Dallas Stars: Jamie Langenbrunner

Jamie Langenbrunner to Blues

July, 6, 2011
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Jamie Langenbrunner is heading to the St. Louis Blues. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Blues have signed the former Star to a one-year deal that has a base of $2.5 million and the potential for $300,000 in bonuses. Blues GM Doug Armstrong signed Jason Arnott to the same one-year deal as Langenbrunner.

Here's a look at the status of 2010-11 Dallas players who hit unrestricted free agency on July 1.


Jamie Langenbrunner update

June, 29, 2011
6/29/11
11:58
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It appears Dallas Stars forward Jamie Langenbrunner will hit the free agent market on July 1, but that doesn’t mean re-signing with Dallas is out of the question.

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk has had discussions with Langenbrunner and said he would he like to keep the 35-year-old right wing if the price is right.

Langenbrunner’s agent Steve Bartlett said it's likely his client will see what is out there when the market opens, but that doesn’t mean the Stars will be off the list.

“It looks likely that we will explore options on July 1, but Dallas is certainly one of those options,” Bartlett said in an email to ESPNDallas.com on Wednesday evening.

Langenbrunner, acquired from New Jersey in a trade in January, made $2.8 million last season.

Dallas Stars have six picks in draft

June, 22, 2011
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Here's the list of Dallas Stars draft picks in this year' NHL Entry Draft.

1st round: 14th overall

2nd round: 44th overall

4th round: 105 overall

5th round: 135th overall

6th round: 165th overall

7th round: 195th overall

The Stars technically also own a third-round pick (75th overall) in the draft, but right now that will be going to New Jersey as part of the Jamie Langenbrunner trade. It was a conditional third-round pick, and here are the conditions as they stand right now.

If the Stars do not sign Langenbrunner before the draft then New Jersey gets that third-round pick in this week's draft. If the Stars were to sign before the draft (and that is not going to happen) then New Jersey would get the Stars' second-round pick (44th overall).

If the Stars sign Langenbrunner after the draft then the Stars also would swap their second-round pick for New Jersey's third-round pick in next year's draft.

The complete draft order is here.
Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that he's still working on trying to trade Brad Richards' negotiating rights.

"We continue to chip away here," Nieuwendyk told ESPN.com. "Our intention is to move his rights and hope to do that prior to the draft here."

Of course, Richards would have to OK any trade and there is no indication that his point camp is falling over itself to do that.

Nieuwendyk also said he's interested also interested in re-signing Jamie Langenbrunner, if the price is right. Langenbrunner is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He made $2.8 million last season.

As free agency approaches, the Stars are going to have some money to spend. The salary cap for next season could be around $64 million, which means the floor will be around $48 million. Right now the Stars have more than $38 million committed to 17 likely roster players. That means they'll have to spend a little under $10 million just to get to the floor. It should be interesting.

LeBrun's update on Richards and Langenbrunner is here.
FRISCO, Texas -- GM Joe Nieuwendyk said adding top six forward, a top defenseman and improving his team's depth are on the agenda as he looks forward to putting together the 2011-12 version of the Dallas Stars.

“I think our first hurdle is to find out what our budget will be and we don’t have that number yet. We should know that soon,” Nieuwendyk said.

Either way, the Stars did have permission to try to sign Brad Richards to extension during this past season, so there is money available.

“By them giving us the ability to go out and sign Brad it says that our payroll will be higher. So we’ll have some money to play with. Some of that will be allocated to the bumps in salaries that we have,” he said. “We’re looking at free agency, we have our list and the guys initially we want to target. There’s money to be spent and players to go get.”

It’s money that can be used to acquire players in free agency, which will not be particularly strong as far as top end talent, or via trade. Right now, the Stars have 17 likely roster players under contract for about $38 million. Last year they spent around $46 million to $47 million.

One of the priorities for 2011-12 is a top six forward with it becoming clear now that Richards will hit the free agent market and will not be back with the team. Nieuwendyk said that top six forward might come through a trade rather than overspending on one in free agency.

