<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News - Stars Central]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sportsen-usWed, 26 Jul 2017 23:37:39 -0500Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:37:39 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Heiskanen Hits the Ice at Stars Development Camp]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:51:51 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Miro_Heiskanen_On_the_Ice_At_Stars_Development_Camp.jpg

The third overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, 17-year old Miro Heiskanen, hits the ice in Frisco for the Stars development camp.]]>
<![CDATA[22Kill Group Visits Stars Development Camp in Frisco]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:25:46 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/22Kill_at_Stars_Development_Camp_1200x675_991808579569.jpg

Members of 22Kill, a group that helps raise awareness about a major problem involving U.S. veterans, visited the Stars development camp in Frisco. Executive Director Jacob Schick explains more about the group and what they do. ]]>
<![CDATA[New York Rangers Hire Lindy Ruff as Assistant Coach]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:13:09 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lindy_Ruff_First_News_Conference16x9_722x406_34408515616.jpg

The New York Rangers have hired longtime NHL head coach Lindy Ruff as an assistant to Alain Vigneault.

The Rangers announced the hire Monday. The 57-year-old Ruff was a head coach for almost 19 seasons, compiling a record of 736-554-78-125.

He ranks fourth among head coaches in regular-season games coached, trailing Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour and Joel Quenneville.

Ruff coached the Buffalo Sabres for parts of 15 seasons (1997-98 to 2012-13). He led the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Final in 1998-99 and won the Jack Adams Award in 2005-06.

Ruff also coached the Dallas Stars for four seasons (2013-14 to 2016-17).

He played in 691 NHL games over parts of 12 seasons in the league (1979-80 to 1990-91), with 105 goals and 195 assists, along with 1,264 penalty minutes. He played parts of three seasons with the Rangers (1988-89 to 1990-91) and had 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 83 games.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Playoff Schedule]]>Thu, 12 May 2016 13:57:08 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/521245528cu.jpg

The Dallas Stars advanced to the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Second Round: The Blues advance after winning the series 4-3.
GM 1 - Blues 1, Stars 2 | Recap
GM 2 - Blues 4, Stars 3 OT | Recap
GM 3 - Stars 1, Blues 6 | Recap
GM 4 - Stars 3, Blues 2 OT | Recap
GM 5 - Blues 4, Stars 1 | Recap
GM 6 - Stars 3, Blues 2 | Recap
GM 7 - Blues 6, Stars 1 | Recap

First Round: Stars win the best-of-seven series against the Minnesota Wild, 4-2
GM 1 - Wild 0, Stars 4 | Recap
GM 2 - Wild 1, Stars 2 | Recap
GM 3 - Stars 3,  Wild 5 | Recap
GM 4 - Stars 3, Wild 2 | Recap
GM 5 - Wild 5, Stars 4 OT | Recap
GM 6 - Stars 5, Wild 4 | Recap
GM 7 - Tuesday vs Wild, Time TBD (if necessary)



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Ice Girls, 2015-2016]]>Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:54:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/168*120/GettyImages-514960244.jpgPhotos of the Dallas Stars Ice Girls during the 2015-2016 season.

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<![CDATA[Stars Re-sign Radek Faksa to $6.6 Million, 3-Year Deal]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:21:52 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/sharks-stars-instant.jpg

The Dallas Stars have re-signed young center Radek Faksa to a $6.6 million, three-year contract.

Faksa is coming off his first full NHL season, when he had 12 goals and 21 assists in 80 games. The 23-year-old center was drafted 13th overall by the Stars in 2012. He has played in 125 regular-season games and 13 playoff games the past two seasons.

When announcing the deal Monday, general manager Jim Nill said Faksa has proven his value at both ends of the ice and the Stars fully expect him to only get better.

Faksa has competed internationally for the Czech Republic at the 2016 World Championships and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

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<![CDATA[Busy Offseason Continues for Jim Nill and the Stars]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:55:11 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/busy_offseason_for_stars_and_nill_1200x675_986367043681.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney talks with Stars general manager Jim Nill about the moves made during the offseason and the goal of getting back to the playoffs. ]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Sign Alexander Radulov to $31.25 million, 5-year deal]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 16:52:36 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/199*120/radulov.jpg

Even though Alexander Radulov took 48 hours into NHL free agency to find a home, it was very much worth the wait.

Radulov on Monday became the richest player in a restrained market by signing a $31.25 million, five-year deal with the Dallas Stars. The 30-year-old Russian winger left the Canadiens for a contract that's worth almost $5 million more than Kevin Shattenkirk's with the New York Rangers and ties Karl Alzner's with Montreal for the longest signed by an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"I really want five years at least on my deal," said Radulov, who will count $6.25 million against the salary cap through 2021-22. "I wanted to play and not worry about it, just play hard and not worry about it. ... I got a long-term deal and I am happy."

Radulov and Ales Hemsky traded places on Day 3 of free agency as the 33-year-old winger signed a $1 million, one-year deal with Montreal. The Canadiens made a last-ditch attempt to match the Stars' offer to Radulov, who decided not to renege on his verbal agreement.

"I said I already agreed with Dallas," Radulov said. "I said it wouldn't be fair, it wouldn't be right. If you take it you take it, there's no way back, right?"

Radulov wanted to go back to the Canadiens, and franchise goaltender Carey Price said Sunday he'd hate to lose the Russian winger or veteran defenseman Andrei Markov. Radulov's departure makes it possible that Markov re-signs with Montreal, which has $15 million in cap space and must still work out a new contract for restricted free agent forward Alex Galchenyuk.

The Stars completed their offseason shopping list by getting Radulov, who was considered the top free agent forward available. They previously got a goaltender in Ben Bishop, defenseman via trade in Marc Methot and center in Martin Hanzal, though Radulov has the kind of talent that doesn't come cheap.

"We're adding an elite player to our lineup," Dallas general manager Jim Nill said. "He's high-end skill. You're always looking to add skill to your lineup, and he adds that. He's a strong skater. ... He's a strong man down low, can hold on to the puck, can make plays."

Hemsky could be a bargain move for the Canadiens as they attempt to replace Radulov's production of 18 goals and 36 assists. Hemsky missed a majority of last season after injuring his hip at the World Cup of Hockey and undergoing surgery , something that contributed to the Stars missing the playoffs.

"We're going to miss Ales, but unfortunately you have to make decisions in this game," Nill said. "Montreal's getting a very good player and getting a very good person. He's going to be a very good player for Montreal. He's going to add a lot of speed to the lineup."

With the hockey world shifting down a gear from the initial free agent frenzy, the Washington Capitals made a depth move Monday amid their retooling process by signing former Devils winger Devante Smith-Pelly to a one-year, two-way contract worth a league-minimum $650,000. Bought out by New Jersey and now on his fourth team, the 25-year-old will be given the chance to earn a roster spot.

"I think there's some untapped potential," Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said. "We see him as a project, and we might be able to turn him into a player that we can use on the NHL roster."

Detroit on Monday re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Xavier Ouellet to a two-year deal. The Red Wings bolstered their blue line Saturday by signing two-time Stanley Cup winner Trevor Daley to a $9.5 million, three-year contract.

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<![CDATA[Stars Add Depth with Newcomer Hanzel, Return of Nemeth]]>Sat, 01 Jul 2017 16:53:32 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/198*120/Dallas+Stars+Emergency+Landing.png

The Stars focused on depth at the start of free agency, adding veteran forward Martin Hanzal and bringing back young defenseman Patrik Nemeth.

Dallas also added younger forward Tyler Pitlick on a $3 million, three-year contract Saturday, the first day of free agency. The 25-year-old spent parts of three seasons with Edmonton.

The 30-year-old Hanzal signed a $14.3 million, three-year contract. The center had a career-high 20 goals while splitting last season between Arizona and Minnesota. He finished with 39 points (19 assists) in 71 games.

The addition of Hanzal gives Dallas depth behind the high-scoring duo of captain Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. He has 326 points (121 goals, 205 assists) in 628 games over 10 seasons.

The 25-year-old Nemeth had three assists in a career-high 40 games with the Stars last season. He signed a one-year deal for $945,000 and is going into his fifth season.

