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Postgame notes

December, 4, 2011
12/04/11
2:33
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Here are some notes following the Stars 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders Saturday night.

Comeback falls short: The Stars have had some nice comebacks this season and coming back to tie from an 0-3 hole Saturday night was impressive, but it’s hard to keep falling behind and trying to rally for points. Quote of the night went to Stars forward Jake Dowell.

“Obviously, we’re great at coming back. We have a lot of character in the locker room and we never quit,” Dowell said. “But sometimes it’s like we’re trying to see how many goals we can come back from, and I don’t think that is a good thing to do. It’s not a fun game to play. I think we need to bear down and get ourselves the first goal.”

Power outage: The Stars were 0-2 on the power play in the game and are now 1-25 over the last ten games. Those two missed power play opportunities turned out to be big. They came early in the game and scoring on one of them would have given them an early lead on a team that had played the night before. Instead, the Islanders scored on their first power play and got the early lead.

First time goal scorers: Three of the Stars goals came from guys who had yet to score this season: Tomas Vincour, Jake Dowell and Tom Wandell. Dowell and Wandell’s goal meant a two-goal game for the fourth line, which had a strong game. Dowell and Wandell had a goal and an assist each, and Toby Petersen had an assist.

“They were our best line,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “I thought for the ice time they got, they contributed immensely for us. I was happy for those three because they were rewarded for some work they’ve put in for a while.”

Matt Moulson’s big night: It was an impressive night for Islanders forward Matt Moulson, who scored four goals. He got some help from linemates John Tavares and P.A. Parenteau, who had three assists each.

“He was all over the net. He could have six or seven,” said Tavares. “He was on fire. He’s so good at sniffing around the net and finding those pucks.”

The last guy to score four goals in a game against the Stars was Keith Tkachuk, who did it as a member of the Winnipeg Jets back in 1996.

Stars' rally falls short this time

December, 3, 2011
12/03/11
11:44
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The Dallas Stars staged another comeback Saturday night, but this time it wasn't enough to get them two points as they fell to the New York Islanders 5-4 at American Airlines Center.

The Stars overcame a 3-0 hole by tallying three times in a 2:03 span in the second period and then bounced back from a 4-3 deficit, but Islanders forward Matt Moulson’s fourth goal of the night late in the second period gave the Islanders a 5-4 lead and held up as the game-winner.

“I think there are good things and bad things we can take out of this,” Jake Dowell said. “Obviously, we’re great at coming back. We have a lot of character in the locker room and we never quit. But sometimes it’s like we’re trying to see how many goals we can come back from, and I don’t think that is a good thing to do. It’s not a fun game to play. I think we need to bear down and get ourselves the first goal.”

The Stars’ power play, which is 1-25 over the last 10 games, was a sore spot again. It had two early chances in the game and failed to cash in against a team that had played the night before.

“When a team is back-to-back, if you get two power play chances early and you get one it changes their mindset,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. “We didn’t do that. I thought that was one of the keys.”

The Islanders scored on their first power play chance when Mouslon scored off the rebound of a Mark Streit shot from the point.

Just 1:59 later Moulson scored again to make it 2-0, knocking home the rebound of a John Tavares shot that banged off the endboards.

The second period featured seven goals. The Islanders went up 3-0 at the 2:48 mark when Dylan Reese beat Raycroft with a shot from the high slot.

The Stars then answered with three goals in a 2:03 span to tie. A Stephane Robidas shot deflected off Tomas Vincour and into the net 39 seconds after Reese’s goal.

Just 1:26 after that, Vernon Fiddler’s centering pass was knocked home by Eric Nystrom to make it a 3-2 game.

And 37 seconds later Dowell scored from the left circle to tie the score.

But the Islanders answered 27 seconds later when Tavares made a cross-crease backhand pass to Moulson, who scored his third of the night to make it a 4-3 game.

The Stars tied it with 3:52 left in the period when Dowell set up Tom Wandell, who scored from the slot with the Stars on the rush.

But 1:02 later the Islanders had the lead again as Molson scored his fourth of the night, finishing off an odd-man rush. His linemates – Tavares and P.A. Parenteau – had three assists each.

"They really gave me some good chances, all I had to do was sweep it into an open net," Moulson said. "The win's the biggest part. Score as many goals as you want, but the win's the most important thing."

“When their top line scores four goals you are going to have a tough time winning,” said Nystrom. “We battled back but you can’t give any team a 3-0 lead in this league and expect to win, but we almost did.”

Notes

*Islanders forward Nino Niederreiter left the game in the first period with concussion-like symptoms after getting flattened in the neutral zone on a big open ice hit by Stars defenseman Mark Fistric.

*Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro did not play the third period due to a groin injury. He was replaced by Al Montoya, who stopped all 13 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes.

*Islanders forward Matt Moulson became the fifth player to score four goals in a game against the Stars franchise. The last player to do it was Keith Tkachuk, then with Winnipeg, in March of 1996. The other players were Teemu Selanne (Winnipeg/1993), Pat Verbeek (New Jersey/1988) and Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton/1987).

*Attendance Saturday was 14,428.

Jamie Benn leaves game after hard hit

October, 9, 2010
10/09/10
10:56
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Stars center Jamie Benn missed the final part of Saturday night’s game against the New York Islanders after he was hit hard in the neutral zone by Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski.

The New York defender flattened Benn as the Stars center skated toward the Islanders blue line with 7:36 left in the third period. Benn had a hard time getting to his feet and then was still a little wobbly as he was helped to the Dallas bench.

“He's fine. He was kind of tied up with the forward and I don’t think he saw Wisniewski coming in. It’s one of those north-south hits,” Stars coach Marc Crawford told reporters after the game. “Obviously we hope he is going to be fine. They’ll follow all the protocols, but he’s fine right now. He’s talking and joking around in there. That’s a good sign.”

There was no penalty on the play. Benn scored the Stars’ first goal of the game, tallying on the power play got give Dallas a 1-0 lead in the first period.

Tavares suffers concussion

Islanders center John Tavares left the game late in the first period after colliding with Stars forward Adam Burish at the blue line and did not return to the game. The Islanders reported that he suffered a mild concussion on the play.

Quotable

“To come out of the two games in the New York area with four points is really huge. I know we got outshot tonight and we took too many penalties and we did falter a little bit at the end, but we had some great parts to that game too … The guys dug in, we got a couple of good saves. The shootout is so, so important. You find a way to win and we found a way to win. They are not all going to be masterpieces. You can learn a lot from a victory as well. We’ll get a chance over the next four days to review this and look where we can be better. We’ll learn from it and it’s great to learn when you still get the two points from it.”

Stars coach Marc Crawford on his team’s 5-4 shootout win over the New York Islanders Saturday night

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