Dallas Stars: Ondrej Pavelec
The Dallas Stars’ winning streak ended at six and their points streak ended at 11 with a 5-2 loss at Winnipeg on Wednesday night. The Stars also had a six-game road winning streak snapped.
The Stars lost for the first time in regulation since a 3-2 loss to Nashville on February 19. The Stars fell to 1-10-2 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.
Loui Eriksson scored both goals for the Stars, his 24th and 25th of the season. Richard Bachman stopped 23 of 28 shots.
The Stars lost defenseman Philip Larsen to a lower body injury in the game.
Winnipeg came out with some early pressure and scored 2:21 into the game to take a 1-0 lead.
Antti Miettinen dug the puck out of the corner and set up Nik Antropov, who scored on Richard Bachman from the left circle.
The Stars had some good chances, but Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec made a nice pad save on Jamie Benn and a blocker save on a point shot by Stephane Robidas.
The shots were 10-9 in favor of Winnipeg in the first. There were no power plays.
The Stars lost defenseman Philip Larsen in the period and he went into the boards feet first while trying to defend Winnipeg forward Blake Wheeler. He returned for one shift late in the second period, but did not return for the third period.
The Jets scored four times in the third period to blow the game open.
The first goal came at the 1:19 mark. After an Alexander Burmistrov shot rebounded off Richard Bachman’s mask, Evander Kane put the rebound into the net to give Winnipeg a 2-0 lead.
The Jets made it a 3-0 at the 8:28 mark when Eric Fehr blocked an Adam Pardy shot at the right point, chipped the puck past Stars defenseman, broke in down the right wing and beat Bachman with a slap shot from the right circle.
Andrew Ladd made it 4-0 when banged home a rebound at the 9:15 mark.
Winnipeg scored on its second power play of the night to make it 5-0. Dustin Byfuglien scored on a wrist shot from the right point at the 16:12 mark.
Just 27 seconds later the Stars finally got on the board when Mike Ribeiro set up Loui Eriksson, who scored from close range.
Eriksson scored with 3:44 left in the game off a nice set up by Michael Ryder to round out the scoring in the game.
There was a scrum with 2:47 left in the game. Adam Burish picked up a unsportsmanlike conduct minor and game misconduct after he threw one of the Winnipeg player's gloves into the stands and Winnipeg’s Tanner Glass was given a roughing minor and ten minute misconduct for going after Burish. Stars forward Vernon Fiddler also picked up a ten minute misconduct.
The Swedes will play Czech Republic on Friday for the right to play in Sunday’s gold medal game.
Eriksson, who had three shots and a plus-2 rating Wednesday, scored off a rebound in the second period to give the Swedes a 4-1 lead. Eriksson has three goals, one assist and a plus-6 rating in seven tournament games.
Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell dressed for the first time in the tournament Wednesday, serving as a backup to Ty Conklin in Team USA’s 4-0 loss to Czech Republic.
Jaromir Jagr scored three goals and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 29 shots for the Czechs, who are the defending champions.
The quarterfinals continue Thursday with Finland taking on Norway and Canada playing Russia.
The Dallas Stars ran their winning streak to three games and their points streak to six (5-0-1) with a 6-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers at American Airlines Center on Saturday night. Kari Lehtonen stopped 29 shots in his first game against his former team and Trevor Daley and James Neal each had two goals. Adam Burish and Jeff Woywitka also scored for the Stars, who scored four times on the power play in the game.
“It was the most exciting game for me this year. Lots of emotions. Played my own game and the guys came up big there in the third period and last part of the second. It was a good win.” – Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen.
“It was good that we were able to play a strong performance after three days away and that hasn’t happened very often, and Kari certainly passed this test where it was going to be an emotional game for him with flying colors.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford
*The Stars have outscored their opponents 23-9 during their six-game points streak (5-0-1).
*The Stars were 4-5 on the power play Saturday and are 9-19 (47.4%) on the PP over the last six games.
*The Stars were 3-3 on the penalty kill and are 17-18 on the PK (94.4%) on the PK over the last six games.
*Kari Lehtonen is 4-0-1 in his last five starts with a 1.77 goals against average and a .947 save percentage.