Dallas also signed Brian Flynn to a one-year deal. He played for Montreal last season.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[The Latest on the First Day of NHL Free Agency]]>Sat, 01 Jul 2017 16:59:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hockey-generic.jpg

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By The Associated Press
   The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times ET):
   3 p.m.
   The New York Rangers have signed the top free agent on the market, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.
   Shattenkirk led all unrestricted free agents with 56 points last season, splitting time between the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals. The 28-year-old is from New Rochelle, New York.
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   2:30 p.m.
   Florida has agreed to terms with free agent center Micheal Haley, reuniting him with new Panthers coach Bob Boughner.
   Haley will get a two-year contract from the Panthers. He had two goals, 10 assists and 128 penalty minutes in 58 games last season with San Jose -- where Boughner was an assistant coach.
   Haley has also played for the New York Islanders, where he was coached by new Florida assistant Jack Capuano. He also played briefly with the New York Rangers in the 2012-13 season.
   Panthers general manager Dale Tallon says Florida was looking to add "more sandpaper" in this free-agent crop, and Haley's toughness certainly would fit that bill.
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   2 p.m.
   The Los Angeles Kings have signed veteran forward Michael Cammalleri to a one-year, $1 million deal.
   Cammalleri returns to Los Angeles after beginning his NHL career with the Kings during the 2002-03 season. He spent five years with the Kings before moving to Calgary, Montreal and New Jersey.
   The 35-year-old Cammalleri has scored six goals 20 times in his career despite dealing with numerous injuries. He should provide a veteran boost to the Kings' unimpressive depth forward lines.
   The Kings also signed defenseman Christian Folin, goalie Cal Petersen and defenseman Stepan Falkovsky.
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   1:55 p.m.
   The Anaheim Ducks have signed cornerstone defenseman Cam Fowler to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension through the 2025-26 season.
   Fowler has been a fixture on the Ducks' blue line since he unexpectedly fell to Anaheim at 12th overall in the 2010 draft. The U.S. Olympian was outstanding last season, getting a career-best 11 goals and 28 assists before adding nine points in the postseason.
   The Ducks also grabbed veteran goalie Ryan Miller on the free-agent market, signing him to a two-year, $4 million deal.
   Miller spent the last three years in Vancouver after a decade in Buffalo. The veteran, who turns 37 years old in two weeks, replaces Jonathan Bernier as the complement to starter John Gibson.
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   1:45 p.m.
   A wild three days has finally come to an end for defenseman Ryan Murphy, who signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild.
   Murphy, Carolina's first-round pick in 2011, spent parts of the past five seasons with the Hurricanes.
   They traded him to Calgary along with backup goalie Eddie Lack on Thursday night, but the Flames waived Murphy less than 24 hours later.
   Under his deal with the Wild, Murphy will make $700,000 at the NHL level or $350,000 in the minors.
   -- AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary
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   1:40 p.m.
   Evgeni Dadonov is back with the Florida Panthers, after being out of the NHL for more than five years.
   The right wing agreed Saturday on a three-year deal to return to Florida, where he would certainly figure to be a candidate to join Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau on the Panthers' top line -- another clear indicator that Jaromir Jagr's time with the team could be over.
   Dadonov appeared in 55 games for Florida between 2010 and 2012, with 10 goals and 10 assists.
   He's spent the past five seasons in Russia's KHL, with 101 goals and 123 assists in stints with Donbass and St. Petersburg.
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   1:30 p.m.
   Canadian teams are spending money in the first couple of hours of free agency.
   The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Sam Gagner to a $9.45 million, three-year deal and defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a $6 million, two-year deal. Gagner will count $3.15 million against the cap and Del Zotto $3 million.
   The Toronto Maple Leafs signed veteran, Stanley Cup-winning defenseman Ron Hainsey to a $6 million, two-year deal with an annual cap hit of $3 million.
   Add that to the busy Montreal Canadiens, who signed defenseman Karl Alzner to a $23.125 million, five-year deal and made some other moves.
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   1:20 p.m.
   The Dallas Stars have signed center Martin Hanzal to a $14.25 million, three-year deal that carries a salary-cap hit of $4.75 million.
   Hanzal split last season between the Arizona Coyotes and Minnesota Wild. The 30-year-old has 326 in 628 NHL games.
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   1:15 p.m.
   The Nashville Predators have traded forward Colin Wilson to the Colorado Avalanche for a 2019 fourth-round pick. The Predators save almost $4 million against the salary cap by shedding Wilson.
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   1:05 p.m.
   The St. Louis Blues have signed wingers Beau Bennett and Chris Thorburn and re-signed restricted free agent Oskar Sundqvist, whom they acquired from Pittsburgh at the draft.
   Bennett and Sundqvist each signed for $650,000 for next season and Thorburn -- who was taken by Vegas from Winnipeg in the expansion draft -- for $1.8 million over two years.
   Thorburn is a replacement for Ryan Reaves, traded to the Penguins for Sundqvist.
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   1 p.m.
   Goaltenders are signing fast and furious early in free agency.
   Steve Mason has signed a $8.2 million, 2-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets, an average cap hit of $4.1 million. Jonathan Bernier signed for $2.75 million over one year with the Colorado Avalanche, who lost goalie Calvin Pickard to Vegas in the expansion draft.
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   12:50 p.m.
   The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, $1.15 million deal, two days after the 30-year-old had the remainder of his contract bought out by the Edmonton Oilers.
   Pouliot has 11 seasons of NHL experience, including the past three with the Oilers, where he combined for 41 goals and 84 points in 180 games. Overall, he has 117 goals, 127 assists for 244 points in 551 career games, and provides third- and fourth-line depth to a Sabres team under newly hired general manager Jason Botterill.
   Pouliot's signing comes a day after the Sabres acquired former captain Jason Pominville in a trade with Minnesota.
   The two veteran additions at forward make it less likely Buffalo will re-sign Brian Gionta. An unrestricted free agent, Gionta expressed interest in returning to the Sabres.
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   12:45 p.m.
   The San Jose Sharks have signed long-term contract extensions with shutdown defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and goalie Martin Jones.
   The Sharks reached agreements on the deals Saturday to keep both players off the open market next summer. Vlasic gets an eight-year deal and Jones was signed for six years.
   Vlasic is one the top defensive defensemen in the league and is usually tasked with shutting down the opposition's top scorers. Vlasic has played all 11 seasons of his career with San Jose and now is under contract for nine more seasons.
   Jones has been a rock in goal since being acquired in a trade with Boston two years ago. He helped San Jose reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2016 and won 35 games this past season.
   -- AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow from San Jose, California
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   12:40 p.m.
   The Carolina Hurricanes are bringing in another free-agent forward, agreeing to a one-year deal with Josh Jooris.
   General manager Ron Francis said Saturday that Jooris will make $775,000.
   Jooris, 26, had four goals and eight assists in 54 games while splitting the season between Arizona and the New York Rangers.
   The deal with Jooris was announced about 15 minutes after the Hurricanes said they struck a two-year deal with forward Justin Williams, a key member of their 2006 Stanley Cup championship team who earned the "Mr. Game 7" nickname for his 7-1 career record in them.
   -- AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary
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   12:35 p.m.
   A flurry of signings are done a half-hour into free agency, including a couple of goaltenders with Ondrej Pavelec going to the New York Rangers and Brian Elliott to the Philadelphia Flyers.
   A person with direct knowledge of the signing tells The Associated Press that Pavelec agreed to a $1.3 million, one-year deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
   Elliott signed for $5.5 million over two years to split time in Philadelphia's goal with Michal Neuvirth. Elliott's cap hit will be $2.75 million.
   The Washington Capitals also re-signed forward Brett Connolly to a $3 million, two-year deal that carries an annual cap hit of $1.5 million.
   -- AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno
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   12:30 p.m.
   The Carolina Hurricanes are bringing back forward Justin Williams.
   General manager Ron Francis say Williams agreed to a two-year deal worth $9 million.
   The 2014 playoff MVP had 100 points combined the past two years with Washington and won one Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and two more with Los Angeles.
   Now the player nicknamed "Mr. Game 7" for his 7-1 career record in those series-deciding games will try to help Carolina reach a Game 1.
   The Hurricanes have the NHL's longest active playoff drought at eight years. Their only postseason appearance since winning the Cup came in 2009.
   Francis says Williams "believes in what we are doing here and is returning to Raleigh to help the Hurricanes take the next step."
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   12:25 p.m.
   If you can't beat `em, sign `em.
   Fresh off losing in the Stanley Cup Final, the Nashville Predators have signed center Nick Bonino to a $16.4 million, four-year deal. The Pittsburgh Penguins' two-year Stanley Cup hero will count $4.1 million against Nashville's salary cap each season.
   The Penguins are also losing defensemen Trevor Daley to Detroit and Ron Hainsey to Toronto.
   But they have replenished their blue line by signing Matt Hunwick to a $6.75 million, three-year deal. The 32-year-old former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman will count $2.25 million against the cap.
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   12:20 p.m.
   The Detroit Red Wings addressed a desperate need at the start of free agency, signing veteran defenseman Trevor Daley to a $9.5 million, three-year contract.
   Daley helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup last month, adding five points in 21 games during the playoffs.
   The 33-year-old Daley gives Detroit a much-needed boost on the blue line. The franchise didn't earn a spot in the postseason for the first time since 1990 in part because it struggled on defense.
   Daley has 78 goals and 278 points in his 13-year career, spending much of it with the Dallas Stars before playing for the Chicago Blackhawks and Penguins the past two seasons.
   -- AP Hockey Writer Larry Lage.
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   12:15 p.m.
   The Sabres have reached an agreement to sign goalie Chad Johnson, who returns to Buffalo after spending last season in Calgary. Johnson is a capable backup, but also a journeyman, who joins his seventh team in his eight NHL seasons.
   Johnson went 18-15-1 in 36 games for the Flames last season. Overall, he 68-45-12 record in 137 games, including 124 starts.
   Johnson is familiar with Buffalo after spending the 2015-16 season with the Sabres, where he formed a close bond with starter Robin Lehner. He also stepped in and went 22-16-4 in a career-high 40 games after Lehner was sidelined by a sprained ankle.
   The Sabres addressed a depth need at goalie after prospect Cal Petersen elected to pursue free agency after opting out of his senior season at Notre Dame. Johnson will compete with Linus Ullmark for the backup job with the Sabres.
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   12:10 p.m.
   The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Dan Girardi to a $6 million, two-year deal. The 33-year-old will count $3 million against the salary cap the next two seasons.
   Girardi was bought out of the final three years of his contract by the New York Rangers in June.
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   12:05 p.m.
   The Montreal Canadiens have their replacement for Alexei Emelin, signing defenseman Karl Alzner to a $23.125 million, five-year deal. Alzner will count $4.625 million against the salary cap each season.
   Alzner, 28, had spent his entire career with the Washington Capitals before hitting unrestricted free agency. He's expected to be one of many players to leave Washington, including Kevin Shattenkirk and Justin Williams.
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   Noon
   Patrick Sharp, a high-scoring winger who helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup championships, is returning to Chicago for a second stint.
   The 35-year-old veteran agreed to a one-year, $800,000 contract Saturday that includes another $200,000 in performance incentives.
   Sharp spent 10 seasons with the Blackhawks from 2005 to 2015 and had 511 points (239 goals). He scored more than 30 goals four times in that span and helped transform Chicago into one of the most successful franchises along with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
   Sharp got dealt to Dallas in a salary cap move after the Blackhawks beat Tampa Bay for the championship in 2015.
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   11:55 a.m.
   The New Jersey Devils began spending their salary-cap space by signing center Brian Boyle to a $5.1 million, two-year deal.
   Boyle was traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the deadline.
   Boyle has 169 points in 624 NHL games.
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   11:45 a.m.
   Jaromir Jagr's time in Florida appears to be over, barring a seismic change in his asking price.
   A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Jagr and the Panthers were "nowhere close" on a salary for this coming season, and that Florida has elected to move on without him in its plans. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side had publicly revealed those details.
   The 45-year-old Jagr said earlier this week that no teams had contacted him, something Panthers general manager Dale Tallon refuted by saying he was having regular conversations with Jagr agent Petr Svoboda.
   Jagr had 16 goals and 30 assists for Florida last season, appearing in all 82 games. He's No. 2 on the NHL's career points list, and No. 3 in goals, No. 4 in games and No. 5 in assists.
   He is the oldest free agent, by far, available this summer -- Shane Doan and Matt Cullen are next, both 40.
   -- AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds
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   11:30 a.m.
   The Philadelphia Flyers are re-signing another highly touted young forward, one day after saying No. 2 pick Nolan Patrick has had a second abdominal surgery.
   The Flyers agreed to terms on a $1.8 million, two-year deal with restricted free agent Mike Vecchione, who will count $900,000 against the salary cap each of the next two seasons.
   Vecchione chose the Flyers as an undrafted free agent out of Union College and made his NHL debut late last season.
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   10:55 a.m.
   The Florida Panthers have agreed on a one-year extension with defenseman Alex Petrovic.
   Panthers general manager Dale Tallon says Petrovic "is an important part of our young core and has taken great strides in his development over the past two seasons."
   Petrovic had one goal and 13 assists with the Panthers last season. He has appeared in 161 games, all with Florida.
   The Panthers have prioritized keeping their defense mostly intact going into next season, something that Tallon and new Florida coach Bob Boughner have been in concert on since Boughner was hired last month.
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   10:50 a.m.
   Before the start of free agency, several teams took care of re-signing their own players. The Toronto Maple Leafs re-upped goaltenders Curtis McIlhenney and Garret Sparks for two years.
   McIlhenney's deal is worth a salary-cap hit of $850,000 per season and Sparks' is worth $675,000.
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   10:30 a.m.
   Though not a free agent, Ilya Kovalchuk has taken one step closer to returning to the NHL after spending the previous four seasons playing in his native Russia.
   The start of the league's new business year at noon Saturday places the Devils in a position to sign Kovalchuk to have him either stay in New Jersey or -- more likely -- trade him to another team. The Devils own the rights to the 2001 No. 1 draft pick after Kovalchuk left the team to play in the Kontinental Hockey League.
   Since expressing an intention to return to North America in May, Kovalchuk has had the Devils' permission to meet with teams and negotiate the framework of a contract. New Jersey would then have to sign Kovalchuk to the agreed upon deal and negotiate a trade with the team.
   Devils GM Ray Shero has previously said he's keeping all of his options open regarding the 34-year-old Kovalchuk, who was a nine-time 30-goal scorer in 11 NHL season
   The expectation is for Kovalchuk to narrow his options based on what teams might be the best fit for him following the first few days of free agency.
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3 p.m.