“I think we need a top 6 forward with Brad obviously moving on,” Nieuwendyk said. “Jamie [Benn] shifting to center is a very likely scenario. It’s not 100 percent set in stone yet. If you’ve Benner and Loui [Eriksson] and you’ve got [Mike Ribeiro] and Brenden [Morrow], there’s your top two (lines)and you fill in around them.”

While adding Alex Goligoski at last season’s trade deadline was a major boost to the defense, Nieuwendyk said adding a top defenseman is a focus as well.

“We’d like to improve our defense for sure,” he said. “Again, it may be through trade.”

Depth is another priority. It’s an area that hurt the Stars last season and something that has paid dividends for teams that have gone deep in the playoffs.

“One of the things last year, I felt our depth was not good. You look at the teams that have gone through the playoffs here, they use a lot of their people,” Nieuwendyk said. “We need to work on those third and fourth line guys.”

Dallas’ free agents

Nieuwendyk said the Stars haven’t made any decisions on the team’s own unrestricted free agents.

“We’ve talked to them briefly,” Nieuwendyk said. “[Assistant GM] Frank [Provenzano] has reached out to each one of them. We’ve asked them to be patient and in a holding pattern.”

The Stars GM said some will not be back and there’s a possibility some could return. Among the team’s key unrestricted free agents are: RW Jamie Langenbrunner, LW Brian Sutherby, RW Brandon Segal, RW Jason Williams, D Karlis Skrastins and D Jeff Woywitka.

Coaching search update

There’s not much new on the search for a head coach. Nieuwendyk has met with Texas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan, Montreal assistant Kirk Muller, Nashville assistant Peter Horachek and former Stars, Flyers and Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock.

“All were impressive,” Nieuwendyk said. “Ideally, I’d like to have it done by the draft but even more certainly by free agency.”

Nieuwendyk said getting it done by free agency is important because as the Stars start talking to free agents those players will want to know who is coaching the team.

Slow going on Stars' search for coach

May, 18, 2011
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The search for the next coach of the Dallas Stars has been slow going so far, but it should start to gain a little steam soon.

“We’re in the early stages,” said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk, who is currently out of town for a couple days. “When I get back we’ll start to formulate a plan moving forward here, but there hasn’t been any urgency on our part. We’ve been kind of waiting to see what kind of direction things would go as far as ownership. I think now we’re in a position where we can start to move forward.”

The resolution of the ownership situation continues to move along. Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi is in an exclusive negotiating period during which he is trying to finalize a deal for the team. The process would still have to run through bankruptcy court, but there is a chance it could be wrapped up in early June. It could take longer if there are some snags along the way.

So far there have been no formal interviews, but Nieuwendyk has had some contact “in one way or another” with potential candidates. Among that group appear to be Montreal assistant coach Kirk Muller, Texas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan, Dallas Stars associate coach Willie Desjardins and former Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock, who just wrapped up a stint as head coach of Team Canada at the World Championship in Slovakia.

He expects to have initial talks with more, put together a list and get down to the serious business of conducting interviews.

“In my head there is no set number of interviews,” he said. “I would say three, four or five is probably the right range.”

Nieuwendyk said there is no time frame for concluding the search and no matter how long the process takes he is confident the Stars - who are one of five teams currently looking for a new head coach - will get a quality successor for Marc Crawford, who was fired at the end of the season.

“I think we feel comfortable that once we go through the process we’ll find the right guy,” Nieuwendyk said.

No movement on Stars’ UFAs

Nieuwendyk said movement concerning the Stars’ pending unrestricted free agents is on hold right now due to ownership situation.

“It’s kind of muddy because of the timing of the ownership, trying to sort out what our budget will be and then we can move forward from there,” Nieuwendyk said. “I have reached out to them to indicate to them that we haven’t made any decision and we’ll be in touch.”

Brad Richards, Jamie Langenbrunner, Karlis Skrastins, Brian Sutherby, Brandon Segal, Jeff Woywitka and Jason Williams are among the team’s key unrestricted free agents.
Brandon Segal understood that when he was sent to the AHL in January it wasn’t a reflection on his play, but a case of dollars and cents. That didn’t make it any easier.

“I would lie if I said it wasn’t frustrating,” Segal said. “It was very frustrating.”

