Dallas Stars: Daymond Langkow

Stars' injuries mount in 3-0 loss to Coyotes

November, 27, 2011
Just when it looked like the Dallas Stars were back on track following a five-game losing streak earlier this month, they were derailed a bit in Arizona Saturday night. It wasn’t just that they lost 3-0 to the Phoenix Coyotes, but that they lost more players to injuries. The number of players lost Saturday was three, including goaltender Kari Lehtonen.

Lehtonen was helped off the ice 5:31 into the game after pulling a groin while stopping a Derek Morris shot on a play that was offside. Trevor Daley left midway through the first period with what was thought to be a back injury. Center Vernon Fiddler left late in the second with a groin injury.

“We’re still evaluating, but both Dales and Kari are unlikely for Monday (at Colorado) for sure,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We don’t know to what degree yet, and Fiddler will be day-to-day.”

The three players injured Saturday join left wing Brenden Morrow (upper body), defenseman Alex Goligoski (broken thumb) and right wing Adam Burish (broken hand) on the list of injured Dallas players.

As for the game, it was all Coyotes.

“We didn’t have it tonight and the injuries didn’t help,” said Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft, who took over for Lehtonen in the first period and stopped 33 of 36 shots. “You go down a goalie and then down to five D in the first five minutes or whatever it was, it’s tough, especially against a team that works hard down low. They kind of took it to us a little bit at times during the night.”

The Coyotes outshot the Stars 39-26 and scored one goal in each period to hand the Stars their sixth regulation defeat in the last nine games (2-6-1). Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith stopped all 26 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season.

“I don’t think we responded great [to the injuries]. I am not taking anything away from Phoenix. They outplayed us tonight, no question,” Gulutzan said. “But I thought there was a little window of opportunity if we had some kind of jump that we could have pushed this game as a good road game, and kept it 1-0 or 0-0 for a while. We didn’t get a call early and after that we didn’t respond with any life or any enthusiasm. We just let them take the game to us.”

The Coyotes first goal came on play when as Raycroft was playing a shot by Keith Yandle, he was run over by Phoenix captain Shane Doan. The puck got behind Raycroft and Mikkel Boedker pushed the puck over the goal line to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead with 4:55 left in the first period.

Phoenix extended the lead to 2-0 at 6:02 of the second when Ray Whitney finished off a give-and-go with Radim Vrbata, scoring off a shot from the right circle.

The Coyotes finished off the scoring in the third when they forced a turnover behind the Dallas net and Taylor Pyatt scored on the rebound of a Daymond Langkow shot with 9:32 remaining.

The Stars, who fell to 13-9-1 on the season, will wrap up their two-game road trip in Colorado on Monday. With the injury list growing, the Stars will be facing a stiff challenge.

“Stick with the process. You keep doing the little things,” said Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas. “When things get hard there are two ways to react to it, you can either fold and you try to find excuses or you take up to the challenge. Everybody has to step up their game. It’s an opportunity for some guys to show what they can do. You want a chance to show what you can do. It’s up to us to do it.”


*Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said Brenden Morrow is scheduled to get an injection for his back on Monday and is still expected to return to the lineup for Thursday’s game against Ottawa.

*The Stars were 0-1 on the power play Saturday and are now 0-16 on the PP over the last seven games.

*The Stars have been shut out in three of their last seven games.

*Krys Barch and Adam Pardy were healthy scratches for the Stars on Saturday.

Masterton finalists

April, 26, 2011
The NHL announced the finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy this morning. Here's the release:
Goaltender Ray Emery of the Anaheim Ducks, forward Daymond Langkow of the Calgary Flames and forward Ian Laperriere of the Philadelphia Flyers are the three finalists for the 2010-11 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey,” the National Hockey League announced today.

A $2,500 grant from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner.

The local chapters of the PHWA submitted nominations for the Masterton Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2011 NHL Awards from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas. The 2011 NHL Awards will be broadcast by VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Ray Emery, Anaheim Ducks

Ray Emery battled back from a career-threatening injury to reach the NHL and played a major part in the Ducks' successful push for a playoff spot. Emery underwent a complicated bone-graft surgery last April to repair a deteriorated ball joint in his right hip, the result of a disease called avascular necrosis which interrupts blood flow to the area and causes cells to die. After months of rehabilitation he signed with Anaheim as a free agent on Feb. 7 and went 7-2-0 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 10 NHL regular-season appearances.

Daymond Langkow, Calgary Flames

On more then one occasion, it appeared Daymond Langkow's NHL career was over. After suffering a serious neck injury on March 21, 2010 against Minnesota, Langkow was twice forced to stop working out in the hopes of return. He made a third attempt and finally the recurring problems subsided. More than a year after being hit on the spine by a puck and suffering a fractured vertebra, Langkow made the comeback complete on April 1 when he laced up for his 1,014th NHL game and recorded an assist and +2 rating in the Flames' 3-2 win at St. Louis.

Ian Laperriere, Philadelphia Flyers

Ian Laperriere sustained a severe injury during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs when he blocked a shot with his face against New Jersey and suffered a concussion and fractured orbital bone. He returned a little more than a month later to finish the Flyers' playoff run that ended two games short of a championship. Laperriere attempted to return in training camp, but could not overcome his concussion-related symptoms and has been on the long-term injury list all season. Nevertheless, he has served the Flyers in several capacities, particularly as a mentor for young players in the organization.