Dallas Stars: Mathieu Garon

Stars' loss leaves Gulutzan frustrated

January, 21, 2012

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars saw their winless streak hit four games with a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay Friday night at American Airlines Center. And the team’s lethargic start in the game had head coach Glen Gulutzan frustrated.

The Stars, who are playing without centers Jamie Benn and Mike Ribeiro, were coming off strong performances against St. Louis and Detroit, two of the top teams in the league. But the Stars fell flat early against the Lightning, who came into the game in last place in the Eastern Conference.

“The most frustrating part was really the first 30 minutes of getting outworked. That’s always the most frustrating part,” Gulutzan said. “I’ve got no problem if you go in a shootout or you play hard and you just don’t get results. When you only play 30 minutes, some team comes into your building on a Friday night and outplays you for 30 minutes, I have a real big problem with that.

“How do you deal with the problem? You have to make them aware that they are not good enough – with or without Jamie Benn and Mike Ribeiro in the lineup – to not be a hardworking team. That’s the message. They are just not good enough.”

“You have to work 60 minutes. We have to work 60 minutes every night with everyone in our lineup if we want to play in the playoffs. If we don’t, then we won’t play. That needs to be learned.”

The loss dropped the Stars, who have scored just four goals over the last four games, to 24-20-2 on the season and left them in 10th place in the Western Conference. The Stars, who have a few games in hand on the teams they are chasing in the standings, lost a chance to gain ground.

“It’s not just good enough. We had a really poor start,” said Dallas defenseman Stephane Robidas. “They outshot us [13-5] in our building. We need to play desperately. We’re trying to get two points, every point is big in the standings. It just wasn’t good enough.”

The Lightning dominated the first period, outshooting the Stars 13-5. The only thing that kept Tampa Bay from building a big lead was Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who came up with several great saves to keep it a scoreless game for most of the period.

Tampa Bay finally broke through on Lehtonen late in the first when Martin St. Louis backhanded the puck from the right boards to a wide open Teddy Purcell, who beat Lehtonen from close range with 1:12 left in the period.

During their four-game slide the Stars have given up the first goal in each game.

“Just a bad start by us,” said Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. “I think in the final two periods we played good enough to win, but we got behind again. We’ve got to stop doing that. The team we’ve got out there right now, we are playing a defensive system and we’ve got to get leads. We’ve got to come out and have better starts.”

The Stars dominated the second period, outshooting the Lightning 12-5, but couldn’t crack Tampa Bay goalie Mathieu Garon. The Stars had two power play chances in the period, but could muster only one shot on goal on each chance.

The Stars finally tied the game 1:22 into third period when Loui Eriksson set up Tom Wandell off the rush and the puck went off Wandell’s skate and eventually went through Garon during a scramble in front of the net.

But a little more than two minutes later the Lightning had the lead again when Purcell scored off a close range backhand off the rush.

That was it for the scoring for the night, and now the Stars move on to Minnesota to take on a struggling Wild team that is one point ahead of them in the standings.

“There better be work ethic (Saturday against Minnesota). I’ll tell you what, Minnesota will be ready for us. They’ll be ready to work,” Gulutzan said. “We’ll go with eight guys if we have to, to work. We need more. We need to be prepared.

“The only reason you prepare against Detroit, Boston, St. Louis is because you’ve got a little fear in your belly that you might get embarrassed. So you work and do the little things. It’s a sign of weakness if you can’t bring that little fear and that adrenaline in your game every night. You just think you’re too good.”


*Dallas has scored four goals over the last four games.

*The Stars were 0-4 on the power play Friday, and are 4-45 (8.9%) on the power play over the last 14 games.

*The Stars are 11-11 on the penalty kill over the last three games.

*The Stars won 35 of 66 (53%) faceoffs Friday night. Steve Ott won 8 of 12 and Adam Burish won 7 of 12.

*Adam Pardy and Philip Larsen were healthy scratches for the Stars.

*Friday’s attendance was 14,836

Stars-Blue Jackets photos

April, 6, 2011
Here are some photos from last night's Dallas Stars-Columbus Blue Jackets game. You can see all the photos by Shannon Byrne here or by clicking below on the image of Steve Ott getting tripped up in front of Columbus goalie Mathieu Garon.