The New York Rangers have signed the top free agent on the market, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.

Shattenkirk led all unrestricted free agents with 56 points last season, splitting time between the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals. The 28-year-old is from New Rochelle, New York.

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2:30 p.m.

Florida has agreed to terms with free agent center Micheal Haley, reuniting him with new Panthers coach Bob Boughner.

Haley will get a two-year contract from the Panthers. He had two goals, 10 assists and 128 penalty minutes in 58 games last season with San Jose -- where Boughner was an assistant coach.

Haley has also played for the New York Islanders, where he was coached by new Florida assistant Jack Capuano. He also played briefly with the New York Rangers in the 2012-13 season.

Panthers general manager Dale Tallon says Florida was looking to add "more sandpaper" in this free-agent crop, and Haley's toughness certainly would fit that bill.

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2 p.m.

The Los Angeles Kings have signed veteran forward Michael Cammalleri to a one-year, $1 million deal.

Cammalleri returns to Los Angeles after beginning his NHL career with the Kings during the 2002-03 season. He spent five years with the Kings before moving to Calgary, Montreal and New Jersey.

The 35-year-old Cammalleri has scored six goals 20 times in his career despite dealing with numerous injuries. He should provide a veteran boost to the Kings' unimpressive depth forward lines.

The Kings also signed defenseman Christian Folin, goalie Cal Petersen and defenseman Stepan Falkovsky.

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1:55 p.m.

The Anaheim Ducks have signed cornerstone defenseman Cam Fowler to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension through the 2025-26 season.

Fowler has been a fixture on the Ducks' blue line since he unexpectedly fell to Anaheim at 12th overall in the 2010 draft. The U.S. Olympian was outstanding last season, getting a career-best 11 goals and 28 assists before adding nine points in the postseason.

The Ducks also grabbed veteran goalie Ryan Miller on the free-agent market, signing him to a two-year, $4 million deal.

Miller spent the last three years in Vancouver after a decade in Buffalo. The veteran, who turns 37 years old in two weeks, replaces Jonathan Bernier as the complement to starter John Gibson.

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1:45 p.m.

A wild three days has finally come to an end for defenseman Ryan Murphy, who signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild.

Murphy, Carolina's first-round pick in 2011, spent parts of the past five seasons with the Hurricanes.

They traded him to Calgary along with backup goalie Eddie Lack on Thursday night, but the Flames waived Murphy less than 24 hours later.

Under his deal with the Wild, Murphy will make $700,000 at the NHL level or $350,000 in the minors.

-- AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary

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1:40 p.m.

Evgeni Dadonov is back with the Florida Panthers, after being out of the NHL for more than five years.

The right wing agreed Saturday on a three-year deal to return to Florida, where he would certainly figure to be a candidate to join Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau on the Panthers' top line -- another clear indicator that Jaromir Jagr's time with the team could be over.

Dadonov appeared in 55 games for Florida between 2010 and 2012, with 10 goals and 10 assists.

He's spent the past five seasons in Russia's KHL, with 101 goals and 123 assists in stints with Donbass and St. Petersburg.

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1:30 p.m.

Canadian teams are spending money in the first couple of hours of free agency.

The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Sam Gagner to a $9.45 million, three-year deal and defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a $6 million, two-year deal. Gagner will count $3.15 million against the cap and Del Zotto $3 million.

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed veteran, Stanley Cup-winning defenseman Ron Hainsey to a $6 million, two-year deal with an annual cap hit of $3 million.

Add that to the busy Montreal Canadiens, who signed defenseman Karl Alzner to a $23.125 million, five-year deal and made some other moves.

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1:20 p.m.

The Dallas Stars have signed center Martin Hanzal to a $14.25 million, three-year deal that carries a salary-cap hit of $4.75 million.

Hanzal split last season between the Arizona Coyotes and Minnesota Wild. The 30-year-old has 326 in 628 NHL games.

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1:15 p.m.

The Nashville Predators have traded forward Colin Wilson to the Colorado Avalanche for a 2019 fourth-round pick. The Predators save almost $4 million against the salary cap by shedding Wilson.

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1:05 p.m.

The St. Louis Blues have signed wingers Beau Bennett and Chris Thorburn and re-signed restricted free agent Oskar Sundqvist, whom they acquired from Pittsburgh at the draft.

Bennett and Sundqvist each signed for $650,000 for next season and Thorburn -- who was taken by Vegas from Winnipeg in the expansion draft -- for $1.8 million over two years.

Thorburn is a replacement for Ryan Reaves, traded to the Penguins for Sundqvist.

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1 p.m.

Goaltenders are signing fast and furious early in free agency.

Steve Mason has signed a $8.2 million, 2-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets, an average cap hit of $4.1 million. Jonathan Bernier signed for $2.75 million over one year with the Colorado Avalanche, who lost goalie Calvin Pickard to Vegas in the expansion draft.

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12:50 p.m.

The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, $1.15 million deal, two days after the 30-year-old had the remainder of his contract bought out by the Edmonton Oilers.

Pouliot has 11 seasons of NHL experience, including the past three with the Oilers, where he combined for 41 goals and 84 points in 180 games. Overall, he has 117 goals, 127 assists for 244 points in 551 career games, and provides third- and fourth-line depth to a Sabres team under newly hired general manager Jason Botterill.

Pouliot's signing comes a day after the Sabres acquired former captain Jason Pominville in a trade with Minnesota.

The two veteran additions at forward make it less likely Buffalo will re-sign Brian Gionta. An unrestricted free agent, Gionta expressed interest in returning to the Sabres.

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12:45 p.m.

The San Jose Sharks have signed long-term contract extensions with shutdown defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and goalie Martin Jones.

