Dallas Stars: Dustin Brown

Stars-Kings Preview

February, 11, 2012
Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars
Sunday February 12
5:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (28-23-3) are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss at Buffalo Friday night. The Stars had a 2-0 lead in the third but Buffalo rallied to tie, scoring with 38.3 seconds left in regulation, and then took the extra point in the shootout.

“It’s always tough when you have the lead and the other team scores late,” said Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 30 of 32 shots. “If we ended up tying it and then losing it, I think we’d feel a little better than this way. But it’s still a good point against a team that had a huge win a couple of nights ago, and we played last night.”

The Stars picked up three of a possible four points on their two-game road trip.

Injuries: C Vernon Fiddler (foot/ankle) and D Sheldon Souray (foot) are questionable. LW Brenden Morrow (neck/shoulder) is out.

About the Kings

The Kings (26-19-11) lost 2-1 in overtime at the New York Islanders on Saturday. The Kings fell to 1-3-1 on their current road trip and have scored six goals in the five games.

"We’ve got to find ways to score," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "Our goalies have been good all year. We’ve got to find ways to score two goals. If we score two goals, we win the game. We had more chances, more opportunities than them.”

The Kings conclude their six-game road road trip Sunday in Dallas.

Injuries: C Jarret Stoll (lower body), LW Simon Gagne (concussion) and LW Scott Parse (hip) are out.

Series notes

*This is the sixth and final meeting between the two teams.

*The Stars are 3-2-0 in the season series.

*The Kings are 2-1-2 in the season series.

*October 22, at Los Angeles: Kings 1, Stars 0
October 27, at Dallas: Kings 5, Stars 3
November 23, at Dallas: Stars 3, Kings 2 (OT)
December 10, at Los Angeles: Stars 2, Kings 1
January 12, at Los Angeles: Stars 5, Kings 4 (SO)

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have scored two goals or fewer in 10 of their last 12 games, including four of six since the All-Star break.

*The Kings have scored two goals or fewer in eight of their last 11 games, including four of six since the All-Star break.

*Not including shootout goals, the Stars have scored one goal in each of their last four games and in five of their last six at home.

*The Kings have scored one goal or fewer in four of the games on their current road trip.

*The Stars are 15-15 on the penalty kill over their last five home games and 24-25 over their ten home games.

*The Kings are 11-11 on the penalty kill in the first five games of their current road trip and 14-14 on the penalty kill in their last six games overall.

Stars get two big points in Los Angeles

January, 13, 2012
If you were expecting a low scoring, grind it out game between the Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings Thursday, they didn’t deliver. What they provided was an intense, revved up that game that had 79 shots on goals, 76 hits, 13 power plays and when it was over the Stars had a 5-4 shootout victory.

“I thought it was a tremendous hockey game tonight, maybe not for the coaches but for the fans,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “It was exciting, it was fast through 65 full minutes.”

And it was a big two points for the Stars, who picked up a point on the eighth place Kings and moved into seventh place in the West based on points percentage.

"I try to tell myself not to look at the standings, but every day I am searching them out to see if the change from 3 to 4 o’clock,” Gulutzan said. “We are playing playoff hockey. It's going to be a tough stretch here, but (games) 40 through 60, we've got to be strong."

The Stars squandered 2-0 and 3-1 leads in the game, but then scored a late goal to overcome a 4-3 deficit to tie and force overtime.

Loui Eriksson led the offensive attack for the Stars, scoring two goals in regulation, including the game-tying goal with 5:25 remaining, and then tallying the lone goal of the shootout.

“Of course it was an important win for us. It’s always a tight game against L.A. I thought we came back there pretty good and finally won the game. It was two big points for us,” said Eriksson. “It was really intense out there. We took too many penalties, but we found a way to stick with it.”

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, despite surrendering four goals against, was superb. He had several big saves at key times and stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout.

“He played great. They put a lot of shots on net, both teams did,” said Stars forward Eric Nystrom. “He was a huge part of it tonight.”

The Stars built a 2-0 lead with goals 51 seconds apart in the first 20 minutes. Brenden Morrow won a puck battle in the Dallas end, helping put the Stars on the rush and Eriksson tallied from close range at the 14:04 mark.