*Trevor Daley scored two goals, giving him his first multi-goal game of his NHL career.
*Loui Eriksson picked up an assist, extending his points and assists streak to nine games (one goal, ten assists).
*Mike Ribeiro had two assists, extending his points streak to eight games (three goals, seven assists).
*Jeff Woywitka’s goal was his first since April 1, 2009.
*Twelve Dallas players recorded at least one point in the game, the highest number in a game this season. The previous high was ten in the December 21 game vs. Montreal.
*The Stars won 40 of 62 faceoffs (65%) in the game. Adam Burish won 9 of 11, Tom Wandell won 8 of 10 and Brad Richards won 10 of 13.
Injured: Petersen (leg), Niskanen (hand)
Power play units
Penalty kill units
The action started prior to the opening faceoff when players from the two teams exchanged words at center ice during pregame warm ups.
That led to an intense first period with several hard hits. Stars forward Steve Ott had a couple of big ones, including one on Niclas Bergfors near the benches late in the period.
The Stars opened the scoring with a power play goal at the 9:31 mark when Trevor Daley scored off a shot from the left point.
Kari Lehtonen, who had ten saves in the period, had a sharp stop on a Atlanta’s Bryan Little with 7:55 left in the period to keep it a 1-0 game.
The Stars were 1-1 on the power play in the period and Atlanta was 0-2.
Chris Mason started the game in goal for Atlanta but was replaced by Ondrej Pavelec at the 7:48 mark of the first period. Mason appeared to get dinged up when Thrashers forward Chris Thornburn slid into him a few minutes earlier in the period.
Stars forward Krys Barch and Thrashers forward Eric Boulton dropped the gloves for a brief fight and both picked up major penalties.
Kari Lehtonen made a nice stop on a point blank chance by Evander Kane five minutes into the period to keep it a 1-0 game, but the Thrashers tied the game a little more than a minute later.
After Dustin Byfuglien pinched along the boards to keep the play alive in the offensive zone, the Thrashers got the puck to the point, where Andrew Ladd beat a screened Lehtonen at the 6:21 mark.
The Thrashers went on a power play a short time later and Lehtonen came up with a couple of big saves, stopping Bryan Little off the rush and then Evander Kane from point blank range.
The Stars took the lead at the 6:02 mark. After pinning the Thrashers in their own zone, Stephane Robidas was able to launch a shot from the point that Adam Burish deflected by Atlanta goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
The Stars went on their second power play late in the period and they cashed in to make it a 3-1 game. Trevor Daley took a pass from Mike Ribeiro, skated into the Atlanta zone and beat Pavelec with a wrist shot from the right circle with 54.3 seconds left.
Brian Sutherby and Chris Thornburn picked up fighting majors in the period.
Pavelec kept the Thrashers close with a couple of good saves on the Stars third power play of the game midway through the third period, but the Stars extended the lead to 4-1 on a two-on-rush a couple minutes later. James Neal finished off a pass from Loui Eriksson with 8:51 left in the game.
The Stars went on a four-minute power play late in the game after Loui Eriksson took a high stick and the Stars scored on both ends of it as Neal and Jeff Woywitka tallied.
I thought Marc Crawford's timing was proper on getting mad with his team. He's shown patience as they adjust to a new system. But at some point, a tougher streak is needed. And that happened after Wednesday's loss in Carolina. Apparently, Crawford got on his team at Thursday's morning skate.
They came out and played hard Thursday night as you would expect. They outshot Atlanta 17-6 in the first period and dominated shots on goal for the game. If not for solid goaltending by the Thrashers' Ondrej Pavelec, the Stars might have scored 10 goals.
Dallas didn't get the win, but they must have that type of effort. There are defensive breakdowns that must be fixed and the Stars will probably have to find a way to play without Trevor Daley (shoulder) and Mark Fistric (head injury) on Saturday against Detroit. We should know more on the status of those two today.
Crawford, after Thursday's game, said he liked the effort. He'll have to be patient again with some players out with injuries. But I like that he got mad, had a team meeting and let everyone know about it. We'll see if it gets the Stars going during this holiday period where they play six of the next seven at American Airlines Center.