Dallas Stars: Ray Sawada

Texas Stars Report: Roster decisions

March, 6, 2012
3/06/12
7:13
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Texas announces Clear Day Roster

The Texas Stars announced their Clear Day Roster Tuesday. The 22 players on the roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the AHL regular season and in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, unless an emergency arises due to recall, injury or suspension. Teams can also add signed junior players or players on amateur tryout contracts after their respective junior or college seasons are complete.

Forward Ryan Garbutt is not on Texas’ Clear Day Roster, an indication that he is staying in Dallas for the remainder of the season. Tomas Vincour is on the Texas roster, which means he is eligible to be assigned back to the AHL.

Here is the Texas Clear Day Roster:

Goaltenders: Tyler Beskorowany, Andrew Raycroft

Defensemen: Jordie Benn, Jace Coyle, Brenden Dillon, Maxime Fortunus, Brad Lukowich, Drew Schiestel, Dan Spang

Forwards: Angelo Esposito, Michael Forney, Matt Fraser, Luke Gazdic, Scott Glennie, Eric Godard, Mike Hedden, Travis Morin, Colton Sceviour, Mathieu Tousignant, Tomas Vincour (recalled), Francis Wathier, Shawn Weller

Texas also has four players in residence: Scott Campbell, Matt Case, Jake Hauswirth, Hubert Labrie . Those players can only be used during the remainder of the regular season or the playoffs if a combination of three members of the 22-man roster are injured, recalled or suspended.

Sawada sent to St. John’s

The Dallas Stars assigned right wing Ray Sawada to St. Johns of the AHL on Friday. Sawada, Dallas’s 2nd round pick (52nd overall) in 2004, played only 26 games with Texas this season due to injuries.

The past week

Texas went 1-1-0-0 over the past week. The Stars are 25-28-2-2 on the season and rank 15th in the AHL’s Western Conference. They are currently 11 points out of a playoff spot.

Texas’ road losing streak hit eight games with a 2-1 loss at Abbotsford Friday night. Angelo Esposito scored the lone goal for Texas and Andrew Raycroft stopped 27 of 29 shots.

On Sunday, Texas snapped the road losing streak with a 4-1 victory at Abbotsford. Luke Gazdic scored two goals and Francis Wathier and Colton Sceviour also scored. Tyler Beskorowany stopped 30 shots to get the win in goal.

Texas now returns home for a seven-game homestand.

The week ahead

March 7, vs. Grand Rapids
March 9, vs. San Antonio
March 10, vs. San Antonio

Transactions

3/6: D Cameron Brodie released from PTO.

3/6: Buffalo assigned D Drew Schiestel from Rochester (AHL) to Texas (AHL).

3/6: F Nick Layton assigned to Allen (CHL) from Texas (AHL).

3/2: Dallas assigned RW Ray Sawada to St. John’s (AHL) from Texas (AHL).

3/2: Winnipeg assigned LW Michael Forney from Colorado (ECHL) to Texas (AHL).

3/2: Texas acquired LW Shawn Well from St. John’s (AHL) for future considerations.

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 0-2-0-0 over the past week and their winless streak hit 10 games (0-8-0-2). The Steelheads are 23-29-2-5 on the season and rank 7th in the ECHL’s Western Conference.




Texas Stars Report

January, 31, 2012
1/31/12
6:50
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The past week

The Texas Stars went 0-2-0-0 over the past week. The Stars are 20-20-1-2 on the season. They rank 13th in the Western Conference, four points out the eighth and final playoff spot.

On Friday, the Stars had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 6-2 loss at San Antonio. Angelo Esposito had one goal and one assist and Tomas Vincour also scored for Texas. Andrew Raycroft got the start in goal and gave up five goals on 20 shots in 47:22 of playing time before being pulled in the third period. Tyler Beskorowany played the final 12:38 and stopped five of six shots.

On Saturday, the Stars lost 3-1 at Oklahoma City, which outshot Texas 45-23. Francis Wathier scored the lone goal for Texas and Vincour picked up an assist. Raycroft stopped 42 of 44 shots.

The week ahead

Thursday February 2, at Houston
Saturday February 4, vs. Charlotte

Notes: Fraser at AHL All-Star Classic

*Texas Stars forward Matt Fraser suited up for the Western Conference All-Stars at the AHL All-Star Classic in Atlantic City Monday night. Fraser had one assist and then scored in the shootout his Western Conference team beat the Eastern Conference 8-7 in a shootout.

*Fraser is tied for fourth in the AHL in goal scoring with 21 in 42 games. He is tied for fifth in rookie scoring with 35 points.

*F Ray Sawada, D Brad Lukowich and F Mathieu Tousignant currently are out with injuries for Texas.

