Dallas Stars: Jordie Benn

Stars send four players to AHL

April, 8, 2012
The Dallas Stars have assigned Brenden Dillon, Scott Glennie, Jordie Benn and Tomas Vincour to the Texas Stars of the AHL. Texas, which will not be in the AHL playoffs this season, has four games left on its schedule.

Here's the release from the Stars:
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club assigned defenseman Brenden Dillon, forward Scott Glennie, defenseman Jordie Benn and forward Tomas Vincour to the Texas Stars, Dallas’ primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Dillon, 21, has played in 72 games for Texas this season, scoring 5 goals and 21 assists for 26 points and 91 penalty minutes. He was signed to a three-year contract as a free agent on March 3, 2011. The 6-2, 198-pound defenseman made his NHL debut on April 7 vs. the St. Louis Blues registering a team-leading six shots and four hits in 19:59 of ice time.

Glennie, 21, has played in 68 games this season for Texas and has 12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points. He made his NHL debut on April 7 vs. The St. Louis Blues earning two hits and two penalty minutes. The 6-1, 180-pound forward from Winnipeg, Manitoba was selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (No. 8 overall).

Benn, 24, collected two assists in his three games for Dallas this season. He became the 10th player in Dallas Stars history to record his first NHL point in his first NHL game. Along with younger brother Jamie Benn, they became the third set of brothers in Dallas Stars history and the sixth in team history to play in an NHL game together.

Vincour, 21, appeared in 47 games for the Dallas Stars this season, collecting five goals, seven assists and six penalty minutes during the 2011-12 campaign. The 6-2, 204-pound forward was Dallas' fifth-round selection (129th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
FRISCO -- With nothing on the line in Saturday’s regular season finale against the St. Louis Blues, the Dallas Stars will take a look at some of their young players.

Center Scott Glennie, the team’s first round pick (8th overall) in 2009, will make his NHL debut. So will defenseman Brenden Dillon, a free agent signing out of the Western Hockey League last season. Glennie, Dillon and defenseman Jordie Benn were called up from the Texas Stars on Friday afternoon.

Both Glennie and Dillon played under Stars coach Glen Gulutzan at the end of last season in the AHL.

“I only had Glennie for a short period of time, but Scotty has made big strides in the American Hockey League,” Gulutzan said. “Whenever you get young guys like that who on two or three nights over a two or three week span that they are the best player on the ice, that’s an encouraging sign in that league. And when it’s happening more and more frequently, then it’s a real good thing and that’s what Scotty has done. Brenden has done that too. Anytime that happens at that level you know you have a player on the up.”

Glennie got off to a slow start this season after he suffered a concussion during Dallas’ training camp in Prince Edward Island. But he’s picked up the pace as the season has moved along and has 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) in 68 games this season.

Dillon, who had impressive showing last season when he made the jump from junior to the AHL, has 26 points (5 goals, 21 assists) in 72 games.

“With Brenden you are going to see a big, good skating defenseman that can move the puck,” Gulutzan said. “With Glennie you are going to see skilled guy who can move and skate.”

Forward Reilly Smith, who was signed to an entry-level contract last month and made the jump to the NHL straight from college, will also be in the lineup for the Stars on Saturday. Smith has already played two games for the Stars, registering no points.

“Even though I played only four minutes (in the first game), I was soaking in every minute of it,” Smith said. “Just being in Edmonton with so much history around you, just being a small part of it was a great experience. Having my first NHL game there was absolutely phenomenal. We got the win and I was able to get my feet wet for the next game in Vancouver.”

Smith finished second in the nation in goal scoring, notching 30 in 39 games with Miami University this season.

“With Reilly you’re going to see a really skilled player coming out college that has the ability to score,” said Gulutzan. “It will be interesting to see those guys play with good players.”

The Stars will sit some veteran players who have been battling injuries, players Gulutzan said have been receiving injections to get through games and practices. Players who could sit out tomorrow include Steve Ott, Radek Dvorak, Steve Ott, Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow. Mark Fistric, who is another player who has been battling injuries, hurt his groin in Thursday’s game and is out for Saturday.

“I talked to every injured player that played and they all want to play the last game, whether they have to take a needle or not to get through, to numb some of the issues there,” said Gulutzan. “They all want to play, but the reality is we don’t want to put them through that. We want to take a look at some of our young guys.”

Richard Bachman will get the start in goal for the Stars.

