Dallas Stars: Henrik Lundqvist

Hart Trophy finalists

April, 27, 2012
4/27/12
10:13
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Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the Hart Trophy, which goes to the NHL's MVP.

Here's the release from the league:
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, center Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and center Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the 2011-12 Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded " to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team," the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Hart Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2012 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2012 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Hart Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

Lundqvist was the anchor of a Rangers club that posted its best regular-season record since the Stanley Cup season of 1993-94 and captured first place in the Eastern Conference. He went 39-18-5 in 62 appearances, setting a career high in wins. He placed near the top in all major goaltending categories: third in wins, tied for third in shutouts (eight), fourth in goals-against average (1.97) and fourth in save percentage (.930). Also voted a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, Lundqvist is the first goaltender to vie for Hart Trophy honors since 2007, when Vancouver's Roberto Luongo and New Jersey's Martin Brodeur were second and third, respectively.

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

Malkin captured his second career Art Ross Trophy by leading the NHL with 109 points (50 goals, 59 assists). He registered points in 60 of the 75 games he played in (80%) and became the first player since 1995-96 to record five or more points at least four times in one season. Malkin also finished second in the NHL with a career-high 50 goals and led the League with 339 shots on goal. He is the first scoring champion to win by a double-digit margin since Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr finished 20 points ahead of Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne in 1998-99. Malkin is a Hart Finalist for the third time; he finished second to Washington's Alex Ovechkin in 2008 and 2009.

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

Stamkos scored a League-leading 60 goals to capture his second Maurice Richard Trophy in the past three seasons. He notched his 60th goal in Tampa Bay's season finale at Winnipeg, becoming the first player to reach the milestone since 2007-08 (Alex Ovechkin, 65); before Ovechkin, the last time a player hit 60 was 1995-96 (Mario Lemieux, 69; Jaromir Jagr, 62). Stamkos tied for the League lead with Phoenix's Radim Vrbata in game-winning goals (12), scored an NHL-record five overtime goals and notched 48 even-strength scores, the most of any player since 1992-93. The 22-year-old is an NHL Trophy finalist for the first time.

Vezina Trophy finalists

April, 25, 2012
4/25/12
10:22
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The NHL announced the finalists today for the Vezina Trophy, which goes to the league's top goaltender. The finalists are Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings.

Here's the release from the NHL:
Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced today.

The general managers of the 30 NHL clubs submitted ballots for the Vezina Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2012 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2012 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Vezina Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

Lundqvist was the anchor of a Rangers club that posted its best regular-season record since the Stanley Cup season of 1993-94 and captured first place in the Eastern Conference. He went 39-18-5 in 62 appearances, setting a career high in wins and becoming the first goaltender in NHL history with 30-plus wins in each of his first seven seasons. He placed near the top in all major goaltending categories: third in wins, tied for third in shutouts (eight), fourth in goals-against average (1.97) and fourth in save percentage (.930). Lundqvist is in quest of his first Vezina Trophy win, following third-place finishes from 2006 through 2008.

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

Quick was exceptional in backstopping a Kings team that ranked 29th overall in offense to a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Coming off a franchise-record, 39-win season in 2010-11, the first-time NHL Trophy finalist posted a 35-21-13 record to become the first Los Angeles goaltender to post 30 wins in three consecutive seasons. Quick led all NHL goaltenders with a franchise-record 10 shutouts and also ranked among League leaders in goals-against average (second, 1.95), save percentage (fifth, .929) and victories (T-fifth, 35). He allowed one goal or shut out the opposition in 27 games and surrendered two goals or fewer 46 times.

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

Rinne was among the NHL's busiest netminders in 2011-12, leading the League in shots faced (2,153) and saves (1,987), tying for first place in appearances (73) and ranking second in starts (72) and minutes (4,168:52). He thrived under the workload, topping all goaltenders in wins (43-18-8) and posting a 2.39 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and five shutouts. He was particularly tough to beat with a lead, as the Predators posted the NHL's second-best points percentage when scoring first (.833, 35-3-4). Rinne earned his second consecutive nomination as a Vezina finalist, having finished second to Boston's Tim Thomas last year.

Richard Bachman, Trevor Daley fuel Stars victory

December, 13, 2011
12/13/11
10:11
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Richard Bachman has an opportunity to run with the Dallas Stars goaltending job while Kari Lehtonen is out with a groin injury, and he is in a full sprint right now. Bachman stopped 34 shots for his first NHL shutout as the Dallas Stars defeated the New York Rangers 1-0 at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night.

