Dallas Stars: Ottawa Senators
"It's a nice honor," Benn said after Monday's practice. "I had a good week and the biggest part is we got three out four wins."
Here's the press release from the NHL:
Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Joffrey Lupul and Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Jan. 8.
FIRST STAR -- JAMIE BENN, LW, DALLAS STARS
Benn sparked the Dallas offense with seven points (four goals, three assists), tallying multiple points in each of his appearances, as the Stars (23-16-1) won two of three starts. He notched a goal and two assists in a 5-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings Jan. 3, tallied one goal and one assist in a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators Jan. 5 and scored two goals, including his fourth game-winner of the season, in a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers Jan. 7. Playing in his third NHL season, Benn has recorded points in 10 of his past 11 games and leads the Stars in scoring with 13-28--41 in 40 contests. The 22-year old Victoria, B.C. native has matched the output of his rookie season two years ago and his 82-point pace would shatter his career high of 56, set last season.
SECOND STAR -- JOFFREY LUPUL, RW, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Lupul notched seven points last week (two goals, five assists), helping the Maple Leafs (21-15-5) post three consecutive victories. Lupul began the week with one goal and three assists, including the 300th point of his NHL career, in a 7-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Jan. 3. He became the fifth player from the 2002 NHL Draft class to reach the 300-point milestone, joining Rick Nash, Alex Semin, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Jarret Stoll. Lupul went on to record one assist in a 4-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Jan. 5 and tally the game-winning goal and an assist in a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings Jan. 7. Lupul increased his season points total to 47 (19 goals, 28 assists), ranking second on the Maple Leafs behind Phil Kessel and fourth in the NHL overall.
THIRD STAR -- CRAIG ANDERSON, G, OTTAWA SENATORS
Anderson posted a 3-0-1 record, 2.41 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in four appearances last week as the Senators (22-15-6) climbed to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Anderson started the week by making 27 saves and tallying his fourth assist of the season -- tops among NHL goaltenders -- in a 3-2 overtime victory over the New Jersey Devils Jan. 2. He turned aside 35 of 36 shots in a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Jan. 5, stopped 36 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Jan. 7 and blocked 33 more in a 6-4 win over Philadelphia Jan. 8. Anderson improved his season record to 20-12-4 with a 3.13 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. He leads all NHL goaltenders in games (38), shots faced (1,120) and saves (1,010).
Ottawa opened the scoring 7:07 into the game. After Senators defenseman knocked down Dallas defenseman Philip Larsen at the Stars blue line, Ottawa got a two-on-one and Erik Condra scored off a wrist shot.
The Stars drew even at the 9:38 mark by cashing in on the their second power play chance of the game. Toby Petersen’s shot from the left point was tipped into the net by Steve Ott. It was the Stars' first power play goal in nine games.
Shots were 4-4 in a scoreless second period. The Stars had a good chance, but Senators goalie Craig Anderson made a nice stop on Jamie Benn with the Stars on a two-on-one.
The Stars had some good chances in the third. Steve Ott hit the side of the net on a good look and a Benn bid was denied by a nice Anderson pad save.
Ottawa took 2-1 leadwith8:28 remaining. A Daniel Alfredsson shot rebounded out to the left circle, where Milan Michalek knocked the puck down with his hand and then rifled a shot past Raycroft for his 15th goal of the season.
The Stars tied it with 5:34 remaining when Mike Ribeiro came into the Ottawa zone, moved to the left to the left wall and centered the puck to Radek Dvorak, who had just come off the bench, and Dvorak tipped the puck past Anderson.
The Stars took a 3-2 lead with 2:20 remaining when the third pinned the Senators in their own end, Eric Nystrom came out from the behind the goal line and ripped a shot past Anderson. Vernon Fiddler and Dvorak picked up the assists.
The Senators pulled Anderson with a little more than a minute later, but Raycroft held the fort for the Stars, who improved to 4-1-1 over their last six games.
Injuries: Morrow (back), Daley (back), Goligoski (broken thumb), Burish (broken hand), Lehtonen (groin)
Thursday December 1
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)
About the Stars
The Stars (14-9-1) defeated Colorado 3-1 in Denver Monday behind a 35-save effort by Andrew Raycroft, who will be the guy in goal for Dallas while Kari Lehtonen is out with a groin injury. It was Raycroft’s first win since January of last season.
“It’s nice to get a win, and just as important, nice to get all the guys believing in me and know that I can get wins for them,” said Raycroft. “It’s always a lot more fun to win.”
Michael Ryder scored two goals and Eric Nystrom also scored for the Stars, who are 3-1-1 over their last five games.
Injuries: LW Brenden Morrow, G Kari Lehtonen (groin), D Trevor Daley (back), D Alex Goligoski (broken thumb) and RW Adam Burish (broken hand) are out.
About the Senators
The Senators (12-10-2) improved to 5-1-1 over their last seven games with a 6-4 win at Winnipeg Tuesday. The Senators scored three straight goals to wipe out a 4-3 Jets lead in the third period.
