Dallas Stars: Johan Hedberg

Turnovers costly for Stars in loss to Devils

December, 16, 2011

The Dallas Stars didn’t finish their five-game road trip the way they were hoping, and turnovers were the big reason why. The New Jersey Devils turned Dallas turnovers into goals Friday night, defeating the Stars 6-3 at Prudential Center.

“The blue lines are huge in hockey and you can’t turn pucks over there,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “I think they had a better feel of how the game needed to be played tonight, they put pucks to our net and capitalized on our turnovers.”

The loss snapped the Stars’ winning streak at three games and sent them home with a 3-2-0 record on the trip, their longest of the season and one that covered 6,500 miles.

“I think we had a pretty good road trip,” said Stars forward Michael Ryder. “But tonight was a little disappointing and we’ve got to learn from it.”

The Stars looked to be in good shape early in the second period. They took a 2-1 lead at the 1:38 mark when Mike Ribeiro made a pretty pass to set up a wide open Brenden Morrow, who put the puck into the open side of the net.

But then the Stars’ turnovers started to end up in the back of their net.

A short time after the Morrow goal the Stars went on a power play with a chance to extend their lead, but Zach Parise stripped the puck from Stephane Robidas and set up Adam Henrique, who scored shorthanded to tie the game at 3:35 of the second period.

“It stings your power play and puts you on your heels,” said Gulutzan. “A shorty gives the other team a lot of life. It was hard work on their part and a good play. Those things can get you.”

New Jersey got a little more life moments later when goalie Johan Hedberg made a slick pad save on Alex Goligoski and Jamie Benn’s rebound attempt was swatted away by Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador.

The Devils took the lead at the 12:12 mark of the second when a Ribeiro pass was deflected out of the New Jersey zone and Ilya Kovalchuk scored off an odd-man rush from the left circle.

After Vernon Fiddler turned the puck over at the New Jersey blue line, the Devils went the other way and Petr Sykora scored off a rebound to give the Devils a 4-2 lead with 1:27 left in the second period.

“It’s something we always talk about. We want to win the blue lines,” said Morrow. “They are like a lot of teams, they are good on transition. When you give Parise, Kovalchuk and [Patrik] Elias time and space with those turnovers they are going to make you pay. We didn’t learn from our mistakes early and they just kept adding up. It was too much to overcome.”

Stars goaltender Richard Bachman, who had won his first three NHL starts, stopped 25 of 31 shots Friday and suffered his first NHL defeat.

Parise had four points (one goal and three assists) and Hedberg made 33 saves for the Devils, who won their third straight game.

Ryder scored in the first period for the Stars and Toby Petersen added a goal in the third. David Clarkson scored for New Jersey in the first and Parise and Elias tallied in the third for the Devils.


*Stars defenseman Philip Larsen left the game in the first period and did not return. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said he had a charley horse and could miss a couple days.

*RW Tomas Vincour missed Friday’s game with a knee injury suffered in Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders.

*The Stars fell to 0-6-0 in the second end of back-to-back games this season.

*The Stars were 2-2 on the penalty kill in Friday’s and are 34-36 (94.4%) on the PK over the last 12 games.

*The Stars were 0-4 on the power play Friday.

*Defensemen Mark Fistric and Adam Pardy were healthy scratches for Dallas.

*The Devils retired Scott Niedermayer’s jersey prior to the game.

Stars win another tight one

October, 29, 2011
DALLAS -- It was another tight game for the Dallas Stars and another one where they found a way to win. Vernon Fiddler’s goal with 8:26 snapped a 1-1 tie and propelled the Stars to a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at American Airlines Center Saturday night.

"I thought it was a hard fought win,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We got a bounce there in the end and we'll take the two points. I thought it was a pretty good effort. I thought it was a pretty good hockey game."

The Stars improved to 8-3-0 on the season. It was the most wins for the Stars in the month of October since the 2006-07 team went 9-2-0 during the season’s first month.

"We're a confident team now. We know we can win some games,” said Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 31 shots on the night to improve to 8-1-0 on the season. “We just have to keep working hard."