The Sharks reached agreements on the deals Saturday to keep both players off the open market next summer. Vlasic gets an eight-year deal and Jones was signed for six years.

Vlasic is one the top defensive defensemen in the league and is usually tasked with shutting down the opposition's top scorers. Vlasic has played all 11 seasons of his career with San Jose and now is under contract for nine more seasons.

Jones has been a rock in goal since being acquired in a trade with Boston two years ago. He helped San Jose reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2016 and won 35 games this past season.

-- AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow from San Jose, California

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12:40 p.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes are bringing in another free-agent forward, agreeing to a one-year deal with Josh Jooris.

General manager Ron Francis said Saturday that Jooris will make $775,000.

Jooris, 26, had four goals and eight assists in 54 games while splitting the season between Arizona and the New York Rangers.

The deal with Jooris was announced about 15 minutes after the Hurricanes said they struck a two-year deal with forward Justin Williams, a key member of their 2006 Stanley Cup championship team who earned the "Mr. Game 7" nickname for his 7-1 career record in them.

-- AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary

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12:35 p.m.

A flurry of signings are done a half-hour into free agency, including a couple of goaltenders with Ondrej Pavelec going to the New York Rangers and Brian Elliott to the Philadelphia Flyers.

A person with direct knowledge of the signing tells The Associated Press that Pavelec agreed to a $1.3 million, one-year deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

Elliott signed for $5.5 million over two years to split time in Philadelphia's goal with Michal Neuvirth. Elliott's cap hit will be $2.75 million.

The Washington Capitals also re-signed forward Brett Connolly to a $3 million, two-year deal that carries an annual cap hit of $1.5 million.

-- AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno

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12:30 p.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes are bringing back forward Justin Williams.

General manager Ron Francis say Williams agreed to a two-year deal worth $9 million.

The 2014 playoff MVP had 100 points combined the past two years with Washington and won one Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and two more with Los Angeles.

Now the player nicknamed "Mr. Game 7" for his 7-1 career record in those series-deciding games will try to help Carolina reach a Game 1.

The Hurricanes have the NHL's longest active playoff drought at eight years. Their only postseason appearance since winning the Cup came in 2009.

Francis says Williams "believes in what we are doing here and is returning to Raleigh to help the Hurricanes take the next step."

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12:25 p.m.

If you can't beat `em, sign `em.

Fresh off losing in the Stanley Cup Final, the Nashville Predators have signed center Nick Bonino to a $16.4 million, four-year deal. The Pittsburgh Penguins' two-year Stanley Cup hero will count $4.1 million against Nashville's salary cap each season.

The Penguins are also losing defensemen Trevor Daley to Detroit and Ron Hainsey to Toronto.

But they have replenished their blue line by signing Matt Hunwick to a $6.75 million, three-year deal. The 32-year-old former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman will count $2.25 million against the cap.

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12:20 p.m.

The Detroit Red Wings addressed a desperate need at the start of free agency, signing veteran defenseman Trevor Daley to a $9.5 million, three-year contract.

Daley helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup last month, adding five points in 21 games during the playoffs.

The 33-year-old Daley gives Detroit a much-needed boost on the blue line. The franchise didn't earn a spot in the postseason for the first time since 1990 in part because it struggled on defense.

Daley has 78 goals and 278 points in his 13-year career, spending much of it with the Dallas Stars before playing for the Chicago Blackhawks and Penguins the past two seasons.

-- AP Hockey Writer Larry Lage.

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12:15 p.m.

The Sabres have reached an agreement to sign goalie Chad Johnson, who returns to Buffalo after spending last season in Calgary. Johnson is a capable backup, but also a journeyman, who joins his seventh team in his eight NHL seasons.

Johnson went 18-15-1 in 36 games for the Flames last season. Overall, he 68-45-12 record in 137 games, including 124 starts.

Johnson is familiar with Buffalo after spending the 2015-16 season with the Sabres, where he formed a close bond with starter Robin Lehner. He also stepped in and went 22-16-4 in a career-high 40 games after Lehner was sidelined by a sprained ankle.

The Sabres addressed a depth need at goalie after prospect Cal Petersen elected to pursue free agency after opting out of his senior season at Notre Dame. Johnson will compete with Linus Ullmark for the backup job with the Sabres.

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12:10 p.m.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Dan Girardi to a $6 million, two-year deal. The 33-year-old will count $3 million against the salary cap the next two seasons.

Girardi was bought out of the final three years of his contract by the New York Rangers in June.

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12:05 p.m.

The Montreal Canadiens have their replacement for Alexei Emelin, signing defenseman Karl Alzner to a $23.125 million, five-year deal. Alzner will count $4.625 million against the salary cap each season.

Alzner, 28, had spent his entire career with the Washington Capitals before hitting unrestricted free agency. He's expected to be one of many players to leave Washington, including Kevin Shattenkirk and Justin Williams.

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Patrick Sharp, a high-scoring winger who helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup championships, is returning to Chicago for a second stint.

The 35-year-old veteran agreed to a one-year, $800,000 contract Saturday that includes another $200,000 in performance incentives.

Sharp spent 10 seasons with the Blackhawks from 2005 to 2015 and had 511 points (239 goals). He scored more than 30 goals four times in that span and helped transform Chicago into one of the most successful franchises along with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

Sharp got dealt to Dallas in a salary cap move after the Blackhawks beat Tampa Bay for the championship in 2015.

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11:55 a.m.

The New Jersey Devils began spending their salary-cap space by signing center Brian Boyle to a $5.1 million, two-year deal.

Boyle was traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the deadline.

Boyle has 169 points in 624 NHL games.

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11:45 a.m.

Jaromir Jagr's time in Florida appears to be over, barring a seismic change in his asking price.

A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Jagr and the Panthers were "nowhere close" on a salary for this coming season, and that Florida has elected to move on without him in its plans. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side had publicly revealed those details.

The 45-year-old Jagr said earlier this week that no teams had contacted him, something Panthers general manager Dale Tallon refuted by saying he was having regular conversations with Jagr agent Petr Svoboda.

Jagr had 16 goals and 30 assists for Florida last season, appearing in all 82 games. He's No. 2 on the NHL's career points list, and No. 3 in goals, No. 4 in games and No. 5 in assists.

He is the oldest free agent, by far, available this summer -- Shane Doan and Matt Cullen are next, both 40.

-- AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds

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11:30 a.m.

The Philadelphia Flyers are re-signing another highly touted young forward, one day after saying No. 2 pick Nolan Patrick has had a second abdominal surgery.

The Flyers agreed to terms on a $1.8 million, two-year deal with restricted free agent Mike Vecchione, who will count $900,000 against the salary cap each of the next two seasons.

Vecchione chose the Flyers as an undrafted free agent out of Union College and made his NHL debut late last season.

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10:55 a.m.

The Florida Panthers have agreed on a one-year extension with defenseman Alex Petrovic.

Panthers general manager Dale Tallon says Petrovic "is an important part of our young core and has taken great strides in his development over the past two seasons."

Petrovic had one goal and 13 assists with the Panthers last season. He has appeared in 161 games, all with Florida.

The Panthers have prioritized keeping their defense mostly intact going into next season, something that Tallon and new Florida coach Bob Boughner have been in concert on since Boughner was hired last month.

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10:50 a.m.

Before the start of free agency, several teams took care of re-signing their own players. The Toronto Maple Leafs re-upped goaltenders Curtis McIlhenney and Garret Sparks for two years.

McIlhenney's deal is worth a salary-cap hit of $850,000 per season and Sparks' is worth $675,000.

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10:30 a.m.

Though not a free agent, Ilya Kovalchuk has taken one step closer to returning to the NHL after spending the previous four seasons playing in his native Russia.

The start of the league's new business year at noon Saturday places the Devils in a position to sign Kovalchuk to have him either stay in New Jersey or -- more likely -- trade him to another team. The Devils own the rights to the 2001 No. 1 draft pick after Kovalchuk left the team to play in the Kontinental Hockey League.

Since expressing an intention to return to North America in May, Kovalchuk has had the Devils' permission to meet with teams and negotiate the framework of a contract. New Jersey would then have to sign Kovalchuk to the agreed upon deal and negotiate a trade with the team.

Devils GM Ray Shero has previously said he's keeping all of his options open regarding the 34-year-old Kovalchuk, who was a nine-time 30-goal scorer in 11 NHL season

The expectation is for Kovalchuk to narrow his options based on what teams might be the best fit for him following the first few days of free agency.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars Focus on the Future in NHL Draft]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:17:55 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars+Draft+Table.jpg

It was all about looking towards the future while improving at certain positions for the Dallas Stars in the 2017 NHL Draft. They had a total of seven picks in the draft, including two first-round selections.

Miro Heiskanen – Defenseman (1st round/3rd overall)

The Stars actually had offers on the table for the third pick prior to the start of the draft, but decided to keep it. Stars general manager Jim Nill said Heiskanen was the best defenseman on the board in the draft. The 17-year old represented Finland in both the 2017 U-20 World Junior Championship and the 2017 U-18 World Junior Championship.

Jake Oettinger – Goalie (1st round/26th overall)

The Stars traded the 29th and 70th pick to the Chicago Blackhawks to move up and select Oettinger. The 18-year old just completed his freshman season at Boston University with a 21-11-3 record and four shutouts. He also earned a gold medal representing the United States at the 2017 World Junior Championship. No need to rush Oettinger through the minors after the signing Ben Bishop to a six-year deal during the offseason.