“It’s just a win. It’s the hockey game I’ve grown up playing. It’s a lot of a fun,” said Bachman. “It’s fun being up here with these guys and trying to take it all in. I am taking it one day at a time and see what happens from here.”

That’s two wins in two NHL starts for Bachman, who has a 0.43 goals against average and .986 save percentage (71 saves on 72 shots) in three appearances for the Stars this season.

“We’re really not that surprised,” said Stars defenseman Trevor Daley, who scored the game’s only goal. “He’s shown that every time he’s been up the last couple years and in exhibition. He’s living up to it.”

Bachman won against one of the top teams in the league in one of the league’s most storied buildings.

“Very impressive,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “That’s his strength. He doesn’t get too rattled. I’ve never seen the little guy get rattled. He’s got a calm demeanor. He’s a very intelligent goalie. He doesn’t panic or get rattled easily. That’s a good quality for a goaltender.

Bachman needed at least one goal on this night and he got it with 4:59 remaining in the game. After Rangers defenseman Jeff Woywitka turned over the puck, Stars captain Brenden Morrow carried the puck into the New York zone and Trevor Daley finished off a give-and-go with Mike Ribeiro.

“We stuck with it, got a break and buried it,” said Daley. “You are not going to score too many goals on that goalie. It was a hard battle and we stuck with it and came out on top.”

Up until that point it was a goaltending duel between Bachman and New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 27 of 28 shots.

Bachman made eight saves in the first period and was involved in a first period with Rangers forward Carl Hagelin, who was penalized for charging.

Bachman had a big stop in the second period on Brad Richards with the Rangers on the power play and then denied a two-on-one shorthanded chance by Ryan McDonagh.

Lundqvist was stunned by a hard shot Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray in the second period, stayed in the game and made great stops in the third period on Eric Nystrom shorthanded and then denied a point blank chance by Ribeiro.

Bachman made saves on Ryan Callahan, Steve Eminger and Artem Anisimov in the third to keep the Rangers off the board.

“It’s his demeanor to be a calm guy and he’s very tidy around his net,” said Gulutzan. “Tonight, maybe, there were a few more things laying around him than usual, but he made some huge saves on a two-on-one and on a slap shot at the end that he saw at the last minute. When you get saves like that in somebody else’s building, it lends itself to getting a few points.”

The Dallas penalty kill came up big as well, killing off four New York power plays, including two in the third period.

“The PK is huge and we did a really good job. That’s just hard work and paying the price,” said Stars forward Eric Nystrom. “Tonight we killed off some timely power plays for them and that’s a big key to winning.”

The win was the second straight on the road for the Stars and their fourth in the last six games (4-2-0) overall.

Notes

*Bachman’s shutout was the first by a Stars goaltender this season.

*The Stars are 29-31 (93.5%) on the penalty kill over the last ten games.

*The Stars improved to 8-7-0 on the road this season.

*The Stars are 8-3-1 when tied after two periods.

*Toby Petersen and Adam Pardy were healthy scratches for Dallas.

*Defenseman Mark Fistric served the final game of his three-game suspension Tuesday. He is eligible to return for Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders.

Bachman, Stars shut out Rangers, 1-0

December, 13, 2011
12/13/11
6:43
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Richard Bachman stopped 34 shots for his first NHL shutout and Trevor Daley scored with 4:59 left in the third period as the Dallas Stars defeated the New York Rangers 1-0 at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. Bachman is 2-0-0 with a 0.43 goals against average and .986 save percentage (71 saves on 72 shots) in three appearances for the Stars this season. The Stars have won two straight on the road and four of six overall (4-2-0).

First period

The Stars and Rangers were scoreless in a fast paced first period. Both teams had eight shots on goal and both teams were 0-1 on the power play.

Second period

The Rangers outshot the Stars 13-12 in the second period. Both teams had one power play in the period, and Stars goalie Richard Bachman had big saves on each team’s power play.

He stopped Brad Richards with the Rangers on the power play, and then with the Stars on the power play late in the period he made a great glove stop on Ryan McDonagh with the Rangers on a two-on-one shorthanded break.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was shaken up when he was hit with a blast off the stick of Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray, but he continued to play.

Stars forward Jake Dowell and Rangers forward Brandon Prust picked up fighting majors in the period.

