Dallas Stars: Wayne Simmonds

Stars-Flyers photos

December, 22, 2011
Here's a link to some photos from last night's Dallas Stars-Philadelphia Flyers game at American Airlines Center. You can see all the photos by Shannon Byrne here or by clicking below on the photo of Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds and Stars goaltender Richard Bachman.

#31 Richard Bachman makes a save on #17 Wayne Simmonds.Dallas Stars vs. Philadelphia Flyers, December 21, 2011

Penalties cost Stars in loss to Flyers

December, 21, 2011
DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars have done a good job recently of staying out of the penalty box and limiting power play chances for their opponents. They weren’t able to maintain the trend Wednesday night and the Philadelphia Flyers made them pay, scoring twice on the power play in a 4-1 win over the Stars at American Airlines Center.

“I thought they capitalized on their power plays and we didn’t capitalize on ours,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan, whose team was 0-3 on the power play. “I thought five-on-five the game was pretty even. It’s just specialty teams came into play and they beat us at that game for sure.”

The Flyers were 2-5 on the power play in the game and scored on two of their first three chances, turning a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 Philadelphia lead.

“They’ve got a great high scoring team,” said Stars forward Steve Ott. “They are the top scoring team in the league and if you give them chances on the power play, you are going to shoot yourself in the foot.”

The Stars had 32 penalty minutes in the game, including two ten minute misconducts. The Stars were not happy with some of the calls.

"You can probably watch the same replays on the Jumbotron, and can answer your own question about how good some of the interference calls were out there," said Ott. "But you can't take anything away from Philadelphia's power play. It was a strong effort and I thought they were pretty solid."

“It’s just a little embarrassing when all you have to do is throw your head around to get a penalty call,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow, who picked up one of those misconducts. “I think I got two sticks in the face and if you don’t fall on the ice or throw your head back to make it look obvious they are not going to see it, they are just going to apologize for it. I let them know it. I’ve been in the league 12 years now and I know what’s worth a 10 (minute misconduct) because I’ve had plenty. With the big lights of HBO or Versus tonight, they got a little sensitive.”

Stars goaltender Richard Bachman, making his sixth straight start, surrendered four goals on 30 shots and fell to 4-2-0 since being recalled from the AHL.

The Stars got off to a good start, scoring 56 seconds into the game when Michael Ryder took a drop pass from Loui Eriksson off the rush and beat Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky with a shot from the slot.

The Flyers bounced back with a pair of goals 3:06 apart later in the first to take a lead they would never relinquish. Giroux scored off the rebound of a Jaromir Jagr shot at the 8:30 mark to tie the game.

The Flyers then made it 2-1 when they cashed in on the game’s first power play as Wayne Simmonds tipped home a Kimmo Timonen shot from the point at the 11:36 mark.

The Flyers added another power play goal at the 8:00 mark as Jagr finished off a give-and go with Giroux to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead.

“Jagr has made a career of it and playing with a skilled guy like Giroux, they are going to make you pay,” said Morrow. “We got on the wrong end of it a couple times and skilled guys like that are going to find a way.”

Andrej Meszaros scored off from the left wing off the rush at 5:22 of the third period to round out the scoring in the game. He was set up by Giroux, who had one goal and three assists in his first game back after missing four contests with a concussion.

“I really didn’t do much on those points,” said Giroux. “I was just giving the puck to the other guys and they were doing all the work. It’s fun to come back and get that win.”


*Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas did not play Wednesday due to a foot injury. He is listed as day-to-day.

*Toby Petersen was the lone healthy scratch for Dallas.

*Wednesday’s attendance was 15,061.

Stars continue slide with loss to Kings

April, 2, 2011
On an afternoon when the Dallas Stars again needed to find a way to win, they came up short. And this loss really hurt because it came in regulation, meaning they got no points in the standings. The 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center extended the Stars’ winless streak to six games (0-3-3) and left them five points out of a playoff spot with just five games remaining.

“It stings,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “We’ve still got five games. We’re probably going to need some help from some teams, but before we worry about that we’ve got to worry about our games. We’ve got a big one tomorrow against a hot team (Anaheim). We’ve got our work cut out for us.”

“We’ve probably got to win out to have a chance,” said Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. “We’ve got five games and need to take them one at a time. We really haven’t been getting the bounces we’ve needed.”

The puck didn’t bounce the Stars’ way on Saturday. Both Los Angeles goals went in off Dallas defenders.

