Dallas Stars: Brad Winchester

Stars get off to bumpy start on road trip

December, 9, 2011
12/09/11
1:24
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The Dallas Stars were hoping for a strong start to their five-game road trip, but they didn’t get it in San Jose Thursday night as they fell 5-2 to the San Jose Sharks.

The Stars fell behind 2-0 in the first 82 seconds of the game, rallied to tie but then the Sharks blew the game open with three quick goals in the second half of the second period.

“They poured it to us and put bodies in front. They were going hard to the net,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow, who had a goal and assist in his return from a back injury. “When you throw pucks at the net and you’ve got people banging and crashing, good things happen. We didn’t do it enough and they did.”

The Stars were outshot 36-20 in the game, including 26-10 over the final 40 minutes. Andrew Raycroft played the first two periods and stopped 20 of 25 shots. Richard Bachman, making his second NHL appearance, played the third period and made 11 saves on 11 shots.

“I thought he was real clean in the third,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said of Bachman. “It’s not easy to come into those situations. They had some good chances and he made some saves. We’ll have a decision to make tomorrow on who is going to start in LA. We’ll take a look at everything and make our decision.”

The loss was the fifth in the last six road games for the Stars, who are now 6-7-0 away from home this season.

“We’re going to come back to work tomorrow and do our best to forget about this game,” said Morrow. “We talked about it before we left Dallas that we’re going to take each game individually and try not to look ahead. We’re going to let this one sink in, be [ticked] off for the night and come back to work tomorrow.

The Stars got off to a slow start, falling behind 2-0 in the first 1:22 of the game. After a Mike Ribeiro turnover in the San Jose zone, Sharks forward Ryane Clowe set up Logan Couture, who scored from the slot off the rush 1:07 into the game.

Just 15 seconds later the Sharks made it 2-0 when Andrew Raycroft couldn’t handle the rebound of a Justin Braun point shot and Jamie McGinn scored into an open net.

The Stars cut the lead to 2-1 when a Morrow shot from the right boards deflected off Mike Ribeiro and into the net at 13:37 of the first.

The Stars tied it at 6:30 of the second when Ribeiro sent a cross-ice pass to Morrow, who scored off a one-timer from the right circle with the Stars on the power play.

But San Jose rattled off three goals in a 6:04 span of the second to break the game open. Ryane Clowe scored off the rebound of a Joe Thornton wrap-around at the 11:53 of the second. After a Thornton faceoff win, Brad Winchester tipped home a Brent Burns point shot at the 13:48. After a Jamie Benn turnover in his own zone, Torrey Mitchell scored from the right circle with 2:03 left in the third.

“I didn’t think we played too bad,” Gulutzan said. “We got off to a rough start in the first, but we got one back late and tied it up. I didn’t mind our game up to (the third goal). After that I thought we lost our luster. I wish we could have mustered more in the third. They were hungry team tonight. We have to be better than that.”

Notes

*Stars defenseman Mark Fistric served the first game of a three-game suspension for a hit on New York Islanders forward Nino Niederreiter.

*Stars captain Brenden Morrow returned after missing six games with a back injury.

*Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski returned after missing eleven games with a broken thumb.

*Stars defenseman Trevor Daley returned after missing three games with a back injury.

*Adam Pardy and Toby Petersen were healthy scratches for Dallas.

Frustration mounts as Stars' skid hits five

November, 20, 2011
11/20/11
12:01
AM CT


The Dallas Stars ended their scoreless drought Saturday night, but the losing streak continued. The Stars dropped their fifth straight game, falling 4-1 to the San Jose Sharks at American Airlines Center.

“It sucks. We all hate losing and we’re all very proud individuals,” said Stars forward Steve Ott. “Our work ethic has definitely been on the up slope the past two games and the only way we are going to get out of this funk is by continuing to play that way. There were a couple of breakdowns that ended up in the back of our net, but I thought our work ethic was 100 times better than it has been.”

