Dallas Stars: Cal Clutterbuck

Ott vs. Powe: Momentum changer?

January, 22, 2012
The Minnesota Wild are giving Stars forward Steve Ott an assist for their 5-2 win over Dallas last night. It revolves around those two scraps with Wild forward Darroll Power in the second period, which the Wild thought helped push momentum in their favor.

Here’s an excerpt from the Stars-Tribune’s recap of the game:
Philip Larsen gave Dallas a 2-1 lead, but four seconds later, Powe, a Princeton grad, and Ott, considered one of the NHL's dirtiest hombres, came out of the box from prior roughing minors and danced for real (Powe's fifth NHL fight). Ott wrestled Powe to the ice, then, against code, popped Powe in the face. The Wild bench exploded.

“I don't think guys were too happy about that,” Powe said.

“Gutless play,” Clutterbuck called it.

After Nystrom's turnover, Clutterbuck scored on a slick backhander. The next shift, Rau withstood Larsen's hit, got up and attempted a wraparound. Rau's second try deflected in off Brenden Morrow's stick for the special tally.

The shift after that, Brodziak buried Heatley's feed for the fastest three goals in Wild history (59 ticks) -- and 3:17 after Powe sparked the Wild.

“Emotionally, [Powe] gave our bench a huge lift,” Yeo said. “That's a team guy.”

Here was Stars coach Glen Gulutzan’s take on the Ott vs. Powe.
“I don’t think it affected the momentum, but you’d rather it not happen. When you’re winning 2-1 in someone else’s building, it’s a full 19,000 people here, I’d rather just have everybody sleeping. But it happened and it shouldn’t have been a big difference-maker in the game.”

The Dallas Stars got the start they wanted Saturday night, but it was a one minute stretch of the second period that doomed then in a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild at Excel Energy Center.

The Stars, who had a 2-1 lead in the game, surrendered three goals in a 59-second span, found themselves down 4-2 and could never recover.

“It’s tough. You want to respond after a team scores a goal, but when they bang a few back-to-back, it's definitely demoralizing,” Stars forward Eric Nystrom. “It gets in your psyche and momentum is huge in this game. They got on a roll and we couldn't stop it.”

The loss pushed the Stars’ winless streak to five games (0-4-1) and dropped them to 11th place in the Western Conference standings, four points out of the final playoff spot. The Stars trail ninth place Minnesota by three points.

“We are fighting for the playoffs and this is one of teams we wanted to leapfrog them with a win tonight,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “Now we are three points back. We’ve got them again in a couple of weeks. Hopefully this sits in and we have some motivation.”

The Stars were excellent in the first period, outshooting the Wild 11-5 and getting the period’s only goal when Nystrom tipped a Stephane Robidas shot into the net with 1:22 left in the first to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.

But in the second period, things started to unravel for the Stars. Minnesota, which has been struggling to score recently, cashed in on its first power play to tie the game when Devin Setoguchi scored from the right circle. The Stars got the lead back on a Philip Larsen goal, but after that things completely fell apart for Dallas.

The Wild scored three quick goals to build a 4-2 lead. Cal Clutterbuck scored off a backhand shot from close range to tie the game 2-2, Chad Rau put a wrap-around shot in off Morrow’s stick to make it 3-2 and wide open Kyle Brodziak scored on a one-timer to give the Wild a 4-2 lead.

“I guess if I could get a rewind on that, after they got that 3-2 goal I maybe should have called a timeout. But I thought we could handle it as a group. That’s probably the rewind for me,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “Otherwise, we had a good 28 minutes going there, playing the way we wanted to play and we gave them life. A couple little sloppy plays, one on the penalty kill cost us a goal. Just around the net. That’s it. That’s the ballgame.”

Gulutzan pulled goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 15 of 19 shots, after two period and brought in backup Richard Bachman in hopes of changing momentum.

“[Lehtonen] made some big saves for us and we hung him to dry,” Gulutzan said. “I wasn’t going to change Kari with four minutes left in the second, he’s been too good for us to do that. That was a message to our guys that we need to be better. Then on the first shift or second shift we give up a two-on-one. I guess we did it to both guys.”

The Wild extended the lead to 5-2 early in the third period when Warren Peters set up Dany Heatley on a two-on-one rush.

The victory snapped a four-game winless streak for the Wild, who won for just the third time in their last 18 games.

For the Stars, they’ve followed up solid efforts against St. Louis and Detroit earlier in the week with rocky outings against Tampa Bay and Minnesota.

“That’s called inconsistency. You’re not going to be where you want to be if you are playing inconsistent hockey,” said Nystrom. “We had a good first 20 minutes and then we just drift away from our game plan. It eats you up. We’ve got to find a way to be more consistent in our game night in, night out, every shift. It’s not easy. That’s why some teams are where they are and why some teams aren’t where they want to be. It’s little inconsistencies.”


*The Stars are now 0-7-1 in second game of back-to-backs this season.

*D Philip Larsen was back in the lineup after sitting out the last nine games due to a concussion. He scored his first NHL goal in the game.

*Eric Nystrom’s goal was his 14th of the season.

*Mike Ribeiro (knee) missed his sixth straight game for the Stars and Jamie Benn (appendectomy) missed his fourth straight.

*Mark Fistric and Adam Pardy were healthy scratches for the Stars.

*The last time Minnesota scored four goals in a period was January 2010.
The Dallas Stars’ winless streak hit five games (0-4-1) with a 5-2 loss at Minnesota Saturday. The Stars held a 2-1 lead in the second period, but the Wild scored three goals in a 59 second span to take a 4-2 lead. Kari Lehtonen played the first two periods and stopped 15 of 19 shots. Richard Bachman played the third period and stopped 6 of 7 shots. Eric Nystrom and Philip Larsen scored for the Stars. Larsen’s goal was the first of his NHL career. The Wild, who won for just the third time in the last 18 games, snapped a four-game winless streak and moved three points ahead of the Stars in the Western Conference standings.

First period

The Stars outshot the Wild 11-5 in the period and scored the only goal with 1:22 left before the first intermission.

Stephane Robidas put a shot on net from the right point and Eric Nystrom, acquired from the Wild earlier in the season, tipped it past Minnesota goaltender Josh Harding.

Second period

The Wild tied the game by cashing in on their first power play chance of the game. Devin Setoguchi scored from the right circle at 9:06 of the second period to make it a 1-1 game.

Less than two minutes later the Stars were back on top. Alex Goligoski’s shot from the left point was blocked by Kyle Brodziak and went right to Philip Larsen, who rifled the puck into the net from just inside the blue line at the 11:03 mark.

The Wild then rattled off three goals in 59 seconds to build a 4-2 lead. Matt Cullen tipped a loose puck in the slot to Cal Clutterbuck, who scored from close range to tie the game at the 13:37 mark.

Just 14 seconds later, Chad Rau to got a loose puck behind the Dallas net and his wrap-around shot went off the stick of Brenden Morrow and into the net to give the Wild their first lead of the night.

Forty-five seconds later, Dany Heatley sent a cross-ice pass to Brodziak, who one-timed the puck into the open side of the net to give Minnesota a 4-2 lead.

Third period

Richard Bachman took over in goal for Kari Lehtonen in goal for the Stars to start the third period, and Minnesota scored 1:29 into the period to make it a 5-2 game.

With the Wild on a two-on-one, Warren Peters set up Heatley, who put the puck into the open side of the net.

Stars lineup



Lehtonen (starter)

Scratched: Fistric, Pardy
Injured: Benn (appendectomy), Ribeiro (knee)