Dallas Stars: Brandon Segal

More Karlis Skrastins reaction

September, 7, 2011
9/07/11
9:12
PM CT
Here is some more reaction to the passing of former Stars defenseman Karlis Skrastins, who was one of 43 people killed when a plane carrying the KHL team Lokomotiv crashed shortly after takeoff on Wednesday.

Former Star Brandon Segal had this to say on Twitter:
“Karlis you were an unbelievable player teammate and most of all friend. Words cannot express how much you will be missed.”

Former Star Brian Sutherby, also via Twitter, had this to say:
“Absolutely devastating... Karlis Skrastins was the toughest man I have ever played with. Thoughts & prayers for his wife and two young girls.”

Former Stars coach Marc Crawford, via Twitter:
“Karlis Skrastins 1 of the most Popular, Unselfish players ever in the NHL. Words can't describe his Quality. Thoughts, +Prayers for all KHL.”

Personally, I can’t add much else to what’s been sad about him on this sad day. Everyone knew what kind of player he was. He once played in 495 straight games. There was the shot blocking. He was also a nice guy, always friendly and always willing to take a few minutes if you had a question or two or three. May he rest in peace and my thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children.

Brandon Segal signs with Chicago

September, 1, 2011
9/01/11
11:18
AM CT
Former Dallas Star Brandon Segal has found a new home for the 2011-12 season. Segal announced on his Twitter account that he has signed with the Chicago Blackhawks.
“I have signed with chicago. Thanks to family and friends for all the support. Thanks to the fans in dallas great city and great teammates!”

Terms of the contract are not available at this time.

Here’s a look at the status of 2010-11 Dallas Stars who became unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Monday tidbits: Jeff Woywitka a Hab

August, 15, 2011
8/15/11
1:34
PM CT
A few notes for a Monday afternoon:

*Jeff Woywitka has become the latest of the Dallas Stars unrestricted free agents to land a new job. The Montreal Canadiens announced today that they signed Woywitka to a one-year, two-way contract. Details are here.

*Former Star Fabian Brunnstrom reportedly is getting another crack at the NHL. The Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported today that Brunnstrom, whom the Stars traded to Toronto last season, has signed a tryout contract with the Detroit Red Wings. The story (in Swedish) is here.

*Here’s a look at what’s happened with Dallas Stars players from 2010-11 who became unrestricted free agents on July 1. Among the NHL guys, Brandon Segal and Brian Sutherby are still unsigned.

FRISCO, Texas -- GM Joe Nieuwendyk said adding top six forward, a top defenseman and improving his team's depth are on the agenda as he looks forward to putting together the 2011-12 version of the Dallas Stars.

“I think our first hurdle is to find out what our budget will be and we don’t have that number yet. We should know that soon,” Nieuwendyk said.

Either way, the Stars did have permission to try to sign Brad Richards to extension during this past season, so there is money available.

“By them giving us the ability to go out and sign Brad it says that our payroll will be higher. So we’ll have some money to play with. Some of that will be allocated to the bumps in salaries that we have,” he said. “We’re looking at free agency, we have our list and the guys initially we want to target. There’s money to be spent and players to go get.”

It’s money that can be used to acquire players in free agency, which will not be particularly strong as far as top end talent, or via trade. Right now, the Stars have 17 likely roster players under contract for about $38 million. Last year they spent around $46 million to $47 million.

One of the priorities for 2011-12 is a top six forward with it becoming clear now that Richards will hit the free agent market and will not be back with the team. Nieuwendyk said that top six forward might come through a trade rather than overspending on one in free agency.

“I think we need a top 6 forward with Brad obviously moving on,” Nieuwendyk said. “Jamie [Benn] shifting to center is a very likely scenario. It’s not 100 percent set in stone yet. If you’ve Benner and Loui [Eriksson] and you’ve got [Mike Ribeiro] and Brenden [Morrow], there’s your top two (lines)and you fill in around them.”

While adding Alex Goligoski at last season’s trade deadline was a major boost to the defense, Nieuwendyk said adding a top defenseman is a focus as well.

“We’d like to improve our defense for sure,” he said. “Again, it may be through trade.”

Depth is another priority. It’s an area that hurt the Stars last season and something that has paid dividends for teams that have gone deep in the playoffs.