But the results weren’t there for the Stars, who have been outscored 21-4 during the five-game slide and 16-1 over the last ten periods of play.

“You can see it (the frustration), especially the second half of the game. Our emotions are high. I think we’re just a little rattled,” said Stars goaltender Andrew Raycroft, who made 34 saves in the game and fell to 0 -4-0 on the season. “We just need to keep our heads down, work hard and get ourselves out of it that way - with lots of hard work and some patience.”

Special teams played a key role Saturday night. San Jose’s first two goals came on the power play. Once again the Stars were on the short end of the number of power plays handed out in the game. San Jose had five chances with the man advantage to two for the Stars. During their five-game slide the Stars have been on the power play nine times while their opponents have had 23 opportunities.

”I might sound like a whiny coach, but I had some beefs with the officiating when we were 11-3 and now we’re 11-8 and I still have them,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “I think we are on the wrong end of a lot of calls, but I think it is our fault. We whine like little babies throughout the game. … That’s going to change. We’re going to change that culture here. We’ve got to do it by zipping our mouths one step at a time. Refs are human and if you whine that much they are not going to give you calls. That’s the bottom line. And we’re not getting them. We’re not getting some calls and it’s our fault.”

Said Sharks coach Todd McLellan: "Prior to the game we talked about composure and discipline. We knew they'd taken a ton of penalties, they were the second-most penalized team in the league. We thought that would come into play at some point and we needed only two power-play goals. I was happy we responded physically but we were quite disciplined."

The Stars had a strong first period, outshooting the Sharks 14-10, but still found themselves down 1-0 heading into the first intermission. San Jose cashed in on its first power play chance when Joe Thornton hit pinching defenseman Brent Burns, who put the puck into the open side of the net 4:58 into the game.

The Sharks extended the lead to 2-0 by taking advantage of their third power play early in the second. A Thornton pass bounced off the skate of Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray and right onto the stick of San Jose forward Logan Couture, who beat Raycroft from point blank range.

It was a 3-0 game a little more than three minutes later when the Stars turned the puck over in their own zone and Brad Winchester scored from the slot.

San Jose made it 4-0 early in the third. Michal Handzus won a puck battle along the boards and centered the puck to Jamie McGinn, who scored from close range.

The Stars finally got on the board at the 6:22 mark of the third when Mike Ribeiro scored off the rush from the left circle, snapping the Stars scoreless drought at 194:11.

But that was it for the Stars, who took a lot of penalties out of frustration when it appeared Saturday’s game was out of reach.

“We have to play less frustrated when adversity hits. That’s going to change. I’ll tell you guys this honestly, I’ll use this forum to vent,” said Gulutzan. “I’ll be glad to go back to Saskatchewan if we don’t get out of this, but at the end of the day we’re going to do it the way we’re going to do it. We’re going to be men, we’re going to have character, we’re going to shut our mouths and we’re going to play. If that’s not good enough then so be it.”

Notes

*There were a total of 100 penalty minutes in Saturday’s game including three fights and four misconducts.

*New Stars owner Tom Gaglardi attended Saturday night’s game. He will be introduced at a press conference Monday afternoon.

*Jake Dowell and Philip Larsen were healthy scratches for the Stars.

*Saturday’s attendance was 13,711.

Ducks rally, top Stars in OT

March, 23, 2011
3/23/11
8:17
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The Dallas Stars lost 4-3 in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night at American Airlines Center. The loss kept the Stars in ninth place in the Western Conference, one point behind the Ducks. The Ducks tied the game with 5.4 seconds left in the regulation on a goal by Teemu Selanne and then won it 1:42 into overtime on a goal by Cam Fowler. Alex Goligoski, Loui Eriksson and Trevor Daley scored for the Stars.