"I was a little bit happy and unhappy with my team ... but at the end of the night we found a way to win,” Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. “We showed some resilience and we continued to play to the end of the game, and worked really hard.”
Since starting the season 1-5-0, the Senators are 11-5-2 over their last 18 games.
Injuries: F Nikita Filatov (broken nose) is questionable. D Filip Kuba (upper body) is doubtful. C Peter Regin (shoulder), F Chris Neil (ankle) and D Matt Carkner (knee) are out.
*This is the first and only meeting between the two teams this season.
*The Stars won last season’s only meeting, defeating the Senators 2-1 in Ottawa.
*The Stars are 15-8-2 all-time against Ottawa.
*Since joining the Stars, Andrew Raycroft has posted an 8-2-0 record, 1.87 goals against average and .940 save percentage in starts that have not occurred on the second night of a back-to-back game.
*The Stars are 3-2-1 against the Eastern Conference this season.
*The Senators are 4-2-1 against the Western Conference.
*The Stars are 0-20 on the power play over the last eight games.
*The Senators have allowed a power play goal in five straight games and are 19-24 (79.2%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.
*The Stars are 16-17 (94.1%) on the penalty kill over the last five games.
*The Senators are 2-24 (8.3%) on the power play over the last six games.
*Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson leads all NHL defensemen in points (22) and leads the league in assists (21).
*LW Eric Nystrom has scored three of the Stars’ last six goals.
- That was a nice bounce back effort considering Monday’s dud in Toronto. They played a solid 60 minute game, a really good road game. Nothing really fancy or pretty, but just a good, hardworking effort. They came out strong and finished strong in protecting that 2-1 lead.
- It wasn’t pretty, that’s for sure. But sometimes that’s how you need to win ‘em on the road. They don’t give out style points in the standings, but you get two points for a win and that’s what the Stars needed.
- The score isn’t an indication of how much better the Stars were in this game. They created a lot of quality chances (and missed on a few glorious ones) and gave up few.
- The Stars were 0-4 on power play and are now 1-31 on the power play on the road. Some of the road woes didn’t get fixed Wednesday. The chances were there, but the finish wasn’t.
- The Stars are 11-8-1 as they hit basically the quarter mark in their season. That’s not bad. It’s a .575 points percentage (or a pace for 94 points), which currently puts them eighth in West based on points percentage.
- Last year at the 20-game mark they were 9-5-6, which had them ranked sixth in the West with a .600 points percentage.
- Daniel Alfredsson, Alex Kovalev and Jason Spezza had a combined two shots on goal in the game. That says a lot about the effort.
- Andrew Raycroft wasn’t really tested much, but he played a solid game in improving to 2-1-0 on the season. “We got another good performance from Andrew Raycroft,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “That’s always encouraging when your backup can go in and play that well.”
- Raycroft has stopped 100 of 106 shots in his four appearances and five of the shots he didn’t stop came in that debacle in Colorado a couple weeks ago.
- Really strong game from Brenden Morrow, who had the game-winning goal and led the Stars with five shots on goal. He’s now got nine goals on the season, which ties him for second on the team with Loui Eriksson.
The Dallas Stars defeated Ottawa Senators 2-1 to snap a four-game road losing streak Wednesday night. Brenden Morrow’s goal 1:13 into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and held up as the game-winning goal. Trevor Daley also scored for the Stars, who got an 18-save performance from goaltender Andrew Raycroft.
- The Stars outshot the Senators 26-19 in the game.
- Brenden Morrow’s goal was his ninth of the season and his second in the last three games.
- Trevor Daley’s goal was the first by a Dallas defenseman since November 3, when Stephane Robidas scored in the Stars’ 5-2 win over Pittsburgh.
- Brad Richards assisted on Trevor Daley’s goal, giving him 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) in the last 6 games.
- Jeff Woywitka, inserted into the lineup due to an injury to Mark Fistric, had an assist and was a plus-two in the game.
- Andrew Raycroft has stopped 100 of 106 shots for a .943 save percentage this season. In his four appearances, which include three starts, he has a 2-1-0 record and a 1.85 goals against average.
- The Stars were 0-4 on the power play. They are now 1-31 on the power play on the road this season.
- The Stars were 2-2 on the penalty kill. They have not allowed a power play goal in three of their last four games.
- Krys Barch did not play after the first period due to a lower body injury.
Scratches: Blindenbacher, Sutherby
Injured: Fistric (groin)
Power play units
Penalty kill units
The Dallas Stars snapped a four-game road losing streak with a 2-1 victory in Ottawa Wednesday night. Brenden Morrow’s goal 1:13 into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and the Stars made that lead hold up the rest of the way. Trevor Daley scored the other goal for the Stars. Andrew Raycroft stopped 18 of 19 shots to improve to 2-1-0 on the season. The Stars, who are now 11-8-1 on the season, are 3-1-1 in their last five games overall. The Stars host St. Louis on Friday.
The Stars came out with a strong push early in the game and had at least three good scoring chances within the first three minutes, but couldn’t cash in.
Ottawa’s best chance came later in the period when Filip Kuba hit a post with Ottawa on the power play.