“One of the things last year, I felt our depth was not good. You look at the teams that have gone through the playoffs here, they use a lot of their people,” Nieuwendyk said. “We need to work on those third and fourth line guys.”

Dallas’ free agents

Nieuwendyk said the Stars haven’t made any decisions on the team’s own unrestricted free agents.

“We’ve talked to them briefly,” Nieuwendyk said. “[Assistant GM] Frank [Provenzano] has reached out to each one of them. We’ve asked them to be patient and in a holding pattern.”

The Stars GM said some will not be back and there’s a possibility some could return. Among the team’s key unrestricted free agents are: RW Jamie Langenbrunner, LW Brian Sutherby, RW Brandon Segal, RW Jason Williams, D Karlis Skrastins and D Jeff Woywitka.

Coaching search update

There’s not much new on the search for a head coach. Nieuwendyk has met with Texas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan, Montreal assistant Kirk Muller, Nashville assistant Peter Horachek and former Stars, Flyers and Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock.

“All were impressive,” Nieuwendyk said. “Ideally, I’d like to have it done by the draft but even more certainly by free agency.”

Nieuwendyk said getting it done by free agency is important because as the Stars start talking to free agents those players will want to know who is coaching the team.

Slow going on Stars' search for coach

May, 18, 2011
5/18/11
12:54
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The search for the next coach of the Dallas Stars has been slow going so far, but it should start to gain a little steam soon.

“We’re in the early stages,” said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk, who is currently out of town for a couple days. “When I get back we’ll start to formulate a plan moving forward here, but there hasn’t been any urgency on our part. We’ve been kind of waiting to see what kind of direction things would go as far as ownership. I think now we’re in a position where we can start to move forward.”

The resolution of the ownership situation continues to move along. Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi is in an exclusive negotiating period during which he is trying to finalize a deal for the team. The process would still have to run through bankruptcy court, but there is a chance it could be wrapped up in early June. It could take longer if there are some snags along the way.

So far there have been no formal interviews, but Nieuwendyk has had some contact “in one way or another” with potential candidates. Among that group appear to be Montreal assistant coach Kirk Muller, Texas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan, Dallas Stars associate coach Willie Desjardins and former Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock, who just wrapped up a stint as head coach of Team Canada at the World Championship in Slovakia.

He expects to have initial talks with more, put together a list and get down to the serious business of conducting interviews.

“In my head there is no set number of interviews,” he said. “I would say three, four or five is probably the right range.”

Nieuwendyk said there is no time frame for concluding the search and no matter how long the process takes he is confident the Stars - who are one of five teams currently looking for a new head coach - will get a quality successor for Marc Crawford, who was fired at the end of the season.

“I think we feel comfortable that once we go through the process we’ll find the right guy,” Nieuwendyk said.

No movement on Stars’ UFAs

Nieuwendyk said movement concerning the Stars’ pending unrestricted free agents is on hold right now due to ownership situation.

“It’s kind of muddy because of the timing of the ownership, trying to sort out what our budget will be and then we can move forward from there,” Nieuwendyk said. “I have reached out to them to indicate to them that we haven’t made any decision and we’ll be in touch.”

Brad Richards, Jamie Langenbrunner, Karlis Skrastins, Brian Sutherby, Brandon Segal, Jeff Woywitka and Jason Williams are among the team’s key unrestricted free agents.

Stars look to keep playoff push going

April, 5, 2011
4/05/11
12:14
AM CT
FRISCO -- The Dallas Stars have played 78 games over the first 180 days of the NHL regular season and now their hopes of making the playoffs will depend on what takes place in the final six days.

The Stars have four games in those six days and they need to find a way to track down the teams ahead of them in the standings. Eighth place Chicago is three points ahead and seventh place Anaheim is four points ahead.

“It’s huge. Our season in on the line and we know what’s at stake,” said forward Brandon Segal, one of the players who took part in Monday’s optional skate in Frisco. “We just can’t hold back. We’ve got to lay everything out there. It’s going to be exciting. It’s a fun time of the year to play and every game is so important.”

The Stars’ playoff hopes got a shot of much needed life when they knocked off Anaheim 4-3 in regulation Sunday night, snapping a six-game winless streak and gaining ground on both Chicago and Anaheim. A loss there would have been basically fatal to their hopes, but now they live on.