Hobey Baker winner announced

Dallas native and Dallas Stars prospect Austin Smith was one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, which goes to the top player in college hockey. The winner of this year’s award, announced Friday evening, is Jack Connolly from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Connolly finished second in the nation in scoring with 60 points (20, 40 assists) in 41 games. Smith led the nation in goal scoring with 36 in 39 games and finished 3rd in points with 57.

Nystrom should be ready for Tuesday

April, 2, 2012
FRISCO -- Dallas Stars forward Eric Nystrom, who has missed the last three games with a leg laceration, practiced today in Frisco and looks like he could be ready to return when the Stars play San Jose Tuesday night at American Airlines Center.

"Nystrom skated today, full skate, so it looks like he should be ready," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan.

Stars forward Radek Dvorak, who has missed the last the last four games with a sore ankle, skated prior to today's practice. Gulutzan said the Stars will see how Dvorak is doing tomorrow.

Defenseman Philip Larsen did not practice today due to illness. Gulutzan said he should be fine for tomorrow's game.

The Stars also assigned defenseman Jordie Benn to the Texas Stars of the AHL.

Here's how the Stars lined up in practice today:



FRISCO -- Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn said he is feeling fine after taking a couple of hard hits in Tuesday night's 4-3 shootout win over Phoenix at American Airlines Center.

"Feeling fine, normal," Benn said.

The first hit came when Phoenix captain Shane Doan caught in him in the head with an elbow. Doan, who received an elbowing minor during the game for the hit, faces possible suspension. He has a disciplinary hearing with the league later this afternoon. Benn was asked if he was disappointed with Doan's hit.

"No, it's hockey. It's so fast out there, things happen," Benn said. "I'll let the league deal with it."

Benn also was shaken up in overtime when he was hit hard into the boards by Phoenix's Antoine Vermette. Benn received some assistance in the tunnel leading to the locker room, but returned in time for the shootout.

"It was a tough play. I was tripped into the boards and slid in there," Benn said. "It was a little bit of a scramble. I fell into the boards pretty hard, got up and toe-picked (fell donw) and skated off."

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said Benn will be fine for Thursday's game against Vancouver.

Defenseman Mark Fistric is out for Thurday's game with abdominal strain. He left the game in the second period and did not return.

"Fisty is out. He's a got a little ab strain. He's going to be a day-to-day guy. He's a little sore today," Gulutzan said. "Pards (Adam Pardy) will come in tomorrow."

The Stars held an optional skate today. Goalies Kari Lehtonen and Richard Bachman were both on the ice along with Pardy, Philip Larsen, Toby Petersen, Ryan Garbutt, Tomas Vincour and Jordie Benn.

Philip Larsen a game-time decision

March, 16, 2012
DALLAS -- Dallas Stars defenseman Philip Larsen, who banged his knee into the endboards in Wednesday's 5-2 loss at Winnipeg, is a game-time decision for tonight's game against Chicago at American Airlines Center.

Larsen skated this morning, but if he can't play, then the Stars will insert Jordie Benn into the lineup.

"Jordie Benn is more than capable to go in if we need him," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said.

Sheldon Souray (charley horse) and Radek Dvorak (ankle) both skated with the team this morning. Neither player will go tonight, but both players should be ready Tuesday.

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars tonight. Gulutzan indicated that Lehtonen will play all four games of the homestand.

Corey Crawford gets the nod in net for the Blackhawks.

Texas Stars Report

March, 14, 2012
Matt Fraser sets franchise mark for goals in season

Texas Stars forward Matt Fraser has set the franchise mark for most goals in a season. When Fraser scored shorthanded against San Antonio on Saturday, it was his 28th of the season. That eclipsed the club record of 27 set by Aaron Gagnon in the 2009-10 season.

Fraser, who is on a three-game goal scoring streak and has eight goals in the last 14 games, now has 29 goals in 58 games this season.

The past week

The Texas Stars went 2-2-0-0 over the past week. The Stars are 27-30-2-2 on the season and rank 15th in the AHL’s Western Conference. They are currently 12 points out of the final playoff spot with 15 games left in the regular season.

Texas beat Grand Rapids 5-4 in overtime last Wednesday at Cedar Park Center. Francis Wathier, Travis and Luke Gazdic were among the goal scorers. Brenden Dillon had two assists. Tyler Beskorowany made 31 saves.

