Dallas Stars: Justin Williams

Postgame quotes

February, 12, 2012
Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Sunday evening at American Airlines Center.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan on the game

“We didn’t start good, that’s for sure. We gave them a goal early and had to press from behind. We should have been ready to play from the beginning. We had a couple guys not ready to go, and we had to change our matchups a little bit. By the time you’re in the game you are one mistake from being out of it, and that’s what happened at the end.”

Gulutzan on the turnovers in the game

“Turnovers cost us. Seven in the first period. One turned into a goal and one at the nine mark of the third turned into a goal. Some self-inflicted wounds once again.”

Gulutzan on getting players to be ready for games

“You’ve got to maybe take away ice time from guys who aren’t ready, and we tried to do that a little bit tonight. We had a few guys that were going and chugging. We need everybody going. We’ve done everything from no practices to practices to conserve energy, but at this time of the year you have to play a certain way. Guys have to be prepared to go. There’s no excuses for it. If we have to go in there and amp them up every night for games like this it will be tough.”

Gulutzan on the Stars' recent play

“We are 3-3-1 since the All-Star break and .500 is not what we need to get in. We need to be better than that. Certainly everybody in that room is mad, but we just need to keep moving forward. We’ve got to learn from some of these mistakes and keep going forward. We have to get out of our funk, especially at home and against teams we’re chasing.”

Stars forward Loui Eriksson

“We made a mistake there on the last goal, but I thought we played real well. We got a lot of pucks on net. We have to stay positive and keep going. There are a lot of games left.”

Kings forward Justin Williams on the win

“We’ve obviously struggled to score goals this year, so four goals for us is quite an accomplishment. Getting a four-point game, division game, they’re always important, especially with Dallas being right behind us and teams above us being right above us and everyone just clumped up it’s the way it is every year. Everything just seems so important. There’s always another game. Our next game’s coming soon. Theirs is too and that will be another big game.”

Stars rally to top Kings in OT

March, 7, 2011
Brenden Morrow’s goal 38 seconds into overtime gave the Dallas Stars a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Monday night at Staples Center. The Stars, who went 3-0-1 on their four-game road trip and have points in six straight games (5-0-1), moved into fifth place in the Western Conference. Mike Ribeiro had one goal and two assists in the game. Jamie Benn and Trevor Daley also scored goals. Kari Lehtonen had 20 saves for the Stars.


“We know Kari is going to be there for us. It doesn’t matter if we’re down one or two goals, we know he’s going to make the saves and we’re going to capitalize on our opportunities. We did that tonight, he kept us in there and did a great job, and Brenden got a big goal for us.” – Stars forward Jamie Benn

“It was a pretty slow developing play. I’m not sure if [Ribeiro] passed it to me or if I stole it from him, but I just chipped it back to myself and I found a hole. It wasn’t real hard, it was just a quick shot and I don’t think he (Jonathan Bernier) had time to get set.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow on his game-winning goal

“It was a good game. It was a hard-played game. It could have gone either way and we’re really thrilled with the determination our guys showed tonight.“ – Stars coach Marc Crawford


*The Stars have points in five straight road games (4-0-1).

*The Stars are now 9-18-2 in games when they trail after two periods and the nine victories lead the NHL. Their .310 winning percentage in that situation is tops in the NHL as well.

*The Stars were 4-4 on the penalty kill Monday and are 13-15 on the PK over the last five games.

*Stars forward Jamie Benn has goals in four straight games, a career-high streak.

*Benn scored his fourth shorthanded goal, which is tied for the second most in the league.

*Stars center Mike Ribeiro has seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last six games.

*With his goal Monday night Stars defenseman Trevor Daley hit 25 points, tying his career-high.

First period

The only goal of the period came at the 8:39 mark. After the Stars couldn't clear the puck out of the zone, Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell scored on a shot from the left point.

The Stars had only four shots in the period, but Mike Ribeiro had a quality chance that was denied by Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier, who stacked the pads to stop Ribeiro's point blank bid.

The Stars lost Steve Ott for the rest of the game late in the period. Ott was given a spearing major and a game misconduct with 2:17 left in the first.

Jamie Langenbrunner, who missed Saturday's game with an upper body injury, returned Monday night for the Stars. Brad Richards (concussion-like symptoms) and Nicklas Grossman (hip) remain out.

Second period

The Stars came up with two big penalty kills early in the second period to keep it a 2-0 game and then scored at even strength to tie the game at the 6:47 mark.

Adam Burish set up Mike Ribeiro, who scored from the right circle off the rush to make it a 1-1 game.

But the Kings took the lead back just 35 seconds later. Justin Williams put a shot on net from the neutral zone, Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen couldn’t handle it and Williams scored off the rebound to give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead.

Third period

The Stars tied the game 1:57 into the third period when Ribeiro set up Trevor Daley, who jumped into the offensive play and scored from the bottom of the left circle to make it a 2-2 game.

But the Kings took the lead back just 44 seconds later when Kyle Clifford scored off the rush, beating Lehtonen with a shot from the left circle to make it 3-2.

The Kings had a power play chance to extend the lead, but Jamie Benn stole the puck from Drew Doughty and scored on a breakaway for his fourth shorthanded goal of the season to tie the game at the 4:20 mark.


It didn’t take the Stars long to finish off the rally in overtime as the Stars entered the Kings’ zone and Ribeiro dropped the puck off for Brenden Morrow, who beat Bernier with a wrist shot from the right circle 38 seconds into the extra period to give the Stars a 4-3 victory.