“It was huge,” said Segal. “We needed that win. We had a tough couple weeks there.”

After ten straight games and 19 of the last 21 against teams in the playoffs or in playoff contention, the Stars close out the season with four games against teams out of the playoff picture. But those teams can still be dangerous.

“Everyone wants to play spoiler,” Segal said. “And the guys on those teams are playing for contracts, so they’re going to try to put their best foot forward and showcase themselves. There’s still a lot at stake for them. We’ve just got to make sure we’re mentally prepared for these games.”

It starts Tuesday with Columbus, a team the Stars are 1-1-1 against this season. A team that has struggled for the most part lately, will be without its top player in Rick Nash, but a team that has played well recently against teams like Washington and Chicago.

“Every game we played against them was a one-goal game, said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “They’re a good defensive club and they play hard. We have to play with that same desperation and energy we had against Anaheim.”

The Stars will close out the season with some tough scheduling as far as several games in a short amount of time. Tuesday’s game will be their third in four days. They play a home-and-home with Colorado on Thursday and Friday, and Friday’s game in Denver will be the Stars’ fifth game in seven days. The regular season finale in Minnesota on Sunday will be their sixth in nine days. Crawford said the scheduling won’t be an issue considering what it is at stake.

“I don’t think we’re going to have a problem with motivation. The motivation is definitely there. That’s a big part of making sure you’re energized. The stakes are so high ,” said Crawford. “Individually, we’ve got to make sure we are ready for [Tuesday]. That’s the biggest one we’ve got. The first game back after a road trip, we know what the pitfalls are there and we’ve got to be ready right off the bat.”

That’s because the Stars need to run the table over these last four games to give themselves a chance and they can’t do that unless they take care of the first one on the plate.

“We’ve got to win [Tuesday] night. That’s the most important thing,” said Crawford. “[Tuesday] night, if we win it keeps us going. We’re not out of this. We always keep fighting. That’s what we’ve been about and that’s what we have to continue to be about.”

Injury update

Stars defenseman Mark Fistric, who missed Sunday’s game with an upper body injury, practiced on Monday. Fistric said he was injured when he took a high stick during Saturday’s game in Los Angeles and should be ready to go for Tuesday. Stars coach Marc Crawford said Fistric “may be a possibility” for Tuesday.

Forward Adam Burish (leg) practiced as well. Burish who has missed ten games is not expected to play tomorrow, but could be a possibility later in the week.

Nicklas Grossman (knee) skated own his own during Monday’s practice. Crawford said he could be possibility later in the week.

Brian Sutherby (back) skated, but is not ready to return.

Stars fall 3-1 to Kings

April, 2, 2011
4/02/11
3:48
PM CT
The Dallas Stars playoff chances took a devastating blow with a 3-1 loss in Los Angeles Saturday afternoon. The Stars, who are winless in their last six games (0-3-3), are five points out of a playoff spot with five games remaining. Brad Richards scored the lone goal for the Stars, who have scored just nine goals over their last six games. Kari Lehtonen stopped 29 of 31 shots.

Quotable

“We put both goals in our net tonight. That puck luck, or whatever you want to call it, has not been going our way. All you can do is keep persevering. If we continue to work hard and continue to do those things, hopefully it will change. We started off the season with five wins in six games and we have to finish off the season with five wins. We’re still alive here, we’re still kicking. You just have to keep believing that your luck is going to change. That was a very even game. They got the break, we didn’t. End of story.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

“It’s a cliché, but we got to work harder and the breaks with come. We felt pretty confident as the game went along and going into the third with a tie game, it was a game we could get. We just didn’t have that extra step to get to any of those loose pucks.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow

Notes

*The Stars are 9-15-6 in their last 30 games, including 8-13-6 since the All-Star break.

*The Stars have scored 9 goals during their six game winless streak (1.5 per game).

*The Stars are 8-10-5 against the Pacific Division this season.

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

*The Stars were not shorthanded in a game for the first time this season.

*Saturday’s game marked the first time that neither team had a power play chance in an NHL game since April 2, 2010 (Chicago at New Jersey).

First period

There were no penalties, no power plays and both teams had 12 shots on goal in the first 20 minutes.

