Dallas Stars: Ray Emery
Goaltender Ray Emery of the Anaheim Ducks, forward Daymond Langkow of the Calgary Flames and forward Ian Laperriere of the Philadelphia Flyers are the three finalists for the 2010-11 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey,” the National Hockey League announced today.
A $2,500 grant from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner.
The local chapters of the PHWA submitted nominations for the Masterton Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2011 NHL Awards from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas. The 2011 NHL Awards will be broadcast by VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.
Following are the finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, in alphabetical order:
Ray Emery, Anaheim Ducks
Ray Emery battled back from a career-threatening injury to reach the NHL and played a major part in the Ducks' successful push for a playoff spot. Emery underwent a complicated bone-graft surgery last April to repair a deteriorated ball joint in his right hip, the result of a disease called avascular necrosis which interrupts blood flow to the area and causes cells to die. After months of rehabilitation he signed with Anaheim as a free agent on Feb. 7 and went 7-2-0 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 10 NHL regular-season appearances.
Daymond Langkow, Calgary Flames
On more then one occasion, it appeared Daymond Langkow's NHL career was over. After suffering a serious neck injury on March 21, 2010 against Minnesota, Langkow was twice forced to stop working out in the hopes of return. He made a third attempt and finally the recurring problems subsided. More than a year after being hit on the spine by a puck and suffering a fractured vertebra, Langkow made the comeback complete on April 1 when he laced up for his 1,014th NHL game and recorded an assist and +2 rating in the Flames' 3-2 win at St. Louis.
Ian Laperriere, Philadelphia Flyers
Ian Laperriere sustained a severe injury during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs when he blocked a shot with his face against New Jersey and suffered a concussion and fractured orbital bone. He returned a little more than a month later to finish the Flyers' playoff run that ended two games short of a championship. Laperriere attempted to return in training camp, but could not overcome his concussion-related symptoms and has been on the long-term injury list all season. Nevertheless, he has served the Flyers in several capacities, particularly as a mentor for young players in the organization.
"There's no quit in our team, we're still in the race,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “We've just to keep coming out and having performances like this. This was a very deserving win for our team. You make your luck and tonight we played with the desperation that we've been striving for. We need that type of performance and energy in the next game. Huge win for us and hopefully we can get this to snowball."
The four remaining games for the Stars are all against non-playoff teams – Columbus, Colorado (twice) and Minnesota. They still have the potential to reach 97 points, which would give them a shot at the postseason. But the Stars say it is one game at a time.
“Our ultimate goal is to [run the table], but we just can’t hope that’s going to happen and it happens,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow, who scored a goal and added two assists. “It’s 60 minutes at a time and tonight it took 60 minutes.”
And it took surviving a frantic final two minutes. The last two games against the Ducks the Stars lost the lead late in the game and then fell in overtime. On this night the Ducks had two potential game-tying goals waved off.
One came with 2:04 left when it was ruled that Saku Koivu interfered with Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, and a Bobby Ryan power play goal with 48.9 seconds was negated because of a hand pass by Corey Perry at the top of the crease.
This time the Stars were able to hang on and get the big two points.
“Everyone is smiling, so that is a good thing,” said Stars center Mike Ribeiro, who scored two goals. “Usually when you win you get on a roll. There’s no more ways to lose, it’s find ways to win. We did. We got the bounces that we need, they disallowed a few goals. We battled through. We played hard, everyone played hard. All our lines played well and that’s what we needed.”
Ribeiro and his linemates – Morrow and Steve Ott – came up big in this game, matching up with Anaheim’s top line, producing some much needed offense and delivering in other key areas as well.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first period, Stars defenseman Jeff Woywitka took a pass from Morrow and beat Ducks goalie Ray Emery with a shot from just inside the blue line. Ott forced a turnover in the second period, leading to Morrow set up Ribeiro at the side of the net to give the Stars a 2-1 lead. Morrow jumped on the ice during a partial line change, and scored off a one-timer to put the Stars up 3-2. Ribeiro scored off a rebound with the Stars on the power play to give the Stars a 4-2 lead and that goal would hold up as the game-winner.
“The last three games I couldn’t get anything going. I was creating chances but nothing was going in,” said Ribeiro. “To come back with big goals like that and Brenden too, I think it is good for our line. We had too. We had to come out today and get that win.”
Ott and Ribeiro – along with Stephane Robidas, Karlis Skrastins and Lehtonen - were big on the penalty kill, which stopped a 1:20 five-on-three Anaheim power play in the second period when it was a 1-1 game and the Ducks power play chance in the final minute of the game. Ott won 14 of 22 faceoffs in the game as well.