Some notes after one period.
- The Stars outshot the Senators 7-6.
- Ottawa was 0-1 on the power play and the Stars had no power play chances.
- The Senators won 13 of 16 faceoffs in the period.
- Mark Fistric is out for the Stars with a groin injury.
- Dallas’ healthy scratches are Severin Blindenbacher and Brian Sutherby.
The Stars struck first, scoring off the rush at the 6:14 mark to take a 1-0 lead. Trevor Daley took a pass from Brad Richards and beat Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire with a shot from near the left circle.
The Senators tied it a little more than ten minutes later when Ryan Shannon fired a shot from the boards that skipped by a screened Andrew Raycroft at the 16:29 mark.
The Stars came close to taking the lead with about 37 seconds left in the period, but Leclaire stopped Brenden Morrow on a breakaway.
- The Stars outshot the Senators 12-8 in the second and have a 19-14 advantage through 40 minutes.
- Both teams are 0-2 on the power play through the first two periods.
- Ottawa has won 20 of 36 faceoffs.
- Stars forward Krys Barch did not play in the second period and the Stars said he will not return to the game.
The Stars scored 1:13 into the third period to take a 2-1 lead that would hold up the rest of the game. Mike Ribeiro won a puck battle in the corner and sent a pass to Brenden Morrow, who scored off a shot from the circle.
The Stars limited the Senators to just five shots in the period and Ottawa’s best chance came when Jarkko Ruutu centered a puck from the left boards and Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft made a sharp save to keep it out of the net.
Wednesday November 24
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
About the Stars
The Stars (10-8-1) are coming off a 4-1 loss in Toronto on Monday. It was their fourth straight loss on the road and dropped them to 3-5-0 away from home this season.
"I thought we would have a little bit more energy than we did, but we didn't,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “The only consolation is the whole group didn't and there isn't one guy that can be satisfied with this game and that's coaches included. We're disappointed as well. We talked about the right things. We thought our preparation was good, but obviously we've got to look again and make sure we get ready for the next game in Ottawa."
Andrew Raycroft will start in goal on Wednesday. It will be his third start of the season.
The Stars recalled defenseman Severin Blindenbacher from Texas (AHL) on Tuesday.
Injuries: D Mark Fistric (groin) is questionable.
About the Senators
The Senators snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Ottawa Monday night.
“We’ll take it, we’ll build on it and they’re a good team and it’s something to move forward with,” Senators coach Cory Clouston said.
Alex Kovalev picked up his 1,000th point in the game and goaltender Pascal Leclaire registered his first win of the season.
Injuries: F Chris Neil (upper body) is probable.
- This is the first and only meeting between the two teams.
- The Stars won last season’s only meeting, beating the Senators 5-4 in Dallas.
- The Stars are 2-4-1 in their last seven games overall and have been outscored 24-14.
- The Stars have been outscored 16-4 in their last four road games.
- The Senators have allowed 5 goals or more in four of their last six games.
- The Stars are 1-27 on the power play in road games.
- The Senators have allowed 6 power play goals over the last four games and are 17-23 on the power play during that stretch.
- Ottawa is 2-15 on the power play over the last six games.
- Stars center Brad Richards has 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in the last 5 games.
On the flip side, by going to overtime in both games and falling in a shootout in one of them, those two opponents picked up a combined three points as well.
In what is usually a tight conference race there is always on a premium on points, and based on how things are going so far in the West this season that premium on points is going to be higher than ever.
“I’ve never seen a season like it where one side is ridiculously efficient in the points that we’re getting,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “It hasn’t been a particularly large season in terms in the amount of overtime games and shootout games, but they are starting to pick up. And you have to get the points when you can.”
Crawford noted that on Friday night there were eleven Western Conference teams playing and eight of them picked up points. Saturday night ten West teams played and seven of them registered at least one point. On Sunday it was four of six teams getting points.
What that’s added up to at this point in the season are seven teams – second place to ninth place – separated by just three points points. The nine teams from second place to eleventh are separated by just four points.
There is a five point difference between the first place team and the eighth place team in the West. The 13th place team in the conference is just two points out of eighth and seven points out of first.
At this same point last season – a little under one-quarter of the way through the NHL schedule – the difference between first and eighth was eight points. The difference between the top team and 13th was 16 points. The 13th place team was eight points out of the final playoff spot last season.
Stars hit the road
The Stars didn’t practice Sunday. They had an early afternoon flight for Toronto, where they will play the Maple Leafs on Monday night. They have a game in Ottawa on Wednesday before returning back to Dallas.
“These are a couple of teams that are struggling, Toronto and Ottawa. I think they’ve been struggling the last little while as much as I’ve been trying to keep an eye on the East,” Stars forward Steve Ott said. “These aren’t going to be easy. You’re kind of going into a bee’s nest and our road performance hasn’t been so great lately. We had a great homestand and if we can take that same kind of presence onto the road, hopefully we can pull some big points out of there.”
The Stars have lost three straight on the road and four of the last five away from home. They are 5-1-0 against Eastern Conference teams this season.