Stars coach Marc Crawford did some line juggling, moving Jamie Benn to a line with Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson. Brandon Segal, who was back in the lineup, played on the right wing with Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro.

Stars defenseman Karlis Skrastins returned after missing four games with a leg laceration. Adam Burish, Nicklas Grossman and Brian Sutherby remain out with injuries. Brad Lukowich and Krys Barch were scratches.

Second period

The Kings took the lead at the 4:15 mark of the second when defenseman Willie Mitchell’s shot from the right point deflected off forward Wayne Simmonds, got through Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen and went in off the stick of defenseman Mark Fistric as he tried to sweep it out of the net.

But the Stars answered 1:13 later when Brad Richards’s shot from the right circle off the rush slipped through Kings goalie Jonathan Quick to make it a 1-1 game.

There were no power plays in the second period, but with nine seconds left the game’s first penalties were called as Stars center Mike Ribeiro and Kings forward Brad Richardson were given roughing minors.

Third period

Kings defenseman Matt Greene scored the lone goal of the third period, sending a shot from the top of the right circle that deflected off the skate of Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski and into the net with 7:10 remaining.

The Stars pulled Lehtonen for an extra attacker, but Kings captain Dustin Brown sealed the win with an empty net goal with 7.4 seconds remaining.

There were no penalties in the third period, resulting in a game in which neither team received a power play.

Stars lineup

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

Goligoski-Robidas
Daley-Woywitka
Skrastins-Fistric

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

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

Scratches: Barch, Lukowich

Power play units

No power plays

Penalty kill units

No penalty kills

Texas Stars/Idaho Steelheads Report

March, 21, 2011
3/21/11
8:09
PM CT
The past week

The Stars were 1-1-0 this past week, splitting a pair of games in Manitoba.

On Friday, the Stars lost 4-3 to the Moose. Aaron Gagnon and Travis Morin were among the goal scorers for Texas. Tyler Beskorowany got the start in goal, but was pulled seven in minutes into the second after giving up three goals on 14 shots and Texas down 3-1 in the game. Richard Bachman played the rest of the way, giving up one goal on 16 shots.

On Sunday, Greg Rallo scored three goals and Bachman stopped 31 shots as the Stars beat the Moose 5-1. Sean Backman and Mathieu Tousignant also scored and Morin chipped in two assists to run his points streak to four games (4 goals, 2 assists).

The Stars return home now where they will kick off a five-game homestand on Tuesday.

The week ahead

Tuesday March 22, vs. Houston
Friday March 25, vs. Grand Rapids
Saturday March 26, vs. Grand Rapids

AHL playoff race

The Texas Stars currently sit in third place in the AHL’s West Division with a 36-24-10 record. West division race is tight though, with just three points separating the Stars and seventh place San Antonio after Sunday’s games.

The top four teams in the West Division will make the playoffs and the fifth place team from the West can get in as well if it finishes with more points than the fourth place team in the North Division.

Here’s a look at the standings AHL’s Western Conference, which includes the West and North Divisions.



Transactions

*3/21: D Brad Lukowich put on re-entry waivers by Dallas
*3/21: D Guillaume Monast assigned to Texas from Idaho (ECHL)
*3/17: RW Brandon Segal recalled by Dallas
*3/16: LW Michael Neal assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 0-2-1 over the past week. The Steelheads, who have already clinched a playoff spot, are currently in fifth place in the ECHL’s Western Conference with 29-24-13 record.

Here are the statistics for the Texas Stars and Dallas players in Idaho.



Brandon Segal understood that when he was sent to the AHL in January it wasn’t a reflection on his play, but a case of dollars and cents. That didn’t make it any easier.

“I would lie if I said it wasn’t frustrating,” Segal said. “It was very frustrating.”

After the Dallas Stars acquired Jamie Langenbrunner from New Jersey in January, they shipped Segal to the Texas Stars of the AHL. The Stars needed to move some money off the roster and Segal, who was on a two-way contract, was the logical choice to go.

Segal’s salary is $550,000 when he plays in the NHL and $130,000 when he is in the AHL. It helped the Stars save a little money as they took on about half of Langenbrunner’s $2.8 million contract for the remainder of the season.

"He played well this year and really was a victim of circumstance when we picked up Jamie Langenbrunner,” Stars coach Marc Crawford said of Segal. “He was one guy that could go down and save us some money. He was a political decision more than a hockey decision. We’re pleased to have him back.”