A short time later the Radek Dvorak won a puck battle against Kings defenseman Jack Johnson and set up Nystrom, who scored off the rebound of his own shot at the 14:55 mark.

Anze Kopitar scored on the Kings second power play of the game at 6:16 of the second to make it a 2-1 game. The Stars were up 3-1 later when Alex Goligoski scored on an odd-man rush. A little more than two minutes later Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman misplayed a puck, leading to a breakaway for Trevor Lewis, who scored on a backhand shot.

The Stars got into penalty trouble early in the third period and the Kings scored two power play goals to take a 4-3 lead. Johnson scored on a five-on-three to tie the game and then Dustin Brown scored later in the period on another power play chance to make it a 4-3 game.

But the Stars got a four-minute power play with a little less than eight minutes left when Mike Richards went after Stars captain Brenden Morrow, who had just nailed Kopitar with a hard hit behind the Dallas net. Richards picked up an instigator and an unsportsmanlike conduct for picking up the instigator while wearing a visor.

“Richie [Mike Richards] stepped up for Kop and did his job,” Brown told the Kings official site. “That rule (the penalty for visor) is right in the rule book. There’s no arguing on that one. There’s no arguing that or the instigator. I didn’t see it, but I’m assuming he went right after him and got the two for instigating, and then the other one is automatic.”

Kopitar was down on the ice for a while before leaving on his own power. He did not return to the game. The word after the game was that Kopitar had an upper body injury. The Kings apparently didn’t have any issues with Morrow’s hit and Gulutzan said it looked legal to him.

“We watched it in slow motion and in my mind it was a clean hit," Gulutzan said. "He fell very awkward. I hope he is OK. I don’t know the extent of anything there. He fell awkwardly into the boards. I don’t think anything will come of it, but that is for the league to decide.”

On the four-minute power play, the Stars kept the Kings pinned in their own zone for more than two minutes before Eriksson scored from close range to tie the game at 4-4 with 5:25 remaining.

There was no scoring in overtime, but there was plenty of action, especially after Kings defenseman Drew Doughty ran over Lehtonen. That set off a scrum and the two teams played the final 21 seconds of overtime three-on-three.

In the shootout, Eriksson scored the lone goal, slipping the puck past quick with one hand. Lehtonen stopped Jarret Stoll, Brown and Lewis to secure the win for the Stars.

“There was some great intensity in the game,” said Nystrom. “Guys were moving their feet and skating well. That’s a big rival for us and if you can’t get up for a game like that, you are playing the wrong sport. It was great energy with the guys and a huge win for us.”


*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) over the last 6 games.

*Stars center Mike Ribeiro missed his second straight game with a knee injury.

*Adam Pardy was the lone healthy scratch for Dallas.

Stars continue slide with loss to Kings

April, 2, 2011
On an afternoon when the Dallas Stars again needed to find a way to win, they came up short. And this loss really hurt because it came in regulation, meaning they got no points in the standings. The 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center extended the Stars’ winless streak to six games (0-3-3) and left them five points out of a playoff spot with just five games remaining.

“It stings,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “We’ve still got five games. We’re probably going to need some help from some teams, but before we worry about that we’ve got to worry about our games. We’ve got a big one tomorrow against a hot team (Anaheim). We’ve got our work cut out for us.”

“We’ve probably got to win out to have a chance,” said Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. “We’ve got five games and need to take them one at a time. We really haven’t been getting the bounces we’ve needed.”

The puck didn’t bounce the Stars’ way on Saturday. Both Los Angeles goals went in off Dallas defenders.

The first goal, which gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead in the first period, was a point shot by Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell that deflected off Kings forward Wayne Simmonds, got behind Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen and then went over the goal line off the stick of Dallas defenseman Mark Fistric as he tried to clear the puck.

With the game tied 1-1 with just over seven minutes left in the game, a shot from the right circle by Kings defenseman Matt Greene bounced in the net off the skate of Goligoski, who was still trying to recover after getting hit in the face by the stick of Kings forward Kyle Clifford. That was the game-winner for the Kings, who got a late empty net goal from Dustin Brown to seal the win.

