Dallas Stars: Dustin Penner

Kings stun Stars with late goal

March, 13, 2011
3/13/11
6:24
PM CT
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 head into break with win over Oilers

January, 26, 2011
1/26/11
7:15
PM CT
The Dallas Stars head into the All-Star break on a winning note. Brenden Morrow scored two goals and Kari Lehtonen stopped 34 shots as the Stars beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 Wednesday night at American Airlines Center. Adam Burish also had a goal and Jamie Langenbrunner and Mike Ribeiro each had two assists for the Stars, who snapped a two-game losing streak and head into the break with a 30-15-5 record.

Quotable

“It wasn’t a masterpiece by us tonight. Our goalie was terrific. It was a real gutsy effort right through our lineup.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

“It was definitely what we wanted to do coming off two tough games – respond well, play physical. I think we definitely did a good job of that and were able to hang on for the win. Kari [Lehtonen] played phenomenal.” – Stars forward Jamie Langenbrunner

“We were 48 hours late, but we got challenged a little bit in Vancouver and we pushed back tonight. It was good to see. The compete level was a lot higher tonight, that’s for sure.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow

Notes

*The Stars are 22-8-5 in their last 35 games.

*The Stars were 8-2-1 in January, the second best January in team history.

*The Stars are 4-0-1 in their last five home games.

*The Stars are 23-2-1 when scoring first this season.

*Stars captain Brenden Morrow has 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists) in the last 13 games.

*Stars center Mike Ribeiro has 16 points (4 goals, 12 assists) in his last 13 games.

*Adam Burish scored his seventh goal of the season, establishing a new career-high.

*The Stars won 35 of 51 (69%) faceoffs in the game.

*The two teams combined for 100 penalty minutes. The Stars had 54 and the Oilers had 46. Krys Barch led Dallas with 22 penalty minutes (two fighting majors, a roughing minor and a 10 minute misconduct). James Neal was next with 19 penalty minutes (one fighting major, an unsportsmanlike conduct minor, an instigator minor and a ten minute misconduct).

First period

The Stars opened the scoring 10:38 into the game when Adam Burish scored off the rush, beating Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin with a wrist shot from the right circle.

The Stars had only one more shot on goal after the Burish goal and ended up getting outshot in the period 11-5.

Krys Barch and Jim Vandermeer dropped the gloves with 6:31 left in the period and 14 second later Matt Niskanen fought with Colin Fraser and got a big round of applause from the crowd at American Airlines Center.

Jamie Benn, Tom Wandell, Toby Petersen and Jeff Woywitka were all out with injuries for the Stars.

Second period

The Stars went on their first power play of the game early in the second period and cashed in to take a 2-0 lead. Brenden Morrow scored his 20th goal of the season, knocking home the rebound of a Jamie Langenbrunner one-timer at the 2:32 mark.

The Stars extended the lead to 3-0 on Morrow’s second goal of the night. Mike Ribeiro sent a pass from behind the net to Langenbrunner, whose cross-ice pass from the right corner was banged homed by Morrow at 8:22 of the period.

Fight three of the night featured Krys Barch and Edmonton’s Zach Stortini.

Fight four pitted James Neal against Theo Peckham. Neal went after Peckham, who had just dumped Brad Richards in the neutral zone.

Neal picked up instigator and unsportsmanlike conduct minors, which resulted in the Oilers going on a power play and they cashed In to cut the Stars’ lead to 3-1. Dustin Penner scored off the rebound of a Shawn Horcoff shot with 2:16 left in the period.

Third period

The Stars got a full 2:00 of five-on-three time midway through the third period, but couldn’t take advantage.

The penalty minutes in the game climbed to 100 minutes as well, when Morrow took a slashing minor and Khabibulin picked up a roughing minor during the five-on-three.

The Oilers got some momentum off the five-on-three kill and Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made some sharp saves to keep the Oilers from cutting into the Dallas lead.

Stars lineup

Neal-Richards-Eriksson
Morrow-Ribeiro-Langenbrunner
Ott-Morin-Burish
Sutherby-Gagnon-Barch

Grossman-Robidas
Skrastins-Daley
Fistric-Niskanen

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Scratches: None

Injured: Benn (undisclosed), Wandell (undisclosed), Woywitka (shoulder), Petersen (leg)

Power play units

Eriksson-Ribeiro-Morrow-Richards-Robidas
Langenbrunner-Ribeiro-Morrow-Richards-Robidas
Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson-Richards-Langenbrunner

Penalty kill units

Ott-Gagnon-Skrastins-Robidas
Burish-Sutherby-Grossman-Daley
Ott-Burish-Skrastins-Robidas
Gagnon-Langenbrunner-Grossman-Daley

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