Dallas Stars: Jason Arnott

Former Stars' forward Jason Arnott retires

November, 5, 2013
Jason Arnott has decided to call it quits in the NHL after 18 seasons. He leaves as a 12-time 20-goal scorer and a Stanley Cup champion.

Arnott played for six teams -- Edmonton, New Jersey, Dallas, Nashville, Washington and St. Louis. He scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Devils against the Stars in double overtime of Game 6 in 2000.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped me throughout my NHL career, including my family, friends, teammates and fans," Arnott said in an NHLPA release. "Playing in the NHL was my dream, and I am very proud and appreciative of the fact I was able to play at the highest level for 19 years, with the best players in the world,” said Arnott. “Each of the teams I played for provided me with great experiences and memories, and our Stanley Cup team in New Jersey certainly stands out among all of them.”

Arnott was traded to the Stars (along with Randy McKay and a first-round pick) on March 19, 2002 for Jamie Langenbrunner and Joe Nieuwendyk and played through the 2005-06 season. He had a career-high 76 points for the Stars in the 2005-06 season and then signed with the Nashville Predators.

Games can often turn on goaltending and special teams, and both areas were lackluster for the Dallas Stars Monday night in a 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.

Dallas goaltender Richard Bachman let in two soft goals and the Stars were 0-2 on the power play in the game and 0-2 on the penalty kill. It didn’t help that the Stars were outshot 38-23 in the game.

“Coming on the road against a good defensive club we needed to put more pucks on the net. Our specialty teams need to be better,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “Our power play needs to be better. Their PK generated more shots than our power play and they scored two power play goals. It’s hard to win on the road, especially against this type of club, if your specialty teams aren’t good. “

Bachman, making his eighth straight start, gave up three goals on 25 shots through the first two periods and was replaced by Andrew Raycroft at the beginning of the third period.

“There’s no question a couple of those goals he wishes he had back,” Gulutzan said of Bachman. “Some nights when your goalie maybe isn’t as good you’ve got to get it from somewhere else and we didn’t get it from those other areas.”

The Stars, coming off the break and having to travel on a game day, looked sluggish at times. The Blues put a total of 69 shots towards the Dallas net, including shots on goals, shots that were blocked and those that missed the net. The Stars had 42 shots towards the St. Louis net.

“I think we got outbattled a little bit tonight. They seemed to have an extra step all night,” said Dallas defenseman Alex Goligoski. “That’s pretty much it. They came pretty hard and were able to establish their game better than we were ours.”

With the Blues on their first power play, Chris Stewart beat Bachman with a sharp angle shot from the bottom of the right circle to give the Blues a 1-0 lead 8:24 into the game.

The Stars drew even at 4:22 of the second period when Goligoski set up Mike Ribeiro, who beat Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak with a shot from the right circle.

But the Blues had the lead again less than two minutes later. After a Stars turnover in the neutral zone, an Adam Cracknell shot from the right circle slipped through Bachman and the Blues were up 2-1.

St. Louis made it a 3-1 game with 1.1 seconds left in the second when Jason Arnott scored a power play goal, beating Bachman with a one-timer from the top of the left circle. It was the second power play goal against the Stars in the game and the eighth they’ve allowed over the last four games.

“It’s small details, it’s little things that make a big difference in the game,” Stars forward Eric Nystrom said of the penalty kill woes. “It’s an inch. You put your stick in one lane and it should be in the other, and that’s where they get the puck moving from side to side. It’s little things like that. Sometimes you are rock solid and kill 25 in a row, and then sometimes you feel like you can’t stop it from going into the net. That’s why it’s a long season. But that’s why we got to have a little more desperation.”

The Blues made it 4-1 early in the third when Evgeny Grachev put the rebound of a David Perron shot past Raycroft. That was the only goal that would get by Raycroft, who stopped 11 of 12 shots in the third period.