Stars lineup



Raycroft (backup)

Scratched: Barch

Injured: Richards (concussion-like symptoms), Grossman (hip)

Power play units


Penalty kill units


Stars edge Kings 2-1

January, 17, 2011
The Dallas Stars made it four straight wins and points in seven straight games (6-0-1) with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings Monday night at American Airlines Center. Jamie Langenbrunner, playing in his 1,000th game, scored the game-winning goal, tallying on the power play with 3:01 left the second period to snap a 1-1 tie. Kari Lehtonen made 23 saves, including a stop on a Jack Johnson penalty shot with 52.4 seconds left in the game.


“It was a pretty special play there in a big situation. It was a nice job by Jeff [Woywitka] to save us a goal. You couldn’t do anything about putting your hand on that one and then Lehts with the huge save. That’s huge. It got us the two points.” – Stars forward Jamie Langenbrunner on Kari Lehtonen’s save on a Jack Jackson penalty shot after Jeff Woywitka took a penalty for covering the puck as it sat on the Dallas goal line with 52.4 seconds left in the game.

“I really liked the way we played tonight. We got behind early, but we stayed hard all night. We scored on the power play. And I thought in the third period when we were playing with the lead, we protected the puck extremely well. Anytime you can limit a good offensive team like Los Angeles to six shots when they need to score, that says a lot about your team.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford


*The Stars have outscored their opponents 25-10 during their seven game points streak.

*The Stars were 2-5 on the power play and are 6-10 on the PP over their last two games.

*The Stars were 2-2 on the penalty kill Monday and are 10-10 on the PK over their last four games.

*Kari Lehtonen is 5-0-1 in his last six starts with a 1.64 goals against average and a .948 save percentage.

*Loui Eriksson scored a goal Monday, running his points streak to ten games (two goals, ten assists).

*Mike Ribeiro had an assist in Monday’s game, running his points streak to nine games (three goals, eight assists).

*Stars defenseman Karlis Skrastins played in his 800th game.

*Jamie Langenbrunner scored his first goal since being re-joining the Dallas Stars following a trade with New Jersey. Langenbrunner’s last goal in a Dallas uniform came on March 3, 2002 against San Jose.

Stars lineup

Ott- Benn-Burish


Raycroft (backup)

Scratches: None
Injured: Petersen (leg), Niskanen (hand)

Power play units


Penalty kill units


First period

Both teams hit posts early in the period. Trevor Lewis did it for the Kings and then Mike Ribeiro rattled one off the iron with the Stars on a power play.

The Kings opened the scoring at the 7:30 mark. After Anze Kopitar won an offensive zone draw, Justin Williams skated to the bottom of the left circle, backhanded the puck on net and the rebound bounced off Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman, who was battling Kings forward Ryan Smyth, and into the net.

The Stars were 0-3 on the power play in the period. The Kings got their first chance late in the period and will have 33 seconds remaining on it when the second period begins.

The Stars had a brief ceremony prior to the start of the game to honor Jamie Langenbrunner, who was playing in his 1,000th NHL game.

Second period

The Stars tied the game at 1-1 by cashing in on their fourth power play chance of the night. Brad Richards fired the puck into the slot from the right point and Loui Eriksson redirected past Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier with 8:22 left in the second.

The Stars made it a 2-1 game by scoring on their fifth power play of the night. After taking a pass from Jamie Benn, Richards sent a pass from the left circle to Jamie Langenbrunner, who knocked the puck past Bernier from close range with 3:01 left in the period.

Third period

The Stars killed off Kings power play early in the period and then Los Angeles got a penalty shot with 52.4 seconds left in the game after Stars defenseman Jeff Woywitka covered the puck in the crease with his hand. Kari Lehtonen stopped Jack Johnson on the penalty shot to preserve the Dallas 2-1 lead and the win.

Stars-Kings thoughts & observations

November, 12, 2010
Some thoughts and observations following Thursday night’s game, which saw the Dallas Stars fall 3-1 to the Kings in Los Angeles.
  • The Stars played an excellent game through the first two periods. They weathered a strong push from the Kings early in the game, they weren’t giving up a lot of quality chances, the penalty kill looked good, Kari Lehtonen was solid and Jamie Benn made a great play to score a goal that had them tied at 1-1 after 40 minutes. Of course, it’s a 60 minute game.
  • The third period was a mess. The parade to the penalty box had a lot to do with that. Probably everything to do with that. The whole period seemed to be special teams play and it tilted in the Kings’ favor. (The Stars talk about that here) Give a talented team – even on that is struggling on the power play – that many chances and they are bound to make something happen. Ryan Smyth set a great screen in front of Kari Lehtonen and Justin Williams got a shot through and into the net.
  • The boarding major on Adam Burish really hurt. Just one of those bang-bang plays that turns out bad. Fortunately, Drew Doughty was OK. I thought Brad Richardson could have gotten more than a minor for his hit on Trevor Daley earlier in the game. But that’s the way the calls went in this game. It was no Picasso from the officiating end of things. The Kings could be given credit for some artful work to draw penalties. Some might prefer the word embellishment. I’ve seen the word diving employed in these situations as well.
  • The Stars’ power play had its chance to tie the game at 2-2 with back-to-back chances, and it couldn’t take advantage. The Stars misfired on a couple of chances and what they got on net was turned away by Jonathan Quick, who was outstanding in the game.
  • Benn was outstanding for the Stars. He had the great play to score the lone Stars’ goal, stealing the puck from Doughty and then slipping the puck by Quick. Benn seemed all over it in this game. It was a nice performance on his part.
  • Another good test Friday in Anaheim. Important points too. The Ducks are on a roll. They weren’t exactly sharp in their win over the Islanders on Wednesday, but they found a way to get it done and have now won five in a row.