Dallas Stars: Tristan King

Texas Stars/Idaho Steelheads Report

November, 29, 2010
The past week

The Texas Stars kicked off a seven-game homestand last week and won two of three game games, improving to 12-8-0 on the season. The Stars are sixth in the West Division based on points and fifth based on points percentage.

On Wednesday the Stars beat Houston 5-3 at Cedar Park Center. Aaron Gagnon scored two goals and Fabian Brunnstrom, Ondrej Roman and Travis Morin also found the net. Colton Sceviour had two assists. Richard Bachman made 25 saves and chipped in an assist.

On Friday the Stars hosted Milwaukee and lost 1-0. Bachman stopped 28 shots, surrendering only a goal to Milwaukee’s Steve Begin with 6:34 remaining in the game.

The Stars beat San Antonio 5-2 Saturday night, getting goals from five different players – Ray Sawada, Sean Backman, Francis Wathier, Greg Rallo and Brunnstrom. Bachman had 19 saves to improve to 7-3-0 on the season.

Texas continues the homestand with three games this week.

The week ahead

Tuesday November 30, vs. Oklahoma City
Friday December 3, vs. San Antonio
Saturday December 4, vs. Houston

Catching up with Severin Blindenbacher

Texas Stars defenseman Severin Blindenbacher has been up with the Dallas Stars for the past week. He hasn’t seen any action at the NHL level, but he is enjoying the experience.

“It’s very interesting,” Blindenbacher said after a recent morning skate. “I can learn a lot, watching the games, the players and the defensemen play. It’s a very good experience.”

Blindenbacher was called up last Tuesday after Dallas defenseman Mark Fistric went down with a groin injury. Blindenbacher has had his own injury issues this season, missing nine games due to a concussion suffered in a car accident.

“I’m feeling better. It’s gone now and I am feeling pretty good,” he said. “I’m excited to be playing again.”

The Swiss defenseman, signed by Dallas as a free agent in July, has played eight games with Texas, registering 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists). The adjustment from the European game to the North American game is coming along.

“I learn every day,” he said. “It’s been going good so far.”

As for the Texas Stars, he said the team is coming along as well. After a 6-6-0 start to the season, the Stars have won six of their last eight games.

“We’re improving day by day,” Blindenbacher said. “We go hard in practice and we have a very good working attitude. I think the longer the season goes the better it will go.”

  • Goalie Richard Bachman is 7-3-0 on the season. He ranks sixth in the AHL with a 1.94 goals against average and seventh in the league with a .932 save percentage.
  • Goalie Brent Krahn has been out with what is believed to be a lower leg injury. He is day-to-day.
  • F Ondrej Roman missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury.
  • 11/23: D Severin Blindenbacher recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
Idaho Steelheads

The Steelheads won all three of their games last week, sweeping a series in Victoria to improve to 9-4-5 on the season. In a 6-3 win over Victoria on Saturday, Michael Neal scored two goals and Tristan King had three assists. King also scored a goal last week, giving him 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in his first three games with the Steelheads. Idaho hosts Alaska for three games this week.

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

Stars prospects lose 3-1 at tournament

September, 14, 2010
Dallas Stars prospects lost 3-1 to Tampa Bay at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan today. Jack Campbell got the start in goal and stopped 28 of 31 shots.

Jace Coyle scored the lone goal, tallying on the power play with 14 seconds left in the game. Tristan King picked up the assist.

The box score of today's game is here.

The Stars finished round-robin play with a 1-2-0 record. Their next opponent and when they play on Wednesday will be determined by the outcome of the later games today.

I wasn't there today, so I can't comment on the game. I will say that Tristan King has been productive. He's had a hand in four of the Stars' last five goals.

I thought about mentioning Jace Coyle yesterday when I put up some thoughts on players, but then I cut him out at the last minute. Not sure why. I just did. He caught my eye a few times over the weekend, especially Saturday. He moved the puck well and made some nice defensive plays. He used his stick well to break up some plays.

Stars prospects bounce back with win

September, 12, 2010
There was no slow start for Dallas Stars prospects in their second game at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. No defensive woes either. The Stars were sharp from goaltender Tyler Beskorowany on out in a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues Sunday afternoon.

“We were a different team today than we were yesterday,” said Stars defenseman Philip Larsen.

After getting blitzed early in a 6-1 loss to Detroit on Saturday, it was the Stars who struck early this time around.

Tomas Vincour scored just 11 seconds into the game off a deflection of an Etienne Boutet point shot to give the Stars an early lead.

“We could use that kind of pick-me-up after getting drubbed 6-1 the night before,” said Texas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan, who is coaching the prospects at the tournament.

Michael Neal scored off a sharp angle shot from the left circle at 4:48 of the first to extend the lead in what was an impressive first period for the Stars, who outshot St. Louis 16-8 and took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

“We came out harder, skating all over the ice, outworking them and forcing them to take a lot of penalties,” said Larsen. “We got the momentum with the power plays and they got a little tired.”

A majority of those power plays came in the second period but the Stars were unable to extend their lead. They did get a power play goal early in the third period to make it a 3-1 game when Tristan King, who had one goal and one assist on the afternoon, roofed a shot off the rush. Kevin King scored with just under six minutes left, scoring on a snap shot from the slot, to round out the scoring for the Stars.

The defensive problems that plagued the team were not evident Sunday.

“There were some things we talked about defensively and I thought it started to mesh for the guys," said Gulutzan.

“Yesterday was our first game and we haven’t practiced too much and we’ve got a new system, so it was a little bit loose on the ice,” said Larsen. “The more you play the system the more confident you are going to feel.”

The goaltending was excellent. Beskorowany stopped 26 of 27 shots and several were sharp ones.

“He was really calm. I think he looked really calm,” said Gulutzan “He made a big save when it was 2-1 when a guy got around our defense. It was a big save. It’s not always the saves, it’s the timing of the saves and that save came up big time for us.”

That save came in the second period on a shorthanded chance by the Blues. Beskorowany made a great glove save on a point blank chance midway through the third period and the Stars up 3-1 in the game.

“Overall I thought it was a good effort on my part,” Beskorowany said. “There were a couple of turnovers in my own end playing the puck. There was some miscommunication and it cost me a goal, but you learn from it and I’ll bounce back from it and not make the same mistake.”

And Sunday’s game was a good bounce back effort for the Stars prospects, who showed a lot of fight in the game as well. There were four fights and several scrums.

“I thought they played hard, they played disciplined, they played together and those are things we are looking for in this organization - that team togetherness," said Gulutzan. "They stuck up for each other."

Said Beskorowany: “I think we are starting to jell as a team and it’s starting to show on the ice.”

The Stars have a practice day on Monday and play Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Sunday’s boxscore is here.