The Stars made it close, getting goals from Nystrom and Michael Ryder to cut the St. Louis lead to 4-3, but Stewart’s empty net goal with 50.6 seconds left sealed the Stars’ fate on this night.

The win was the seven in the last nine games for the Blues, who improved to 15-3-4 since Ken Hitchcock took over as head coach.

"We played really hard tonight. We did a lot of really good things and probably got a little too revved up towards the end there,” Hitchcock said. "When it's 4-1, we're trying to make it 5-1 or when it's 4-2, we're trying to make it 5-2. It’s little things. Love our effort tonight. Loved our compete. It’s just little things if we can pick it up moving forward that will help us down the line.”


*The Stars were 0-2 on the penalty kill and have now given up eight power play goals over their last four games. They are 7-15 (46.7%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*The Stars are 0-8 on the power play over the last three games.

*Michael Ryder ran his goal scoring streak to five games.

*Eric Nystrom’s goal was this 12th of the season, topping his career-high of 11 set in 2009-10 with Calgary.

*Stars Defenseman Stephane Robidas missed his third straight game with a bruised bone in his foot.

*Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray missed the game with a sprained ankle.

*Right wing Tomas Vincour (knee) and goaltender Kari Lehtonen (groin) are on injured reserve.

*Forward Jake Dowell was the lone healthy scratch for Dallas.

Stars fall to Blues, 5-3

December, 26, 2011
The Dallas Stars fell 5-3 to the St. Louis Blues Monday night. Goaltender Richard Bachman, making his eighth straight start, was pulled after giving up three goals on 25 shots through the first two periods. Andrew Raycroft played the final 20 minutes and gave up one goal on 12 shots. Mike Ribeiro, Eric Nystrom and Michael Ryder scored for the Stars. The Stars gave up two power play goals for the fourth straight game. The Blues, who got a pair of goals from Chris Stewart, improved to 15-3-4 since Ken Hitchcock took over as head coach.

First period

Both teams had one power play in the first period and the Blues cashed in on theirs to take a 1-0 lead in the game.

Chris Stewart beat Richard Bachman with a shot from the bottom of the right circle off the rush at the 8:24 mark.

Second period

The Stars tied the game at 4:22 of the second when Alex Goligoski set up Mike Ribeiro, who beat Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak with a shot from the right circle.

But the Blues had their lead back less than two minutes later. After a Stars turnover in the neutral zone, Adam Cracknell handcuffed Richard Bachman with a shot from the left circle to give St. Louis a 2-1 lead at the 6:09 mark.

Bachman came with a big save to keep the Stars within a goal, stopping Blues captain David Backes on an odd-man rush with 6:36 left in the period.

One minute later, Halak stopped Stars forward Jamie Benn on a two-on-one rush to keep the Blues up by a goal.

St. Louis made it a 3-1 game when they scored on their second power play of the game. Jason Arnott scored on a one-timer from just beyond the top of the left circle with 1.1 seconds left in the period.

Third period

Andrew Raycroft took over for Bachman in net for the Stars to start the third period.

The Blues extended their lead to 4-1 at 6:43 the third when Evgeny Gravchev scored off the rebound of a David Perron shot.

But the Stars bounced back to make a game of it. Eric Nystrom scored from the slot off the rush at the 7:57 mark to make it a 4-2 game.

Then after Blues forward Patrik Berglund turned over the puck on a St. Louis odd-man rush, the Stars got a two-on-one the other way and Michael Ryder beat Jaroslav Halak to make it a 4-3 game with 5:13 remaining.

But the Stars couldn’t get the equalizer. After the Stars pulled Raycroft with 1:30 remaining, Stewart scored into an empty net with 50.6 seconds left to put St. Louis up 5-3.

Stars forward Steve Ott and Blues defenseman Barret Jackman picked up fighting majors in the third.

Stars lineup



Bachman (starter)

Injured: Robidas (foot), Souray (ankle), Vincour (knee), Lehtonen (groin)
Scratched: Dowell

Jamie Langenbrunner to Blues

July, 6, 2011
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.