After the Dallas Stars acquired Jamie Langenbrunner from New Jersey in January, they shipped Segal to the Texas Stars of the AHL. The Stars needed to move some money off the roster and Segal, who was on a two-way contract, was the logical choice to go.

Segal’s salary is $550,000 when he plays in the NHL and $130,000 when he is in the AHL. It helped the Stars save a little money as they took on about half of Langenbrunner’s $2.8 million contract for the remainder of the season.

"He played well this year and really was a victim of circumstance when we picked up Jamie Langenbrunner,” Stars coach Marc Crawford said of Segal. “He was one guy that could go down and save us some money. He was a political decision more than a hockey decision. We’re pleased to have him back.”

With the Stars missing Loui Eriksson and Adam Burish due to injuries, the Stars placed Segal on re-entry waivers Wednesday. He cleared Thursday morning and joined the team.

"It's great to be back. This is where I want to be," Segal said. "Things were going great at the start of the season and then there were some unfortunate circumstances. That's just the way the business works. The main thing is I am back here and ready to help this team."

When Segal was sent down, he was told he would be brought back up to Dallas at some point. Exactly when wasn’t clear. Waiting for that day to come wasn’t easy.

“When I went down I said I want to get back up as fast as possible. I just didn’t know when that day was going to happen,” Segal said. “The main thing down there is you have to stay positive, stay patient and keep working hard. It’s easier said than done.”

And he made the most of it after adjusting to life back in the AHL, where he has played 455 games including 21 last season before Dallas claimed him off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings.

“Going back to playing power play and penalty killing, which was nice,” he said. “Those are positions I like to play in. I got to play a lot of minutes. “

In 30 games with Texas he registered 17 points (7 goals and 10 assists). After picking up two goals and no assists in his first ten games, he had five goals and ten assists over his next 20 games.

“Once I started getting a little more comfortable and started to find my linemates, I finally started producing down there, which was nice,” he said. “It felt good to put the puck in the net a lot and get some assists. We had a good squad down there, but this is where I always felt I belonged. And I was disappointed going down there. Nobody wants to go down, but I just stayed positive and now I am back, so let’s get it going.”

And he got it going in his first game back, potting the Stars’ final goal in a 5-0 rout of the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night at American Airlines Center. There was a fighting major and two hits in 5:59 of playing time.

“He’s a popular guy. The guys were all happy to see him come into the dressing room after he cleared waivers and it’s nice to see him contribute,” said Crawford. “He stayed with it, did a lot of good things in the game in the limited minutes that he got and that’s what we need. We need performances from everybody and if you play six or seven minutes, make sure they’re impactful and his were.”

Eriksson, Burish still out

Forwards Loui Eriksson (upper body) and Adam Burish (lower body) are out for Saturday’s game against the Flyers.

“I think both of them are improving. I know both of them are improving, but not to the extent that they're ready for [Saturday],” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “We're hopeful that they'll keep improving and that we'll have better news as we move into next week.”

Tuesday's hit parade

March, 16, 2011
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Video clips of all the controversial hits in Tuesday night's Dallas Stars-San Jose Sharks game are tough to find. In other words, they aren't up on YouTube.

But TSN included the two Doug Murray hits - the ones on Loui Eriksson and Tomas Vincour - and the Dany Heatley elbow on Steve Ott in a collection of game highlights. You can find those highlights here.

On the other side of things, the TSN highlights don't include the Jamie Langenbrunner hit that knocked Sharks defenseman Niclas Wallin out of the game. You can find that one on YouTube here.

Stars can't hold lead, fall to Sharks

March, 16, 2011
3/16/11
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Scoring the first goal wasn’t a formula for success for the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. Neither was scoring the first two goals.

The Stars built a 2-0 lead at American Airlines Center, but couldn’t hold it and fell 6-3 to the San Jose Sharks.

The loss was the second straight for the Stars, who remained in seventh place in the Western Conference with a two-point lead over the ninth place position in the playoff race. The Stars fell to 1-2-1 on their current homestand and to 3-5-2 in their last 10 home games.