Jason Robertson – Left Wing (2nd round/39th overall)

Robertson was actually projected to be a first-round on some pre-draft lists, so this could work out to be a steal for the Stars. The 17-year old had 81 points (42 goals, 39 assists) in 68 games for Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League.  According to some scouts, the knock on Robertson is his skating but the Stars feel he will get better in that area with some added strength. He is trying to become the first Filipino-American to ever play in the NHL.

Liam Hawel – Center (4th round/101st overall)

NHL Central Scouting ranked Hawel 142nd among North American skaters and International Scouting Services ranked him 173rd among all skaters. He recorded 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) while playing for both Sault Ste. Marie and Guelph in the Ontario Hockey League.

Jacob Peterson – Center (5th round/132nd overall)

Peterson had 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists) while playing in Sweden’s top junior league last season. The 17-year old is a left-handed shot and the Stars feel he is just scratching the surface with his abilities on the ice.

Brett Davis – Center (6th round/163rd overall)

Another left-handed shot for the Stars at center. Davis played for both Lethbridge and Kootenay in the Western Hockey League. The 18-year old had 33 points (18 goals, 15 assists) in 59 games last season.

Dylan Ferguson – Goalie (7th round/194th overall)

Ferguson was the number two goalie for Kamloops in the Western Hockey League, registering a 2.74 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. NHL Central Scouting had him ranked eighth among North American goalies.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Select Defensemen Miro Heiskanen in 2017 Draft]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:36:51 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-800201112.jpg

The Dallas Stars selected defensemen Miro Heiskanen with the third overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Heiskanen, 17, played in Finland for "HIFK," the country's elite league, in 2016-2017. He compiled 10 points, five goals and five assists in 37 regular season games; and three points – all assists – in eight playoff contests. 

He also represented Finland at the 2017 under-20 World Junior Championship and the 2017 under-18 World Junior Championship. The Finnish star recorded one assist in six games in the U-20 WJC and 12 points (2-10) in seven games at the U-18 WJC, where he also won a silver medal.

Miro also won best defensemen honors and was named to the tournament all-star team after leading all skaters in assists and all defensemen in point at the 2017 U-18 WJC.

Heiskanen is listed at 6'1", 172 pounds and turns 18 years old in about three-and-a-half weeks (July 18).

The Stars also hold the 29th, 70th, 101st, 132nd, 163rd, and 194th overall selections. This story will continue to be updated as those picks are announced.



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<![CDATA[Stars Bring Back 2 Former Assistants for Hitchcock's Staff]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:27:03 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632801480.jpg

The Dallas Stars are bringing back longtime assistant Rick Wilson, who once briefly served as their head coach.

Stu Barnes, another former assistant, was hired Thursday to be on the staff of coach Ken Hitchcock. The Stars in April re-hired Hitchcock more than 15 years after firing the coach who led them to their only Stanley Cup championship.

Dallas also retained assistant Curt Fraser, who has been with the Stars for four seasons.

After Hitchcock was fired during the 2001-02 season, Wilson was head coach for the final 32 games. He was then associate head coach from 2002-09, continuing a run with the franchise that included the last season with the Minnesota North Stars before the move to Dallas in 1993. Wilson was on Hitchcock's staff in St. Louis last season.

Barnes ended his playing career in 2008, finishing with five seasons in Dallas. He was an assistant coach from 2008 to 2011.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars Will be the First Opponent for the NHL's Newest Team]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:33:11 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/198*120/Dallas+Stars+Emergency+Landing.png

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights will make their regular-season debut on the road in Dallas on Oct. 6 and host the Arizona Coyotes on Oct. 10 in the first home game in franchise history.

NHL teams announced their home openers Wednesday with the full, 1,271-game schedule for the 2017-18 season set to be released Thursday.

Vegas will play its first two games on the road, visiting Arizona on Oct. 7 before the second leg of an early back-to-back for coach Gerard Gallant's club.

The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins will raise another banner and begin their quest for a three-peat Oct. 4 against the St. Louis Blues. The Penguins visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 5 in a matchup of the only teams to win the Cup three times in the salary-cap era.

The Western Conference-champion Nashville Predators open the season Oct. 5 at Boston. Nashville celebrates the longest playoff run in franchise history at home Oct. 10 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Philadelphia opens Oct. 4 at the San Jose Sharks, who have the longest active season-opener winning streak at seven. The first night of the season also includes the Calgary Flames at the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Winnipeg Jets, a matchup of the top two picks in the 2016 draft, Auston Matthews against Patrik Laine.

The Detroit Red Wings host Minnesota on Oct. 5 in the first NHL regular-season game at the new Little Caesars Arena.

The back-to-back Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals open their season at Ottawa on Oct. 5 and host the Montreal Canadiens in their home opener Oct. 7.



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<![CDATA[Hitchcock: 'I Believe in the Players I Have on My Team']]>Mon, 29 May 2017 18:41:20 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars+ken+hitchcock+jersey.jpg

The Stars are looking to the past to lead them in the future as Ken Hitchcock returns to Dallas and takes over as the new head coach. ]]>
<![CDATA[Hitchcock Returns to Dallas as New Stars Head Coach]]>Sun, 28 May 2017 14:36:34 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars+hitchcock+jersey.jpg

NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs talks to new Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock about returning to Dallas 17 years later. Hitchcock led the Stars to their only Stanley Cup title in 1998-99.]]>
<![CDATA[Bishop Returns to North Texas as the Stars New Goalie]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 15:08:14 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars_bishop_texas_tornado_1200x675_954315331613.jpg

Frisco High alum Ben Bishop played for the Texas Tornado in 2004-05 and now returns to North Texas as the number one goalie for the Stars. ]]>
<![CDATA[Nill Believes the Stars Have an Elite Goalie in Bishop]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 15:07:53 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nill_bishop_elite_goalie_1200x675_954328131512.jpg

Stars general manager Jim Nill believes the team finally has the elite goalie they've been looking for in Ben Bishop. ]]>
<![CDATA[Newy's Take: Ben Bishop Is a Goalie Upgrade for Dallas Stars]]>Wed, 10 May 2017 19:03:55 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ben-bishop-lightning-feb19-2017-ap.jpg

The Dallas Stars announced Tuesday they made a trade for goalie Ben Bishop’s negotiating rights, and this is a good move.

Two years ago the 6-foot 7-inch goalie helped lead Tampa Bay to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, where the Lightning lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Tampa Bay decided to go with a young and cheaper goaltender and sent Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings last season. With Jonathan Quick in the fold and returning from injury the Kings were never planning to bring Bishop back, so the Stars traded a fourth round draft pick for him. Bishop, 30, split the regular season between the Lightning and Kings, finishing 18-15-5 with a .910 save percentage. His career NHL save percentage is .919.

He’s better than Antti Niemi, who is in the second of a three-year, $13.5 million deal – one that carries a $4.5 million cap hit. Per CapFriendly, a buyout would cost Dallas $1.5 million against the cap through 2019. The 33-year-old posted an 11-11-4 record with a 3.35 GAA and .892 save percentage, and that came after a fairly mediocre first year in Dallas. Though he won 25 games and appeared in five playoff contests, Niemi never posted a save percentage above .905.

He’s toast in Dallas.

I could see the Stars hoping the new club in Las Vegas takes Kari Lehtonen in the expansion draft. He’s on the books for $5.9 million. I don’t see that going down. Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning Newshas his take on how the goaltending situation will shake out.

Bishop told the DMN, "I don't want to get ahead of myself, because I know we have the negotiating process to go through, but I'm excited."

He's a Colorado native who played for the Texas Tornado in 2004-05.

"I know the area down there, I graduated from Frisco High School, and I know how passionate the fans are there. I was just really excited to hear the news," he said.

General Manager Jim Nill’s biggest failure last year as the Stars missed the playoffs was not fixing the goaltending situation. I spoke to a NHL source who says Bishop is a top-eight goalie in the game. After finishing the season dead last in save percentage Nill had to give new head coach Ken Hitchcock a better guy in the pipes.

Now the hard part is getting Bishop inked to a deal before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Re-Introduce Ken Hitchcock as Coach]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:34:00 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hitchcock-newser-jersey.jpg

Ken Hitchcock feels like he is coming home with his return to the Dallas Stars, more than 15 years after they fired the coach who led them to their only Stanley Cup championship.

Hitchcock also knows his re-introduction to Dallas is about now -- not then.

"I study history. I look at it all the time, but I don't live in it," the veteran coach said Thursday. "The history that was brought on here are just great lessons for us, an ultimate team. That's what was here before, and that's the goal again. ... The game has changed, it's changed a lot."

Hitchcock, who led the Stars to their only Stanley Cup championship in 1999 and went again a year later, replaces Lindy Ruff, whose contract expired at the end of his fourth season as the Stars missed the playoffs for the fifth time in seven years.

"This is really not about Ken accomplished here, which was the ultimate success ... and all about what Ken Hitchcock can bring to this franchise right now," team president and CEO Jim Lites said.

When Dallas fired Hitchcock in January 2002, he had won 277 of his 503 games over parts of seven seasons in his first NHL head-coaching job. He led the Stars to five straight division titles, with consecutive Western Conference championships in 1999 and 2000. Those are the only times he or the Stars have made it to the Stanley Cup Final.

"He's been there, done that and that's what you want in a coach," team captain Jamie Benn said. "You want a guy that's won, you want a lot of experience and his resume backs it up really well."

General manager Jim Nill said Hitchcock's multiyear deal includes coaching now and consultant work for the team when he's no longer on the bench.