The Stars beat San Antonio 4-3 in overtime at CPC on Friday. Colton Sceviour scored the OT winner. Matt Fraser scored the game-tying goal with 7:08 left in regulation. Andrew Raycroft had 25 saves.

Texas lost to San Antonio 4-3 in Cedar Park on Saturday. Fraser, Wathier and Angelo Esposito scored for Texas. Raycroft started the game but left after the first period due to injury. He allowed two goals on nine shots. Beskorowany finished the game and stopped 11 of 13 shots.

The Stars lost 5-2 to Grand Rapids on Tuesday. Fraser and Dillon scored goals. Beskorowany had 22 saves on 27 shots.

The week ahead

March 16, vs. Oklahoma City
March 17, vs. Oklahoma City
March 19, vs. Abbotsford


3/13: D Nick Layton assigned to Texas (AHL) from Allen (CHL)

3/12: D Jordie Benn recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

3/7: RW Jake Hauswirth assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 3-0-0-1 over the past week. The Steelheads are 26-29-2-6 on the season and are in 7th in the ECHL’s Western Conference.

FRISCO -- Things are trending Tomas Vincour’s way these days. The young Dallas Stars forward is playing well and, most important, the team is winning.

“Team first for me. When the team is doing great it’s always a great feeling,” Vincour said. “I am part of a winning team. It’s a huge thing for me and every day is so much fun. Every day is a challenge for me to get better and help the team keep rolling.”

And Vincour has made a contribution to the Stars’ current 9-0-1 run that has propelled them to the top of the Pacific Division and the third seed in the Western Conference. He’s been logging solid minutes on the team’s fourth line, and he’s chipped in offensively.

He scored a late game-tying goal and then the shootout winner in a victory over San Jose on Thursday and scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory over Edmonton on March 2.

“He’s been real good,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. “Strong along the walls, using his size and strength. You can see him holding off some bigger defensemen at this level. I think he is playing with some confidence and poise. Those young guys are going to be big for us to give us energy throughout this last push, these last 13 games.”

It’s been an up and down season for Vincour, who has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in 37 games with Dallas. He started the season in the NHL but has been sent to the AHL a couple times, and he missed 14 games with a knee injury. He was in the AHL when the Stars came out of the All-Star break, but after captain Brenden Morrow went out with an injury Vincour was called back up and has been in the lineup for 19 straight games.

“The more you play you’re confidence gets higher,” Vincour said. “All the guys are great. They try to help you on the ice and off the ice, too. That’s really huge for me as a young guy.”

Sometimes you forget how young Vincour is. He’s just 21-years-old. And just two years out of junior hockey with just 61 NHL games under his belt.

This season he’s had a mentor in fellow Czech Radek Dvorak, a proven NHL veteran who has been a solid role model for Vincour.

“That’s been huge. Devo is like my dad,” Vincour said. “He’s a great leader, he’s been around the league for a long time. You can see his work ethic off the ice. He’s the first guy in the room and he’s working out before everyone gets here. That’s what you have to take from him, the experience and the work ethic. And you’ve got to push yourself.”

And pushing himself is what Vincour has been doing and it’s paying dividends.

“He’s got a good, long career in the NHL ahead of him,” said Gulutzan. “He works real hard. He had a great summer putting in work conditioning-wise, getting himself ready to play. In his own words, ‘getting serious about the game.’ Credit to him, he’s working his way into our lineup.”

Notes: Souray doubtful for Tuesday

*Defenseman Sheldon Souray practiced Monday, but is doubtful for Tuesday’s game against Minnesota.

*RW Radek Dvorak didn’t practice Monday. He is questionable for Tuesday with an ankle injury.

*LW Jake Dowell missed Monday’s practice due to illness.

*The Stars recalled defenseman Jordie Benn from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Monday.

Stars-Wild Preview

March, 12, 2012
Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild
Tuesday, March 13
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (38-26-5) ran their winning streak to five games and their points streak to ten (9-0-1) with a 2-0 victory over Anaheim Saturday night. Kari Lehtonen stopped 21 shots for his third shutout of the season.

“Yeah, it’s been fun,” Lehtonen said. “We were not doing well a month ago and then everybody started playing better. We started getting wins. With every win, it gets more exciting.”

Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars Tuesday.

The Stars recalled D Jordie Benn from Texas (AHL) on Monday.