“It was a tough game. We obviously didn’t have our best,” said defenseman Stephane Robidas.

The Stars actually did get off to a good start, getting a goal from Mike Ribeiro to take a 1-0 lead early in the second. Jamie Benn made a pretty play to set up a shorthanded goal by Toby Petersen a minute-and-a-half later and the Stars were up 2-0 just 25 minutes into the game.

The Sharks were able to turn things around with special teams play, scoring their first goal just after a power play expired and then tying it with a 5-on-3 power-play goal.

“We thought thus far in the series this year our special teams were second to theirs and tonight they were maybe a hair better,” said Sharks coach Todd McLellan. “Maybe that was the difference.”

A couple of mistakes by the Stars early in the third period and the Sharks had a 4-2 lead.

The Stars got within 4-3, but couldn’t score on two power-play chances late and the Sharks popped in a couple of empty-net goals to finish things off.

“Very often times it is a brief lapse in your play that costs you at this time of the year and that’s something that we’ll have to rectify,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “It was a helter-skelter game with all the head hits in the game.”

The Stars losing an important game was one story of the night. The other was the loss of Loui Eriksson, who left the game in the second period after taking a hit in the head area from Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray. There was no penalty on the play and Eriksson immediately left for the Stars’ locker room and did not return.

“That’s one that they’ll have to look at, and I am sure that they will,” Crawford said of the hit. “We’re hopeful that Loui is going to be alright. He is not feeling good right now and we’ll see where he is at tomorrow. It’s always the next day that you’ve got to look to.

“You want to take those hits out of the game. That ends up being something we can’t control and it’s out of our hands now.”

Murray offered this take on the play.

“Well, when it comes to Eriksson, it’s a 50/50 puck,” Murray said. “If he pokes it by him, he’s getting a breakaway, so as far as I remember the situation, I went to play the puck in the body on the same time and I hit him. You never try to hurt a guy, but it’s unfortunate.”

The Stars weren’t happy with a Murray hit on Tomas Vincour in the game and then a Dany Heatley shot on Steve Ott late in the game. There were no calls on the Murray hits, but Heatley did get a minor for interference.

“They missed the Murray one on Vincour. That was definitely an elbow to the head,” said Crawford. “And the one on Heatley that they did get you wonder why it is only two minutes. Again, that’s wondering.”

Said Ott: “Colin Campbell has his hands full, that’s for sure. The Loui Eriksson hit, I think that is prototypical. He’s reaching for the hit. The big guy knows what he is doing. He’s bearing down and finishing the check. He did it again on Vincour and elbowed him right in the face. My head is killing me from the light right now from Dany Heatley’s little cheap shot. If this doesn’t get looked at, I don’t know. I guess when you’re used to being on the other end and being suspended like I have in the past, it’s pretty evident where this stuff should go in a hurry. I don’t care if Heatley makes $10 million or if Murray makes this, it’s time to get this out of the game as fast as we can and protect guys. We’ve got guys in there that are going to be icing heads. You only have one brain, so let’s honestly start figuring something out.”

The Sharks lost defenseman Niclas Wallin, who has hit into the boards by Stars forward Jamie Langenbrunner in the second period.

“Well, obviously he didn’t return,” said McClellan. “He went head first into the glass and he’ll be evaluated tomorrow when we get home and we’ll go from there.”

The teams meet for the final time in the regular season March 31 in San Jose. But the focus for the Stars now is on Chicago, which comes to town Thursday.

“We’ll take [Wednesday] off,” Crawford said. “Our guys need to re-energize right now and they’ll re-energize and we’ll come back on Thursday morning and get prepared for Chicago.”

Kings stun Stars with late goal

March, 13, 2011
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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.
The Dallas Stars ran their points streak to eight games (6-0-2) and moved into fourth place in the Western Conference with a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night at American Airlines Center.

Kari Lehtonen made 14 saves for his first shutout of the season and the 15th of his career. Jamie Benn gave the Stars a first period lead when he ran his goal scoring streak to six straight games and then Trevor Daley, Tom Wandell and Mike Ribeiro all scored in a 1:31 span late in the second period to blow the game open.

