Dallas Stars: Drew Doughty

Thursday tidbits: Back-to-back efforts

February, 2, 2012
2/02/12
9:04
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A few tidbits for your Thursday morning.

*With last night's win over the Ducks, the Stars improved to 4-4-2 in the first games of back-to-back sets this season. As has been mentioned often, it's the second game that's been the big issue. They are 0-7-1 in those games so far this season. Here's a look at how the Stars have fared in back-to-backs in 2011-12.



*A power play note from last night's game. Defenseman Sheldon Souray, who has been averaging 2:24 of power play time per game this season, didn't see any PP time last night. The Stars went with blue line combinations of Alex Goligoski-Stephane Robidas and Trevor Daley-Philip Larsen last night. They give up the big cannon, but that's a pretty mobile group on the blue line.

*The Los Angeles Kings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 last night on a power play goal by Drew Doughty with 0.4 seconds remaining in regulation. Video replays below show that the game clock stopped briefly at 1.8 seconds, restarted and then Doughty scores.

Here's an excerpt from the NHL.com recap:
Columbus' Samuel Pahlsson took a hooking penalty with 1:06 left in regulation, and the Kings buzzed away in the Jackets' zone. Curtis Sanford made a pair of stops in the final eight seconds on Anze Kopitar, and with time running out the puck came to Doughty, whose snap shot through traffic barely beat the final horn. Referee Steven Walkom originally waved off the goal, but video replay showed the puck crossed the goal line with less than a second to play -- though television replays indicated that the game clock stopped briefly with 1.8 seconds remaining before starting again.

Here's the video. Watch the clock when it hits 1.8 seconds.

Bachman stellar as Stars top Kings, 2-1

December, 11, 2011
12/11/11
1:27
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Dallas Stars goaltender Richard Bachman made his first NHL start Saturday night in Los Angeles, and it was an impressive one. Impressive enough that he probably will get the call for the Stars’ next game. Bachman stopped 26 of 27 shots to lead the Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

“It was exciting. When the final buzzer goes off there’s a sigh of relief, especially in a tight game like that,” said the 24-year-old Bachman. “It’s fun, it’s exciting. You always dream about getting that first win. It’s a dream come true.”

Bachman made several nice saves in the game. He had a sharp save on Simon Gagne early in the game. He made a nice stop on a Colin Fraser redirection early in the second period. In the third period with the Stars protecting a 2-1 lead, he made back-to- back saves on Gagne and Drew Doughty with a little more than seven minutes left and then made a save on Kings captain Dustin Brown with 1:38 remaining.

“They were coming and we knew they were coming,” Bachman said. “The D did an awesome job keeping them to the outside and the few shots they did have from the middle they were kind of forced to keep them low, which helps.”

“I’ve had Bacher (in the AHL) and he’s a competitive guy,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “He’s pretty clean when it comes to rebounds and I think he had a real good start for us.”

And Gulutzan said it is likely that Bachman will start the Stars’ next game, which is Tuesday at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.

“I think he deserves another start,” said Gulutzan. “Most likely against the Rangers (on Tuesday) we will give him that opportunity and see if he can run with it.”

The Stars scored on their third power play of the game to take a 1-0 lead 13:35 into the game. Michael Ryder slipped by Jack Johnson off the rush, centered the puck and it deflected in off the skate of Jamie Benn.

“Just kind of drove the net, had my stick on the ice and it my foot and went in,” said Benn, who scored for just the second time in the last 13 games. “It was a lucky goal, but one I’ll take.”

The Kings drew even with a shorthanded goal at 13:58 of the second period. Anze Kopitar poked the puck away from Ryder at the Los Angeles blue line to start a two-on-zero and Brad Richardson slipped the puck between the Bachman's legs.

The Stars took the lead a little less than three minutes later. After a Tomas Vincour shot was blocked off the rush, Trevor Daley got the loose puck and beat Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier with a wrist shot from the slot.

While the Stars snapped a two-game losing streak, the Kings dropped their fourth straight game. It was also the eighth straight game in which they scored two goals or fewer.

“We have to be more desperate right now. We have to be more desperate the rest of the year,” said Brown. “We aren’t playing with enough intensity or enough desperation. We are a good team and now we are not playing like one.”

Notes

*The Stars improved to 8-0-0 when lead after two periods.

*The Kings are now 0-11-1 when trailing after two periods.

*Adam Pardy and Toby Petersen were scratched for Dallas.

*Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said Kari Lehtonen (groin) skated in Frisco on Saturday. Lehtonen likely will return after Christmas.

*Right wing Adam Burish (broken hand) is skating and shooting pucks. He is expected to return some time before Christmas, according to Gulutzan.

