Wandell (shoulder), Petersen (leg)

Power play units

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

Penalty kill units

Burish-Gagnon-Skrastins-Daley
Ott-Sutherby-Skrastins-Daley
Eriksson-Langenbrunner-Grossman-Niskanen
Burish-Sutherby-Skrastins-Robidas

Canucks rout Stars 7-1

January, 24, 2011
1/24/11
9:56
PM CT
The Dallas Stars ended their Western Canada road trip with an ugly loss in Vancouver, falling 7-1 to the Canucks. It was the second straight game in which the Stars have surrendered seven goals. Kari Lehtonen was the victim this time, giving up seven on 33 shots before getting pulled with 6:48 remaining in the game. Brad Richards scored the lone goal for the Stars. Dallas lost forwards Jamie Benn and Tom Wandell to injuries during the second period of the game. Their status is not known.

Quotable

“This is not just another loss. We really took it on the chin.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow

“We tied it 1-1, that was the highlight of our night. You can’t really explain, sometimes you just have really bad games. We couldn’t find the energy we needed to play, they started to build confidence and the game got away from us. You’re going to have nights like that. … They all can’t be great games. We know we were stinky tonight. We just have to throw it in the garbage and move forward.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

"It’s never fun when you get beat the way we got beat tonight. It’s humbling. Maybe in some small measure it puts us back in our place." - Stars coach Marc Crawford

Notes

*The Stars have given up 14 goals over the last two games. They had given up 14 goals in their nine games prior to that.

*The Canucks have scored six times on the power play in two games against the Stars this season. The Stars are 7-13 on the penalty kill in those two games.

*Kari Lehtonen is 0-2-0 against Vancouver this season with a 7.33 goals against average and a .766 save percentage.

*Nicklas Grossman was the only Dallas play to come out of the game with a plus-rating. He was a plus-one in 18:10 of ice time.

*Mike Ribeiro’s 11-game points streak came to an end.

First period

The Canucks scored on their first shot and just 1:18 into the game when Alex Burrows skated into the Dallas zone and beat Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen with a shot from just beyond the top of the left circle.

The Stars were able to bounce back to tie at the 7:19 mark when Henrik Sedin turned over the puck to James Neal in the Canucks zone and Neal set up Brad Richards, who scored off a backhand shot from close range.

But the Canucks got two power play chances and scored on both of them to take a 3-1 lead. Alex Edler’s shot from the right point was deflected into the net by Ryan Kesler at the 9:05 mark.

The Canucks scored again 1:21 later on a four-on-three power play when Christian Ehrhoff tallied on a blast from the left point with Kesler screening Lehtonen.

Jeff Woywitka was out with a shoulder injury for the Stars. Francis Wathier was a scratch.

Second period

Things did not get better in the second 20 minutes for the Stars, who lost forwards Jamie Benn and Tom Wandell during the period. Wandell did not return after he was hit hard behind the Dallas net by Canucks forward Aaron Volpatti. Benn was out after he collided in the neutral zone with Vancouver defenseman Alex Edler.

The Canucks extended their lead to 4-1 at the 3:57 mark when Mikael Samuelsson scored off the rush, beating Kari Lehtonen with a shot from the right circle.

Vancouver made it a 5-1 game when Volpatti won a race for the puck along the left boards and centered to the puck to Henrik Sedin, whose shot was stopped by Lehtonen but the puck was knocked into the net by a sliding Steve Ott.

Third period

The Canucks added two more goals in the third period. Alex Edler scored when his shot from the left point deflected off the stick of Stars forward Loui Eriksson, the Canucks forward Mason Raymond and past Lehtonen to make it a 6-1 game at the 11:05 mark.

Vancouver made it 7-1 when Hamhuis scored off a rebound with Vancouver on the power play with 6:48 left in the game. That was the end of the night for Lehtonen, who was pulled after giving up seven goals on 33 shots. Andrew Raycroft played the rest of the way and stopped both shots he faced.

Stars lineup

Neal-Richards-Eriksson
Morrow-Ribeiro-Langenbrunner
Ott-Burish-Benn
Sutherby-Wandell-Barch

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

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Scratches: Wathier

Injured: Woywitka (shoulder), Petersen (leg)

Power play units

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

Penalty kill units

Richards-Langenbrunner-Skrastins-Robidas
Ott-Skrastins-Robidas
Ott-Benn-Skrastins-Robidas
Burish-Langenbrunner-Grossman-Robidas
Richards-Eriksson-Skrastins-Robidas

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