Dallas Stars: Dave Tippett

DALLAS -- Stars coach Glen Gulutzan believes Phoenix captain Shane Doan could be looking at a suspension for a hit on Dallas forward Jamie Benn in Tuesday’s 4-3 Dallas shootout win American Airlines Center.

Doan caught Benn with an elbow in the second period of the game, prompting a major scrum that saw a total of 64 penalty minutes handed out. Doan, picked up a fighting major along with Dallas captain Brenden Morrow, was given an elbowing minor for the hit on Benn.

“I think it is a suspendable offense. He targeted the head with his elbow,” said Gulutzan. “The league will look at it for sure and decide. But it’s deliberate.”

Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said after the game he hadn’t looked at the hit yet, but did express concern about losing Doan to a possible suspension.

“I haven’t looked at it yet but we’ll see how that goes,” Tippett said. “We’re lacking a few bodies right now. That would be one we couldn’t miss but we’ll see how that turns out.”

Benn was shaken up on the hit, but did return to the game. He was shaken up another hit in overtime, but returned to take part in the shootout.

Here’s video of Doan’s hit on Benn:



DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars got an important two points Tuesday night, but they weren’t thrilled with how they got them. The Stars blew a 3-1 lead in the third period before beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in a shootout at American Airlines Center.

“I think we did good things but we’ve got to find ways to keep that two-goal lead and not give those guys a chance to get back into the game,” said Stars forward Michael Ryder, who scored two goals and had one assist. “We made a couple mistakes, a couple turnovers that ended up in our net. We came here for two points and we got that, but they got one.”

The win kept the Stars, who snapped a two-game losing streak, in first place in the Pacific Division and third in the Western Conference. The Stars are one point ahead of both Los Angeles and Phoenix in the division and they are now three points ahead of San Jose.

The Stars got a big game from their top line of Loui Eriksson, Mike Ribeiro and Ryder, who scored all three goals for Dallas. Ribeiro also scored the lone goal of the shootout.

“We’ve been working well lately for the past while and we’re reading off each other and working hard and trying to do the right things and it seems to be going in for us,” said Ryder.

Kari Lehtonen was superb in goal, making 27 saves in regulation and overtime and stopping all three shooters in the shootout.

“He gave us the points,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said of Lehtonen’s performance.

The Stars struck first in the game, getting a goal from Eriksson off the rush just 2:12 into the game. The Coyotes answered a little more than three minutes later on a goal by Lauri Korpikoski.

The Stars took a 2-1 lead on a power play goal by Ryder at the 5:26 mark and less than 30 seconds later there was a major scrum after Phoenix captain Shane Doan caught Stars forward Jamie Benn in the head with an elbow. A total of 64 penalty minutes were handed out, including fighting majors to Doan and Stars captain Brenden Morrow.

Gulutzan did not like Doan’s hit on Benn.

“I think it is a suspendable offense. He targeted the head with his elbow,” Gulutzan said. “The league will look at it for sure and decide. But it's deliberate."

Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said he hadn’t seen a replay of the play yet.

“I haven’t looked at it yet but we’ll see how that goes,” Tippett said.

The Stars were able to extend their lead later in the period when Ryder got to a puck in the crease and put it past Coyotes goalie Mike Smith to make it a 3-1 game.

But the Coyotes came back in the third, getting a shorthanded tally from defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and then a power play goal by Ray Whitney to tie the game.

“We shot ourselves in the foot,” said Gulutzan. “We couldn’t get it through our heads that turning the puck over is dangerous.”

Lehtonen came up with big saves down the stretch and in overtime, including a great pad save on Ekman-Larsson in the extra period.

“Yeah, that’s a really good save,” said Ekman-Larsson. “I think I hit the pad there, so yeah, almost.”

In the shootout, Lehtonen stopped Mikkel Boedker, Whitney and Doan.

“I was pretty comfortable there,” Lehtonen said. “We look at lots of tape and have a little clue of what they are doing. I was happy it worked out that way.”

Ribeiro scored the lone goal for the Stars, eluding an aggressive move by Smith and then slipping the puck into the net.

“I didn’t expect [Smith] to come out,” Ribeiro said. “I expected him maybe to poke check, but I guess he was nervous seeing what I was doing, but we shouldn’t have even been there. It should have been over way before that”

Notes

*The Stars lost defenseman Mark Fistric to a pulled muscle in the second period. He did not return to the game.