Road test for Stars

October, 20, 2011
10/20/11
11:38
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FRISCO -- The Dallas Stars have played only two road games so far this season and starting Friday they’ll face their first road trip of the season, playing three games against Pacific Division foes.

It starts with a back-to-back set with Anaheim on Friday and Los Angeles Saturday. The Ducks (4-1-0) have won four straight and the Kings are 4-1-1 and have won three straight, although they have lost defenseman Drew Doughty with what appears to be a shoulder injury.

“I think this is going to be a real good test for us,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “Anaheim’s a pretty healthy group. Maybe Los Angeles without Doughty isn’t as healthy as they’d like to be, but two pretty full squads that we’re competing with. We’re going to see where we stack up going on the road and playing those two teams.”

The Stars also play Phoenix on the trip, taking on the Coyotes Tuesday. Last season the Stars struggled against the Pacific, posting a 9-10-5 record, and were the only team from the division not to make the playoffs.

“Those divisional games are always important. You’re battling against those guys to make the playoffs at the end of it all,” said forward Steve Ott. “Anytime you can pick up points against your division, your rivals, those are the ones that always seem to find their way at the end of the year. They are just as important now as they are going to be throughout the season. For us, we are going to have to go in there with that mentality to grab points.”

Games against Western Conference foes are important. It’s a chance for the Stars to gain points and take away points from teams they’ll be battling to get into the postseason tournament. They get a chance to do that more often against divisional foes since they play them six times compared with four times for other Western Conference teams.

“The conference games get more important because you are all fighting for eight spots, so that’s important,” said Gulutzan. “It’s just that you happen to play these guys (Pacific Division teams) more times and in that case we have to make sure we establish some mental credibility four ourselves playing those teams.”

The Stars are in a stretch where they play four straight on the road. That began with Tuesday’s 3-2 win at Columbus, which gave the Stars their first road victory of the season. They returned home, had an optional skate Wednesday and then went through a fast paced practice Thursday in Frisco.

“It’s huge,” defenseman Alex Goligoski said of the victory in Columbus. “When you’re away from home for a while, you definitely want to start out on the right foot. If you start out with a couple of bad games, it seems like things can spiral out of control. It’s good to get the first one for sure, get back home here, kind of reset and go out there and win a few more.”

Souray misses practice, probable for Friday

Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray did not practice Thursday after receiving a shot on Wednesday for a problem with his wrist.

"He has to wait 24 hours and he'll be fine. That's why he elected to skate yesterday," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said after Thursday’s practice. "He'll skate tomorrow in the pregame. We just have to wait 24 hours after he got the needle for his wrist. His wrist bugs him from time to time. He has to get it done and we just have to manage the time."

Souray is currently tied for the team lead in points with five (one goal, four assists).

Quotable

“It’ll be a true test for us. Their hockey club is playing very well. They’ve had turnover in some of their lineup, the coaching staff. The one thing that’s consistent is their goalie’s been really, really good. You look at the stats. His save percentage and his goals-against average has been very noticeable. He’s doing a very good job for them. They’re playing as a group.” – Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle on the Dallas Stars (Orange County Register)

Kings stun Stars with late goal

March, 13, 2011
3/13/11
6:24
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DALLAS -- Just when it looked like the Dallas Stars were about to get at least a point out of Sunday’s game against Los Angeles, the Kings scored with 20.8 seconds remaining in regulation to beat the Stars 3-2.

The Los Angeles game-winner, scored by Michal Handzus, came less than 22 seconds after the Stars had tied the game on a goal by Jamie Langenbrunner. The regulation loss snapped the Stars’ points streak at eight games and left them one point behind Los Angeles in the Western Conference standings.

“We’ll probably look at some positives from the game, but it’s five minutes after a loss and I don’t think we want anyone in here to accept those easily,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “We’re all a little [ticked] off right now, as we should be.”

The Stars battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the game and seemed poised to get at least a point out of it when Alex Goligoski put a shot on net and Langenbrunner poked the puck past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick with 42.1 seconds remaining.

“It was laying between his legs. He was searching for it and I was lucky to squeeze it through,” Langenbrunner said of the goal.

But the Kings got the puck in the Dallas zone with just under 30 seconds left, Alex Ponikarovsky centered it and Handzus knocked it past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen to give Los Angeles the 3-2 lead with 20.8 seconds remaining.

“The goalie was outside the crease, so I was kind of coming in and looking for the puck. It hit my stick and I was able to redirect it,” said Handzus. “It's huge. It's two points, and we need every point. Plus, they didn't get a point.”