“It was a great team effort,” said Ribeiro. “We are going to push forward. We are going to stay positive in our locker room and believe in ourselves.”
Dallas Stars defenseman Mark Fistric did not play in Sunday’s game. A Stars official said it was due to an injury, but the nature of it was not disclosed.
Tomas Vincour was a healthy scratch. Adam Burish (leg), Nicklas Grossman (knee) and Brian Sutherby (back) remain out with injuries.
"There's no quit in our team, we're still in the race. We've just to keep coming out and having performances like this. This was a very deserving win for our team. You make your luck and tonight we played with the desperation that we've been striving for. We need that type of performance and energy in the next game. Huge win for us and hopefully we can get this to snowball." - Stars coach Marc Crawford
“Everyone is smiling, so that is a good thing. Usually when you win you get on a roll. There’s no more ways to lose, it’s find ways to win. We did. We got the bounces that we need, they disallowed a few goals. We battled through. We played hard, everyone played hard. All our lines played well and that’s what we needed.” – Stars center Mike Ribeiro
“Our ultimate goal is to [run the table], but we just can’t hope that’s going to happen and it happens. It’s 60 minutes at a time and tonight it took 60 minutes.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow on the Stars needing to win out to make the playoffs.
*The four goals scores by the Stars on Sunday matched their total in the previous four games.
*Jeff Woywitka’s goal was the sixth scored by a Dallas defenseman in the last six games.
*The Stars were 3-3 on the penalty kill and have allowed two power play goals over the last six games. They are 11-13 (84.6%) on the PK during that stretch.
*Steve Ott won 14 of 22 (64 %) of faceoffs in the game.
*The Stars won 32 of 62 faceoffs (52%).
*The Stars finished with 9-10-5 record against the Pacific Division.
The Ducks opened the scoring at 7:27, cashing in on a three-on-two chance. Bobby Ryan set up Ryan Getzlaf, who scored from the right circle.
The Stars scored the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead. Jeff Woywitka beat Ducks goalie Ray Emery with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line at the 10:13 mark to tie the game.
The Stars took the lead at the 2:53 mark after Steve Ott forced a turnover and in the resulting scramble in front of the Anaheim net, Brenden Morrow made a slick backhand pass to Mike Ribeiro, who put the puck into the net from close range.
The Ducks answered with 1:19 left in the period when Lubomir Visnovsky, who was questionable for the game after being injured in Saturday night’s game against San Jose, scored on a shot from a sharp angle after a scramble in front of the Dallas net.
The Stars were 0-2 on the power play in the period. Anaheim did not have a power play.
Stars defenseman Mark Fistric was out with an undisclosed injury. Adam Burish (leg), Nicklas Grossman (knee) and Brian Sutherby (back) remain out. Tomas Vincour was a scratch.
The Stars’ penalty kill came up big early in the second period, killing off a 1:20 five-on-three power play for the Ducks.
The Ducks had another chance to take the lead a short time later, but Kari Lehtonen stopped Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa off the rush.
The Stars then got the lead off a great shift by the line of Toby Petersen, Tom Wandell and Jamie Langenbrunner, which pinned the Ducks in their own zone. During a partial line chance, Brenden Morrow came on the ice, took a pass from Langenbrunner and scored on a one-timer from the slot to put the Stars up 3-2 at the 7:20 mark.
The Stars went on a brief five-on-three later in the period and just after it expired, Mike Ribeiro scored on a rebound to make it 4-2 with 15:04 left in the period.
The Stars had their sixth power play chance of the game late in the second, but the Ducks scored shorthanded to make it a one-goal game. Corey Perry stole the puck from Langenbrunner along the boards, skated in on the Dallas net and beat Lehtonen with a backhander with 1:17 left in the period.
The Stars survived a late push by the Ducks, who thought they had scored twice to tie the game but had both goals waved off.
The first one came with 2:04 seconds left when a Francois Beauchemin point shot found its way into the net, but that one was waved off because Saku Koivu was ruled to have interfered with Lehtonen.
The Ducks got a power play chance in the final minute – and with Emery out of the net – Bobby Ryan put the puck into the net from point blank range with 48.9 seconds left, but that was one was waved off because off a hand pass.
The Ducks were unable to score on the rest of the power play chance and the Stars took a 4-3 win.