*Jamie Benn was banged up in overtime, going into the corner boards hard during a collision with Phoenix forward Antoine Vermette. Benn left the game, but then returned for the shootout. He appeared to be fine after the game.

*Adam Pardy, Ryan Garbutt, Tomas Vincour, Toby Petersen and Jordie Benn were healthy scratches for the Dallas Stars.

*The Coyotes were without RW Radim Vrbata (illness) and LW Taylor Pyatt (upper body) for Tuesday’s game.

*Tuesday’s attendance was 17,012.

Postgame quotes

March, 20, 2012
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Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars’ 4-3 shootout victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan on giving up the two-goal lead in the third period

“We shot ourselves in the foot. We couldn’t get it through our heads that turning the puck over is dangerous.”

Gulutzan on the play of goaltender Kari Lehtonen

“He gave us the points.”

Gulutzan on Phoenix captain Shane Doan’s hit on Stars forward Jamie Benn

“I think it is a suspendable offense. He targeted the head with his elbow. The league will look at it for sure and decide. But it's deliberate."

Stars forward Michael Ryder

“I think we did good things but we’ve got to find ways to keep that two-goal lead and not give those guys a chance to get back into the game – made a couple mistakes, a couple turnovers that ended up in our net. We came here for two points and we got that but they got one.”

“It was an emotional game and I think everyone was pretty involved and into it. It’s good to see guys with a lot of emotion and standing up for each other.”

Stars center Mike Ribeiro on his line with Michael Ryder and Loui Eriksson, which scored all three Dallas goals

“Those guys are elite players. They can score, pass and play well defensively. They can do everything right on the ice and it’s easy to play with those guys. They’ve been scoring most the goals on our team. They’re just amazing players and it makes my game easy.”

Coyotes coach Dave Tippett

“Well, we made a couple mistakes in the second period to give them a lead and I thought our guys came out with a mindset that we’re just going to go hard at them in the third and find something. If you look at the last part of the game and the overtime, it’s a game we deserved to win.”

Tippett on Doan’s hit on Benn

“I haven’t looked at it yet but we’ll see how that goes.”

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the save that Kari Lehtonen made on him in overtime

“That’s a really good save. I think I hit the pad there, so yeah, almost.”
DALLAS -- While the Dallas Stars will be healthy coming into tonight’s game, it is a different story for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Right wing Radim Vrbata (undisclosed) and left Taylor Pyatt (undisclosed) both left Sunday’s game at Edmonton and are game-time decisions for tonight, according to Phoenix coach Dave Tippett. Vrbata leads Phoenix with 30 goals this season. Defenseman Adrian Aucoin (lower body) is out.

Mike Smith was the first goaltender off the ice for the Coyotes and should be the starter for the Phoenix. No surprise there.

Tonight’s Stars-Coyotes game is one of two big showdowns in the Pacific Division. The Sharks and Kings are playing in Los Angeles as well. The Stars (1st Pacific/3rd West) and Coyotes (2nd Pacific/7th West) are tied at 83 points. The Kings (3rd Pacific/9th West) and Sharks (4th Pacific/10th West) are tied at 82 points.

Tippett has been in this business a long time, and he’s never seen the standing as tight as what’s going on this season.

“The Pacific Division is as tight as it is going to get,” Tippett said. “We always talk about there are two ways to make the playoffs, win your division or make the top eight. I never envisioned them both being so close.”

Stars fall flat in loss to Coyotes

February, 7, 2012
2/07/12
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DALLAS -- In a key game against a team they are battling for a playoff spot, the Dallas Stars came out flat Tuesday night, losing 4-1 to the Phoenix Coyotes at American Airlines Center.

“We weren’t very good again,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “Even with a real good goalie performance, we got outworked by a team that played last night.”

“Awful. Atrocious.,” said Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray. “We’ve gotten by on a real good goaltender in our last three or four games, and it’s just not good enough. We can talk about it, try to figure it out, point the finger, but as a whole we’ve really been letting each other down the last three or four games, especially with how important this stretch of games is and what it means.”

Tuesday’s loss dropped the Stars into 11th place in the Western Conference, but they remained only two points out of the final playoff spot.