Injuries: LW Jake Dowell (illness) and RW Radek Dvorak (ankle) are questionable. D Sheldon Souray (lower body) is doubtful.

About the Wild

The Wild (29-30-10) are coming off a 4-3 home loss to Calgary on Sunday. It was the sixth loss in the last seven games for the Wild (1-5-1) and dropped them below .500 for the first time this season. Minnesota was outshot 13-5 in the first period and fell behind the Flames early.

“It’s a little bit maddening. We owe our fans a good game here,” said Wild coach Mike Yeo. “Too many games in a row we’ve come out flat in our own building. We had a lot of guys going, but we didn’t have everybody. … We’re going to play guys that want to play hard.”

Matt Hackett is expected to start in goal for the Wild on Tuesday.

Injuries: F Cal Clutterbuck (illness) is questionable. G Niklas Backstrom (lower body), LW Guillaume Latendresse (concussion), RW Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion), D Mike Lundin (lower body), C Mikko Koivu (shoulder) and D Justin Falk (lower body) are out

Series notes

*This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season.

*The Stars are 2-1-0 in the season series.

*The Wild are 1-1-1 in the season series.

*January 21, at Minnesota: Wild 5, Stars 2
*February 4, at Dallas: Stars 2, Wild 1 (SO)
*February 24, at Dallas: Stars 4, Wild 1

Statistical tidbits

*Excluding goals awarded for shootout wins, the Stars have outscored their opposition 31-15 over the last ten games.

*The Stars have won five straight on the road.

*Minnesota has lost three straight at home.

*Dallas is 30-31 (96.8%) on the penalty kill over the last ten games.

*The Stars have not allowed a five-on-four power play goal over the last ten games.

*Minnesota is 0-17 on the power play over the last seven games.

*The Wild have been shutout in three of their last seven games.

*Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is 7-0-1 in his last eight starts with a 1.45 goals against average, .950 save percentage and two shutouts.

*Stars forward Michael Ryder is on a career-high nine-game point streak (7 goals, 4 assists). It’s the longest active scoring streak in the NHL.

Stars recall Jordie Benn from AHL

March, 12, 2012
The Dallas Stars have recalled defenseman Jordie Benn from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League. Benn will join the team in Minnesota, where the Stars take on the Wild on Tuesday night.

Benn gives the Stars an extra defenseman with Sheldon Souray doubtful for Tuesday's game and questionable for Wednesday's game in Winnipeg due to a lower body injury.

Benn, 24, played two games with Dallas earlier this season, collecting one assist. He leads Texas defensemen in scoring with 28 points (9 goals, 19 assists) in 56 games.

Texas Stars Report: Roster decisions

March, 6, 2012
Texas announces Clear Day Roster

The Texas Stars announced their Clear Day Roster Tuesday. The 22 players on the roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the AHL regular season and in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, unless an emergency arises due to recall, injury or suspension. Teams can also add signed junior players or players on amateur tryout contracts after their respective junior or college seasons are complete.

Forward Ryan Garbutt is not on Texas’ Clear Day Roster, an indication that he is staying in Dallas for the remainder of the season. Tomas Vincour is on the Texas roster, which means he is eligible to be assigned back to the AHL.

Here is the Texas Clear Day Roster:

Goaltenders: Tyler Beskorowany, Andrew Raycroft

Defensemen: Jordie Benn, Jace Coyle, Brenden Dillon, Maxime Fortunus, Brad Lukowich, Drew Schiestel, Dan Spang

Forwards: Angelo Esposito, Michael Forney, Matt Fraser, Luke Gazdic, Scott Glennie, Eric Godard, Mike Hedden, Travis Morin, Colton Sceviour, Mathieu Tousignant, Tomas Vincour (recalled), Francis Wathier, Shawn Weller

Texas also has four players in residence: Scott Campbell, Matt Case, Jake Hauswirth, Hubert Labrie . Those players can only be used during the remainder of the regular season or the playoffs if a combination of three members of the 22-man roster are injured, recalled or suspended.

Sawada sent to St. John’s

The Dallas Stars assigned right wing Ray Sawada to St. Johns of the AHL on Friday. Sawada, Dallas’s 2nd round pick (52nd overall) in 2004, played only 26 games with Texas this season due to injuries.

The past week

Texas went 1-1-0-0 over the past week. The Stars are 25-28-2-2 on the season and rank 15th in the AHL’s Western Conference. They are currently 11 points out of a playoff spot.

