Dallas Stars: Ilya Bryzgalov

Afternoon of big NHL trades, cap news

June, 23, 2011
It's been a busy Thursday afternoon in the NHL, especially for Philadelphia Flyers Paul Holmgren. He pulled a couple of big trades and then added a significant signing to beef up his goaltending.

Trade 1: Center Jeff Carter to Columbus for forward Jakub Voracek, the eighth overall draft pick Friday night and a third-round draft pick from the Blue Jackets. Read more here.

Trade 2: Center Mike Richards to Los Angeles for prospect Brayden Schenn, forward Wayne Simmonds and an undisclosed draft pick. Read more here.

Then, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, Holmgren signed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, whose negotiating rights he had acquired from Phoenix, to a nine-year, $51 deal. Details on that are here.

As for the salary cap, the official numbers have been set. The upper limit of the cap will be $64.3 million and the floor will be $48.3 million.

The Stars have 17 likely roster players for a cap hit of $38.67 million. That means the Stars would need to spend $9.63 million to get to the cap floor. I'm not sure Tomas Vincour is a lock for a roster spot, so if you subtract his $800,000 cap hit then the Stars are $10.43 million away from the cap floor.

Dallas Stars forward Krys Barch is making some news during the Stanley Cup Final, taking to Twitter (@krysbarch) to express displeasure with Cancucks forward Maxim Lapierre, and taking issue with the taunting going on in the Vancouver-Boston series.

"I can't stand watching #40 and not even playing the game. I don't know if he has an ounce of man in him. I'd be embarrassed to be his father," Barch tweeted during Monday night's 8-1 Boston win.

Barch was on TSN Radio Tuesday to talk more about his comments on Lapierre and to give his thoughts on some of the taunting that has gone in the series.

"I would not allow my son to do the same," Barch told TSN Radio. "It's absolutely embarrassing. It's too bad right now that the rules in place protect this class of player, [one] that pretty much has no class."

A recap of that interview is here.

You can listen to the interview here.

Stars pick up a point in Phoenix

March, 30, 2011

The Dallas Stars had a chance to gain some crucial ground in the Western Conference playoff race Tuesday night and while they played well enough to get two points, they ended up with just one in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.

“We deserved to win tonight and we didn’t get it,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “I told the guys after the game that if you have efforts like that you are going to win 95 to probably 98 percent of your games. Their goalie was terrific tonight. He was the difference for them and they needed every one of the saves they got.”

The Stars outshot the Coyotes 45-27 in the game, but could get only one puck past Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. That was a Jamie Benn power play goal that tied the game at 1-1 late in the second period. Bryzgalov also stopped four of five in the shootout.

“We played very well,” said Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, who made 26 saves and stopped three of five in the shootout. “I think we were the better team out there, which is a great thing, but we were not able to get many pucks past Bryzgalov. He played very well for them.”

The point the Stars picked up in the game moved them into ninth place and pulled them to within three points of eighth Chicago, which lost in Boston Tuesday night. The Stars have one game in hand on the Blackhawks. The Stars are four points behind seventh place Anaheim with two games in hand. The Stars have seven games left.

“We just can’t give up,” said Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas. “We’ve got to keep battling and keep controlling what we can.”

The shootout loss ran the Stars winless streak to four games (0-1-3) and left them with just one win in the last seven games (1-3-3).

“I thought we played a good enough game to get two points, but we’ll take one,” said Benn “We played a good game tonight. If we play like that from here on in we’ll win some games.”

Phoenix’s lone goal in regulation came just seconds after their only power play of the night expired. A David Schlemko shot from the right point hit traffic and eluded Lehtonen at the 12:09 mark of the second period. The Stars countered on their second play when Benn beat Bryzgalov with a quick wrist shot from the right faceoff circle.

Both teams had great chances in the overtime. Robidas hit a post in the first minute and Radim Vrbata had a good look that was turned away by Lehtonen.

Vrbata and Ray Whitney scored in the shootout for the Coyotes and Benn tallied for the Stars, who fell to 5-7 in shootouts this season.

“I thought we were the better team,” said Crawford. “I like the way we played tonight and we have to keep ourselves motivated and keep moving forward. On the positive side we picked up a point and that is always important.”

Stars fall 2-1 in shootout

March, 29, 2011
The Dallas Stars lost 2-1 in a shootout to the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night. The loss ran the Stars winless streak to four games (0-1-3), but the point moved them into ninth place in the West and within three points of the final playoff spot. Jamie Benn scored the lone goal for the Stars, who outshot Phoenix 45-27 in the game. Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves and stopped three of five in the shootout. Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 44 shots in regulation and overtime and four of five in the shootout.


“We deserved to win tonight and we didn’t get it. I told the guys after the game that if you have efforts like that you are going to win 95 to probably 98 percent of your games. Their goalie was terrific tonight. He was the difference for them and they needed every one of the saves they got.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

“We played very well, almost 50 shots. I think we were the better team out there, which is a great thing, but we were not able to get many pucks past Bryzgalov. He played very well for them.” – Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen

“I thought we played a good enough game to get two points, but we’ll take one. … We played a good game tonight. If we play like that from here on in we’ll win some games.” – Stars forward Jamie Benn


*Phoenix won the season series against the Stars. Phoenix was 4-2-0 (8 points) and Dallas was 2-2-2 (6 points).

*The Stars have lost eight of their last ten games that have gone beyond regulation.

*The Stars are now 5-7 in shootouts this year and are 10-11 in games that have been settled in either overtime or the shootout.

*The Stars have scored on the power play in three straight games and are 3-8 (37.5%) during that span.