With the Stars missing Loui Eriksson and Adam Burish due to injuries, the Stars placed Segal on re-entry waivers Wednesday. He cleared Thursday morning and joined the team.

"It's great to be back. This is where I want to be," Segal said. "Things were going great at the start of the season and then there were some unfortunate circumstances. That's just the way the business works. The main thing is I am back here and ready to help this team."

When Segal was sent down, he was told he would be brought back up to Dallas at some point. Exactly when wasn’t clear. Waiting for that day to come wasn’t easy.

“When I went down I said I want to get back up as fast as possible. I just didn’t know when that day was going to happen,” Segal said. “The main thing down there is you have to stay positive, stay patient and keep working hard. It’s easier said than done.”

And he made the most of it after adjusting to life back in the AHL, where he has played 455 games including 21 last season before Dallas claimed him off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings.

“Going back to playing power play and penalty killing, which was nice,” he said. “Those are positions I like to play in. I got to play a lot of minutes. “

In 30 games with Texas he registered 17 points (7 goals and 10 assists). After picking up two goals and no assists in his first ten games, he had five goals and ten assists over his next 20 games.

“Once I started getting a little more comfortable and started to find my linemates, I finally started producing down there, which was nice,” he said. “It felt good to put the puck in the net a lot and get some assists. We had a good squad down there, but this is where I always felt I belonged. And I was disappointed going down there. Nobody wants to go down, but I just stayed positive and now I am back, so let’s get it going.”

And he got it going in his first game back, potting the Stars’ final goal in a 5-0 rout of the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night at American Airlines Center. There was a fighting major and two hits in 5:59 of playing time.

“He’s a popular guy. The guys were all happy to see him come into the dressing room after he cleared waivers and it’s nice to see him contribute,” said Crawford. “He stayed with it, did a lot of good things in the game in the limited minutes that he got and that’s what we need. We need performances from everybody and if you play six or seven minutes, make sure they’re impactful and his were.”

Eriksson, Burish still out

Forwards Loui Eriksson (upper body) and Adam Burish (lower body) are out for Saturday’s game against the Flyers.

“I think both of them are improving. I know both of them are improving, but not to the extent that they're ready for [Saturday],” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “We're hopeful that they'll keep improving and that we'll have better news as we move into next week.”

Stars impressive in key victory

March, 18, 2011
3/18/11
12:10
AM CT
DALLAS -- Needing two points in a tight Western Conference playoff race, the Dallas Stars rolled out a gem of a performance Thursday night, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0 at American Airlines Center.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak and moved the Stars into sixth place in the Western Conference, one spot ahead of Chicago.

The Blackhawks came into the game on a 9-1-2 run and as the league’s top-scoring team, but the Stars gave them little in the way of scoring opportunities. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, one of the hottest scorers in the league lately, had no shots on goal. His linemate Patrick Kane had just one shot.

“Yeah, it was very good,” Stars coach Marc Crawford said of the team’s defensive play. “We were really pleased with the way everybody pitched in defensively. I thought you look at key elements in our game tonight where we need to have big performances from-our defense, our penalty killing and our goaltender, and we got all of those things.”

Kari Lehtonen, who has was making his 12th straight start and his 21st in the last 23 games, made 23 saves for his second shutout of the season and his second in the last four games.

“Everybody was certainly ready,” Lehtonen said. “We had lost two in a row at home. We really wanted to win, play the right way, do the little things right and be responsible especially in our own end. I think that showed today.”

The Stars’ penalty kill came up big in the game, going 4-4 against one of the league’s top ranked power plays.

“Our penalty killing, I think that was probably the strongest penalty kill game we’ve had this year and it was a difference maker,” Crawford said.

And there was plenty of offense for the Stars, who got goals from five different players.

"We were good in the all the areas you have to be good in and that’s great when you get a result like that," Crawford said. "It can really springboard our play. If we continue to have really good defensive play, we have enough offense. So we’ve got good offensive tools here and they showed it tonight.”

The Stars broke the scoreless tie with some help from Lehtonen, who kicked out a rebound to Brad Richards, who then set up Steve Ott on a breakaway and Ott scored with 2:23 left in the first period to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.