The Stars didn’t get a point in a game for the first time since February 13, when they lost 1-0 to New Jersey at American Airlines Center.

“It was a tough loss the way we battled back,” said Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas. “We’ve got to be able to close it and get it to overtime. It happened and there is nothing we can do now. We’ve got to focus on the next one.”

Los Angeles built a 2-0 lead in the game, getting a power play goal from Drew Doughty 3:04 into the game and then a Dustin Penner goal off the rush at 14:01 of the second. The Stars got back into the game when Loui Eriksson set up Brad Richards on a breakaway, and Richards beat Quick for his 25th goal of the season.

Sunday’s game was the first of what will be a week of tough opponents coming into the AAC. San Jose is up next, followed by Chicago and Philadelphia. So, the Stars are determined to put Sunday’s loss behind them and move forward.

“There’s lots of good things that came with tonight’s game. As we said to our players, we just have to focus in on making these subtle improvements that we can. That’s what we’ll choose to focus on,” Crawford said. “The one thing that happens in the playoffs is when you have a tough loss, you can’t dwell on it. You just have to move forward and get past it. It sucks, there’s no doubt about it. There’s no sense dwelling on it, that does nobody any good. We’ll regroup and get ourselves focused forward.”

Notes

*Stars forward Adam Burish missed Sunday’s game with a lower body injury

*LW Brian Sutherby and D Mark Fistric were scratches.

Kings score late to down Stars, 3-2

March, 13, 2011
3/13/11
2:48
PM CT
The Dallas Stars’ eight game points streak came to an end Sunday afternoon with a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center. The Stars tied the game with 42.1 seconds left on a Jamie Langenbrunner goal, but Los Angeles' Michal Handzus scored the game-winner with 20.8 seconds remaining. With the victory the Kings moved one point ahead of the Stars in the Western Conference standings. Brad Richards and Jamie Langenbrunner scored for the Stars, who overcame a 2-0 deficit in the game. Kari Lehtonen had 22 saves.

Quotable

“That was very much a playoff game. These types of games are exactly what our team needs. It’s showing us that we can play in these hard, physical playoff style games. There’s lots of good things that came with tonight’s game. As we said to our players, we just have to focus in on making these subtle improvements that we can. That’s what we’ll choose to focus on. The one thing that happens in the playoffs is when you have a tough loss, you can’t dwell on it. You just have to move forward and get past it. It sucks, there’s no doubt about it. There’s no sense dwelling on it, that does nobody any good. We’ll regroup and get ourselves focused forward.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

“We’ll probably look at some positives from the game, but it’s five minutes after a loss and I don’t think we want anyone in here to accept those easily. We’re all a little [ticked] off right now, as we should be. We’ve done it for the past month now, our best hockey is when we are down. It’s living on the edge. We don’t want to do that every game. We’re confident we can come back in games.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow

Notes

*Sunday’s regulation loss was the Stars’ first since February 22 (1-0 vs. New Jersey).

*The Stars were 0-3 on the power play and are 1-15 on the PP over the last five games.

*Jamie Benn’s six-game goal scoring streak ended but he picked up an assist to extend his points streak to seven games (6 goals, 2 assists).

*Brad Richards’ goal was his 25th of the season and his first since February 13.

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen has played in ten straight games and 20 of the last 21.

First period

The Kings got an early power play and cashed in to take a 1-0 lead when Drew Doughty scored off a shot from the right point at the 3:04 mark.

The Stars had two power play chances in the period, but couldn’t take advantage.

The Kings had a 9-5 shots advantage in the period.

Stars forward Adam Burish was out for Sunday’s game with a lower body injury. Brian Sutherby and Mark Fistric were scratches for Dallas.

Second period

The Stars played dominated most of the second period, holding an 11-3 shots advantage through the first 14 minutes, but the Kings counterpunched to take a 2-0 lead with 5:59 left in the second.

After Los Angeles won a defensive zone draw, the Kings scored off the rush when Anze Kopitar set up a wide open Dustin Penner, who scored from point blank range.

The Stars cut the lead to 2-1 with 2:00 left in the period when Loui Eriksson sent a pass from pass from the defensive zone to spring Brad Richards on a breakaway, and Richards beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

The Stars ended up outshooting the Kings 12-9 in the period.

Third period

The Stars’ penalty kill came up big early in the third, thwarting two Los Angeles power plays in the first five minutes of the period to keep it a 2-1 game.

The Stars got the equalizer late in the game with Kari Lehtonen pulled for the extra attacker. Jamie Langenbrunner punched home a rebound with 42.1 seconds left to make it a 2-2 game.

But the Kings struck back with 20.8 seconds when Michal Handzus scored off a scramble in front of the net to give the Kings a 3-2 lead and eventually the victory.