The Stars, who are 5-1-0 in one-goal games this season, prevailed in another tight game.

"We know we are going to play in a lot of tight games with the way we play and we just have to get comfortable playing in them,” said Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. “Thankfully we've gotten there quick and seem to be settling in. We get those one goal leads and feel pretty comfortable with them."

The Stars opened the scoring at 10:51 of the first period when Steve Ott set up Loui Eriksson, who scored from the slot.

The Devils drew even at the 12:00 mark of the second, getting a goal from Petr Sykora. After Patrik Elias won an offensive zone draw, Sykora got the puck at the top of the left circle and roofed a shot over Lehtonen.

Fiddler broke the 2-1 tie with 8:26 remaining, taking a pass from Radek Dvorak and banking a wrap-around attempt off traffic and past New Jersey goalie Johan Hedberg.

The Devils got a late power play attempt, but Sheldon Souray’s scored into the empty net from about 180 feet with 2.7 seconds left to round out the scoring for the Stars.

“It was a couple periods of patient hockey, wait and see,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “We were able to get a bounce. It was a big two points."

Grossman leaves game with facial cut

Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman left Saturday’s game in the third period after getting cut on the face with a skate.

“He got a big gash, so we won’t be modeling next week,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “That’s a little scary when that happens. I haven’t seen him. I saw him on the table getting stitches. It’s a good thing our plastic surgeon guy was here. He can make Grossy look as cute as he ever was. But he got a real good gash by his face, through his cheek.”


*The Stars honored GM Joe Nieuwendyk prior to the game for his election to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The ceremony featured a highlight video and the Stars presenting Nieuwendyk a watch and plaque which eventually will go on the Stars Walk of Legends.

*Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli and pitcher Derek Holland were in attendance at Saturday’s game and the two players took part in a puck shooting contest during the first intermission. Napoli won the contest.

*Saturday’s attendance at American Airlines Center was 11,740.

*The Stars will take Sunday and Monday off. They’ll practice Tuesday in Frisco. Their next game is Friday, when they host Colorado at American Airlines Center.

Devils hand Stars fifth straight loss

February, 22, 2011
The Dallas Stars’ losing streak hit five games with a 1-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night at American Airlines Center. Nick Palmieiri’s power play goal with 5:37 left in the game was the game-winner for the Devils, who won for the eighth straight game and improved to 16-1-2 in their last 19 games overall. The Stars dropped to 1-8-1 since the All-Star break and 2-10-1 in their last 13 games overall. The Stars were 0-4 on the power play in the game. Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 of 23 shots.


“We did a lot of good things, but we came up short. We really didn’t get the break that we needed but we are headed in the right direction and that’s the positive sign. We got Jamie Benn back and that made a big difference tonight. We’ve got other bodies coming back too soon and we’ve got to just keep plugging away. It was a tight game and there wasn’t much on either side. I thought we played a much better game defensively.” – Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas

“If we keep playing with that kind of intensity and that kind of commitment things will change for us. That’s always how it happens. It’s no consolation. We’ve got to find a way to be five percent better or six or seven percent better. But it was certainly a good effort for our group tonight.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

“I felt pretty comfortable out there. Couldn’t put one in there on the power play. That would have been nice and obviously they got one on theirs. Tough loss, but all the guys have been great. It’s a group that wants to win games and it’s always fun to be a part of that.” Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski, who made his debut with the team Tuesday night.


*The Stars were shutout for the fourth time this season.

*The Stars have scored two goals or fewer in nine of the last 12 games.

*The Stars were 0-4 on the power play Tuesday and are 0-9 on the PP over the last three games.

*The Stars have allowed four power play goals over the last four games and are 11-15 on the penalty kill during that stretch.

First period

The Stars had the better of the chances in the period, but Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg made some nice saves.

Alex Goligoski, acquired Monday from Pittsburg for James Neal and Matt Niskanen, made his Stars debut. He was paired with Stephane Robidas on Dallas’ first defense pairing and saw time on the Stars’ first power play unit.