Third period

Both goaltenders traded big saves in the third period. Bachman made a nifty save on a Ryan Callahan deflection, a shot by Steve Eminger and a shot from the left circle by Artem Anisimov. Lundqvist stopped Eric Nystrom shorthanded and then made a great stop on a point blank chance by Mike Ribeiro.

The Stars finally broke through with 4:59 remaining. After Rangers defenseman Jeff Woywitka turned over the puck, Trevor Daley finished off a give-and-go with Ribeiro, beating Lundqvist with a shot from close range to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.

The Rangers had a power play, their fourth of the game, with 4:42 remaining but couldn’t take advantage. New York pulled Lundqvist with just over a minute remaining for the extra attacker, but they couldn’t crack Bachman and the Stars. Final score: Dallas 1, New York Rangers 0.

Stars lineup

Eriksson-Benn-Ryder
Morrow-Ribeiro-Ott
Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak
Dowell-Wandell-Vincour

Souray-Robidas
Grossman-Daley
Goligoski-Larsen

Bachman (starter)
Raycroft

Injured: Burish (broken hand), Lehtonen (groin)
Suspended: Fistric
Scratched: Petersen, Pardy

Tuesday pregame notes

December, 13, 2011
12/13/11
12:21
PM CT


The Dallas Stars won't see Sean Avery when they take on the New York Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden. Avery will be a healthy scratch. The Stars will see former teammate Brad Richards, who signed with the Rangers as a free agent in July.

“For me it’s not as much, but certainly for the guys in that locker room it is," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said of the matchup with Richards. "You hope – and it usually does take place – that your players rise a little bit to a level. That’s what we are hoping for tonight. We’ll see what matchups they want tonight, if any, and we’ll go from there. We know he’s out there, we know he is a great player. Just hope our battle and compete level are higher because of that fact.”

Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal for the Rangers. He's 3-2-0 with a 2.18 goals against average and .925 save percentage in five career starts against the Stars.

Richard Bachman gets his second NHL start for the Stars.

This will be the third and final game of Mark Fistric's three-game suspension. He'll be eligible to return when the Stars play at the New York Islanders on Thursday.

Stars fall 3-2 in shootout to Rangers

January, 7, 2011
1/07/11
8:14
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The Dallas Stars’ winless streak at home hit five games (0-3-2) as they lost 3-2 in a shootout to the New York Rangers at American Airlines Center Friday night. Brian Sutherby and Mike Ribeiro scored in regulation for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen made 29 saves in the game and stopped one of two in the shootout. Mats Zuccarello scored the only goal of the shootout for the Rangers, who got goals from Ruslan Fedotenko and Artem Anisimov in regulation. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in the game and stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout.

First period

The Stars opened the scoring in the game at 7:55 of the period. Brandon Segal sent a pass from the corner to Brian Sutherby, who scored from the bottom of the right circle.

Both teams had 10 shots in the period. Both Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had some sharp saves in the period.

Both teams were 0-1 on the power play.

Jamie Langenbrunner, acquired from New Jersey for a conditional draft pick earlier in the day, was a scratch for the Stars.

Matt Niskanen, Toby Petersen and Karlis Skrastins were out with injuries.

Second period

The Stars got their second power play of the game one minute into the second period, but it was the Rangers that scored to tie the game at 1-1. Ruslan Fedotenko skated down the right side and beat Kari Lehtonen with a shot from a sharp angle at the 2:49 mark.

The Stars got another power play later in the period and this time they cashed in, but not before the Rangers had another quality shorthanded chance. This time Lehtonen made a sharp save on a Brandon Prust shot from the left circle. With just seconds remaining in the power play Loui Eriksson got to a puck behind the net and backhanded it to Mike Ribeiro, who scored at the 10:20 mark to give the Stars a 2-1 lead.

Third period

The Rangers tied the game at 8:04 of the third period with a power play goal. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist sent a long pass to Marc Staal, who set up Artem Anisimov, who scored off a wrist shot from the slot.

Overtime shootout

After a scoreless overtime, the game went to a shootout where New York’s Mats Zuccarello scored the only goal to give New York the win.

Benn, Dallas: Lost control of puck, missed, 0-0
Stephan, NY Rangers, wrist shot, save Lehtonen, 0-0
Richards, Dallas, wrist shot, save Lundqvist, 0-0
Zuccarello, NY Rangers, wrist shot, scored, NY Rangers 1-0
Ribeiro, Dallas, backhand, save Lundqvist, NY Rangers win shootout 1-0, game 3-2

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