“We put both goals in our net tonight. That puck luck, or whatever you want to call it, has not been going our way,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “All you can do is keep persevering. If we continue to work hard and continue to do those things, hopefully it will change.”

The Stars fell to 1-5-3 in their last nine games. In seven of the eight games they have failed to win, the games have been close. Four were decided by one goal the other three, including Saturday’s were one-goal games, until the opponent extended the lead with a late empty net goal.

“It’s just finding ways to win and we’ve found ways to lose,” said Stars center Brad Richards, who scored Dallas’ lone goal in the game. “It’s not from a lack of care or heart in here. Sometimes it wears on you to lose a lot of one-goal games in a row, shootouts. We still come out and play these teams tough. … We have to find a way to win. They throw two pucks on and they go off people and we throw pucks on net and it’s not happening right now. You can’t look at that. That’s life sometimes, that’s any sport.”

The Stars have one game left on this road trip, playing Sunday at Anaheim. Then they have two at home (Columbus, Colorado) and then finish up with two on the road (Colorado, Minnesota).

“We started off the season with five wins in six games and we have to finish off the season with five wins,” said Crawford. “We’re still alive here, we’re still kicking. You just have to keep believing that your luck is going to change.”

Power play free game

Saturday’s game was on where there were no power plays for either side. According to the Stars PR staff that’s the first time that’s happened in an NHL game since April 2, 2010 in a game between New Jersey and Chicago.

Two calls that could have gone the Stars’ way that didn’t were defenseman Mark Fistric getting caught with a high stick and defenseman Alex Goligoski getting hit with a high stick just before Matt Greene scored the game-winning goal for the Kings.

Stars coach Marc Crawford passed on discussing the officiating in the game.

“That’s not for me,” Crawford said. “I can’t make a rant today, can’t afford it.”

Stars captain Brenden Morrow was willing to talk about it.

“It was old time hockey out there,” Morrow said. “We kind of sensed that early in the game. They let a lot of things go on both sides. We got away with some stuff early, too. Taking away a scoring chance and giving scoring opportunities are tough when they’re not called. They’re gearing up for the playoffs. We didn’t get any memos, but I guess we’re seeing what the playoffs are going to be called like.”

The Kings players were upset in the final seconds with a Mike Ribeiro hit on Michal Handzus as the Stars were trying to score the tying goal with goaltender Kari Lehtonen out of the net. Kings coach Terry Murray had no problem with Ribeiro’s hit.

“I think it’s a hockey play,” Murray said. “There’s such intensity at that time. The goalie is out. Everybody wants to score the goal and we want to defend, so it’s just a lot of compete, and you love that kind of an attitude.”

Skrastins returns

Stars defenseman Karlis Skrastins, who had missed the last four games after getting cut on his thigh by a skate, was back in the lineup Saturday. He played 13:11 in the game.

Adam Burish missed his ninth game with a hairline fracture in his leg. Nicklas Grossman (knee) and Brian Sutherby, who were not on the road trip, remain out.

Krys Barch and Brad Lukowich were the scratches.

Scoreboard watching

March, 25, 2011
It was a mixed bag for the Dallas Stars in Thursday night’s games. The good news was that the Nashville-Anaheim game was settled in regulation. Nashville got two points and Anaheim didn't get any, so the Stars are still just one point out of eighth place with one game in hand on the Ducks.

The Predators and Los Angeles – a winner over San Jose in a shootout – both moved four points ahead of the Stars in the race.

Phoenix topped Columbus, winning for the eighth time in nine games. The Coyotes have created some separation from the rest of the pack and are now closing in on San Jose for the Pacific Division.

Chicago was idle on Thursday and will be hosting Anaheim while the Stars are playing at Nashville on Saturday.

9:34 p.m. – The Predators hold off the Ducks 5-4 in Anaheim. Jonas Hiller was back in net for Anaheim, but was pulled after giving up three first period goals. The Predators built a 5-1 lead, but the Ducks made it interesting with three goals in the last ten minutes of the game. With the victory Nashville moves four points ahead of the Stars, who have two games in hand. But the Predators’ win keeps the Stars within one point of the Ducks.