Transactions

*1/30: D Philip Larsen recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

*1/30: RW Jake Hauswirth assigned to Rio Grande (CHL) from Texas (AHL)

*1/25: D Philip Larsen assigned to Texas by Dallas (NHL)

*1/25: RW Tomas Vincour assigned to Texas by Dallas (NHL)

*1/25: LW Matt Fraser assigned to Texas by Dallas (NHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 2-1-0-2 over the past week. The Steelheads are 20-19-2-3 on the season and rank sixth in the ECHL’s Western Conference.

Texas Stars Report

January, 9, 2012
1/09/12
6:50
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The past week

The Texas Stars went 1-0-2 over the past week and are now 15-16-3 on the season. They are in fifth place in the West Division, three points out of fourth place.

The Stars opened the week with a 4-3 shootout loss at San Antonio. Colton Sceviour, Matt Fraser and Eric Godard scored in regulation for the Stars, but Sceviour, Fraser and Travis Morin all failed to connect in the shootout. San Antonio scored on all three of its shootout chances against Andrew Raycroft, who stopped 27 of 30 shots in regulation and overtime.

On Saturday, Raycroft stopped 25 of 27 shots as Texas beat Rockford 4-2 at Cedar Park Center. Brad Lukowich scored one goal and had two assists. Fraser, Ryan Garbutt and Francis Wathier also scored goals. Sceviour chipped in three assists.

The Stars lost 6-5 in overtime to Rockford at Cedar Park Center on Sunday. Rockford tied the game with 2:24 left in regulation and then won it 1:02 into overtime. Scott Glennie had two goals and one assist for the Stars. Fraser and Lukowich each had a goal and an assist and Sceviour and Morin each chipped in two assists. Tyler Beskorowany stopped 29 of 35 shots.

The week ahead

Wednesday January 11, vs. Abbotsford
Friday January 13, at Grand Rapids
Saturday January 14, at Milwaukee

Notes: Fraser to AHL All-Star Classic

*Texas Stars forward Matt Fraser has been named to the Western Conference team for the AHL All-Star Classic, which will be played January 30 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

*Fraser, who has 10 goals in the last 14 games, now has 19 in 34 games this season. He’s tied for fourth in the AHL and is tied for second among rookies. His 9 power play goals are tied for second in the league.

*Forward Colton Sceviour has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in the last seven games. Sceviour has 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists) in 34 games this season.

*F Ray Sawada, F Mathieu Tousignant and D Dan Spang have been out with injuries for Texas.

Transactions

*1/9: F Ian Lowe released from PTO

*1/8: G Jimmy Spratt released from PTO

*1/4: D Mike Berube signed to PTO

*1/4: D Brenden Dillon assigned Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

*1/2: D Brenden Dillon recalled by Dallas (NHL)

Idaho Steelheads: Boise to host Dallas Stars 2012 training camp

The Idaho Steelheads announced over the weekend that the Dallas Stars would open their 2012 training camp this coming September in Boise, Idaho. The Stars will also host an NHL exhibition game against the Minnesota Wild on September 25, 2012, in Boise.

The Steelheads went 0-2-0 this past week and are 15-16-3 on the season. They are fourth in the ECHL’s Mountain Division.



Texas Stars Report

December, 19, 2011
12/19/11
4:33
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The past week

The Texas Stars went 2-2-0 over the past week. Texas is 12-14-1 on the season and currently ranks fifth in the AHL’s West Division.

The Stars opened the week with a 3-2 win at Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Raymond Sawada, Colton Sceviour and Stephen Schultz scored to give Texas a 3-0 lead after one period. Tyler Beskorowany stopped 18 of 20 shots.

On Friday, Texas lost 4-1 to Houston at Cedar Park Center. Matt Fraser scored the lone goal for Texas. Beskorowany made 28 saves.

Texas defeated Rochester 6-2 Saturday night in Cedar Park. Ryan Garbutt had two goals and two assists to lead the Texas offense. Defenseman Brenden Dillon had one goal and one assist. Francis Wathier, Brad Lukowich and Mike Hedden also scored. Goaltender Jimmy Spratt, making his first AHL appearance, stopped 14 of 16 shots.

The Stars lost 4-2 at San Antonio on Sunday. Fraser and Ondrej Roman scored goals for Texas. Beskorowany made 29 saves on 33 shots.

The week ahead

Wednesday December 21, at Houston

Notes

*LW Matt Fraser is tied for second among AHL rookies with 14 goals.

*Fraser is tied for second among all AHL players with 8 power play goals.

*Texas is 1-26 (3.8%) on the power play over the last six games.

*Texas ranks 12th in the AHL in scoring at 2.96 goals per game.

*Texas ranks 25th in goals against at 3.07 per game.

Transactions

*12/14: Dallas assigned RW Jake Hauswirth to Texas (AHL) from Rio Grande (CHL)

Idaho Steelheads

Idaho went 2-0-0 over the past week and is 11-12-3 on the season. The Steelheads, who are 10-6-3 in their last 19 games, are fourth in the ECHL’s Mountain Division.