Hitchcock also coached the Philadelphia Flyers (2002-06), Columbus Blue Jackets (2006-10) and St. Louis (2011-17). The Blues made the playoffs in each of Hitchcock's five full seasons, reaching the Western Conference final last spring after beating top seed Dallas in a seven-game series in the second round. St. Louis abruptly fired Hitchcock on Feb. 1, cutting short what was already going to be his last season with the Blues after their fifth loss in six games.

The 65-year-old Hitchcock said he initially didn't want to get back into coaching. That changed when he started getting calls from other coaches seeking his advice. He said he helped out 15 at different levels in the game.

"I was so excited and thrilled of his passion and energy that he had to get back to coaching," Nill said. "He's recharged, he wants to make a difference."

Nill was still an assistant GM with the Detroit Red Wings when Hitchcock was a guest coach on Mike Babcock's staff during training camp in 2010.

The Stars went 34-37-11 this season to finish 11th in the West. Their 79 points were the second-fewest in a full season since moving to Dallas in 1993-94, and came a year after they led the conference with 109 points.

"I'm banking on a year ago, because I saw something special. I saw something special in the captain, in Jamie, I saw something special in the good players, and I saw something special in the spirit," Hitchcock said. "I know I can get that back quickly."

In 20 NHL seasons, Hitchcock has 781 career regular-season victories, fourth all-time and one shy of Hockey Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour for third. Hitchcock has coached 1,454 regular season games and 168 more in the playoffs.

Hitchcock's demanding style centered on defense will be a change for these Stars, with young elite scorers Benn and Tyler Seguin. Hitchcock believes Seguin can be a No. 1 center like Mike Modano was in the coach's first tenure.

"I want to be a No. 1 center and also a two-way guy," Seguin said. "I know Hitch is obviously hard on players and I know that we're going to have a good relationship and he's going to be hard on me. I want us to be able to say it works out in the end."

The Stars clearly need to improve on defense. With their two-goalie system, they finished last in save percentage and second-to-last in goals-against average.

"I think Hitch is going to not get us out of our scoring ways, but he's going to teach us how to play defense," Benn said.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[One on One with New Stars Coach Ken Hitchcock]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:52:12 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/hitchcock+stars.jpg

Ken Hitchcock is back with the Dallas Stars as the team's head coach after leading the organization to a Stanley Cup championship in 1999. NBC 5's Pat Doney spoke with Hitchcock at his introductory press conference.]]>
<![CDATA[Jim Nill on Stars Offseason Changes, New Coach]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:18:51 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_jim_nill_interview_for_web_1200x675_920731715631.jpg

Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill talks about the team's offseason changes, including naming an old head coach the new head coach.]]>
<![CDATA[Ken Hitchcock Takes Questions]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:15:24 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/raw-ken-hitchcock-newser-questions_1200x675_920575555753.jpg

After once again being named the head coach of the Dallas Stars, Ken Hitchcock fields questions from reporters.]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Bring Back Cup-Winning Ken Hitchcock: Sources]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:39:32 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-461155954.jpg

Update: Ken Hitchcock was announced as the new head coach of the Dallas Stars Thursday. To see the latest update and see video of his introduction, click here.

The Dallas Stars are bringing back Stanley Cup-winning coach Ken Hitchcock, hoping to turn themselves back into a championship contender.

A source told NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs that the team would make an official announcement at a news conference Thursday morning. The Associated Press also reported that a source confirmed the hire.

Hitchcock, 65, won the Cup with Dallas in 1999, coaching there for parts of seven seasons from 1995-96 through 2001-02. He has since coached the Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues.

"Congrats Ken Hitchcock on the (Stars) head coach job," 1999 Cup winner and Stars legend Mike Modano tweeted . "My schedule is pretty open."

Hitchcock was fired as Blues coach in February and replaced by Mike Yeo. Even before that, St. Louis had announced it was Hitchcock's final season there and that Yeo would take over.

Hitchcock replaces Lindy Ruff, who was fired Monday after four seasons in Dallas. The Stars missed the playoffs this year after winning the Central Division last season.

The Edmonton native is fourth on the NHL's all-time wins list, one shy of legendary New York Islanders coach Al Arbour for third. Hitchcock can now pass Arbour back with the team that he led to its only title in franchise history. In all, Hitchcock has 781 wins, 474 losses, 88 ties and 111 overtime or shootout losses in 1,454 regular-season games. In addition to the Cup in 1999, he led the Stars to the final in 2000.

Dallas considered former Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant and others for its vacancy but went with the affable Hitchcock, whose recipe for success has worked through several eras of hockey.

Good friend and Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz said he believes Hitchcock will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame one day.

"He's a guy that tries to teach the game," Trotz said. "He's a little bit old-school sometimes because he's demanding and it's funny. When you're demanding with players, they don't like it at the time, but when you go away or there's a change and they come back 10 years later and they go, `You had it right. I was all wrong."'

Hitchcock made the playoffs in all five full seasons he coached the Blues, leading them to the Western Conference final last spring. He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year in 2011-12 when St. Louis won its first of two division titles during his tenure.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong was emotional about the difficult decision to fire Hitchcock and agreed with Trotz about the coach's impressive resume.

"He's not here anymore, but there's one former guy in that room that I think's going to the Hall of Fame and that's Ken Hitchcock," Armstrong said at the time.

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<![CDATA[Why Ken Hitchcock is the Correct Hire for the Stars]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:47:47 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/pat+doney+mike+heika.jpg]]><![CDATA[Stars Keep Expectations High After Playoff-Less Season]]>Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:57:06 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631936930.jpg

Now that Dallas general manager Jim Nill has decided to replace Lindy Ruff, he's looking for another coach just like him: experienced, successful, ready to win immediately even though the Stars just missed the playoffs.

That's because the circumstances are drastically different than four years ago when Nill was hired and chose Ruff with the franchise mired in its longest playoff drought at five years.

This time, a long postseason run remains the expectation with the high-scoring duo of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin because the Stars are just a year removed from having the best regular-season record in the Western Conference.

"By no means is this a rebuild," Benn said after the Stars finished with their second-fewest points since moving from Minnesota nearly 25 years ago.

"We got a great group of players in there that can do some great things. We definitely have to turn this around real fast."

Nill said Monday, a day after announcing Ruff's departure , that he had three experienced candidates in mind and hoped to hire quickly. Ruff came in after 14-plus seasons in Buffalo, with eight trips to the playoffs that included a loss to Dallas in the Stanley Cup Final in 1999.

The Stars made the postseason in Ruff's first and third seasons, winning a series last year before dropping a Game 7 to St. Louis. But they missed in the second and fourth seasons, although Dallas had one more win in 2014-15 than in Ruff's debut.

Injuries played a role in the Stars falling short after being a popular pick for the Stanley Cup title in the preseason. But injuries weren't a popular topic Monday.

"Lindy was very good yesterday. He said, `You know what, maybe there needs to be a different message here,"' Nill said. "He knows the business. We're a performance business."

Things to consider after the Stars finished 34-37-11 this season, 11th in the Western Conference with 79 points:

TWO TO GO? Nill indicated changes could be in order for the two-goalie system the Stars used the past two years with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi. They each have a year left on contracts that take a significant portion of the salary cap at $10.5 million combined. The expansion draft could play a role. "They're in this with everybody else," Nill said. "They've had their good times. They've had their bad times also."

THE BLUE LINE: A young defensive unit that struggled also played a role in the Stars finishing last in save percentage and second-to-last in goals-against average. "I think we have to get better defensively because we were at the bottom of the league and we gave up a lot of goals and we need to change," forward Jason Spezza said. "I think if you tried the same thing without success, you're just setting yourself up for failure."

SHARP'S FUTURE: Patrick Sharp had season-ending hip surgery in late March, which was expected after Nill said he couldn't be dealt at the trading deadline because of what was then an undisclosed injury. He also had two concussions that sidelined him 26 games. A three-time Stanley Cup winner with Chicago, Sharp becomes a free agent. The 35-year-old said he hasn't started thinking about such things.

JANMARK'S UNKNOWN: Promising young winger Mattias Janmark faces an uncertain future because of a condition that causes a knee to lock up. It required surgery before the season, and Nill still isn't sure on the prognosis for the 24-year-old, Janmark has been skating but will have surgery this week to have two screws removed and will be idle at least another month. "We're in uncharted territory with Mattias," Nill said.

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<![CDATA[Players Discuss The Stars Parting Ways With Ruff]]>Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:35:32 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars_part_ways_with_ruff_1200x675_918053443931.jpg

Stars general manager Jim Nill and some of the Stars players talk about the organization parting ways with head coach Lindy Ruff over the weekend. ]]>
<![CDATA[Roussel Talks About The Disappointing Season For The Stars ]]>Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:56:14 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars_antoine_roussel_1200x675_918041155561.jpg

NBC 5's Mercedes Owens talks with Stars forward Antoine Roussel about the disappointing season for the team and moving on without head coach Lindy Ruff. ]]>
<![CDATA[Ruff Not Returning as Stars Head Coach]]>Sun, 09 Apr 2017 22:29:47 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526181974.jpg

Lindy Ruff will not return as coach of the Dallas Stars after the team went from the Western Conference's top seed last year to missing the playoffs this season.

General manager Jim Nill announced the move Sunday, a day after the Stars finished with their second-fewest points in a full season since moving to Dallas in 1993-94. Ruff didn't have a contract beyond this season.