Texas’ road losing streak hit eight games with a 2-1 loss at Abbotsford Friday night. Angelo Esposito scored the lone goal for Texas and Andrew Raycroft stopped 27 of 29 shots.

On Sunday, Texas snapped the road losing streak with a 4-1 victory at Abbotsford. Luke Gazdic scored two goals and Francis Wathier and Colton Sceviour also scored. Tyler Beskorowany stopped 30 shots to get the win in goal.

Texas now returns home for a seven-game homestand.

The week ahead

March 7, vs. Grand Rapids
March 9, vs. San Antonio
March 10, vs. San Antonio


3/6: D Cameron Brodie released from PTO.

3/6: Buffalo assigned D Drew Schiestel from Rochester (AHL) to Texas (AHL).

3/6: F Nick Layton assigned to Allen (CHL) from Texas (AHL).

3/2: Dallas assigned RW Ray Sawada to St. John’s (AHL) from Texas (AHL).

3/2: Winnipeg assigned LW Michael Forney from Colorado (ECHL) to Texas (AHL).

3/2: Texas acquired LW Shawn Well from St. John’s (AHL) for future considerations.

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 0-2-0-0 over the past week and their winless streak hit 10 games (0-8-0-2). The Steelheads are 23-29-2-5 on the season and rank 7th in the ECHL’s Western Conference.

Texas Stars Report

February, 28, 2012
The past week

The Texas Stars lost two of three (1-2-0-0) over the past week. Texas is now 24-27-2-2 on the season. Texas ranks 15th in the AHL’s Western Conference and is 11 points out of the final playoff spot.

Texas opened the week with a 5-1 loss at Oklahoma City on Wednesday. It was the seventh straight road loss for the Stars. Jordie Benn scored the lone goal for Texas. Andrew Raycroft was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 18 shots. It was the second time in the last three starts that Raycroft has been pulled. Tyler Beskorowany stopped 16 of 17 shots in relief.

The Stars beat Houston 3-2 at Cedar Park Center on Friday. Scott Glennie had one goal and one assist, and Angelo Esposito and Francis Wathier also scored. Beskorowany made 39 saves.

Houston beat the Stars 5-2 Saturday in Cedar Park. Brenden Dillon and Colton Sceviour scored for Texas and Beskorowany stopped 32 of 37 shots.

The week ahead

Friday March 2, at Abbotsford
Sunday March 4, at Abbotsford


*Texas has been outscored 32-12 during its seven-game road losing streak.

*Texas is 10-18-0-1 on the road this season.

*Texas’ .362 points percentage on the road is the worst in the Western Conference and second worst in the entire AHL.


2/24: LW Matt Fraser assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

2/23: D Cameron Brodie signed to PTO

2/22: LW Matt Fraser recalled from Texas (AHL) to Dallas (NHL)

2/21: F Nick Layton recalled from Allen (CHL) to Texas (NHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 0-2-0-1 over the past week and saw their winless streak hit eight games (0-6-0-2). Idaho is 23-27-2-5 on the season and in seventh place in the ECHL’s Western Conference.

Jordie Benn assigned to Texas Stars

January, 11, 2012
With the Dallas Stars now having seven healthy defensemen, the team has sent Jordie Benn back to the Texas Stars of the AHL.

Benn, who was called up January 1, played in two games, registering one assist and an even rating.

Benn, the brother of Stars forward Jamie Benn, leads Texas defensemen in scoring with 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists) in 31 games.
Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas, who has missed the last six games with a foot injury, will return to the lineup tonight when the Dallas Stars play at Nashville.

Robidas was injured in a December 20 practice when he was hit in the foot by a puck.

“It’s been a long time to watch from up top,” Robidas said. “It’s exciting. I am glad to come back.”

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said he could dress seven defensemen for the game. Jordie Benn would be the seventh guy, so if the Stars go with six defensemen then Benn would be the scratch.

“We’re just trying to see where Robi is this morning and how many minutes he can log,” Gulutzan said. “It will up to Paul (Jerrard) and me. He runs the D and he’s got to be comfortable with the way he is doing things.”

Meanwhile, Predators defenseman Shea Weber will return after missing four games with a concussion. Weber hasn’t played since suffering the injury when he was hit by Stars defenseman Mark Fistric in Dallas 6-3 victory over Nashville on December 23 at American Airlines Center.