Quotable

“As hard as it is –and that’s what we told the guys in there – as hard as it is and as much as this sucks, and believe me it does, you ‘ve got to look at the positive side of it. We played a real strong game. We battled, we battled a hard team. By all rights we should have won the game and we got a point out of it. All is not lost. We will survive to fight a better day and we move forward.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

“We’re not going anywhere. It’s a tough one, but we look at the next one as just as important as this one. Win that and we’re back here smiling and going into another game.” – Stars center Brad Richards

“It shows the resiliency of our team and how there’s no quit no matter what the circumstances are. You can always rely on some of the veterans to step up when the game is on the line. Teemu did that for us tonight. Bobby gave me a great pass in overtime. I didn’t really have much work left to do. You put the game on those guys’ sticks and 99 percent of the time, they’re going to come up with a result for you.” – Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler

Notes

*The Stars ended their seven-game homestand with a 2-2-3 record.

*The Stars are 4-5-4 in their last 13 home games.

*The Stars are now 5-4 in overtime.

*Jamie Benn had his ten-game points streak come to an end.

*Brad Lukowich played 9:36 was a plus-one in his first game with the Dallas since April 2002.

*The Stars are 1-2-2 in the season series against the Ducks this season.

First period

The Stars outshot the Ducks in the period 9-7. The Stars had one power play in the period. The Ducks had two power plays, including one that will have 1:14 remaining when the second period begins.

Stars forward Loui Eriksson returned to the lineup after missing two games with a concussion. He played left wing on a line with Brad Richards and Jamie Langenbrunner.

Krys Barch was the scratch for the Stars. Nicklas Grossman (knee), Karlis Skrastins (leg), Adam Burish (leg) and Brian Sutherby (back) were all out for the Stars.

Second period

The Ducks opened the second period with 1:14 of power play time and cashed in to take a 1-0 lead. Ryan Getzlaf sent a cross-ice pass to Lubomir Visnovsky, who scored off a blast from the left faceoff circle 56 seconds into the period.

The Stars tied the game by taking advantage of their second power play of the night. After the Stars entered the Anaheim zone, Alex Goligoski beat Ducks goalie Ray Emery with a blast from the right point at the 9:17 mark.

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen had a big save to keep it a 1-1 game, stopping Corey Perry on a breakaway.

The intensity and hitting picked up in the second period. Stars defenseman Mark Fistric had a big hit on Ducks forward Dan Sexton and Stars center Mike Ribeiro nailed Jason Blake. Anaheim’s Brad Winchester leveled Stars center Tom Wandell in the neutral zone.

Third period

The Stars took the lead 4:29 into the third period. After faceoff in the Anaheim zone, Jamie Langenbrunner got the puck in the corner and centered it to Loui Eriksson tapped it past Emery.

But the Ducks answered just 11 seconds later when Bobby Ryan set up Corey Perry, who broke in on net and beat Lehtonen with a backhand shot to make it a 2-2 game.

The Stars took the lead with the two teams playing four-on-four. Trevor Daley scored off the rebound of his own from the right circle with 6:39 remaining in the game.

The Ducks pulled Emery with about a minute remaining and got the equalizer with 5.4 seconds left when Teemu Selanne scored from close range to tie the game and send it into overtime.

Overtime

The Ducks 1:42 into overtime when Cam Fowler poked the puck away from Brad Richards at the Anaheim blue let to set up a two-on-one and Fowler scored after taking a pass from Ryan.

Stars lineup

Morrow-Ribeiro-Benn/Segal
Eriksson-Richards-Langenbrunner
Ott-Benn-Vincour
Petersen-Wandell-Williams

Goligoski-Robidas
Woywitka-Daley
Lukowich-Fistric

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Injured: Grossman (knee), Skrastins (leg), Burish (leg), Sutherby (back)

Scratches: Barch

Power play units

Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson-Richards-Goligoski
Ott-Benn-Langenbrunner-Woywitka-Daley

Penalty kill units

Ott-Benn-Fistric-Robidas
Petersen-Langenbrunner-Goligoski-Daley
Ribeiro-Wandell-Fistric-Robidas

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