The Stars scored two goals early in the second period to break the game open, both goals produced by the line of Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro and Jamie Benn. Ribeiro set up Benn on a two-on-one to make it a 2-0 game and then Benn set up Morrow off the rush to make it 3-0. Jason Williams and Brandon Segal scored in the third.

“It’s big when you get depth scoring like that,” said Morrow. “We worked hard, turned pucks over, were good on transition, drove the net.”

The win was a solid bounce back effort for the Stars following Tuesday’s 6-3 loss to San Jose. And it was a much-needed win for a team that didn’t need a third straight loss.

“From here on out -- the next 11 games -- we could probably say that every time we win that it’s the biggest win,” said Stars center Brad Richards, who had two assists. “This was good for our locker room because it this is a little bit how it feels when you are in a series. You lose a couple heartbreakers and you are still right in it. You’ve got to get right back on the horse and win a big one.”

And the Stars were able to do that Thursday. The next big one is Saturday when Eastern Conference power Philadelphia comes to town.

Quotable

"He got in the scrap and took a pretty good punch from the young left-hander for Chicago. Like my father always used to tell me, it’s not the guys that get black eyes that should be embarrassed, Marc, it’s the guys that never get them. He said that after I got punched out one night in junior hockey. He stuck with it tonight and scored a big goal. That would be one that my father would be proud of. I’m sure Brandon’s pretty happy. He’s a popular guy. The guys were all happy to see him come into the dressing room after he cleared waivers this morning and it’s nice to see him contribute. He stayed with it today, did a lot of good things in the game in the limited minutes that he got and that’s what we need. We need performances from everybody and if you play six or seven minutes, make sure they’re impactful and his were.”

Stars coach Marc Crawford on Brandon Segal, who scored a goal in his first game since being recalled from the Texas Stars of the AHL

Stars rout Blackhawks, 5-0

March, 17, 2011
3/17/11
8:17
PM CT


The Dallas Stars snapped a two-game losing streak with an impressive 5-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center on Thursday night.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 23 shots for his second shutout in the last four games. Jamie Benn and Brenden Morrow each had a goal and an assist. Steve Ott, Jason Williams and Brandon Segal also scored goals. Mike Ribeiro and Brad Richards had two assists each.

The Stars improved to 2-2-1 on their current homestand, which continues Saturday when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers.

Quotable

“We were really pleased with the way everybody pitched in defensively. I thought you look at key elements in our game tonight where we need to have big performances from our defense, our penalty killing and our goaltender, and we got all of those things. … Our penalty killing, I think that was probably the strongest penalty kill game we’ve had this year and it was a difference maker.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

“Everybody was certainly ready. We had lost two in a row at home. We really wanted to win, play the right way, do the little things right and be responsible especially in our own end. I think that showed today.” – Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.

“From here on out – the next 11 games - we could probably say that every time we win that it’s the biggest win. This was good for our locker room because it this is a little bit how it feels when you are in a series. You lose a couple heartbreakers and you are still right in it. You’ve got to get right back on the horse and win a big one.“ – Stars forward Brad Richards

Notes

*Stars won the season series against Chicago with a 3-1-0 record. Chicago had a 1-2-1 mark in the three games.

*Kari Lehtonen’s shutout was his second of the season and his second in the last four games.

*Lehtonen picked up his sixth assist in the season in the game, setting a new franchise mark for assists by a goaltender in a season. Lehtonen had been tied with Marty (2008-09) and Ed Belfour (2001-02), who had five assists in a season.

*Jamie Benn ran his points streak to nine games (8 goals, 5 assists) .

*Mike Ribeiro has 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists) in the last 14 games.

*Steve Ott’s goal was his first since February 9 and snapped a 16-game goal scoring drought.

*The Stars won on St. Patrick’s Day for the first time since March 17, 1998 (4-3 vs. Los Angeles).

First period

The Stars scored the only goal of the period with 2:23 left. After Kari Lehtonen made a save on Michael Frolik, Brad Richards got to the rebound and set up Steve Ott on a breakaway with a long backhand pass, and Ott beat Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford with a wrist shot. Lehtonen picked up an assist on the goal, giving him six on the season which established a new franchise record.

The Blackhawks outshot the Stars 11-8 in the period. Both teams had one power play chance and both were 0-1.