In a statement, Nill thanked Ruff "for his commitment and professionalism over the four years that he served as our head coach in Dallas." The Stars finished 34-37-11 this season, 11th in the Western Conference with 79 points.

Ruff was the first significant hire for Nill after he took over following the 2012-13 season. Nill had decided not to renew the third-year option for coach Glen Gulutzan.

At the time, the Stars had the longest postseason drought in the history of the franchise that started as the Minnesota North Stars from 1967-93. They had missed the playoffs five straight seasons, and were coming off a last-place finish in the Pacific Division during a lockout-shortened season. Dallas was 40-31-11 in its first season under Ruff, and lost its first-round playoff series in six games to Anaheim.

After missing the playoffs in 2014-15 even when winning one more game (41-31-10), the Stars won 50 games and had 109 points for the top seed in 2015-16. They prevailed in a six-game, first-round playoff series against Minnesota before losing in seven games to St. Louis.

Injuries were an issue early this season for Dallas, a popular preseason pick to challenge for a Stanley Cup title. But once the Stars were healthy at the beginning of February, they lost seven times in regulation in a span of eight games. Defenseman John Klingberg, a budding star his first two seasons, became an illustration of the struggles of a young group at the blue line. Even Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn didn't look much like the elite scorers they've been in the past. "We could never get on a good run where you go six or seven and one, or you win five in a row. We never got that good run going,"

Ruff said after Saturday's 4-3 shootout win against Colorado. "I said yesterday that the probably the biggest disappointment was there were games we really deserved to win if we finished some of the plays, didn't hit posts and missed empty nets to stay on a run or keep something alive. We didn't quite have the finish we had in the previous year." Ruff was fired by Buffalo in February 2013, early in his 15th season with the Sabres, a time that put him on the opposite side of Dallas' only Stanley Cup championship. The Stars won the title on a goal Ruff had always questioned. Brett Hull's game-winning shot came with his skate in the crease late in the third overtime of Game 6 to beat the Ruff-coached Sabres. Ruff was the Sabres' winningest coach (571-432-162), but was fired after a 6-10-1 start.

There had been 170 NHL coaching changes between his hiring in July 1997 and the time he was fired. This time, Ruff had been with the Stars longer than 25 other NHL coaches with their current teams.

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<![CDATA[Seguin Has Only Goal in Shootout, Stars Beat Avalanche 4-3]]>Sun, 09 Apr 2017 00:44:01 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503931502.jpg

Tyler Seguin tied the game in the third period, nullified a winning goal in overtime and then scored the only goal in a shootout Saturday night.

The Dallas center helped the Stars earn their only shootout win of the season with a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Dallas appeared to have the win with 1:08 left in overtime when John Klingberg put a shot past Colorado's Jeremy Smith. The goal was disallowed when a video replay showed that Seguin was offside.

"My apologies to (Klingberg) for taking away that goal," Seguin said.

Dallas finished 34-37-11, amid speculation that Lindy Ruff was coaching the Stars for the last time. They had the best regular-season record in the Western Conference last season, but were 11th in the West and out of the playoffs in 2016-17.

Ruff expressed frustration after the game.

"I think it kind of sums up the year, actually," Ruff said. "We were leaving and got reviewed. We had plenty of great opportunities in overtime to put it away, a breakaway, a 2-on-0. We could never get on a good run where you go 6 or 7 and 1, or you win five in a row. Probably the biggest disappointment was there was games where we really deserved to win if we finished some of the plays and didn't hit posts, missed empty nets."

A Stars spokesman said general manager Jim Nill would meet with the team at 10 a.m. CDT on Monday.

Seguin beat Smith on Dallas' first shootout attempt with a shot inside the right goalpost.

"Usually what it always is," Seguin said. "Come down, slow up, keep my head up and try to find a spot."

Kari Lehtonen stopped all three attempts by the Avalanche, by Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, and Jamie Benn couldn't beat Smith with Dallas' second shootout attempt.

Seguin had tied the game at 3 with 6:16 remaining in regulation, reaching around a defenseman to tip in Esa Lindell's shot from the blue line.

Devin Shore and Benn also scored in regulation as Dallas. Colorado got goals from Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog and MacKinnon to go ahead 3-2 at 8:24 of the third period.

The Avalanche (22-55-4) have one game remaining and will finish with their lowest points total for an 82-game season since moving from Quebec in 1995.

Lehtonen made 21 saves and finished 22-25-7 for Dallas, while Smith (1-6-1) stopped a career-high 42 shots.

"I thought Smitty played really well tonight, and he deserved a better fate than how we played in front of him," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "The first period, we didn't play well at all. I thought Smitty did a really good job of keeping us in that game."

Dallas dominated the first period, outshooting the Avalanche 18-4, and finally scored at 13:40. Greg Pateryn shot the puck down the slot from the blue line, and it hit the Stars' Cody Eakin and slid behind Smith within inches of the goal line. Shore skated by and swatted the puck into the net.

Dallas took a 2-0 lead 37 seconds into the second period. Klingberg skated in from the right and when Smith slid to that side, Klingberg passed across to Benn, who put a short snap shot into the empty left side.

Rantanen, who finished with a team-high 19 goals on Benn's power-play goal.

NOTES: Four of Dallas' starters spent most of the season with the AHL's Texas Stars. Among them, they had played 31 NHL games this season. ... RW Denis Gurianov was making his NHL debut. ... Colorado D Duncan Siemens and C Rocco Grimaldi were with San Antonio in the AHL, and totaled only seven games in the NHL in 2016-17. ... Duchene finished the season with the NHL's best faceoff percentage (63). ... Seguin led Dallas with 72 points and 46 assists, and tied Benn for the team high with 26 goals. MacKinnon had Colorado team highs of 53 points and 36 assists. ... Shore and Seguin played in all 82 Stars games. No one from Colorado had perfect attendance. ... Each team scored on its only power play. ... Peter MacDougall refereed an NHL game for the first time.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: Finish the season on Sunday at St. Louis.

Stars: Season is over.

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<![CDATA[Honka's 1st Goal Gives Stars 3-2 Win Over Coyotes in OT]]>Wed, 05 Apr 2017 04:34:54 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-628645190.jpg

Already eliminated from playoff contention, the Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes got glimpses of some of their potential future stars.

Julius Honka scored his first NHL goal 3:45 into overtime, and the Dallas Stars beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Skating with rookies Honka and Gemel Smith, Jason Spezza sent a cross-ice pass to Honka in the right faceoff circle, and his shot went high into the net past Arizona goalie Mike Smith.

"I just wanted to make their three guys move there," Honka said after his 14th NHL game. "I think they was pretty tired. It was the end of their shift, and I just wanted to shoot that puck and glad it went in.

"I'm happy it ended up like this. First goal. Overtime."

Brett Ritchie and Jason Dickinson scored for Dallas after Arizona giveaways in the first period, and Antti Niemi stopped 24 shots to improve to 17-6-4 against the Coyotes.

"Dickinson was in on two or three real good opportunities," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "And [Smith] did a heck of a job in overtime getting up ice, created a couple opportunities. Overall, those young guys really skated well."

Coyotes rookie Christian Dvorak pulled Arizona within one just 12 seconds after Dickinson had given the Stars a 2-0 lead, and Anthony Duclair tied it with 4:27 remaining in regulation. Smith finished with 28 saves.

"We couldn't get a handle on [the puck], and that's the way that 3-on-3 goes," Arizona coach Dave Tippett said.

Spezza was one of a dwindling number of veterans playing for either team. Dallas has been without Patrick Sharp and Ales Hemsky, and the Coyotes were without Shane Doan, Radim Vrbata and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Ekman-Larsson and Vrbata missed their first games this season. Ekman-Larsson won't play in the final two games because he is on a leave of absence following his mother's death. Vrbata and Doan both have lower-body injuries.

"[Doan] was hurting a little bit this morning," Tippett said. "Just decided to keep him out. Both him and [Vrbata] are day-to-day."

The Stars' win means that neither team will have a winning streak longer than three games this season. Arizona had won its previous two games.

Dallas had lost three of four on the road, but now has won three straight at home.

In the first period, Anthony DeAngelo gave up the puck to Ritchie low in the slot, and he beat Smith with a wrist shot. Later, Adam Cracknell tipped the puck away from the Coyotes to Dickinson at the left of the goal. He sent a wrist shot over Smith's pad into the left of the net.

Dvorak won five of six faceoffs in the first period, including the one following Dickinson's goal. The puck came back to Dvorak, and he put a wrist shot past Niemi, who hadn't faced a shot on goal in more than 14 minutes.

In the third, Duclair took a pass in the left circle and beat Niemi with a snap shot to tie it.

Notes
Dallas LW Curtis McKenzie (cut above his right eye) missed his third straight game. Ruff said McKenzie will not play in the final two games. ... Cracknell's assist was his career-high sixth. The seventh-year player also has career highs with 10 goals and 16 points. ... Dickinson has two goals in nine NHL games. . Alexander Burmistrov, who assisted on Duclair's goal, has four points (three goals, one assist) in the past three games. ... Each team was 0 for 3 on the power play.

Up Next
Stars: Host Nashville on Thursday night.

Coyotes: Host Vancouver on Thursday night.



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<![CDATA[Erne, Palat lead Lightning past Stars 6-3 ]]>Sun, 02 Apr 2017 23:34:04 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632801480.jpg

Adam Erne scored twice and Ondrej Palat added a power-play goal and two assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars 6-3 on Sunday night.

