Dallas Stars: Antti Miettinen

Stars' streak ends in Winnipeg

March, 15, 2012

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said he and his staff had a sense that when the team’s current hot streak came to an end it would do so with a thud, and so it did in Winnipeg on Wednesday night. The Jets beat the Stars 5-2, ending Dallas’ winnings steak at six games and its points streak at 11 games.

“These things usually come down pretty hard and take wind out of you a little bit and maybe wake you up,” said Gulutzan. “I’d be lying to you if I said we didn’t talk about this as a coaching group here, that these things usually end with a thud and it did tonight.”

The Jets, who hadn’t played since the weekend, came out strong, took a 1-0 lead after one period and then scored four unanswered goals in the second period to build a 5-0 lead over the Stars, who had played the previous night in Minnesota. The Stars fell to 1-10-2 in the second games of back-to-backs this season.

”I thought our effort wasn’t up to par, wasn’t where it needed to be,” Gulutzan said. “We knew they were going to come out hard and coming out of that first, down 1-0, I thought we were fine. We just didn’t have a lot of resolve in the second. They got some goals there and we couldn’t stop the flood.”

The Stars, who had been on a 10-0-1 run, suffered their first regulation loss since February 19, when they lost 3-2 to Nashville. Their lead in the Pacific Division fell to two points over Phoenix, a 5-4 winner at Vancouver Wednesday night.

“We beat ourselves. We didn’t play well. We turned pucks over. We let them come into the zone way too easy,” said Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas. “They got a good start, scored the first goal and got the crowd into the game. We didn’t play a simple game like we’ve been doing in the past 11 to 12 games. We’ve just got to go back to the basics.”

The Jets scored 2:21 into the game when former Star Antti Miettinen won a puck battle in the corner and set up Nik Antropov, who beat Stars goalie Richard Bachman with a shot from the left faceoff circle.

Winnipeg extended the lead to 2-0 just 1:19 into the second. After an Alexander Burmistrov shot rebounded off Bachman’s mask, Evander Kane banged home the rebound.

Vancouver then got goals 47 seconds apart from Andrew Ladd and Eric Fehr later in the period to make it a 4-0 game. Dustin Byfuglien’s power play goal late in the period extended the lead to 5-0.

The Stars got two goals from Loui Eriksson, who scored late in the second and again in the third to make it a 5-2 final.

“It wasn’t our best game. We turned the puck over too many times. We didn’t play the game we’ve been playing lately,” said Eriksson. “We have to step up and play a better game in front of (Richard) Bachman. It’s not easy for him to save all those clear chances they had today.”

There were some fireworks towards the end of the game that included a scrum in front of Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec and then Jets forward Tanner Glass going after Stars forward Adam Burish, who threw Glass’ glove into the stands.

Glass picked up a roughing minor and ten minute misconduct, while Burish received an unsportsmanlike conduct minor and game misconduct.

“He threw my glove in the stands,” Glass said. “I just couldn’t let that go.”


*Stars defenseman Philip Larsen left the game with a lower body injury. He is listed as day-to-day.

*Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray (lower body) and right wing Radek Dvorak (ankle) did not play Wednesday. They are out for Friday as well, according to Stars coach Glen Gulutzan.

*Toby Petersen, Jake Dowell and Jordie Benn were the scratches for Dallas.

*The Stars did not have a power play in a game for the third time this season.

*The Stars surrendered a five-on-four power play goal for the first time since February 19.

Stars' streak ends with 5-2 loss to Jets

March, 14, 2012

The Dallas Stars’ winning streak ended at six and their points streak ended at 11 with a 5-2 loss at Winnipeg on Wednesday night. The Stars also had a six-game road winning streak snapped.

The Stars lost for the first time in regulation since a 3-2 loss to Nashville on February 19. The Stars fell to 1-10-2 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

Loui Eriksson scored both goals for the Stars, his 24th and 25th of the season. Richard Bachman stopped 23 of 28 shots.

The Stars lost defenseman Philip Larsen to a lower body injury in the game.