Jamie Benn, back in the lineup after missing ten games with a shoulder injury, returned and centered a line with Loui Eriksson on the left wing and Tomas Vincour on the right.

Brad Richards (concussion-like symptoms), Nicklas Grossman (hip), Adam Burish (orbital bone) and Krys Barch (orbital bone) remain out for the Stars.

Second period

After two periods of play at American Airlines Center it is still scoreless between the Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils.

The Stars had a four-minute power play after Devils forward Patrik Elias took a double-minor for high sticking. The Stars had an early chance when Alex Goligoski set up Steve Ott on a breakaway, but Ott couldn’t get off a shot and the Stars ended up with no shots on the four-minute power play.

The Stars had another power play chance in the period and couldn’t take advantage. They are 0-4 on the power play in the game. New Jersey, had a power play chance in the first, and is 0-1 in the game.

The Stars had a great chance to break the scoreless tie with a little more than two minutes left, but Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov blocked a Brenden Morrow shot with New Jersey goalie Johan Hedberg out of position.

Third period

The Devils got three power play chances in the third period and cashed in on the third one to take a 1-0 lead. With Goligoski in the penalty for high sticking, Ilya Kovalchuk’s shot from the left point was deflected into the net by Nick Palmieri with 5:37 remaining in the game.

Stars lineup



Raycroft (backup)

Scratches: None

Injured: Richards (concussion-like symptoms), Grossman (hip), Burish (orbital bone), Barch (orbital bone), Sawada (shoulder)

Power play units


Penalty kill units


Stars-Devils Preview

February, 21, 2011
New Jersey Devils at Dallas Stars
Tuesday February 22
7:30 p.m.
TV: Versus
Radio: KTCK

About the Stars

The Stars dropped their fourth straight game and fell to 1-7-1 since the All-Star break with a 5-2 loss at Vancouver on Saturday.

“It’s no fun losing,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “Our guys obviously are feeling the pressure of being in a race and not being at your best. We know the way out of it and the way out it is through hard work. You can’t do anything but really hone in on the work ethic.”

The Stars are 2-9-1 in their last 12 games overall.

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars Tuesday.

Dallas made a trade Monday, acquiring D Alex Goligoski from Pittsburgh in exchange for LW James Neal and D Matt Niskanen. Goligoski is expected to play Tuesday.

Injuries: F Jamie Benn (shoulder), F Krys Barch (orbital bone) and F Adam Burish (orbital bone) are questionable. Brad Richards (concussion-like symptoms), D Nicklas Grossman (hip) and F Ray Sawada (shoulder) are out.

About Devils

New Jersey won its seventh straight game, topping Carolina 4-1 in Raleigh Saturday night. The Devils, once left for dead in the playoff race, have climbed to within 10 points of eighth place in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 15-1-2 record over the last 18 games.

“I know we still have a huge hole to get out of,” said forward Brian Rolston. “I would be lying to you if I didn’t say that the playoffs are in the back of our minds, but we have to continue playing the way we are and whatever happens, happens.”

The Devils are 9-0-1 in their last ten games.

Johan Hedberg is expected to start in goal Tuesday.

Injuries: F Zach Parise (knee), D Bryce Salvador (concussion), D Matthew Corrente (shoulder) and D Matt Taormina (ankle) are out.

Series Notes

*This is second and final meeting between the two teams.

*The Stars are 1-0-0 in the season series and the Devils are 0-0-1

*Friday October 8 | at New Jersey | Dallas 4, New Jersey 3 (OT)

Statistical Tidbits

* The Stars have been outscored 49-24 in their last 12 games (2-9-1).

*The Stars have allowed four goals or more in seven of their last 12 games.

*The Stars have scored two goals or fewer in eight of the last 11 games.

*New Jersey is 14-14 on the penalty kill over the last five games.

*New Jersey is 1-25 on the power play over the last eleven games.

*Devils goalie Johan Hedberg is 6-0-0 with a 1.14 goals against average and a .955 save percentage in his last six starts.

*Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk is on a ten-game points streak (7 goals, 5 assists).