Quotable

“It was nice. I wasn’t thinking about it that much anymore. It seemed like it wasn’t coming ever. It was nice. There was not much going on the whole game there. I give a ton of credit to our guys, how well they played and helped me out there.” – Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, on getting his first shutout of the season and first since March 10, 2009

[Kari] had those key saves at the key moments of the game. It was fun to see him get the shutout.” – Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman

“We had a great end to the second period. I give our guys credit because I think they smelled the blood in the water, so to speak. They really did have a killer instinct at the end of that second period. We put together four of five good shifts in a row and when we got our chances they ended up burying them. … I thought we were decent through most of the game. You really do have to have those moments where you grab the game by the throat and our guys did that tonight.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

Notes

*The Stars’ eight-game points streak ties their season points streak for the season. The had points in eight straight from January 2 through January 20 (7-0-1).

*The Stars have won 14 straight games against Minnesota in Dallas.

*Jamie Benn ran his goal scoring streak to six games, which is the longest active streak in the league and tied for the longest streak this season.

*Trevor Daley’s goal gave him 26 points for the season, a new career-high.

*The Stars have scored three goals or more in eight straight games and have a total of 27 goals during that span for an average of 3.4 per game.

First period

There were four power plays -- two for each team -- in the first six minutes of the game, but neither the Stars nor the Wild could take advantage.

The Stars got on the board at 12:02 of the first period when Jamie Benn ran his goal scoring streak to six games. After Jamie Langenbrunner chipped the puck into the neutral zone, Benn poked the puck away from the Wild’s Eric Nystrom, broke in on net and beat Jose Theodore with a backhand shot.

Second period

The Stars blew the game open with three goals in a 1:31 span late in the period.

The Stars extended the lead to 2-0 with 3:08 left in the period when Trevor Daley pinched in on the offensive play, put a shot on net from the left corner and it went in off the stick off Wild forward Kyle Brodziak.

Tom Wandell scored 1:13 later to make it a 3-0 game and then 18 seconds after that Minnesota’s Matt Cullen turned over the puck into the slot and Mike Ribeiro whipped into the net to make it a 4-0 game.

Third period

Kari Lehtonen stopped three shots in the third period to get the shutout, his first of the season.

Stars forward Adam Burish left the game with a lower body injury and did not return.

Stars lineup

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

Goligoski-Robidas
Woywitka-Daley
Skrastins-Grossman

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Scratched: Barch, Sutherby, Fistric

Injured: None

Power play units

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

Penalty kill units

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

The Dallas Stars rolled out a familiar formula in wrapping up a great road trip Monday, pulling off another third period rally to beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in overtime at Staples Center.

The Stars tied the game on a shorthanded goal by Jamie Benn early in the third period and then Brenden Morrow won it just 38 seconds into the extra period.

It was their league-best ninth win when trailing after two periods and gave them a 3-0-1 record on the four-game trip against their four Pacific Division rivals. With the two points they picked up Monday night the Stars moved into fifth place in the Western Conference and increased their lead over ninth place to four points.

“It was huge,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “At the end of the road trip sometimes you get excited about getting back home – and we’ve got seven in row at home - so it’s huge for us to get that two points.”

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Kirby Lee/US PresswireBrenden Morrow scored the game-winning goal in overtime vs. the L.A. Kings on Monday night. "It was huge," Morrow said.
The Stars showed a lot of resiliency throughout the game, overcoming 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 deficits. Twice after the Stars scored to tie the game, the Kings bounced back to take the lead less than a minute later in the game.

When Mike Ribeiro scored to tie it at 1-1 in the second, the Kings scored 35 seconds later to make it 2-1. When Trevor Daley scored 1:57 into the third period to make it 2-2, the Kings made it 3-2 just 44 seconds later.

“This group has been good about [handling] that all year,” said Morrow. “In past years that was something we weren’t tough enough to mentally overcome, but now we just wipe those things away and try to steal the momentum the next shift, guys get us some big goals and that Benner shorthanded goal was huge for us.”