First period

Winnipeg came out with some early pressure and scored 2:21 into the game to take a 1-0 lead.

Antti Miettinen dug the puck out of the corner and set up Nik Antropov, who scored on Richard Bachman from the left circle.

The Stars had some good chances, but Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec made a nice pad save on Jamie Benn and a blocker save on a point shot by Stephane Robidas.

The shots were 10-9 in favor of Winnipeg in the first. There were no power plays.

The Stars lost defenseman Philip Larsen in the period and he went into the boards feet first while trying to defend Winnipeg forward Blake Wheeler. He returned for one shift late in the second period, but did not return for the third period.

Second period

The Jets scored four times in the third period to blow the game open.

The first goal came at the 1:19 mark. After an Alexander Burmistrov shot rebounded off Richard Bachman’s mask, Evander Kane put the rebound into the net to give Winnipeg a 2-0 lead.

The Jets made it a 3-0 at the 8:28 mark when Eric Fehr blocked an Adam Pardy shot at the right point, chipped the puck past Stars defenseman, broke in down the right wing and beat Bachman with a slap shot from the right circle.

Andrew Ladd made it 4-0 when banged home a rebound at the 9:15 mark.

Winnipeg scored on its second power play of the night to make it 5-0. Dustin Byfuglien scored on a wrist shot from the right point at the 16:12 mark.

Just 27 seconds later the Stars finally got on the board when Mike Ribeiro set up Loui Eriksson, who scored from close range.

Third period

Eriksson scored with 3:44 left in the game off a nice set up by Michael Ryder to round out the scoring in the game.

There was a scrum with 2:47 left in the game. Adam Burish picked up a unsportsmanlike conduct minor and game misconduct after he threw one of the Winnipeg player's gloves into the stands and Winnipeg’s Tanner Glass was given a roughing minor and ten minute misconduct for going after Burish. Stars forward Vernon Fiddler also picked up a ten minute misconduct.

'Tough one to swallow'

April, 10, 2011

The Detroit Red Wings opened the door to the playoffs for the Dallas Stars Sunday afternoon by knocking off the Chicago Blackhawks in regulation. Sunday evening the Minnesota Wild slammed that door shut, beating the Stars 5-3 to keep them out of the postseason for a third consecutive year.

“It’s a tough one to swallow right now,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow.

“We just didn’t get it done,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “It wasn’t for a lack of effort. They tried their tails off tonight.”

After the Detroit win in Chicago, the Stars, who came into the game riding a four-game winning streak, needed to beat the Wild in regulation or overtime to secure the eighth seed in the Western Conference and make it to the postseason for the first time since 2007-08.

“It was up to us,” said defenseman Stephane Robidas. “It was up to the players in his dressing room to win that game and we just couldn’t close the deal.”

Said Stars center Brad Richards: “We put too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect at the end. We had no room for error and we handled it pretty well, I thought. We were written off many times and the ultimate thing is we win today and were in, and we didn’t do it.”

The Wild, who came into the game with just three wins in their last 14 contests, started strong in the game and took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Brad Staubitz. The Stars bounced back with goals by Richards and a power play goal by Morrow to take a 2-1 lead after the first 20 minutes. But Minnesota controlled the second period, getting a power play goal from Jared Spurgeon and an even strength tally from Colton Gillies to build a 3-2 lead. The Stars bounced back to tie late in the second, getting a five-on-three power play goal from Alex Goligoski to tie the game at 3-3.

But the Wild got what would prove to be the game-winner with just over 13 minutes remaining in regulation, when ex-Star Antti Miettinen went to the front of the net, took a pass from Andrew Brunette and put the puck into the open side of the net.

“Being on the ice for that goal and letting the guy come backdoor behind me, that’s something that is going to be in the back of my mind the whole summer,” said Morrow.

The Stars pulled goalie Kari Lehtonen with just over 1:20 remaining, but couldn’t tie the game and Pierre-Marc Bouchard sealed the win with an empty net goal with 12.1 seconds remaining.