The Stars seemed to be an advantage heading into Tuesday’s game. They were well rested and Phoenix was playing its second game in as many nights. But it was the Coyotes who looked like the fresher team and they were on the Stars early.

“Our game plan was to play hard, play physical against that team, they played last night. We didn’t do a good job of that,” said Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas. “We lost a lot of one-on-one battles. When you lose those you always end up on the wrong side, and that’s exactly what happened tonight. They played a simple game. It was right there for us, but it comes right back to the work ethic.”

The Coyotes scored 4:43 into the game when a Keith Yandle shot from the point hit traffic and got past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.

The Stars tied the game 2:34 into the second when Michael Ryder scored off the rush, ripping a shot from the right circle past Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.

The Stars had a great opportunity to take the lead when they went on a four-minute power play, but they couldn’t take advantage.

“Any time a team kills a four-minute power play it gives them a big boost,” said Robidas. “It gives them some momentum. We had some good movement (on the power play), but just couldn’t get one to go in.”

The Coyotes then took the lead with 4:11 left in the second, not long after the Stars turned over the puck in their own end and allowed Phoenix to keep pressure in the offensive zone. Rusty Klesla centered the puck and Radim Vrbata put it in the net to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead.

“A turnover, almost the same play from two nights ago, cost us a goal,” said Gulutzan. “That’s it, that’s all they need. They know who they are.”

The Coyotes, who improved to 21-1-0 when leading after two periods, closed the game out in the third period. Raffi Torres scored early in the third to make it 3-1 and a Derek Morris goal late in the period rounded out the scoring for the Coyotes, who won their third straight game and moved into the ninth place in the Western Conference. They’re tied with eighth-seeded Minnesota in points, but the Wild have played one fewer game.

“That’s three games we’ve played how we want to play or how we have to play. We’ve got a lot of people really committed into doing things that make you win hockey games,” said Coyotes coach Dave Tippett. “We had two good games against San Jose and Detroit. We come in here on a back-to-back, I give our guys a lot of credit. They competed hard. They did a lot of little things right that make you win games.”

The Coyotes got points from ten different players.

“That’s the key to our team. That’s who we are. That’s how we play,” Tippett said. “That’s how we’re going to have to continue to play if we’re going to be successful.”

Gulutzan, meanwhile, said the Stars are still trying to determine exactly who they are, and they need to get it sorted it out soon.

“We do and we don’t (know who we are) at times. We do and we don’t. We haven’t played well since the break. We’ve to get going,” Gulutzan said. “Record aside, whatever it was, three wins in the last four or two of the last three (coming into Tuesday), we need to be better. That’s not asking too much, that’s reality.”

Notes

*The Stars are now 3-5-1 against teams playing in the second game of back-to-backs.

*The Stars were 0-4 on the power play in the game and 1-1 on the penalty kill.

*Stars captain Brenden Morrow missed his second game with a neck/shoulder injury. He is expected to miss at least the next two games.

*Mark Fistric and Jake Dowell were healthy scratches for the Stars.

*Tuesday’s attendance was 11,162

Postgame quotes: 'We were outworked'

February, 7, 2012
2/07/12
10:55
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Stars coach Glen Gulutzan on the game

“We weren’t very good again. Even with a real good goalie performance, we got outworked by a team that played last night.”

“If you put up 45 shots and lost 2-1 against an outstanding goaltender, you’ve got to live with those. But if you get outplayed and outworked and your goaltender stands on his head to keep it close, I’ve got a big problem with that.”

“A turnover, almost the same play from two nights ago, cost us a goal and made it 2-1. That’s it, that’s all they need. They know who they are.”

“We do and we don’t (know who we are) at times. We do and we don’t. We haven’t played well since the break. We’ve to get going. Record aside, whatever it was, three wins in the last four or two of the last three, we need to be better. That’s not asking too much, that’s reality.”

Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray

“Awful. Atrocious. We’ve gotten by on a real good goaltender in our last three or four games, and it’s just not good enough. We can talk about it, try to figure it out, point the finger, but as a whole we’ve really been letting each other down the last three or four games, especially with how important this stretch of games is and what it means.”

Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas

“Our game plan was to play hard, play physical against that team because they played last night. We didn’t do a good job of that. We lost a lot of one-on-one battles. When you lose those you always end up on the wrong side, and that’s exactly what happened tonight. They played a simple game. It was right there for us, but it comes right back to the work ethic.”

Coyotes coach Dave Tippett

“That’s three games we’ve played how we want to play or how we have to play. We’ve got a lot of people really committed into doing things that make you win hockey games. We had two good games against San Jose and Detroit. We come in here on a back-to-back, I give our guys a lot of credit. They competed hard. They did a lot of little things right that make you win games.”

“Well, what we’re doing is we wanted to push back. We knew that they were going to try to come at us hard because of the back-to-back and we wanted to push back. Coming out of the first period up 1-0, that was a good push back.”

Penalty kill making progress

November, 4, 2010
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Statistically speaking the Dallas Stars penalty kill doesn’t look that impressive. It’s ranked 29th in the league at 71.4 percent. But the penalty kill has been showing signs of improvement and so have the numbers.

The Stars have not allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games and are 15-17 on the penalty kill during that stretch.

“If you look at the stats they are not that great, but we’ve done a lot of good things,” said defenseman Stephane Robidas, one of the team’s leaders in shorthanded minutes. “Overall, we’ve done a really good job and it’s just a matter of sticking with the program and keep doing the same things.”

Penalty killing was a sore spot last season and a major focus in the offseason. The Stars wanted to be more aggressive on the PK this season and they did well in the preseason, but they gave up ten in the first give games of the regular season, including three in one game and four in another. That hasn’t helped the numbers for the season overall.

“I thought we were pretty solid in preseason but for whatever reason the numbers just weren’t on our side the first couple games of the regular season,” said forward Toby Petersen, who leads Dallas forwards in shorthanded ice time this season. “That lit a fire under us and we’ve done a good job since then of getting things straightened out, getting the right attitude and mindset mainly of being more aggressive. We’re trying to not let guys set up, because guys at this level are so talented that if you give them time they are going to make plays.”

The penalty kill came up big in Wednesday’s 5-2 win over Pittsburgh, thwarting a five-on-three Penguins power play that last 1:37 it was a key turning point in the game. But Stars coach Marc Crawford said Thursday the five-on-four situation is where the Stars need to do most of the work.

“We’re understanding more of how we have to kill and when we have to pressure,” said Crawford. “We’re pressuring with much more educated reasoning behind it this year and guys are building on the structure that we’ve got. You are going to give up chances and your goalie has to make saves. I like the process right now, the process is heading in the right direction. We want to keep building on it.”

Tippett on the Stars

The Phoenix Coyotes come to town Friday for their first meeting of the season with the Stars. Coyotes coach Dave Tippett was asked about the Stars during his talk with Phoenix media on Thursday.

“I haven’t watched much of them lately. I know they got off to a great start, their goaltender was playing very well and their top lines were contributing on a consistent basis. They are a good team,” Tippett said. “I know a lot of those players well and they have some people that are high skilled people that if you make mistakes they are going to capitalize on them. They are a team that can be very dangerous.”

TV change for Saturday

The Stars have announced a change to the TV coverage for Saturday’s Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche game. The game, which was originally scheduled to be carried by KTXA at 8:00 p.m. CT, will now be shown on FOX Sports Plus. It will also be joined in progress on Fox Sports Southwest in the Dallas-Fort Worth market at the conclusion of the Oklahoma-Texas A&M football game.

Fox Sports Plus can be found on the following providers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area:

Time Warner – Channel 960
Charter Cable – Channel 300
DirecTV – Channel 677 (677-1 HD)
Dish Network – Channel 451
AT&T U-Verse – Channel 754 (1754 HD)
Verizon Fios – Channel TBD

If you are in an area outside the Dallas-Fort Worth market, the Stars have a list of providers and channels on the team’s official site and you can find the list by clicking here.

No Lady Byng trophy for Brad Richards

June, 23, 2010
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Brad Richards was the only Stars player up for one of the NHL awards that are being handed out Wednesday night, but he finished second to Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis in the voting for the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship.

Former Stars coach Dave Tippett, who guided the Phoenix Coyotes to the playoffs, got 57 of 59 first-place votes to win the Jack Adams Award for the league's outstanding coach.

The full list of finalists, updated with winners, is here.