Stars lineup

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

Goligoski-Robidas
Woywitka-Daley
Skrastins-Grossman

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Scratched: Sutherby, Fistric

Injured: Burish (lower body)

Power play units

Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson-Goligoski-Richards
Benn-Ott-Langenbrunner-Daley/Richards-Robidas

Penalty kill units

Ott-Benn-Skrastins-Robidas
Wandell-Petersen-Goligoski-Grossman
Ribeiro-Morrow-Skrastins-Robidas
Wandell-Eriksson-Goligoski-Grossman

Stars-Kings thoughts & observations

November, 12, 2010
11/12/10
2:11
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Some thoughts and observations following Thursday night’s game, which saw the Dallas Stars fall 3-1 to the Kings in Los Angeles.
  • The Stars played an excellent game through the first two periods. They weathered a strong push from the Kings early in the game, they weren’t giving up a lot of quality chances, the penalty kill looked good, Kari Lehtonen was solid and Jamie Benn made a great play to score a goal that had them tied at 1-1 after 40 minutes. Of course, it’s a 60 minute game.
  • The third period was a mess. The parade to the penalty box had a lot to do with that. Probably everything to do with that. The whole period seemed to be special teams play and it tilted in the Kings’ favor. (The Stars talk about that here) Give a talented team – even on that is struggling on the power play – that many chances and they are bound to make something happen. Ryan Smyth set a great screen in front of Kari Lehtonen and Justin Williams got a shot through and into the net.
  • The boarding major on Adam Burish really hurt. Just one of those bang-bang plays that turns out bad. Fortunately, Drew Doughty was OK. I thought Brad Richardson could have gotten more than a minor for his hit on Trevor Daley earlier in the game. But that’s the way the calls went in this game. It was no Picasso from the officiating end of things. The Kings could be given credit for some artful work to draw penalties. Some might prefer the word embellishment. I’ve seen the word diving employed in these situations as well.
  • The Stars’ power play had its chance to tie the game at 2-2 with back-to-back chances, and it couldn’t take advantage. The Stars misfired on a couple of chances and what they got on net was turned away by Jonathan Quick, who was outstanding in the game.
  • Benn was outstanding for the Stars. He had the great play to score the lone Stars’ goal, stealing the puck from Doughty and then slipping the puck by Quick. Benn seemed all over it in this game. It was a nice performance on his part.
  • Another good test Friday in Anaheim. Important points too. The Ducks are on a roll. They weren’t exactly sharp in their win over the Islanders on Wednesday, but they found a way to get it done and have now won five in a row.

Divisional tests for Stars

November, 10, 2010
11/10/10
11:39
PM CT
After three days of practice the Dallas Stars are hitting the road for a pair of divisional games in California. Thursday night they take on the Kings in Los Angeles and then Friday it’s the Ducks in Anaheim.

"I think it’s a great challenge for us. Obviously they are divisional opponents,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “It’s important you do well against those teams.”

Both the Kings and Ducks are playing well. The Kings were expected to be a top team this season and they are living up to the billing. The sit on top of the Western Conference with a 10-3-0 record and have won four straight games. They are one of the stingiest teams in the league, allowing just 2.00 goals per game.

The Kings were missing defenseman Drew Doughty, who missed a total of six games with a concussion, when they beat the Stars at American Airlines Center in late October, but now Doughty is back in the lineup.

“Right now they are one of the premier teams in the league,” said Crawford. “They are going to have Doughty in the lineup. He’s a guy you have to prepare for individually along with collectively their whole group.”

And Anaheim has gotten on a bit of a roll as well. After losing their first three games by a combined score of 13-2, the Ducks have turned things around. They beat the Islanders 1-0 in Anaheim Wednesday night to run their winning streak to five games and improve to 9-7-1 on the season. The Ducks are now 6-1-1 at home.

The Stars and Ducks meet again Tuesday in Dallas, where Anaheim won in late October.

Stars’ recent history at Staples Center

The Stars haven’t had much luck winning at the Staples Center over the last few years, coming up on the short end of the score in seven of ten games over the last three seasons.

For an optimistic spin on things, you can look at a different way – they’ve picked up points in nine of the last ten games played in Los Angeles since 2007-08, going 3-1-6 in those games.

If you break that record down by points, it’s 12 in 10 games or a points percentage of .600.

The Kings? They picked up 14 points in those ten games by going 7-3-0 for a points percentage of .700.

So, for all the Kings’ apparent dominance over the Stars in L.A. over the past three seasons, they’ve picked up two more points in the ten games.

And you wonder why the NHL standings are so tight at the end of the season.

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