It capped an up and down season for the Stars, who in January were leading the Pacific Division and had a ten point lead over the ninth place position in the conference. But two slides – one that saw them go 2-10-1 and another where they went 1-5-3 – were key in them falling out of a playoff spot and having to scramble to try to get back in.

“There are going to be some what ifs down the stretch on, our homestand or early in the season. You are going to question yourself and what you could have done,” said Morrow. “It’s been a couple years of this. Keep saying the same thing. We’re going to use it as motivation. Go back, prepare and get ready for another grind.”

The Stars did finish the season with 95 points, tying the mark for most ever by a non-playoff team. Colorado also missed the playoffs with 95 points in 2006-07.

“I am really proud of these guys. They just battled their tails off and they kept giving forth the effort,” said Crawford. “You look at it, coming down the stretch, nobody gave us much of a chance. We had to play seven of our last nine on the road. We played six games in the last nine days to end the season. And they still kept giving effort and effort and effort with all the injuries and everything that we have. It’s really disappointing, it’s heartbreaking that we didn’t get it completed. It was there for us. On the other side of it, I am really proud of the way the guys battled. They battled their tails off.”

Stars make it six in a row with OT victory

December, 4, 2010
Stephane Robidas’ power play goal with 1:23 left in overtime gave the Dallas Stars a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Saturday night. The Stars have now won six straight games and eight of their last ten (8-1-1). Karlis Skrastins, Steve Ott and Adam Burish also scored for the Stars, who are 8-0-1 in their last eight home games. Kari Lehtonen stopped 28 of 31 shots for Dallas.

First period

The Stars scored 3:42 into the game when defenseman Karlis Skrastins beat Wild goalie Jose Theodore with a shot from the left point.

Both teams had seven shots in the period and both teams had two power play chances.

Some notes after one period.
  • The Stars dressed seven defensemen for the game including Philip Larsen, who was called up from Texas (AHL) Saturday morning. Aaron Gagnon, who was expected to play on the fourth line, ended up being a healthy scratch.
  • Toby Petersen (hand) sat out the game. Mark Fistric (groin/hip flexor) and Krys Barch (foot/ankle) are on injured reserve.
Second period

The Dallas Stars lead the Minnesota Wild 2-1 after two periods at American Airlines Center.

The Wild got their legs in the second period and had some excellent scoring chances, but Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was excellent. He came up with several sharp saves to keep it a 1-0 Dallas lead, including a stop on a Cal Clutterbuck shorthanded breakaway.

The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 by cashing in on their fifth power play of the night. It came off the rush as James Neal made a drop pass to Steve Ott, who scored off a shot from the right faceoff dot at the 11:45 mark of the second.

The Wild finally broke through with 2:26 left in the period to make it a 2-1 game. Mikko Koivku’s wrap-around attempt set off a scramble in front of the net and Antti Miettinen knocked the puck past Lehtinen.

Some notes from the second period.
  • The Wild outshot the Stars 15-9 in the second period and hold a 22-16 advantage for the game.
  • The Stars are 1-5 on the power play in the game and Minnesota is 0-3.
  • The Stars have won 23 of 44 faceoffs through two periods.
Third period

The Wild tied the game at 2-2 just 1:41 into the third period. Cal Clutterbuck put a shot on net from a sharp angle, the puck ended up on the goal line and Chuck Kobasew poked it over the line.

The Stars took the lead back at 5:57 of third off some good pressure from the Steve Ott, Adam Burish and Brandon Segal line. Defenseman Trevor Daley pinched in on the play and centered a puck from the right corner and Burish scored on a backhand with his back to the goal to give Dallas a 3-2 lead.

The Wild drew even with 3:09 left in the third period when Martin Havlat banged home the rebound during a scramble in front of Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.


The Stars got a power play with 2:24 left in overtime when Wild defenseman Brent Burns went to the penalty box for tripping Jamie Benn and the Stars cashed in when Stephane Robidas scored off a shot from the slot with 1:23 left in OT.