11:29 p.m. – The Phoenix Coyotes beat Columbus for their eight win in the last nine games (8-1-0). Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 28 shots for his 7th shutout of the season. The Coyotes now have 93 points, seven more than the Stars, who have played three fewer games. The Coyotes briefly pulled to within one point of Pacific Division leading San Jose, who were still playing in Los Angeles when this game ended.

12:25 a.m. – The Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in a shootout. It was a wild finish leading up to overtime and the shootout. San Jose’s Patrick Marleau tied the game at 2-2 with 3:32 remaining, Dustin Brown put the Kings up 3-2 with a power play goal with 1:42 remaining and then Marleau tied it at 3-3 with 3.2 seconds left. The two points pushed the Kings into fifth place in the West, four points ahead of the Stars. San Jose has two point lead over the Coyotes in the race for first in the Pacific Division and are tied with Detroit for second in the West.

There are no key games in the race Friday, but Saturday will be a big day because all teams in the race will be in action. Those Saturday games include:

Colorado at Los Angeles
Dallas at Nashville
Anaheim at Chicago

San Jose will play at Phoenix in a big game as far as the Pacific Division lead.

Stars lose third straight, fall 5-2 to Kings

October, 28, 2010

The Dallas Stars’ losing streak hit three games with a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center Thursday night. The Stars, who are now 0-3-0 on their current homestand, fell to 5-4-0 on the season.

Third Period

The Kings extended their lead to 4-1 with a shorthanded goal at the 4:40 mark of the third period. Willie Mitchell put a shot on net from the right wing that bounced off the skate of Stars defenseman Philip Larsen and into the net. That was the end of the night for Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. In came Andrew Raycroft, who was seeing his first action of the season.

The Stars made it a 4-2 game at the 10:`10 mark when Brandon Segal came out from behind the Los Angeles net and beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick with a shot from the bottom of the left circle.

The Kings scored into an empty net with 1:41 remaining to make it a 5-2 game.

Second period

The Dallas Stars are down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Kings after two periods at American Airlines Center. The Kings scored two goals nine seconds apart to break a 1-1 tie and take the lead in the game.

The Stars were outshooting the Kings 9-2 just over 13 minutes into the second period, but the Kings scored two quick goals – on their third and fourth and shots of the period – to take the 3-1 lead.

The first one came after a Stars turnover in the neutral zone. Kings forward Wayne Simmonds backhanded the puck on net and Alexei Ponikarovsky knocked it past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen at 13:05 of the second.

Just nine seconds later, Simmonds busted on net and slipped a puck under Lehtonen. The play was reviewed to see in the net came off its moorings before the puck crossed the line. It was ruled a good goal and the Stars were down 3-1 in the game.

Some notes after two periods.
  • The Stars outshot the Kings 14-6 in the second period and have a 20-12 advantage for the game.
  • The Stars will have 54 seconds of power play time when the third period begins.
  • Kings defenseman Jack Johnson has three assists in the game.
  • The Stars have won 20 of 45 (44 percent) faceoffs in the game.
First period

The Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings are tied 1-1 after one period at American Airlines Center. Both teams scored on two-man advantages.

The Kings scored 3:30 into the game, cashing in on a 57 second five-on-three power play opportunity. Jack Johnson’s shot from the right point hit the post and Dustin Brown scored off the rebound to put the Kings up 1-0.

The Stars answered with a five-on-three power play goal of their own late in the period to tie the game. With Brenden Morrow setting a screen in front of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, Brad Richards scored on a shot from the left point with 3:58 left in the period.

Some notes from the first period:
  • Stars coach Marc Crawford juggled lines heading into the game, moving Jamie Benn to the right wing on the line with Mike Ribeiro at center and Brenden Morrow at left wing. Adam Burish, who had been playing right wing took Benn’s spot on the line with Tom Wandell and Steve Ott.
  • The defensive pairings for the game were Mark Fistric-Trevor Daley, Karlis Skrastins-Matt Niskanen, Nicklas Grossman-Philip Larsen.
  • The Stars and Kings both had six shots in the period.
  • Both teams were 1-3 on the power play.