Stars forward Brandon Segal and Blackhawks forward Jake Dowell dropped the gloves late in the period and both picked up fighting majors.

Mark Fistric and Krys Barch were scratched for the Stars. Loui Eriksson (upper body) and Adam Burish (lower body) are out.

Second period

The Stars made it a 2-0 game at 1:01 of the second period. After Brenden Morrow blocked a shot the Stars got a two-on-one and Mike Ribeiro set up Jamie Benn, who blasted the puck past Corey Crawford from the right circle.

The Stars made it 3-0 at the 3:35 mark with a goal off the rush. Benn sent a cross-ice pass to Morrow, who scored off a one-timer from the right circle. That was it for Crawford, who gave up three goals on ten shots. In came backup Marty Turco.

The Blackhawks got a 4:00 power play with 12:33 left in the second when Tomas Vincour took a double minor for high sticking, but Chicago couldn’t take advantage. Blackhawks defenseman negated 2:00 of the power play when he took a charging penalty and the Stars were able to kill off the rest of the time to keep it a 3-0 game.

Steve Ott got his second breakaway of the game late in the period, but couldn’t cash in on this one as Turco made a sharp glove save to keep it a 3-0 game with 2:15 left in the second.

The Stars almost 4-0 just as time was expiring, but Alex Goligoski’s shot hit the post.

Third period

The Stars extended the lead to 4-0 at the 2:54 mark of the third period. After Turco came out of the net, he turned it to Stars forward Jason Williams and Williams put it into the open net as Turco tried scramble back into position.

Just after a Dallas power play expired Brandon Segal, recalled earlier in the day from the AHL, scored off a scramble in front of the net to give the Stars a 5-0 lead at the 11:52 mark.

Stars lineup

Morrow-Ribeiro-Benn
Ott-Richards-Langenbrunner
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Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Injured: Eriksson (upper body), Burish (lower body)

Scratches: Barch, Fistric

Power play units

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Penalty kill units

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Stars forward Loui Eriksson won't play tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks due to the upper body injury he suffered in Tuesday's game against San Jose Sharks.

Steve Ott and Tomas Vincour, who both took head shots in that game as well, are fine and will play tonight.

Right wing Brandon Segal cleared re-entry waivers, was recalled this morning and he will be in the lineup tonight.

"He gives us another option tonight, a big body," said Stars coach Marc Crawford. "He played well this year and really was a victim of circumstance when we picked up Jamie Langenbrunner. He was one guy that could go down and save us some money. He was a political decision more than a hockey decision. We're pleased to have him back."

Segal was sent to the AHL on January 11. He played 30 games with the Texas Stars, registering 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists). Segal arrived at American Airlines Center just after this morning's skate.

"It's great to be back. This is where I want to be," Segal said. "Things were going great and then there were some unfortunate circumstances. That's just the way the business works. The main thing is I am back here and ready to help this team."

Segal has 4 goals and 5 assists in 36 games with Dallas this season.

Notes

*Kari Lehtonen will get the start in net tonight. It will be his 12th straight start and his 21st start in the last 23 games for the Stars.

*Stars coach Marc Crawford said he would probably go with the same six defensemen he has used the last couple games, and also indicated he is considering going with seven defensemen.

*Adam Burish will miss his third straight game with a lower body injury. Stars coach Marc Crawford said Burish is doubtful for Saturday's game against Philadelphia.

"He is improving, but he is not available to us tonight," Crawford said. "He is improving and we're hopeful that it won't be too long. I would say that he'll be doubtful for Saturday because looking at what we've got next week, we're probably going to exercise caution. But I would rule it out completely. We're gearing ourselves towards what is happening next week."

The Stars will play only one game in six-day span next week before heading out on a five-game road trip.

Ott on the Heatley suspension

After Thursday morning's skate, Stars forward Steve Ott was asked about Dany Heatley, who was given a two-game suspension for elbowing Ott in the head during Tuesday's game.

"It's appropriate," said Ott. "They have a tough job to do for what they have to do. He's kind of a first time guy, I believe, and everything else. Obviously the NHL handles it the way they think they need to."
The Dallas Stars had the day off today, but forwards Loui Eriksson, Steve Ott and Tomas Vincour were in Frisco getting evaluated after taking hits to the head in last night's game against the Sharks.