Injured: Fistric (undisclosed), Burish (leg), Grossman (knee), Sutherby (back)
Power play units
Penalty kill units
“As hard as it is –and that’s what we told the guys in there – as hard as it is and as much as this sucks, and believe me it does, you ‘ve got to look at the positive side of it. We played a real strong game. We battled, we battled a hard team. By all rights we should have won the game and we got a point out of it. All is not lost. We will survive to fight a better day and we move forward.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford
“We’re not going anywhere. It’s a tough one, but we look at the next one as just as important as this one. Win that and we’re back here smiling and going into another game.” – Stars center Brad Richards
“It shows the resiliency of our team and how there’s no quit no matter what the circumstances are. You can always rely on some of the veterans to step up when the game is on the line. Teemu did that for us tonight. Bobby gave me a great pass in overtime. I didn’t really have much work left to do. You put the game on those guys’ sticks and 99 percent of the time, they’re going to come up with a result for you.” – Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler
*The Stars ended their seven-game homestand with a 2-2-3 record.
*The Stars are 4-5-4 in their last 13 home games.
*The Stars are now 5-4 in overtime.
*Jamie Benn had his ten-game points streak come to an end.
*Brad Lukowich played 9:36 was a plus-one in his first game with the Dallas since April 2002.
*The Stars are 1-2-2 in the season series against the Ducks this season.
The Stars outshot the Ducks in the period 9-7. The Stars had one power play in the period. The Ducks had two power plays, including one that will have 1:14 remaining when the second period begins.
Stars forward Loui Eriksson returned to the lineup after missing two games with a concussion. He played left wing on a line with Brad Richards and Jamie Langenbrunner.
Krys Barch was the scratch for the Stars. Nicklas Grossman (knee), Karlis Skrastins (leg), Adam Burish (leg) and Brian Sutherby (back) were all out for the Stars.
The Ducks opened the second period with 1:14 of power play time and cashed in to take a 1-0 lead. Ryan Getzlaf sent a cross-ice pass to Lubomir Visnovsky, who scored off a blast from the left faceoff circle 56 seconds into the period.
The Stars tied the game by taking advantage of their second power play of the night. After the Stars entered the Anaheim zone, Alex Goligoski beat Ducks goalie Ray Emery with a blast from the right point at the 9:17 mark.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen had a big save to keep it a 1-1 game, stopping Corey Perry on a breakaway.
The intensity and hitting picked up in the second period. Stars defenseman Mark Fistric had a big hit on Ducks forward Dan Sexton and Stars center Mike Ribeiro nailed Jason Blake. Anaheim’s Brad Winchester leveled Stars center Tom Wandell in the neutral zone.
The Stars took the lead 4:29 into the third period. After faceoff in the Anaheim zone, Jamie Langenbrunner got the puck in the corner and centered it to Loui Eriksson tapped it past Emery.
But the Ducks answered just 11 seconds later when Bobby Ryan set up Corey Perry, who broke in on net and beat Lehtonen with a backhand shot to make it a 2-2 game.
The Stars took the lead with the two teams playing four-on-four. Trevor Daley scored off the rebound of his own from the right circle with 6:39 remaining in the game.
The Ducks pulled Emery with about a minute remaining and got the equalizer with 5.4 seconds left when Teemu Selanne scored from close range to tie the game and send it into overtime.
The Ducks 1:42 into overtime when Cam Fowler poked the puck away from Brad Richards at the Anaheim blue let to set up a two-on-one and Fowler scored after taking a pass from Ryan.
Injured: Grossman (knee), Skrastins (leg), Burish (leg), Sutherby (back)
Power play units
Penalty kill units
I ask because there's a report report from Tim Panaccio, who covers the Flyers, that Phildelphia has inquired about goalie Marty Turco. Of course, for any deal to happen, the Flyers would need to trade a player of similar cap hit to Turco ($5.7 million) because Philadelphia is up against the salary cap.
The Stars' biggest need is defenseman, so on the surface, this deal doesn't make much sense. But, as pointed out on Andrew's Stars Page, other outlets have said the Stars would consider some help at forward. I don't think this makes any sense. But it's fun to speculate.
So what if that forward was Jeff Carter? Again, that's speculation, but if you look at the roster, he might be a candidate. He's making $5 million this season and $5.5 million next season. And he's a restricted free agent the season after that. So you'd have him for three seasons at least. Carter is a right-handed shot and a center.
If the Stars make that deal, they would have too many centers and no No. 1 goalie. This is pure speculation, but they could then trade someone, say Mike Ribeiro, to get some goalie or defenseman help. They could also see if the Flyers would throw in Ray Emery, who is injured right now. The Stars could ride Alex Auld until Emery gets healthy.
I'm not sure if that makes the team better. But it does mean that they'd get some value for Turco before he becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season.
I fall on the side of this not making much sense unless the Stars have enough dominoes they are confident will fall. At this point, they're better off seeing if they can do something to get some blue line help. And I say that even though they've had scoring difficulties at times. It's a bunched up Western Conference and the Stars are still right there in the playoff mix. They'll need a solid goalie if they want to make a run and I still think that's Turco. But that's just me.