Texas Stars Report

November, 22, 2011
11/22/11
6:16
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The past week

The Texas Stars went 1-1-0 over the past week, splitting a home-and-home series with the Houston Aeros. The Stars are now 7-8-1 on the season and currently rank fourth in the AHL’s West Division.

The Stars won 3-2 in overtime in Houston on Friday. Tomas Vincour scored with 6:20 left in regulation to tie the game and Ray Sawada scored 1:30 into the extra period to give Texas the victory. Jordie Benn also scored for the Stars and Travis Morin and Maxime Fortunus each picked up two assists. Richard Bachman stopped 21 of 23 shots.

Saturday in Cedar Park, the Stars fell 5-1 to the Aeros. Vincour scored the only goal for Texas, his 10th in 15 games this season. Bachman played the first two periods, allowing four goals on 18 shots. Tyler Beskorowany played the third, stopping seven of eight.
The week ahead

Wednesday, Nov. 23, vs. Chicago
Friday, Nov. 25, at Houston
Saturday, Nov. 26, vs. Houston

Notes

*When Tomas Vincour was called up to Dallas on Sunday, he had scored goals in eight of his last ten games with Texas.

*Vincour is currently tied for sixth in the AHL in goal scoring.

*Texas Stars rookie Matt Fraser is tied for ninth in the league in goal scoring with 9 and he ranks second among rookies.

*Texas ranks seventh in the league in scoring at 3.19 goals per game.

*Texas ranks 29th in the AHL in goals against 3.44 per game.

*Texas’ power play is second in the league at 27.2 percent.

*The Texas penalty kill is 22nd at 79.7 percent.

Transactions

*11/20: RW Tomas Vincour recalled by Dallas (NHL).

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 1-1-0 over the past week. They are now 6-8-2, ranking fourth in the ECHL’s Mountain Division.

Here are the statistics for the Texas Stars and Dallas players in Idaho.

Texas Stars Report

November, 14, 2011
11/14/11
6:12
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The past week

The Texas Stars were 0-2-1 over the past week and are now 6-7-1 on the season. They are currently fourth in the West Division.

The Stars opened the week with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Abbotsford Heat at Cedar Park on Friday. Texas built a 2-0 lead on goals by Matt Fraser and Ray Sawada, but the Heat rallied to tie by scoring with 4:04 and 0:47 remaining in regulation. The Heat then scored on three of four shots on in the shootout against Richard Bachman while Tomas Vincour, Ryan Garbutt and Fraser failed to score for the Stars.

On Saturday, the Stars lost 3-1 to the Heat in Cedar Park. Jordie Benn scored the lone goal for Texas. Tyler Beskorowany got the start in goal and stopped 37 of 40 shots.

On Sunday the Stars traveled to San Antonio, where they lost to the Rampage by a 3-2 score. Francis Wathier and Tomas Vincour scored for Texas. Bachman made 25 saves.

The week ahead

Friday November 18, at Houston
Saturday November 19, vs. Houston

Notes

*RW Tomas Vincour has scored a goal in 6 of the last 8 games and now has 8 goals in 13 games this season.

*LW Matt Fraser is second among AHL in goals (9) and tied for fourth in points (13).

*D Philip Larsen is tied for fourth among AHL defensemen in points with 10 (1 goal, 9 assists).

*Seven of Larsen’s 10 points have come on the power play.

*Texas has the top power play in the AHL at 29.2 percent.

*Texas is 21st in penalty killing at 79.4 percent.

*Texas ranks 7th in the AHL in scoring at 3.36 goals per game.

*Texas ranks 29th in the league in goals against at 3.43 per game.

*Texas ranks 11th in the AHL in attendance at 5,415 per game.

Transactions

*11/12: D Hubert Labrie assigned from Idaho (ECHL) to Texas (AHL)
*11/12: D Philip Larsen recalled by Dallas (NHL)
*11/9: F Ondrej Roman assigned from Idaho (ECHL) to Texas (AHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 2-0-2 over the past week and are now 5-7-2 on the season. Michael Neal had two goals, one assist and a plus-three rating in a 4-2 victory over Bakersfield.

Here are the statistics for the Texas Stars and Dallas players in Idaho.

Texas Stars Report

October, 31, 2011
10/31/11
10:17
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The past week

The Texas Stars went 2-2-0 on a four-game road trip over the past week. The Stars are now 4-5-0 on the season and are currently in fourth place in the AHL’s West Division.

The Stars opened the week with a 6-2 win at Rockford Tuesday. Matt Fraser scored two goals, Philip Larsen had one goal and one assist and Ray Sawada had three assists for the Stars. Tyler Beskorowany stopped 33 shots for his first win of the season.

On the Thursday, the Stars lost 5-3 at Peoria. Fraser, Jordie Benn and Tomas Vincour scored goals for Texas, which fell behind 3-0, rallied to tie but then saw Peoria score with 6:45 left in regulation to snap the tie. Richard Bachman got the start in goal and stopped 28 of 32 shots.

The Stars lost 2-1 at Chicago on Saturday. Texas outshot the Wolves 34-22, but Tomas Vincour was the only Star to score a goal. Beskorowany stopped 20 of 22 shots in goal.

Texas finished out the road trip with a 5-3 victory at Milwaukee. Sawada had one goal and two assists and Fraser had one goal and one assist. Vincour, Francis Wathier and Travis Morin also scored and Larsen had two assists. Bachman stopped 22 of 25 shots.

Notes

*LW Matt Fraser had four goals in four games last week. He now has eight in nine games this season. He ranks second among AHL rookies in goal scoring and is third in points (eleven).

*D Philip Larsen ranks fourth among AHL defenseman with eight points (one goal, seven assists).

*Larsen is second among AHL defenseman in power play points (six) and power play assists (five).

*RW Tomas Vincour is currently riding a three-game goal scoring streak and has five goals in his last six games.

*RW Ray Sawada had seven points (one goal, six assists) during Texas’ four-game road trip.

*Texas has the top power play in the AHL at 37.0% (17-46).

*Half of Texas’ goals this season have come on the power play (17 of 34).

The week ahead

Thursday November 3, vs. Toronto
Sunday November 6, at San Antonio

Transactions

*10/29: F Tyler Arnason released from professional tryout contract.

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads were 0-2-0 over the past week. The Steelheads are now 1-6-0 on the season. Ondrej Roman, assigned to Idaho last week from the Texas Stars, had two goals and one assist in his first two games with the Steelheads. Idaho hosts Las Vegas for three games this week.

Here are the statistics for the Texas Stars and Dallas players in Idaho.



Dallas Stars outlook: Forwards

September, 5, 2011
9/05/11
11:03
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FRISCO -- Read a lot of the previews of the Dallas Stars heading into this season and the talk is about how much the Dallas Stars lost with the departure of Brad Richards. Talk to new Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan and he likes to focus on what the Stars still have remaining.

“When you’ve got Loui Eriksson, Mike Ribeiro, Brenden Morrow, Jamie Benn and Steve Ott, that’s a pretty good solid five players,” Gulutzan said. "I’m excited. I’m excited.”

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk agreed.

“I think most teams that have looked at us the past few years have said there are some good players in their top grouping,” said Nieuwendyk. “We still have that even though we’ve lost Brad Richards. … If you look at our top six – however you want to slice it – with Ribeiro, Morrow, (Michael) Ryder, Benn, Eriksson and Ott, I think that is pretty healthy. I think if you look around the league I think we stack up pretty well.”

Still, Richards leaves a void. He led the team in points the last two seasons. He was the Stars’ third leading goal scorer over the three full seasons he was in Dallas. So the Stars will need some players to move forward with their play and others to perform to expectations.

“Jamie Benn has to take that next step. Loui Eriksson has to take the next step. Michael Ryder has to come over, perform and do well for us. He’s going to get every opportunity to do that for us," said Nieuwendyk. “I think Steve Ott is an important player for this year. I really believe Steve has to take the next step, and he’s capable of it because he has shown it – to play in a top six setting. That’s the message we’ve given him this year. We fully anticipate that he is prepared to do that.”

With Richards departing via free agency and James Neal, the team’s second leading goal scorer over the last three seasons dealt last season for defenseman Alex Goligoski, Nieuwendyk dipped into the market and bolstered the team’s depth with the addition of five forwards.

He added some scoring pop with the right-handed shooting Ryder, an excellent two-way forward in Vernon Fiddler, speed and penalty killing prowess in Radek Dvorak, grit and versatility with Jake Dowell and toughness with Eric Godard.

“I think where we are really balanced this year is that we have people in their proper roles,” said Nieuwendyk. “We can put (Adam) Burish where he needs to be. We can put Radek Dvorak, who I know quite well from my Florida days, in his role - penalty killer, good speed, hardworking. Probably the biggest key will be Vern Fiddler. Here’s a guy that will be our third line center, kind of solidify that line and give us an identity on the bottom grouping of our lines. Then we have the mixed bag on the fourth line.”

The question is how all the pieces Nieuwendyk has assembled will fall together. Training camp and the preseason will help determine that. A year ago there weren’t a lot of questions about the top six. Neal, Richards and Eriksson were one line and the question was who would play on the right side with Morrow and Ribeiro. This year, with all the turnover, there are a few more questions.

“What we have left is Ribby and Morrow that worked together and you try to find a piece there to fit in,” said Gulutzan. ”Jamie Benn is going to play center and we’ve got to see what works for Benny. Tommy Wandell we feel can have a big year, and we want to give him opportunity.”

Ryder would seem to be a good fit on the right side with Ribeiro and Morrow. Ryder and Ribeiro played together in Montreal. That could leave Ott, Benn and Eriksson as a trio. Gulutzan said he’s thought a lot about line combinations, and while some things might look good on paper he’d rather see how it plays out on the ice.

“I don’t think chemistry is something you can force as a coach. If I knew what was going to work I wouldn’t put lines together, I’d go buy the Texas Lottery,” he said. “So we’re going to see what develops, but also I am a big believer in player input because players know who they like to play with, and sometimes psychologically if they like to play with a guy you can create chemistry.”

And there’s the piecing together of the lower two lines, where the Stars think they’ve made big strides with the offseason acquisitions, especially Fiddler, who was a top priority in free agency. There are a lot of options there with players like Dvorak, Dowell, Burish, Wandell and the versatile Toby Petersen. Godard and Krys Barch who will vie for time on the fourth line, are in the mix as well.

“We’ve talked about it, sometimes you don’t know what three might just end up having great chemistry,” said Gulutzan. “So we are going to try a few different things and see how it works.”

And no matter how Gulutzan ends up putting the lines together, Nieuwendyk thinks the Stars have the pieces in place to help offset the departure of Richards.

“[Brad] was a point producer for us,” Nieuwendyk said, “but I feel very confident that our team is a deeper team now than we were a year ago.”

Pushing for NHL time

While the Stars seem set at forward with 14 players who played in the NHL last season, there’s always a chance someone could push his way onto the roster. Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan knows it can happen.

In his first season as head coach of the Texas Stars Gulutzan expected Jamie Benn and Tom Wandell on his roster in Cedar Park. Didn’t get either one of them because both ended up making the Dallas Stars. So, a lot can happen between when training camp opens and when that opening night roster is finalized.

“We have Tomas Vincour, who is coming in to make this club. Travis Morin is coming in here. Colton Sceviour is turning the corner as a young guy who now has to bring his game to the next level,” Gulutzan said. “We’re going to have room for some of those guys possibly, so they have to come in here and have good camps and see where they end up.”

Vincour played 24 games last season. Morin and Sceviour also were called up, although briefly.

Francis Wathier and Ray Sawada – both AHL veterans at this point –have been called up to Dallas before and could be in the mix for call ups again this season.

Two prospects turning pro this season are worth watching. One is Scott Glennie, the team’s first round pick (eighth overall) in 2009. He played a few games with the Texas Stars late last season and will play his first full AHL season in 2011-12.

“He may get an opportunity depending on how he does down there, but I think it is important for him to establish himself at the American Hockey League level,” said Nieuwendyk.

The other is Matt Fraser, a free agent signing who played with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League. He had an impressive season in 2010-11 in helping the ice make it to the Memorial Cup.

“He shows real good promise. Quality kid,” said Nieuwendyk. “It will be interesting to see how he does, but I think he’ll do very well.”

Here's a look at the Dallas Stars forwards for the 2011-12 season.

Texas Stars rally, win in OT

April, 19, 2011
4/19/11
11:50
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CEDAR PARK – It took the Texas Stars almost 56 minutes to find some cracks in the Milwaukee Admirals and goaltender Jeremy Smith, and when they did they were able to rally for a 3-2 overtime win in Game 3 of the West Division Semifinals at Cedar Park Center Tuesday night.

Travis Morin’s redirection of a Maxime Fortunus shot at 8:44 of overtime gave the Stars the victory and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Games 4 and 5 are in Cedar Park.

“I think this series is going to be swings of pressure and it swings a little of pressure into their court, but not much,” said Texas coach Glenn Gulutzan. “These are going to be tight games and it’s going to be like that the whole way through.”

The Stars, who were down 2-0 late in the third period, forced overtime by scoring twice in the final 4:09 of regulation.

“We’ve been in this situation before,” said defenseman Brad Lukowich, who scored the game-tying goal with 20.8 seconds remaining. “We’ve got great coaching. They’ve told us all season, don’t worry about what happens. There’s a process and continue the process – bury your chances and eliminate chances against. Give yourself an opportunity.”

The Stars got an opportunity when they went on their sixth power play of the game with just under five minutes remaining and cashed in to make it a 2-1 game. Ray Sawada sent a pass from behind the goal line to Philip Larsen, who scored from bottom of the right circle with 4:09 remaining.

Then with goalie Richard Bachman pulled for the extra attacker, Brad Lukowich’s shot from the high slot made its way through traffic and by Smith with 20.8 seconds remaining.

“For me it was just get it in front and hope it went in off something,” said Lukowich. “Goalie couldn’t see it. Call it a puck with eyes.”

In overtime, Fortunus picked off a pass at the blue line and sent the puck on net, where Morin redirected it past Smith.

The Stars, who got off to a slow start, outshot Milwaukee 34-11 over the last two periods and overtime.

“[The Admirals] are a really good team and played really well in the first and deserved the lead,” said Gulutzan. “But in the second and third we came on and kept coming on.”

Milwaukee took the lead 3:36 into the game when Bachman got handcuffed by a bad bounce behind his own goal and the puck ended up on the stick of Admirals forward Chris Mueller, who put it into a wide open net.

Texas outshot Milwaukee 11-1 in the second period and had four power play chances, but couldn’t cut into the Milwaukee lead.

Milwaukee extended the lead 34 seconds into the third period. With the two teams playing four-on-four, Gabriel Bourque scored off a scramble in front of Bachman to make it a 2-0 game.

The Stars continued the pressure in the third and finally broke through in the final minutes to force overtime.

Series schedule (Texas leads 2-1)

Game 1 – Milwaukee 5, Texas 2
Game 2 – Texas 3, Milwaukee 1
Game 3 – Texas 3, Milwaukee 2 (OT)
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 20 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30
Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30
Game 6 – Mon., Apr. 25 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00*
Game 7 – Tue., Apr. 26 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00*
*If necessary

Texas Stars win 3-1, series tied 1-1

April, 16, 2011
4/16/11
10:56
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The Texas Stars will head back to Cedar Park with a split in the first two games of the West Division Semifinals after winning 3-1 in Milwaukee Saturday night.

Richard Bachman stopped 29 of 30 shots, including all 14 he faced in the third period when Milwaukee had four straight power plays in the final 12 minutes of the game.

It was strong bounce back effort from Bachman, who was pulled after giving up four goals on 17 shots in the first two periods of the Game 1 loss.

“Game 1 some bounces didn’t go my way, some goals went in that I didn’t like and you’ve got to forget about it in playoff hockey and move on. That’s what I tried to do,” said Bachman. “It was nice to come out tonight, get the performance that we had and get the support I had from the team in front of me.”

“Like I’ve always said the biggest thing about Richard is his competitiveness,” said Texas coach Glen Gulutzan. “You’ve seen his resiliency tonight.”

The Stars bounced back as well, shaking off the 5-2 loss in Game 1 of the series Thursday night. Gulutzan noted his team’s stepping it up physically as one key to the game.

“We kind of got the mentality tonight that we are in the playoffs and this is playoff hockey,” said Gulutzan. “We’ve got to play to our strength, which is keep things tight and play good defense. That’s their strength too, and we just have to embrace those types of games.”

The series now shifts to Cedar Park for the next three games with the third game of the series on Tuesday.

“Getting a split on the road is a huge thing,” said Bachman. “Going back to Cedar Park with our fans, it’s an amazing atmosphere there. It’s going to be awesome going back with a win under our belt and playing in front of the home crowd.”

Philip Larsen, Travis Morin and Aaron Gagnon scored goals for the Stars and Ray Sawada chipped in a pair of assists.

The Stars got into penalty trouble early Saturday night, taking three minors in a 2:39 span of the first period. Milwaukee got a five-on-three power play for 1:23 and cashed in to take a 1-0 lead as defenseman Teemu Laasko scored off a blast from the high slot at the 11:17 mark.

The Stars thought they had tied the game with 3:11 left in the first, but the goal was waved off when officials ruled that the puck went off Sawada’ skate with a distinct kicking motion involved.

The Stars got four power plays in the second period and cashed in on the third one to tie the game. Morin centered a puck from the left circle and defenseman Larsen, who had pinched down low, redirected the puck into the net with 7:08 left in the period. It was Larsen’s first AHL playoff goal.

Just under three minutes later the Stars had a two-on-lead. Right off a faceoff in the Milwaukee zone, the Gagnon and Tomas Vincour crashed the net and Gagnon put the puck past Admirals goalie Jeremy Smith with 4:26 left in the second.

The Stars got a power play early in the third, their sixth of the game, and struck again to make it a 3-1 game. Sawada sent pass from the behind net to Morin, who roofed the puck over Smith at the 4:03 mark.

Milwaukee had four power plays over the final 11:27 of the game, but Bachman and the Texas penalty kill came up big and kept Milwaukee from cutting into the lead.

Notes

*Texas defenseman Brenden Dillon, a free agent signing of the Dallas Stars, picked up his first Calder Cup Playoff point when he assisted on Aaron Gagnon’s second period goal that gave Texas a 2-1 lead.

*Defenseman Guillaume Monast was reassigned to Texas from Idaho (ECHL). Monast, who was brought up due to an injury to Jordie Benn, did not play Saturday.

Series schedule (Series tied 1-1)

Game 1 – Milwaukee 5, Texas 2
Game 2 – Texas 3, Milwaukee 1
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 19 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 20 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30
Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30
Game 6 – Mon., Apr. 25 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00*
Game 7 – Tue., Apr. 26 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00*
*If necessary

Texas Stars fall in playoff opener

April, 14, 2011
4/14/11
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The Texas Stars dropped their opener in the Calder Cup Playoffs, falling 5-2 in Game 1 of the West Division Semifials at Milwaukee Thursday night.