The first goal, which gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead in the first period, was a point shot by Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell that deflected off Kings forward Wayne Simmonds, got behind Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen and then went over the goal line off the stick of Dallas defenseman Mark Fistric as he tried to clear the puck.

With the game tied 1-1 with just over seven minutes left in the game, a shot from the right circle by Kings defenseman Matt Greene bounced in the net off the skate of Goligoski, who was still trying to recover after getting hit in the face by the stick of Kings forward Kyle Clifford. That was the game-winner for the Kings, who got a late empty net goal from Dustin Brown to seal the win.

“We put both goals in our net tonight. That puck luck, or whatever you want to call it, has not been going our way,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “All you can do is keep persevering. If we continue to work hard and continue to do those things, hopefully it will change.”

The Stars fell to 1-5-3 in their last nine games. In seven of the eight games they have failed to win, the games have been close. Four were decided by one goal the other three, including Saturday’s were one-goal games, until the opponent extended the lead with a late empty net goal.

“It’s just finding ways to win and we’ve found ways to lose,” said Stars center Brad Richards, who scored Dallas’ lone goal in the game. “It’s not from a lack of care or heart in here. Sometimes it wears on you to lose a lot of one-goal games in a row, shootouts. We still come out and play these teams tough. … We have to find a way to win. They throw two pucks on and they go off people and we throw pucks on net and it’s not happening right now. You can’t look at that. That’s life sometimes, that’s any sport.”

The Stars have one game left on this road trip, playing Sunday at Anaheim. Then they have two at home (Columbus, Colorado) and then finish up with two on the road (Colorado, Minnesota).

“We started off the season with five wins in six games and we have to finish off the season with five wins,” said Crawford. “We’re still alive here, we’re still kicking. You just have to keep believing that your luck is going to change.”

Power play free game

Saturday’s game was on where there were no power plays for either side. According to the Stars PR staff that’s the first time that’s happened in an NHL game since April 2, 2010 in a game between New Jersey and Chicago.

Two calls that could have gone the Stars’ way that didn’t were defenseman Mark Fistric getting caught with a high stick and defenseman Alex Goligoski getting hit with a high stick just before Matt Greene scored the game-winning goal for the Kings.

Stars coach Marc Crawford passed on discussing the officiating in the game.

“That’s not for me,” Crawford said. “I can’t make a rant today, can’t afford it.”

Stars captain Brenden Morrow was willing to talk about it.

“It was old time hockey out there,” Morrow said. “We kind of sensed that early in the game. They let a lot of things go on both sides. We got away with some stuff early, too. Taking away a scoring chance and giving scoring opportunities are tough when they’re not called. They’re gearing up for the playoffs. We didn’t get any memos, but I guess we’re seeing what the playoffs are going to be called like.”

The Kings players were upset in the final seconds with a Mike Ribeiro hit on Michal Handzus as the Stars were trying to score the tying goal with goaltender Kari Lehtonen out of the net. Kings coach Terry Murray had no problem with Ribeiro’s hit.

“I think it’s a hockey play,” Murray said. “There’s such intensity at that time. The goalie is out. Everybody wants to score the goal and we want to defend, so it’s just a lot of compete, and you love that kind of an attitude.”

Skrastins returns

Stars defenseman Karlis Skrastins, who had missed the last four games after getting cut on his thigh by a skate, was back in the lineup Saturday. He played 13:11 in the game.

Adam Burish missed his ninth game with a hairline fracture in his leg. Nicklas Grossman (knee) and Brian Sutherby, who were not on the road trip, remain out.

Krys Barch and Brad Lukowich were the scratches.

Stars fall 3-1 to Kings

April, 2, 2011
The Dallas Stars playoff chances took a devastating blow with a 3-1 loss in Los Angeles Saturday afternoon. The Stars, who are winless in their last six games (0-3-3), are five points out of a playoff spot with five games remaining. Brad Richards scored the lone goal for the Stars, who have scored just nine goals over their last six games. Kari Lehtonen stopped 29 of 31 shots.


“We put both goals in our net tonight. That puck luck, or whatever you want to call it, has not been going our way. All you can do is keep persevering. If we continue to work hard and continue to do those things, hopefully it will change. We started off the season with five wins in six games and we have to finish off the season with five wins. We’re still alive here, we’re still kicking. You just have to keep believing that your luck is going to change. That was a very even game. They got the break, we didn’t. End of story.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

“It’s a cliché, but we got to work harder and the breaks with come. We felt pretty confident as the game went along and going into the third with a tie game, it was a game we could get. We just didn’t have that extra step to get to any of those loose pucks.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow


*The Stars are 9-15-6 in their last 30 games, including 8-13-6 since the All-Star break.

*The Stars have scored 9 goals during their six game winless streak (1.5 per game).

*The Stars are 8-10-5 against the Pacific Division this season.

*The Stars did not have a power play chance in a game for the first time this season.

*The Stars were not shorthanded in a game for the first time this season.

*Saturday’s game marked the first time that neither team had a power play chance in an NHL game since April 2, 2010 (Chicago at New Jersey).

First period

There were no penalties, no power plays and both teams had 12 shots on goal in the first 20 minutes.

Stars coach Marc Crawford did some line juggling, moving Jamie Benn to a line with Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson. Brandon Segal, who was back in the lineup, played on the right wing with Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro.

Stars defenseman Karlis Skrastins returned after missing four games with a leg laceration. Adam Burish, Nicklas Grossman and Brian Sutherby remain out with injuries. Brad Lukowich and Krys Barch were scratches.

Second period

The Kings took the lead at the 4:15 mark of the second when defenseman Willie Mitchell’s shot from the right point deflected off forward Wayne Simmonds, got through Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen and went in off the stick of defenseman Mark Fistric as he tried to sweep it out of the net.

But the Stars answered 1:13 later when Brad Richards’s shot from the right circle off the rush slipped through Kings goalie Jonathan Quick to make it a 1-1 game.

There were no power plays in the second period, but with nine seconds left the game’s first penalties were called as Stars center Mike Ribeiro and Kings forward Brad Richardson were given roughing minors.

Third period

Kings defenseman Matt Greene scored the lone goal of the third period, sending a shot from the top of the right circle that deflected off the skate of Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski and into the net with 7:10 remaining.

The Stars pulled Lehtonen for an extra attacker, but Kings captain Dustin Brown sealed the win with an empty net goal with 7.4 seconds remaining.

There were no penalties in the third period, resulting in a game in which neither team received a power play.

Stars lineup



Raycroft (backup)

Injured: Burish (leg), Grossman (knee), Sutherby (back)

Scratches: Barch, Lukowich

Power play units

No power plays

Penalty kill units

No penalty kills

Stars-Kings thoughts

October, 29, 2010
Some thoughts and observations after the Dallas Stars dropped their third straight game, falling 5-2 to the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night.
  • The turning point of this game a brief span in the second when the Kings scored two goals in nine seconds to turn a 1-1 game into a 3-1 game. The Stars were playing well at that point, but a Brenden Morrow turnover led to the Kings’ first goal and then Kings struck again right after the faceoff to take control of the game. Stars coach Marc Crawford didn’t mention that turnover specifically, but it may be what he was ranting about after the game when he talked about overextending shifts to try to create a scoring chance. It backfired in this case and tilted the game in the Kings’ favor.
  • This homestand has been a disaster so far for the Stars. They were 5-1-0 coming into it and are now 5-4-0 after the first three games. They’ve dropped the first three games and last two have been 5-2 losses.
  • The Stars have just four goals in the three games despite 99 shots on goal. On Thursday night, the Kings made the most of their chances. Their first three goals were all scored from close range – a rebound off a point shot, a rebound off a centering pass and a player driving the net on the third.
  • As we learned when the Stars won their first four games of the season, shots for and shots against don’t determine who wins games. The Stars have outshot the opposition 99-74 over the last three games, been outscored 11-4 and lost all three of them.
  • Of the Stars’ four goals on this homestand, two have come on the power play and the other two came at even strength and those two even strength goals were scored by the fourth line.
  • Jamie Benn got moved to the line with Morrow and Mike Ribeiro for this game and Adam Burish played with Steve Ott and Tom Wandell. It didn’t really pay any dividends. We’ll have to see if Crawford sticks with it.
  • Andrew Raycroft came in the game after the Kings scored their fourth goal, a shorthanded tally by Willie Mitchell, who had his pass towards the net bounce off the skate of Philip Larsen and by Kari Lehtonen. Raycroft, seeing his first action, played well in stopping all eight shots he faced.
  • Larsen played 19:03 in the game, had one assist, three shots, two blocked shots and a minus-two rating.
  • Jonathan Quick was excellent in net for the Kings. He had some quality saves and looked in control most of the night. Wayne Simmonds came up big, setting up the goal that gave the Kings a 2-1 lead and then scoring just nine seconds later to make it 3-1.