That Benn shorthanded goal was a huge turning point. Less than 90 seconds after taking a 3-2 lead, the Kings went on a power play with a chance to extend the lead. But Benn stole the puck from Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty at the Dallas blue line, broke in on the Kings net and beat goalie Jonathan Bernier with a backhand shot at the 5:20 mark.

“Knocked it out of the air and it just kind of stuck with me,” Benn said of the steal. “I went down and made my move.”

In overtime Ribeiro, who had one goal and two assists in the game, skated into the slot with the puck and then Morrow got the puck and whipped it past Bernier for the game-winner just 38 seconds into the extra period.

“It was a pretty slow developing play. I’m not sure if [Ribeiro] passed it to me or if I stole it from him, but I just chipped it back to myself and I found a hole. It wasn’t real hard, it was just a quick shot and I don’t think [Bernier] had time to get set.”

The Kings, who fell to 1-2-1 in their last four games, remain in eighth place in the Western Conference standings.

"The one-goal lead going into the third gave us a good position over a team in our division," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "We should be able to shut that game down. We didn't manage the puck. We made mistakes and turned the puck over. That's something we need to clean up right away."

The Kings and Stars play again in Dallas on Sunday.

Ott tossed out of game after spearing call

Stars forward Steve Ott was tossed out of Monday’s game late in the first period after he was assessed a spearing major and a game misconduct. The incident happed during a scrum with 2:17 left in the first period.

After the game, Stars coach Marc Crawford said he didn’t believe Ott would face any other kind of discipline as a result of the incident.

“I would be awfully surprised if he got anything for that,” Crawford said. “That was nothing, absolutely nothing. Guys get hurt more when you wipe off dandruff off your shoulder. Usually they won’t make a call like that, but I am not charged to make those calls.

“On the other side of it, it was a tough call at the time because you take away a very good player for us on a very marginal call. He was fending off four or five of the Los Angeles Kings. I doubt there would be anything that would come of that, but who am I?”

Richards, Grossman out

Stars center Brad Richards (concussion-like symptoms) and Nicklas Grossman (hip) were both out for Monday’s game. Both players have missed the last ten games with their injuries.

Right wing Jamie Langenbrunner, who missed Saturday’s game with an upper body injury, returned to action Monday night.

Krys Barch was the scratch at forward.

Stars rally to top Kings in OT

March, 7, 2011
3/07/11
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Brenden Morrow’s goal 38 seconds into overtime gave the Dallas Stars a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Monday night at Staples Center. The Stars, who went 3-0-1 on their four-game road trip and have points in six straight games (5-0-1), moved into fifth place in the Western Conference. Mike Ribeiro had one goal and two assists in the game. Jamie Benn and Trevor Daley also scored goals. Kari Lehtonen had 20 saves for the Stars.

Quotable

“We know Kari is going to be there for us. It doesn’t matter if we’re down one or two goals, we know he’s going to make the saves and we’re going to capitalize on our opportunities. We did that tonight, he kept us in there and did a great job, and Brenden got a big goal for us.” – Stars forward Jamie Benn

“It was a pretty slow developing play. I’m not sure if [Ribeiro] passed it to me or if I stole it from him, but I just chipped it back to myself and I found a hole. It wasn’t real hard, it was just a quick shot and I don’t think he (Jonathan Bernier) had time to get set.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow on his game-winning goal

“It was a good game. It was a hard-played game. It could have gone either way and we’re really thrilled with the determination our guys showed tonight.“ – Stars coach Marc Crawford

Notes

*The Stars have points in five straight road games (4-0-1).

*The Stars are now 9-18-2 in games when they trail after two periods and the nine victories lead the NHL. Their .310 winning percentage in that situation is tops in the NHL as well.

*The Stars were 4-4 on the penalty kill Monday and are 13-15 on the PK over the last five games.

*Stars forward Jamie Benn has goals in four straight games, a career-high streak.

*Benn scored his fourth shorthanded goal, which is tied for the second most in the league.

*Stars center Mike Ribeiro has seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last six games.

*With his goal Monday night Stars defenseman Trevor Daley hit 25 points, tying his career-high.

First period

The only goal of the period came at the 8:39 mark. After the Stars couldn't clear the puck out of the zone, Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell scored on a shot from the left point.