Fistric’s hit, which came late in the game, didn’t go over well with the Predators, who thought it should have merited a review by the league. Nothing came of it, though. Fistric was asked about the hit this morning.

“It’s in the past,” Fistric said. “For me, I’ve moved on from it. There was an injury to Weber and you never want to see a guy get hurt. We’ve watched the clip and didn’t think there was anything wrong with the hit itself, and it’s good to see that Weber is back playing. We’ve just got to move forward as a team and put things in the past.”

Here's video of the hit:

A fun night for Jamie, Jordie Benn

January, 3, 2012
DALLAS -- The result wasn't what brothers Jamie and Jordie Benn wanted, but the siblings played well in a 5-4 loss to the Red Wings.

It was Jordie Benn's NHL debut and in honor of that, Jamie Benn flew his parents down from British Columbia to see their kids play on the ice at the same time. They became the sixth pair of brothers to play together in Stars history and the first since Derian and Kevin Hatcher in the mid 1990s.

And late in the first period, both Benns earned assists on Loui Eriksson's goal.

"I'm sure we hooked up once or twice in juniors," Jamie Benn said. "I was pretty excited for this game. It was pretty special for both of us and pretty cool to play together."

Jamie Benn appeared to have some jump in his step with his brother making his debut. Jamie, who 22 and two years younger than his brother, had 20:08 of ice time and had one goal and two assists. He created chances and was all over the net. The Stars double-shifted him late in the third as they attempted to tie the score.

"Yeah, I thought it was a real good game," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "I made a conscious effort there to get 21 minutes tonight. He was going and we need to find more ice for him. In fact, we should have had a little more ice for Loui [Eriksson] and [Michael Ryder] tonight too."

Jordie Benn played 16:31 and impressed Stars coach Glen Gulutzan and his staff enough that when the team had the extra skater on the ice in the final minute, Jordie was on the ice.

"I thought he was real good, thought he was real clean," Gulutzan said.

Jordie Benn admitted that he looked at the schedule when he was told he'd be called up and saw it was Detroit.

"Obviously, they have some unbelievable hockey players, but my brother said it’s just another hockey game, don’t think about and just go out and play," Jordie Benn said. "That was a blast, a dream come true. Obviously, you want to win, but I got to play in the NHL with my brother, so that was awesome."

Rapid Reaction: Red Wings 5, Stars 4

January, 3, 2012

DALLAS -- The Stars fell behind by two goals early and never could catch up, despite getting within one goal a few times, including with less than six minutes left. Detroit won it, 5-4. It seemed like every time Dallas got some momentum, the Red Wings stole it right back with a quick goal. The announced crowd was 15,182. Some thoughts:

* Kari Lehtonen didn't have a great night, especially in the second period. He allowed some goals he normally wouldn't and the Stars had to try to make up a two-goal deficit in the final 20 minutes.

* Loui Eriksson and Jamie Benn had nice games. They were good with the puck and created some chances. Eriksson had a nice individual effort on the Stars' first goal, grabbing the puck behind the net and coming out in front where he rifled a shot that got past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard. Benn added a goal in the second. Jamie Benn played a lot down the stretch as they doubleshifted him late in the third.

* Detroit's Jiri Hudler knew right where the net was on Tuesday. He had two goals -- both in the first. Henrik Zetterberg had three assists.

* Defensive coverage was an issue again, though credit the Red Wings' speed for a lot of that too. Adam Pardy had a rough first two periods, but played better in the third.

* Jordie Benn looked pretty steady in his first NHL game, making smart plays and avoiding any major mistakes. Interestingly, he played with Pardy for much of the third period. Jordie Benn was also on the ice when the Stars pulled the goalie for the extra skater. I do wonder: If Stephane Robidas is ready for Thursday's game with Nashville (and he might be, but we don't know for sure), do the Stars consider making Pardy the healthy scratch?

* For the sixth time in franchise history, a pair of brothers played as teammates. And the Benn brothers both assisted on Eriksson's goal in the first period.

* Michael Ryder scored two goals, including one with 5:56 left in the third period to get the crowd fully in the game for the final stretch. It was Ryder's 16th and 17th goals of the season. That's one goal short of his total for all of last season.

* Some special guests at the game: Kansas State and Arkansas football teams, Mike Modano, Jere Lehtinen and Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler.