Dallas Stars: Ryan Miller



The decision to go with Kari Lehtonen in goal on back-to-back night’s turned out to be a good one for the Dallas Stars. Lehtonen was brilliant Friday night in Buffalo, but it wasn’t enough for the Stars to get two points, as they couldn’t hold a 2-0 third period lead and lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Sabres at First Niagara Center.

The Sabres forced overtime, scoring with 38.3 seconds left in regulation.

“I thought right from the beginning we managed our game pretty good and limited their chances. We did what we wanted to do defensively. It came down to the last minute and they had to pull their goalie,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “Those things happen in the league. I’m sure we’ll look at the last minute, but the shot gets through, it gets through to the guy on the backside – they’ve got an extra guy – and they get a bounce. That’s just the way it is.”

With the shootout loss the Stars remained winless in the second games of back-to-backs with an 0-8-2 record.

The point they picked up in the game moved them to within one point of eighth place in the Western Conference.

“Obviously we were looking for two points and we were close,” said Stars forward Tomas Vincour, who scored his second goal of the season in the game. “We had a good game and we’ll take the one point and we’ve to get ready for Sunday.”

The Stars took a 1-0 lead late in the first period by cashing in on the game’s first power play. Alex Goligoski’s shot from the left point was tipped into the net by Michael Ryder.

Lehtonen, who originally wasn’t scheduled to start the game, made that lead hold up in the second period, making some great stops including a couple on Buffalo forward Drew Stafford with the Sabres on the power play.

“He’s at the top of his game right now, that’s for sure,” Gulutzan said of Lehtonen.

The Stars extended the lead to 2-0 when Steve Ott knocked Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff off the puck in the corner and Jamie Benn set up Vincour, who scored from close range to give the Stars a 2-0 lead at the 4:17 mark.

But 27 seconds later Stars forward Radek Dvorak was in the penalty box for holding, and Buffalo cashed in on the power play chance to make it a 2-1 game. Jason Pominville centered the puck from the right circle and Thomas Vanek redirected it past Lehtonen at 5:04 of the third.

The Sabres, who outshot the Stars 13-3 in the third, pulled goalie Ryan Miller for the extra attacker with just over a minute remaining and they scored with 38.3 seconds remaining to tie. Tyler Myers got a shot on net from just inside the blue line and Derek Roy scored off the rebound.

“Myers made a great shot, Stafford did a great job in front and I found the puck,” said Roy. “We need big goals like that to win games.”

In overtime, Lehtonen came up with another huge save, making a pad save on a wide open Vanek with two seconds remaining.

But in a five-round shootout, the Sabres got goals from Brad Boyes and Nathan Gerbe, while only Jamie Benn could find the back of the net for the Stars.

“I think we played a pretty good game overall. I think we maybe sat back a little too much in the third and gave them some momentum. I think we had only three shots,” said Ryder. “It’s a big point for us, but we would have liked to get two. Give those guys credit, they came at us hard and managed to tie up in the last minute and they won in a shootout. Overall, we had a good game. It’s just a matter of us sticking to the game plan in the third.”

Notes: Morrow out for a while longer

*Stars captain Brenden Morrow, who has missed the last three games with neck/shoulder problems, could be out another at least another couple weeks.

*Stars center Vernon Fiddler was injured in Friday’s game when a puck shot by teammate Mark Fistric hit him in the ankle area. "He's limping around,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We'll get an x-ray and see what goes on there."

*Sheldon Souray missed Friday’s game with a foot injury. He was hit by a puck in Thursday’s game in Columbus. He is day-to-day.

*Adam Pardy and Toby Petersen were healthy scratches Friday.

*The Stars are 16-0-1 when leading after two periods.

*The Stars haven’t won a game in Buffalo since Stanley Cup clinching win in 1999. They are 0-4-2 in Buffalo since then.

Stars-Sabres preview

February, 10, 2012
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Dallas Stars at Buffalo Sabres
Friday February 10
6:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (28-23-2) are coming off a 4-2 at Columbus Thursday. The Stars scored two goals in the first 4:21 of the game and added a third at 1:05 of the second to build a 3-0 lead in the game.

“It was a big start tonight. Those two goals were huge. Getting some momentum on the road for our team is big. We definitely want that in the first period,” said Stars center Jamie Benn, who scored two goals. “We battled a lot harder. We won some battles. There are still things we can clean up. Our second period wasn’t very good. We know that. It was because of bad penalties and turnovers that they got their chances. We need to clean that up.”

The Stars are 4-2-0 in their last six games.

The Stars are 0-8-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

Richard Bachman will get the start in goal for the Stars on Friday.

Injuries: D Sheldon Souray (foot) is questionable. LW Brenden Morrow (neck/shoulder) is out.

About the Sabres

The Sabres (23-24-6) ran their points streak to five games (4-0-1) with a 6-0 victory over Boston in Buffalo Wednesday night. The game featured 90 minutes in penalties and three fights.

“We’re not going to back down,” Sabres forward Jason Pominville said. “Guys stepped in. Some of them played out of character. Everybody did different things to help us win. And that’s what a team is all about.”

Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller stopped 36 shots for his second shutout in the past three games.

Buffalo is 5-0-4 in its last nine home games.

Injuries: F Jochen Hecht (concussion), D T.J. Brennan (lower body) and F Colin Stuart (lower body) are out.

Series notes

*This is the first and only meeting between the two teams this season.

*The Stars won last season’s only meeting, shutting out Buffalo 4-0 in Dallas.

*The Stars are 41-52-18 all-time against the Sabres.


NHL announces Vezina Trophy finalists

April, 19, 2010
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Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, Ilya Bryzgalov of the Phoenix Coyotes and Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced Monday. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 23.
A quick update from the morning skate in Buffalo (thanks to Stars PR guru Graham Clark):

* Marty Turco, as expected, is in goal for the Stars. He'll go up against Ryan Miller, the goalie who played so well for Team USA. Catch a video about Miller here.

* Defenseman Nicklas Grossman (back) and Jere Lehtinen (illness) will be game time decisions.

Stars' opponent watch: Ryan Miller

March, 10, 2010
3/10/10
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The Stars and Marty Turco will face Team USA and Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller tonight in Buffalo. Miller is coming off a very impressive run in the Olympics in Vancouver. ESPN's Jim Rome sat with Miller and discussed those Olympic Games recently. Check it out.

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