The Stars had only four shots in the period, but Mike Ribeiro had a quality chance that was denied by Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier, who stacked the pads to stop Ribeiro's point blank bid.

The Stars lost Steve Ott for the rest of the game late in the period. Ott was given a spearing major and a game misconduct with 2:17 left in the first.

Jamie Langenbrunner, who missed Saturday's game with an upper body injury, returned Monday night for the Stars. Brad Richards (concussion-like symptoms) and Nicklas Grossman (hip) remain out.

Second period

The Stars came up with two big penalty kills early in the second period to keep it a 2-0 game and then scored at even strength to tie the game at the 6:47 mark.

Adam Burish set up Mike Ribeiro, who scored from the right circle off the rush to make it a 1-1 game.

But the Kings took the lead back just 35 seconds later. Justin Williams put a shot on net from the neutral zone, Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen couldn’t handle it and Williams scored off the rebound to give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead.

Third period

The Stars tied the game 1:57 into the third period when Ribeiro set up Trevor Daley, who jumped into the offensive play and scored from the bottom of the left circle to make it a 2-2 game.

But the Kings took the lead back just 44 seconds later when Kyle Clifford scored off the rush, beating Lehtonen with a shot from the left circle to make it 3-2.

The Kings had a power play chance to extend the lead, but Jamie Benn stole the puck from Drew Doughty and scored on a breakaway for his fourth shorthanded goal of the season to tie the game at the 4:20 mark.

Overtime

It didn’t take the Stars long to finish off the rally in overtime as the Stars entered the Kings’ zone and Ribeiro dropped the puck off for Brenden Morrow, who beat Bernier with a wrist shot from the right circle 38 seconds into the extra period to give the Stars a 4-3 victory.

Stars lineup

Morrow-Ribeiro-Burish/Petersen
Eriksson-Benn/Vincour
Ott-Burish-Langenbrunner
Petersen-Wandell-Sutherby/Williams
Ott-Wandell-Vincour

Goligoski-Robidas
Woywitka-Daley
Skrastins-Fistric

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Scratched: Barch

Injured: Richards (concussion-like symptoms), Grossman (hip)

Power play units

Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson-Goligoski-Robidas/Daley
Benn-Ott/Williams-Langenbrunner-Woywitka-Daley/Robidas

Penalty kill units

Ott-Benn-Skrastins-Robidas
Burish-Petersen-Goligoski-Fistric
Ribeiro-Langenbrunner-Skrastins-Robidas
Petersen-Burish-Skrastins-Robidas
Benn-Langenbrunner-Goligoski-Fistric
Wandell-Eriksson-Skrastins-Robidas

Stars injury update

March, 7, 2011
3/07/11
3:13
PM CT
Dallas Stars center Brad Richards is out for tonight's game. He is back in Dallas and worked out in Frisco this morning. This will be the tenth game that Richards has missed with concussion-like symptoms.

Defenseman Nicklas Grossman (hip) is out for tonight as well. This will be the tenth game he as missed with the injury.

Right wing Jamie Langenbrunner, who missed Saturday's game in San Jose with an upper body injury, skated this morning and is a game-time decision.

One other note, Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars tonight.
Stars center Brad Richards will likely miss his tenth straight game when the Dallas Stars take on the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center Monday night.

Stars coach Marc Crawford said Richards, who has been out with concussion-like symptoms, received treatment on Sunday and was “most likely out” for Monday’s game.

Richards has not played since February 13, when he was in the head by Blue Jackets forward Samuel Pahlsson in the final minute of a game at American Airlines Center.

Stars right wing Jamie Langenbrunner, who missed Saturday’s game in San Jose with an upper body injury, was said to be doing better on Sunday. He should skate Monday morning, according to Crawford.

Langenbrunner was injured in the third period of Friday night’s game in Anaheim when he was hit high by Ducks forward Brad Winchester.

Crawford said defenseman Nicklas Grossman, who has missed nine games with a hip injury, is doing better as well. Grossman is expected to skate as well Monday morning.

Both Grossman and Langenbrunner are day-to-day.

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