Milwaukee, which scored seven goals in six games against Texas during the regular season series, scored five times on 25 shots in this game.

“They got their chances and the chances they got early, they put them in,” said Texas defenseman Maxime Fortunus. “We started the game really strong. We made some plays early in the game and we even got an early goal. They got opportunities and their goalie made real big saves.”

The Stars struck first, cashing in on the game’s first power play chance of the game when Aaron Gagnon scored on a shot from the left circle 9:48 into the game.

But the Admirals bounced back to score twice in a 2:53 span later in the first to take a 2-1 lead, and never looked back. Milwaukee extended it to 3-1 in the second and Texas had a five-on-three power play for 1:05 with a chance to get back into the game, but couldn’t take advantage.

Just over three minutes after the power plays expired for Texas, Milwaukee scored to make it a 4-1 game.

“It was frustrating. It was a couple of mental breakdowns where we weren’t going to the right places at the right time and weren’t strong on the puck, making sure it got out of our zone,” said Texas forward Ray Sawada. “In the playoffs you’ve got to play well and hard all the time because good teams are going to capitalize on their chances.”

Texas goalie Richard Bachman was pulled after the second period. He gave up four goals on 17 shots. Tyler Beskorowany played the final 20 minutes, stopping seven of eight shots.

Mathieu Tousignant scored in the third period for the Stars. Gabriel Bourque had two goals and three assists for Milwaukee and Chris Mueller had two goals and two assists.

Game 2 of the West Division Semifinals is Saturday in Milwaukee.

“It’s going to be a big battle. We’ve had good games against them all year,” said Fortunus. “If we play good defensively we’ll get our chances at the offensive end.”

Series schedule (Milwaukee leads 1-0)

Game 1 – Milwaukee 5, Texas 2
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 16 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 19 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 20 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30
Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30*
Game 6 – Mon., Apr. 25 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00*
Game 7 – Tue., Apr. 26 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00*
*If necessary

Texas Stars Report: Playoff bound again

April, 11, 2011
4/11/11
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The Texas Stars will be heading to the Calder Cup Playoffs for the second time in their two-year history. The Stars finished fourth in the West Division with a 41-29-10 record and will take on the West Division’s top team, Milwaukee, in the first round of the playoffs. The Stars won five of six against the Admirals during the regular season. The Stars, who made it to the Calder Cup Finals last season, open the playoffs Thursday in Milwaukee.

First round schedule

Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 14 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 16 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 19 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 20 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30
Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30*
Game 6 – Mon., Apr. 25 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00*
Game 7 – Tue., Apr. 26 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00*
*If necessary

The past week

The Stars opened last week with a 3-2 loss in Peoria. The Rivermen scored two third period goals to erase a 2-1 deficit and topple the Stars. Philip Larsen and Francis Wathier scored for Texas. Richard Bachman made 28 saves.

On Friday the Stars clinched a playoff spot with a 3-2 win in Milwaukee. Travis Morin scored twice, Ray Sawada scored once and Larsen chipped in two assists. Bachman stopped 31 shots.

The Stars returned home Saturday, losing 2-0 to Oklahoma City. Bachman made 32 saves.

On Sunday the Stars closed out the regular season with a 1-0 loss at San Antonio. Tyler Beskorowany stopped 27 of 28 shots.

Bachman by the numbers

Texas Stars goalie Richard Bachman had an impressive season, registering a 28-19-5 record, 2.20 goals against average, .927 save percentage and six shutouts. He was top five among all goaltenders in just about every key league category and was tops among rookies in those categories.



Regular season leaders:

Goals: Greg Rallo (26)
Assists: *Maxime Fortunus (29)
Points: Greg Rallo (54)
Plus/Minus: *Travis Morin (+9)
Defenseman points: Dan Spang (37)
Rookie goal scoring: *Ondrej Roman (8)
Rookie Assists: *Philip Larsen (18)
Rookie points: *Sean Backman (23)
*Under contract to Dallas

Glennie signs ATO with Texas

Forward Scott Glennie, Dallas’ first round pick (8th overall in 2009), signed an amateur tryout contract with Texas last week. He played the final four games of the regular season with Texas, registering no points and a minus-two rating.

Injuries

*Injuries: D Trevor Ludwig (upper body)

Transactions

*4/11: RW Tomas Vincour assigned to Texas from Dallas
*4/11: D Brad Lukowich assigned to Texas from Dallas
*4/11: D Guillaume Monast assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas.
*4/6: F Scott Glennie signed to ATO by Texas

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads and Las Vegas are tied 2-2 in the first round of the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Playoffs. The fifth and deciding game of the series is Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

Here are the statistics for the Texas Stars and Dallas players in Idaho.



Key stretch ahead for Stars

February, 26, 2011
2/26/11
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The Dallas Stars got a big win in Detroit on Thursday, but the challenges will continue to come as the team battles for a playoff spot over the next 21 games.

Their next ten games and 17 of their next 18 games are head-to-head tilts against teams in the incredibly tight race for playoff spots in the Western Conference. It's an opportunity for the Stars to gain crucial points and take points away from other fighting to land a spot in the top eight in the West.

The Stars open the stretch Saturday afternoon at American Airlines Center with the Nashville Predators, who are tied with the Stars at 70 points

“Each game individually poses a great challenge,” Stars coach Marc Crawford said. “You’ve got two teams tied in points playing [Saturday]. I expect it to be a close, hard-fought battle and our guys have got to prepare for a close, hard-fought battle. What’s the difference between playing like in a game like that and playing a team like Detroit? I don’t think a great deal. Detroit captures your attention with their skill level, how good they are and with the respect that they command. With Nashville, it’s going to be a tight game and we have to have the same type of attention, if not even greater attention in our preparation for this game.”

After giving up 13 goals in three games during their recent three-game swing through Western Canada, the Stars tightened up things defensively and have allowed just two goals in their last two games, and both of those goals came when the opposition was on the power play.

“Our defensive position has been very as of late and we have to continue to do that,” said Crawford. “If we can limit the opposition to a short number of chances, if we can do ourselves a huge favor and not be killing penalties all the time, then that helps us even more.”

Goligoski gets acclimated

Saturday will be defenseman Alex Goligoski’s third game with the Stars since being acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins for left wing James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen.

Goligoski picked up his first point (an assist) as a Star and was a plus-three in Thursday’s win over Detroit. He said so far, so good with the adjustment to his new team and teammates.

“It’s going good. Obviously they do things a little differently than I am used to, but it hasn’t been too bad at all,” Goligoski said after Friday’s practice in Frisco. “Just go out there and play, keep a few things in mind. It’s getting used to how guys play, tendencies and stuff. It’s just little things and, obviously, systems.”

After Friday’s practice Stars coach Marc Crawford talked about the adjustment process for the newest member of the team.

“I think it’s a couple of things, the details of how we kill penalties and the details of how we work our power play,” Crawford said. “And the other thing is acclimating himself to the new teammates, knowing how different guys play. Getting a quick read on how they play, where they want the puck and what they’re more likely to do. That’s going to keep improving the longer he is here.

“As far as the detail of the power play and penalty kill, we’re working with him on daily basis. [Assistant coach] Charlie Huddy has talked to him almost continually and we’re trying to strike that balance of not burdening him and letting him use his instincts. His instincts are terrific as you can see. We’re going to work with him and continue to shape his game into our game more so than to trying to shape him into our game.”

Notes: Richards, Grossman improving

Center Brad Richards (concussion-like symptoms) and defensemen Nicklas Grossman (hip) are both out for Saturday’s game against Nashville, but both continue to show improvement.

"Brad is getting better. He is improving. There's not much more to tell you. He won't play tomorrow," Stars coach Marc Crawford said Friday. "We're hopeful that Sunday is even a better day for him. Grossman is improving on a daily basis. I believe he’s skating today.”

Right wing Ray Sawada was activated from injured reserve Friday and assigned to the Texas Stars of the AHL. Sawada suffered a shoulder injury February 3 when he was blindsided by Boston forward Daniel Paille.

Texas Stars defenseman Philip Larsen, who has been out with a lower body injury, has been in Frisco working out and skating while Texas has been on a road trip. He said he hopes to return to action soon.

Kari Lehtonen will get the start in goal on Saturday.

Broadcast notes

Saturday’s game against Nashville will be carried by radio station KLIF 570 AM instead of The Ticket.

The Sunday March 13 Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars game was not picked up by NBC and will now be carried by Fox Sports Southwest. The 2:00 p.m. start time will remain the same.

Ray Sawada back to AHL

February, 25, 2011
2/25/11
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The Dallas Stars have taken right wing Raymond Sawada off injured reserve and are sending him back to the Texas Stars of the AHL.

Sawada played one game for Dallas during his call-up, suffering a shoulder injury in the February 3 game against Boston when he was blindsided by Bruins forward Daniel Paille, who got a four-game suspension for the hit.

Sawada, 26, has played 11 NHL games in his career, registering one goal. He has 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) in 36 games with Texas this season.

Brad Richards, Nicklas Grossman miss practice

February, 21, 2011
2/21/11
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Center Brad Richards (concussion-like symptoms) and defenseman Nicklas Grossman (hip) were not on the ice when the Dallas Stars took the ice for practice in Frisco on Monday morning. Both players were injured in the Feb. 13 game against Columbus against American Airlines Center, and have missed the last three games.

Forwards Jamie Benn (shoulder), Adam Burish (orbital bone) and Krys Barch (orbital) all are practicing with the Stars today. Ray Sawada (shoulder) is practicing as well.

More information on the status of the injured players should be known at the end of practice. I'll have an update once Stars coach Marc Crawford addresses the media.

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