#29 Steve Ott is tripped in front of goal tender #32 Mathieu Garon.
The Dallas Stars moved to within two points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 3-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night at American Airlines Center. The Stars picked up one point on eighth place Chicago, which lost 2-1 in overtime at Montreal on Tuesday. Kari Lehtonen stopped 23 shots for his third shutout of the season for the Stars. Steve Ott, Loui Eriksson and Brenden Morrow scored the goals.


“It keeps us alive. It keeps our momentum moving forward. Now we’ve got two wins in a row. And now we start our preparation for the next game against Colorado almost immediately. You can savor these victories, but not for very long. … It doesn’t matter who they are against this time of year, they are all going to be intense games and we knew Columbus would be intense tonight. They are a stingy team and I thought for our team to stay with it as long as they did because this is always a tough game when you come back after a long road trip.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

“It was huge and I think the way we played was good, too. We wanted to get a couple goals early, we weren’t able to and it ended up being a very tight game. We played very well in our own end. There was not anything crazy going on in front of me. That’s good.” – Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen

“Let’s be realists here, we need points. For us to stick in his race it’s definitely not going to be easy and it wasn’t tonight. We need to continue to find ways to win those games. … It was a really hard game. Give a lot of credit to Columbus to play a pretty solid game.” – Stars forward Steve Ott


*The Stars finished the season with a 14-5-1 record against the Central Division.

*The Stars have not allowed a power play goal in the six of their last seven games, going 9-10 on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Kari Lehtonen’s shutout was his third of the season and the 17th of his career.

*Steve Ott’s goal was his first since March 17.

*Brenden Morrow’s goal was his 30th of the season, marking the second time in his career that he has hit the 30-goal mark. He scored 32 in 2007-08.

First period

The Stars struck on their first power play to the take the lead 5:00 into the game. Brad Richards’ shot from the point was deflected into the net by Steve Ott.

The Blue Jackets, who outshot the Stars 10-5, made a strong push late in the period and drew a couple of power play chances but couldn’t take advantage.

The Blue Jackets lost defenseman Kris Russell early in the first period with what turned out to be a broken ankle. After suffering the injury, Russell crawled off the ice.

Defenseman Brad Lukowich and forward Tomas Vincour were scratches for the Stars. Defenseman Nicklas Grossman (knee), forward Adam Burish (leg) and forward Brian Sutherby (back) remain out.

Second period

The Stars outshot the Blue Jackets 11-5 in the second period, but there was no scoring. The Stars had two power plays in the period, but couldn’t extend the lead.

Third period

Stars captain Brenden Morrow had a good chance to extend the lead 3:08 into the third, but Blue Jackets goalie Mathieu Garon made a great save to keep it a 1-0 game.

The Blue Jackets got a puck past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen with 4:43 left in the game, but it was waved off because Columbus forward Derek Dorsett was given a goaltender interference penalty for pushing Loui Eriksson into Lehtonen.

The Blue Jackets pulled Garon with a little more than a minute to go and Loui Eriksson sealed the win with an empty net goal with 53 seconds remaining. Brenden Morrow scored another empty net goal with 19.2 seconds remaining to make it a 3-2 final.

Stars lineup



Raycroft (backup)

Injured: Burish (leg), Grossman (knee), Sutherby (back)

Scratches: Vincour, Lukowich

Power play units


Penalty kill units


Kari Lehtonen in net for Stars tonight

December, 18, 2010
Kari Lehtonen will start in goal tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Lehtonen will start for the second straight game after missing four games with a sore back. He stopped 39 of 43 shots Thursday in a 4-3 overtime loss to San Jose.

With Lehtonen starting tonight in Columbus, Andrew Raycroft is expected to get the start in Detroit on Sunday.

Mathieu Garon will start for the Blue Jackets tonight. He’s 7-3-2 with a 1.97 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. He was in goal when the Blue Jackets beat the Stars 3-2 in a shootout Dec. 6, stopping 16 of 18 shots in the game and two of three in the shootout.

Steve Mason, the guy the Blue Jackets are counting on to be the No. 1 goaltender, has struggled. He’s been pulled in three of his last four games and a league-high 12 times this season. He has lost six of his last seven decisions.