Dallas Stars: Jordan Eberle

Lady Byng finalists

April, 23, 2012
4/23/12
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Dallas Stars forward Loui Eriksson should have gotten strong consideration for the Lady Byng Trophy, but he isn't among the three finalists announced today by the NHL. They are Florida's Brian Campbell, Edmonton's Jordan Eberle and Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders.

Here's the release from the NHL:
Defenseman Brian Campbell of the Florida Panthers, right wing Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers and left wing Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders are the three finalists for the 2011-12 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2012 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2012 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers

Campbell anchored the defense corps on a Florida club that posted a 22-point increase over 2010-11 and captured its first division title in franchise history. He took on a heavy workload by appearing in all 82 games and leading the NHL in total ice time (2,205:31), yet was whistled for just six penalty minutes -- the fewest among the 65 NHL defensemen who appeared in at least 77 games. He ranked second among League defensemen in scoring with 53 points (four goals, 49 assists), tying the single-season franchise record for assists by a defenseman, and ranked second in the NHL in power-play assists (30).

Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers

In his second NHL season, Eberle led the Oilers in goals (34), assists (42) and points (76), posting a 33-point increase over his rookie campaign. He received only five minor penalties for 10 total minutes in 1,372:35 of playing time. Turning 22 on May 15, Eberle is the youngest Lady Byng Trophy finalist since Anaheim Ducks star Paul Kariya captured the award at 21 years, eight months in 1996 after his sophomore NHL season. Eberle is vying to become the third player in Oilers history to win the trophy, joining Wayne Gretzky (1980) and Jari Kurri (1985).

Matt Moulson, New York Islanders

Moulson posted career highs in goals (36), assists (33) and points (69), becoming the first Islanders player to post three consecutive 30-goal seasons since Zigmund Palffy from 1995-96 through 1997-98. He also set a career high, led his club and tied for third in the NHL in power-play goals (14). The first-time NHL Trophy finalist played all 82 games for the third time in as many seasons with the Islanders and was assessed just six penalty minutes, tied with fellow Lady Byng finalist Brian Campbell for the fewest among the League's top 75 scorers.

Postgame quotes

March, 29, 2012
3/29/12
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Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars 3-1 win in Edmonton on Wednesday night.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan

“We are in a battle for our lives and we need every point we can get. Getting two tonight was big for us.”

“We were a little shaky early and Lehts (Kari Lehtonen) was solid and made some real big saves. I thought we got our legs and made some nice plays, but it was a tough game.”

Gulutzan on Kari Lehtonen, who made 31 saves

“He’s an elite goalie; he’s up there with the big guys. He’s one of the reasons we’re fighting for this division title and fighting for our lives to get into the playoffs. When you get goaltending like that every night it gives your guys confidence. He’s our MVP.”

Stars forward Michael Ryder

“The last game we kind of took the flow away from ourselves with some penalties and stuff like that. Tonight our PK was good and Lehts (Kari Lehtonen) was great again. It’s a matter of doing the little things right now and make sure we don’t make those key mistakes and sticking to the hard game plan.”

Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen on his save on Jordan Eberle’s shorthanded breakaway

“I had enough time to see who was coming and remember how he likes to deke on the penalty shots and breakaways. I had a feeling what might be coming, but he made that deke so fast I was lucky to get to get something there.”

Stars forward Reilly Smith on his NHL debut

“I was just happy that my feet got under me as soon as I hopped over the bench. I was definitely pretty nervous. I actually got a pretty good opportunity my shift. That settled the nerves a little bit. I am pretty happy with the way things went.”

Oilers coach Tom Renney

“We felt right into the trap. They played a good road game and we tried to do some extraordinary things, we turned the puck over and they scored. We weren’t very good in our own end defensively and that includes the forecheck.”
Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn will head back to Dallas with some great memories from his weekend in Ottawa, including a win in the NHL All-Star Game as Team Chara beat Team Alfredsson, 12-9, at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

“It was a great experience,” Benn said. “They put on a pretty good weekend and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

Benn played on a line with Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle for Team Chara. He logged 14:02 of ice time, registering no points and no shots on goal. But this was less about the stats for Benn and more about the experience.

“It was pretty unbelievable,” Benn said. “The amount of talent these players have, it’s crazy. I just hope I’ll be fortunate enough to play in another All-Star Game. ... Just taking it in, the weekend we had. It was pretty special. Just meeting the guys, it was a good group of guys. Hopefully, I can do it again."

Marian Gaborik of the New York Rangers scored three goals for Team Chara and was named the game’s MVP. Boston’s Tim Thomas was the winning goalie for the fourth straight All-Star game. The game recap is here.

Benn will head back with the some honors from the weekend. He won the accuracy shooting contest in Saturday’s skills competition, hitting 4 of 6 targets in 13.5 seconds in the preliminary round and then 4 of 5 targets in just 10.2 seconds in the final round.

Stars end slide with 4-1 win over Oilers

November, 21, 2011
11/21/11
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The Dallas Stars snapped their five-game losing streak, beating the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 at American Airlines Center Monday night. Toby Petersen, Steve Ott, Michael Ryder and Radek Dvorak scored for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 17 of 18 shots for his 12th win of the season.

