Dallas Stars: Kyle Clifford

Postgame notes

November, 24, 2011
Here are some notes following the Stars’ 3-2 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night.

Those late rallies: The Stars improved to 4-0 in games have that have gone beyond regulation this season. In each of those games the Stars have scored late in regulation to tie the game and force the extra playing time. They did it with 27.3 seconds and 1:01 left against Phoenix, 4:50 remaining against Colorado and then 20.3 seconds left against the Kings Wednesday night. That’s two points four times when the Stars were pretty close to getting nothing. Those are big points that could make a big difference when everything gets added up at the end of the season.

Turning point: With the Kings up 2-1 at 6:32 of the third period, Los Angeles forward Kyle Clifford shoots wide on an open net, missing an opportunity to give the Kings a 3-1 lead and leaving the door open for the Stars to be in position to score a late game-tying goal.

Turning point II: Down 2-1 with 25 seconds remaining and looking at a neutral zone faceoff with the just seconds remaining on a power play, the Stars call a timeout, associate coach Willie Desjardins draws up a play and it works. With three players lined up to his right, Steve Ott chips the puck into the Los Angeles zone, Jamie Benn gets it and sets up Loui Eriksson, who scores with 20.3 seconds left.

“That’s what we wanted to do and it worked out perfectly,” said Benn. “Not sure who drew it up back there but it was a good one.”

Ribeiro sits, briefly: Stars center Mike Ribeiro was given a few shifts off in the second period by Stars coach Glen Gulutzan after taking a tripping penalty and then protesting the call to the officials. It paid off. Ribeiro played a strong third and made the play of the night, taking a big hit from Jack Johnson to help set up Steve Ott’s game-winner it overtime.

“I didn't talk to him, but he didn't get out there for a couple of shifts,” Gulutzan said. “`I don't think he was that happy with me, but you have to understand that Mike Ribeiro at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, didn't get to where he is without being highly competitive. And if it's Mike Ribeiro or it's Jamie Benn, and we're losing frustration, as we said we were going to clean this up, and we are. My job as a coach is to win hockey games, and if the players don't like it for the time being, then so be it.

“If it benefits the group, I'm going to do it, because you saw the bounce back. You don't get to where he has gotten without fighting adversity. He was mad and he came out and played a real hard third, and we got two points. I'm fine with it, because he's a big part of our hockey club, and he’s a highly competitive guy, and I know in the end he is going to be there for us. I’ve got no problem with it. The message is clear to the rest of the group.”

Shot differential: The Stars outshot the Kings 38-24 and have outshot the opposition 73-42 over the past two games. That’s a positive for a team that was outshot 14 of the first 19 games this season.

“I think we can still put more pucks on net,” said Gulutzan. “We worked real, real hard and when you’ve worked as hard as we have the last two games, you are going to outshoot your opponent.”

Statistical tidbit of the night (From Stars PR): Eleven different Dallas Stars have recorded a multi-point game so far this season. The Stars have not lost a game this season when any Star records over one point in a game. Jamie Benn earned a multi-point game with his goal and assist Wednesday night.

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