*The 45 shots on goal in the game tied a season-high for the Stars, who also registered 45 in a 4-1 loss to Vancouver on December 31.

*Alex Goligoski led the Stars with nine shots on goal. It was a career-high for Goligoski.

*The Stars won 27 of 61 faceoffs (44 percent).

First period

Both teams had some good chances, but Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen and Phoenix goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov were sharp in the period.

The Stars had the only power play of the period, had a lot of zone time but couldn’t take advantage.

Phoenix’s Taylor Pyatt hit the post with a backhand shot in the final ten seconds.

Krys Barch was back in the lineup for the Stars and Brandon Segal was a healthy scratch.

Adam Burish, Karlis Skrastins, Nicklas Grossman and Brian Sutherby remain out with injuries.

Second period

The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead at the 12:09 just seconds after their first power play of the game expired. A David Schlemko shot from the right point appeared to hit traffic before going by Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen.

The Stars tied the game on their second power play chance of the night when Jamie Benn slipped a puck by Ilya Bryzgalov with a shot from the right circle at the 17:34 mark.

Phoenix thought it had taken a 2-1 lead with 17 seconds left in the period, but the goal was waved off due to contact with Lehtonen by a Coyotes player during the goal and the game remained 1-1 heading into the third period.

Third period

The Stars outshot the Coyotes 13-7 in the third, but there was no scoring.


Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas hit the post in the first minute of overtime.

Lehtonen came up with a big save on Radim Vrbata later in the extra period.

But there was no scoring and the game went to a shootout.

Doan, Phoenix: Lost puck, poke check save Lehtonen, 0-0
Benn, Dallas: Backhand, goal, 1-0 Dallas
Vrbata, Phoenix, Backhand, goal, tied 1-1
Richards, Dallas, Wrist shot, save Bryzgalov, tied 1-1
Boedker, Phoenix, Backhand, missed, tied 1-1
Ribeiro, Dallas, Backhand, save Bryzgalov, tied 1-1
Stempniak, Phoenix, Shot high, tied 1-1
Williams, Dallas, Backhand, save Bryzgalov, tied 1-1
Whitney, Phoenix, Wrist shot, goal, Phoenix 2-1
Eriksson, Wrist shot, save Bryzgalov, Phoenix wins 2-1

Stars lineup



Raycroft (backup)

Injured: Grossman (knee), Skrastins (leg), Burish (leg), Sutherby (back)

Scratches: Segal

Power play units


Penalty kill units


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 fall in OT, winless streak hits four

February, 9, 2011
The Dallas Stars winless streak hit four games (0-3-1) as they fell 3-2 in overtime to the Phoenix Coyotes Wednesday night at American Airlines Center. Radim Vrbata scored 1:13 into overtime to give Phoenix the victory. The Stars got goals from Steve Ott and Brad Richards, who also had an assist in the game. Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 of 34 shots.


“We lost on a power play goal in overtime and they made a real good play. We’d like to kill off everything, but we end up having to focus on positives tonight. We did get a point we desperately needed. And I thought we had some really good efforts. – Stars coach Marc Crawford

“We’ve got to stay positive, stay together, keep plugging away and find a way here. We can’t start hanging our heads now. We’ve got to stay positive and keep working.” – Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman


*The Stars fell to 5-6-2 in games against the Pacific Division this season.

*The Stars are now 8-6 in games that have gone beyond regulation, including 4-2 in games settled in the five minute overtime. They are 4-4 in shootouts.

*The Stars gave up two power play goals Wednesday. It was the third time in the last six games they’ve surrendered two more power play goals.

*The Stars were 0-1 on the power play and are now 1-22 on the PP over their last seven games.

*Stars center Brad Richards had one goal and one assist, giving him 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) in the last 12 games. He also hit the 700 point mark for his career.

First period

The Stars opened the scoring at 10:48 of the first when Brad Richards sent a slick no-look pass from behind the net to Steve Ott, who scored from the left faceoff circle.

The Coyotes bounced back with a power play goal late in the period. After the Stars missed on a chance to clear the zone, Michal Rozsival scored off a rebound with 1:38 left in the period to tie the game 1-1.

Stars forward James Neal, who was listed as doubtful, is in the lineup for tonight's game against the Phoenix Coyotes at American Airlines Center.

The Stars are dressing 12 forwards and 6 defensemen. Matt Niskanen will be the healthy scratch among the defensemen.

Second period

The Stars took a 2-1 lead 5:56 into the second period. Just after coming out of the penalty box, Nicklas Grossman got the puck, drove the net, put a shot on Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and Brad Richards scored on the rebound. The play did go to video review to see if crossed the line and it was ruled a good goal.

Third period

The Coyotes tied the game 5:37 into the third period. Mikkel Boedker skated into the Dallas zone, passed the puck to Ray Whitney, took a return pass from Whitney and scored from the bottom of the right faceoff circle.

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen came up with a big save on Shane Doan’s bid from the slot with 5:49 left in the game to keep it a 2-2 game.

The Coyotes went on a power play with 18.8 seconds remaining in regulation and it carried over into overtime.


The Coyotes had 1:41 of power play time left to open overtime and scored 1:13 into the extra session when Radim Vrbata scored off a shot from the slot to give Phoenix a 3-2 overtime win.

Stars lineup



Raycroft (backup)

Scratches: Niskanen

Injured: Burish (face), Barch (face), Benn (shoulder), Petersen (leg), Sawada (shoulder)

Power play units


Penalty kill units


NHL announces Vezina Trophy finalists

April, 19, 2010
Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, Ilya Bryzgalov of the Phoenix Coyotes and Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced Monday. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 23.