First period

The Stars outshot the Oilers 14-7 in the first period and scored the only goal.

That goal came 8:30 into the game when Tom Wandell centered a puck from behind the Edmonton net and Toby Petersen beat Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin from close range for his first goal of the season.

Each team had a power play in the period, but was unable to take advantage.

Second period

The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 prior to midway point of the second period. Just after Oilers forward Ryan Smyth missed putting the puck into the net on a wrap-around attempt, the Stars went the other way and Mike Ribeiro sent a pass from behind the goal line to Steve Ott, who scored from close range at the 8:58 mark.

The Oilers got on the board at the 15:24 mark when Jordan Eberle set up Ryan Nugent Hopkins, who fanned on his first attempt, but got control of the puck and scored off a wrist shot.

The Stars answered less than a minute later when Michael Ryder scored on three-on-one at the 16:14 mark to give the Stars a 3-1 lead.

Third period

The Stars killed off three Edmonton power plays in the third period and on the final one Radek Dvorak scored shorthanded into an empty net to make it a 4-1 game.

Stars lineup

Eriksson-Benn-Ryder
Morrow-Ribeiro-Ott
Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak
Petersen-Wandell-Vincour

Souray-Robidas
Grossman-Daley
Fistric-Larsen

Lehtonen (starter)
Raycroft

Scratches: Barch, Dowell, Pardy
Injured: Goligoski (broken thumb), Burish (broken hand)

Stars fall 4-1 to Oilers

February, 15, 2011
2/15/11
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The Dallas Stars didn’t get off to a stellar start on their road trip to Western Canada. The Stars lost 4-1 to the Edmonton Oilers. It was the sixth loss in the last seven games for the Stars (1-5-1) and their eighth in the last ten (2-7-1). It was also their fifth straight loss on the road. Loui Eriksson scored the lone goal for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves. Dallas played without five regular players, including leading scorer Brad Richards. The Oilers snapped a seven-game winless streak at home and scored two power play goals, ending a seven-game power play drought.

Quotable

“With the exception of our goalie tonight, there wasn’t a whole lot of desperation. They were the hungrier team. They won more races to pucks. They created some power plays with their good speed.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow.

“It’s very frustrating. I don’t think we played at the level we can. It’s easy to say we have lots of guys hurt, but we are a better team than we’ve shown the last couple weeks.” – Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen

Notes

*The Stars have been outscored 27-10 during their five-game road losing streak.

*The Stars scored one goal in a game for the fifth time in their last nine games overall.

*The Stars have not scored an even strength in the last two games.

*The Stars allowed two or more power play goals in a game for the fourth time in the last nine games.

*The Stars are 25-37 (67.6%) on the penalty kill over the last ten games.

*Kari Lehtonen picked up his fifth assist of the season, tying Ed Belfour and Marty Turco for the franchise record for most assists by a goaltender in a season.

First period

Jordan Eberle scored the lone goal of the period, tallying just after an Edmonton power play had expired. Sam Gagner made a slick move along the Dallas goal line and then backhanded the puck to Eberle, who put the puck past Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen with 1:58 left in the period.

The Star had some good chances in the period but Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin was sharp, making excellent saves on Loui Eriksson, Brenden Morrow and Tomas Vincour.

Second period

The Oilers extended their lead to 2-0 with a power play goal at the 7:40 mark of the second period. Shawn Horcoff sent a cross-ice to pass to Taylor Chorney, who scored off a one-timer from the right circle.

The Stars cut the lead to 2-1 by cashing in on their first power play chance late in the period. Jason Williams, playing the point on the power play with Brad Richards out of the lineup, set up Loui Eriksson on a breakaway and Eriksson beat Nikolai Khabibulin with a backhand shot with 3:29 left in the period.

Just ten seconds later the Oilers went on a power play and they scored to get their two-goal lead back. Ales Hemsky set up a backdoor goal by Horcoff with just 1:50 left in the period to make it 3-1 Oilers heading into the second intermission.

Third period

The Oilers made a it a 4-1 game just 28 seconds into the third period. Horcoff sent a pass to Hemsky, who split the Dallas defense and then slipped the puck past Lehtonen with a backhand shot.

The Stars had two power play chances In the period, but couldn’t cut into the Edmonton lead.

Stars lineup

Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson
Wandell-Ott-Vincour
Neal-Williams-Vincour
Sutherby-Gagnon-Petersen
Morrow-Ribeiro-Williams
Neal-Wandell-Eriksson
Vincour-Ott-Langenbrunner

Fistric-Robidas
Woywitka-Daley
Skrastins-Niskanen

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Scratches: Ludwig

Injured: Richards (upper body), Grossman (hip), Burish (orbital bone), Barch (orbital bone), Benn (shoulder), Sawada (shoulder)

Power play units

Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson-Williams-Robidas/Daley
Neal-Ott-Langenbrunner-Niskanen-Robidas/Woywitka

Penalty kill units

Ribeiro-Morrow-Skrastins-Robidas
Wandell-Eriksson-Fistric-Woywitka
Ott-Langenbrunner-Skrastins-Robidas
Petersen-Eriksson-Fistric-Daley

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