Mike Modano, Stars warming up

February, 6, 2010
2/06/10
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DALLAS -- Stars center Mike Modano, who said this morning he was ready to play, is on the ice with his teammates in pregame warmups.

Modano is returning after missing Thursday's game with a left knee injury.

Marty Turco led the Stars out onto the ice and is starting in goal. Opening faceoff is 5:08 p.m. against Phoenix and former Stars coach Dave Tippett.

Some thoughts on the Stars' 4-2 loss

January, 31, 2010
1/31/10
7:34
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DALLAS -- The Coyotes, who should have been tired after playing Saturday, had more energy early, grabbed the lead and played well with it. Dallas closed the gap in the third to one goal, but the Coyotes increased it right back to two goals and held on.

Discuss:

* Dave Tippett. The former coach came in with a team that had played less than 24 hours earlier and skated out a winner. He did it the same way he did at various times in six seasons at the helm of the Stars: Grab the lead and then clog things up defensively. Phoenix played a solid defensive game and didn't allow the Stars many chances.

* Three win jinx. Once again, the Stars failed in their opportunity to win a third game in a row. Is it a jinx of some kind?

* Jamie Benn. He played well, especially in the second period. He hit Brenden Morrow in the face with the puck in the first period, but that was forgotten in the second. He got to the front of the net, wasn't afraid to get physical and made some things happen. He certainly can skate and is adjusting to the center role. And he threw a few punches late in the third period too.

* Krys Barch. He didn't play much, but he had an impact. Barch opened the second period with some hard hitting and it helped get the Stars going with a more physical game. It led to more chances and better play.

* Third period flurry. The Stars really tested Ilya Bryzgalov as they charged the net hard and were physical, especially with a few minutes left and down by two goals. The Stars certainly didn't give up, that's for sure. They had the effort, just not the results.

* Mistakes. The Stars had some errors all game. They turned puck overs at the wrong time, didn't make crisp passes and were outworked at times. Phoenix should have been tired, but didn't look it.

* Alex Auld. The fourth goal was one he'd like to have back. He just didn't appear ready. The other goals were off turnovers and you can't blame Auld completely. He made most of the saves you would expect, but not enough of the ones you wouldn't expect. That's been the case most of the time from the Stars goalies this season.

* Shane Doan. He sure can play. Some nifty passes and a big goal late to give the Coyotes a cushion.

* Home streak over. The loss ends a five-game home winning streak. The Stars are still 13-3-2 in their last 18 games at AAC.

Some thoughts on 1st period (1-0 Phoenix)

January, 31, 2010
1/31/10
5:41
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DALLAS -- The first period ended with the Coyotes taking a 1-0 advantage. A few thoughts:

* The Coyotes dominated on shots on goal, holding a 13-5 advantage. The Stars didn't have many scoring chances, something Dave Tippett teams stress with the defensive approach.

* Dallas had trouble taking care of the puck earlier in the period, making some ill-advised decisions. They played a little better later in the period, but still made some bad passes. Heck, Jamie Benn even hit Brenden Morrow in the face with the puck, drawing blood.

* Alex Auld made some nice saves as the Coyotes generated some odd-man rushes. There was nothing Auld could do on the goal, which was the result of a nice pass across the slot by Shane Doan to Keith Yandle.

* Look for the Coyotes to really clamp down and make life difficult for the Stars to get any chances. Dallas needs to get physical in the second period to try to grab some momentum and make more things happen.

Stars warming up at AAC

January, 31, 2010
1/31/10
4:39
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DALLAS -- Dallas went on the ice for warmups, led by Alex Auld, who is starting in goal again today.

Jere Lehtinen is on the ice and ready to go this time. No paperwork issues.

I think Loui Eriksson has a particularly big fan club today at the AAC. Lots of Eriksson No. 21 jerseys and even a few signs.

Dallas is 13-2-2 in its last 17 home games. That's impressive. They'll try to add to that today against the surprising Coyotes, who are fourth in the Western Conference under former coach Dave Tippett. You can read more about that here.

Live in-game blogging tonight

January, 31, 2010
1/31/10
8:00
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We'll be blogging live from today's Stars-Coyotes game. To get you ready, check out this story on Dave Tippett, who is returning to Dallas for the first time as the Coyotes' coach.

Remember, the game starts at 5 p.m. today.

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