Eriksson left the game in the second period after getting hit by Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray and did not return. Stars coach Marc Crawford didn't have much new on Eriksson's condition.

"He was in today and will continue to be diagnosed every day," Crawford said. "Obviously he couldn’t play last night and we kept him out."

Crawford wouldn't give an indication if Eriksson would be available for Thursday's game against Chicago.

"I wouldn’t be willing to say anything right now," Crawford said. "We’re just going to take it day by day and see how it progresses."

Vincour (hit by Murray) and Ott (elbowed in the head by Dany Heatley) stayed in the game.

"I saw Ott this morning and saw Vincour this morning. They are both fine," Crawford said, adding that they be getting further evaluation. "Everybody is being evaluated on a day to day basis."

Meanwhile, ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reported that Heatley has a disciplinary meeting with the NHL for the hit on Ott.

The Stars are looking to bring in some help from the AHL. The team placed right wing Brandon Segal on re-entry waivers Wednesday and plan to recall him if he clears on Thursday. That's likely to happen because the waiver rules change after the NHL trade deadline. If a team were to claim Segal they would not be allowed to have him on the roster the rest of the season.

Stars place Brandon Segal on waivers

January, 10, 2011
1/10/11
12:09
PM CT
The Dallas Stars have placed right wing Brandon Segal on waivers. If he clears Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. then the Stars will send him to the Texas Stars of the AHL.

With the acquisition of right wing Jamie Langenbrunner from New Jersey last week the Stars now have 14 forwards on the roster.

“We don’t want to carry 14 and we want Brandon to play too,” said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk.

Segal is on a two-way contract and makes $550,000 when the plays in the NHL and $130,000 at the AHL level.

Segal, who has 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists) in 36 games this season, was claimed off waivers by the Stars from the Los Angeles Kings last season.

Stars fall 3-2 in shootout to Rangers

January, 7, 2011
1/07/11
8:14
PM CT


The Dallas Stars’ winless streak at home hit five games (0-3-2) as they lost 3-2 in a shootout to the New York Rangers at American Airlines Center Friday night. Brian Sutherby and Mike Ribeiro scored in regulation for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen made 29 saves in the game and stopped one of two in the shootout. Mats Zuccarello scored the only goal of the shootout for the Rangers, who got goals from Ruslan Fedotenko and Artem Anisimov in regulation. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in the game and stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout.

First period

The Stars opened the scoring in the game at 7:55 of the period. Brandon Segal sent a pass from the corner to Brian Sutherby, who scored from the bottom of the right circle.

Both teams had 10 shots in the period. Both Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had some sharp saves in the period.

Both teams were 0-1 on the power play.

Jamie Langenbrunner, acquired from New Jersey for a conditional draft pick earlier in the day, was a scratch for the Stars.

Matt Niskanen, Toby Petersen and Karlis Skrastins were out with injuries.

Second period

The Stars got their second power play of the game one minute into the second period, but it was the Rangers that scored to tie the game at 1-1. Ruslan Fedotenko skated down the right side and beat Kari Lehtonen with a shot from a sharp angle at the 2:49 mark.

The Stars got another power play later in the period and this time they cashed in, but not before the Rangers had another quality shorthanded chance. This time Lehtonen made a sharp save on a Brandon Prust shot from the left circle. With just seconds remaining in the power play Loui Eriksson got to a puck behind the net and backhanded it to Mike Ribeiro, who scored at the 10:20 mark to give the Stars a 2-1 lead.

Third period

The Rangers tied the game at 8:04 of the third period with a power play goal. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist sent a long pass to Marc Staal, who set up Artem Anisimov, who scored off a wrist shot from the slot.

Overtime shootout

After a scoreless overtime, the game went to a shootout where New York’s Mats Zuccarello scored the only goal to give New York the win.

Benn, Dallas: Lost control of puck, missed, 0-0
Stephan, NY Rangers, wrist shot, save Lehtonen, 0-0
Richards, Dallas, wrist shot, save Lundqvist, 0-0
Zuccarello, NY Rangers, wrist shot, scored, NY Rangers 1-0
Ribeiro, Dallas, backhand, save Lundqvist, NY Rangers win shootout 1-0, game 3-2

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