Brayden Point scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to break a 2-2 tie, and Braydon Coburn and Anton Stralman also had goals for Tampa Bay. Backup Peter Budaj made 23 saves to help the Lightning move within three points of the idle Ottawa Senators, who hold the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Gemel Smith, Jason Spezza and Brett Ritchie scored for Dallas, and Esa Lindell assisted on all three goals.

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<![CDATA[Lehtonen, Spezza Lead Dallas Stars Past Carolina 3-0]]>Sun, 02 Apr 2017 01:31:06 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519697240.jpg

With no playoffs to look forward to, the Dallas Stars are stuck being spoilers. They just wish they didn't have so much experience in that role.

Jason Spezza scored, Kari Lehtonen earned his third shutout of the season and Dallas beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Saturday night.

John Klingberg and Devin Shore added empty-netters and Lehtonen stopped 25 shots in his second shutout in six starts to help the Stars snap a two-game losing streak and deal a serious blow to the Hurricanes' already slim playoff chances.

"We knew how hungry they were," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "The only thing we can do is be spoilers, take some pride in how we play."

Cam Ward stopped 21 shots for Carolina, which fell six points behind Boston for the East's final playoff spot with six games left. Both the Hurricanes and Islanders also are two points behind Tampa Bay.

The Stars, who earned a Western Conference-best 109 points last year, will miss the postseason for the seventh time in nine years. After putting Carolina in an even tougher spot, they'll now try to make things difficult for the Lightning on Sunday night.

The Hurricanes failed to earn a point for the first time since losing at Colorado on March 7 -- a club-record stretch of 13 straight games with either a win or an overtime loss. They fell to 2-4-2 against the bottom four teams in the Western Conference: Dallas, Vancouver, Arizona and Colorado.

"It wasn't easy to take, obviously," forward Jordan Staal said. "We've played some great hockey and given ourselves a chance. ... We thought we could stick with it and kind of find a way. We had a few chances. Tonight, it didn't go in, and it hurts. It's been a fun ride."

Dallas scored more than two goals for just the third time since March 6 in earning just its 12th road win of the season. Only Arizona (11) and Colorado (nine) have fewer among teams in the West -- though both of them, like the Stars, earned victories in Raleigh.

"You just try to win games, and obviously, if we win two games on the road now, it doesn't make up for the losses we had earlier in the year," Spezza said. "All you can do is play the ones ahead of you."

Carolina, which scored an NHL-best 54 goals in March, was shut out for the first time since a 4-0 loss to Toronto on Feb. 19.

"I thought everything was a grind," coach Bill Peters said. "Everything seemed hard. Everything was a split-second late or in the feet offensively. I didn't think we executed as well as we have here recently, but a lot of (that) was due to the fact that they were above us and they had puck pressure."

Spezza scored the game's first goal 4:46 into the second with a wrist shot from the circle that beat Ward high to his glove side -- a score that was nearly identical to Jack Johnson's goal two nights earlier. That gave Spezza 19 career goals against the Hurricanes.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes missed a prime chance earlier in the game and it might have set the tone for the rest of the game.

Dallas -- and its league-worst penalty-kill unit -- drew a minor midway through the first, but the Hurricanes came up empty on a 3-on-nobody rush after a pass misfired near Lehtonen after they caught the Stars on a line change.

"I think we might have gone to the bench a little slowly there," Lehtonen said. "I was expecting him to pass, and it's good that he did. ... I thought 2-and-0, 3-and-0, there was going to be some passing, and they did, so I was just getting ready for that. I think it just bounced a little bit, and that was that."

NOTES:

The Hurricanes reassigned G Alex Nedeljkovic to their ECHL affiliate in Florida. Nedeljkovic was brought up Tuesday, one day after Lack was hurt at the end of an overtime loss to Detroit. ... Dallas LW Curtis McKenzie was back in Texas after a high stick he took near his eye two nights earlier at Boston caused him to bleed profusely on the ice.

UP NEXT

Stars: Wrap up a five-game Eastern road trip on Sunday night when they visit Tampa Bay in their final road game of the season.

Hurricanes: Travel to Pittsburgh on Sunday for the start of a two-game road trip against playoff-bound opponents. They visit Minnesota on Tuesday night.

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<![CDATA[Rask Gets 7th Shutout of Season, Bruins Beat Stars 2-0]]>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:39:04 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-661101922.jpg

Tuukka Rask made 27 saves for his seventh shutout of the season and the Boston Bruins beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 on Thursday night.

Boston won its third straight and stayed three points ahead of Tampa Bay for third place in the Atlantic Division with one game in hand.

Rask has won two straight since struggling for a stretch. He had allowed 18 goals during a four-game losing streak.

Brad Marchand gave Boston a 1-0 lead when he jammed a shot past goalie Antti Niemi at 15:14 of the first period.

Niemi had 22 saves and is winless in his last five appearances.

Torey Krug added an insurance goal early in the second period when he converted a perfect feed from David Pastrnak.

Marchand added an assist and moved into third place in the scoring race, passing Washington's Nicklas Backstrom and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.

Dallas had its best opportunity at 11:08 of the third period when Boston's Kevan Miller got a double-minor for high-sticking Curtis McKenzie.

Dallas has three goals in its last three games.

NOTES: David Krejci played in his 700th game for the Bruins. ... Former Bruin Tyler Seguin played in his 300th game for the Stars and has two goals over the last 10 games. ... Boston F Frank Vatrano missed the game with an upper-body injury. ... McKenzie bled profusely and was helped off the ice.

UP NEXT

Stars: Travel to Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

Bruins: Host the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Gallagher Puts Canadiens Ahead in 4-1 Win Over Stars]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:57:23 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Brendan Gallagher put Montreal ahead early in the third period and the Canadiens went on to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

Max Pacioretty, Artturi Lehkonen and Alexander Radulov also scored for Montreal, which won a second game in a row. Carey Price finished with 27 saves.

Curtis McKenzie scored for Dallas, which ended a four-game points streak. The Stars were playing for the first time since learning they had been eliminated from playoff contention. Kari Lehtonen had 32 saves.

Gallagher put Monreal ahead 2-1 at 3:31 of the third as he got the puck, broke down the left side and beat Lehtonen with a high wrist shot inside the near post.

The game marked the first time brothers Jamie and Jordie Benn played against one another in the NHL. Jordie Benn was traded by the Canadiens to Dallas in February. The two were only on the ice at the same time for a few brief moments. The longest stretch was during a Dallas power play in the third.

Montreal outshot Dallas 36-28.

The Stars dominated the opening minutes, outshooting Montreal 6-0, and got the first goal at 1:47 when McKenzie picked off a pass, fired a shot off the end glass and put the rebound into an open side.

The Canadiens got 15 of the next 16 shots on goal but it took until 15:49 of the second to tie the score as Pacioretty took a feed from Phillip Danault and saw his backhand shot trickle through Lehtonen's equipment for is 34th.

Lehkonen wired an off-wing shot inside the far post from distance at 13:02 of the third to put Montreal ahead 3-1. Andrei Markov got a standing ovation as he picked up an assist to tie Guy Lapointe for second on Montreal's all-time list of points by a defenseman with 572, behind Larry Robinson's 883.

Radulov elected to shoot on a 2-on-1 and scored on a backhand with just over two minutes remaining.

NOTES: Canadiens backup G Al Montoya suffered a lower body injury in practice this week. Zach Fucale was called in from Brampton of the ECHL to take Montoya's place. ... Montreal's Nikita Nestorov and Brian Flynn returned from injuries this week but aren't yet ready to play. ... The Stars were without injured skaters Patrick Sharp, Antoine Roussel, Jiri Hudler and Jamie Oleksiak.

UP NEXT

Stars: At Boston on Thursday night in the third game of a five-game trip.

Canadiens: Host Florida on Thursday night in the finale of a six-game homestand.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Goaltender Named NHL's Star of the Week]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:19:38 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-521681128.jpg

Dallas Stars Goaltender Kari Lehtonen has been named one of NHL's Stars of the Week.

Lehtonen earned his 36 career shutout with a victory over the the San Jose Sharks on March 20.

He then successfully made 24 stops during a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on March 23.

Lehtonen is 33 years old and was traded to the Dallas Stars back in 2010.

Two other players, Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks were the other two NHL Stars of the Week.



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<![CDATA[Seguin OT Goal vs. Devils Keeps Stars Alive in Playoff Chase]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:01:06 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-500497696.jpg

The Dallas Stars know they are going to be eliminated from playoff contention in the next couple of days, so being on the ice now is about playing for each other.

Tyler Seguin scored on a power play 20 seconds into overtime, and the Stars staved off elimination by rallying to beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Sunday.

"Every day, we're going to come in, work hard, and play with pride and play for each other," Seguin said. "We had a time period there we just weren't being professionals. We didn't have enough effort out there and didn't play for each other. But we want to play with pride and want to finish off the rest of the year work hard and try to win every night."

A loss to the Devils would have ended the Stars' playoff chances. But they found a way to win.

Ales Hemsky also scored a power-play goal with 6:36 left in regulation to tie the game and Kari Lehtonen made 20 saves for Dallas, including a stop on a short-handed breakaway attempt by Blake Pietila about a minute before Hemsky tied the game.

"We have to give Kari a lot of credit for covering that one up because if Kari doesn't make that save, probably the game is over," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "That was big at a big time in the game."

Seguin got his 25th goal after Devils defenseman Steven Santini was called for cross-checking with 54 seconds left in regulation. New Jersey killed off the 5-on-4 power play, but the Stars scored in OT on Seguin's shot from between the circles that beat Keith Kinkaid, who made 30 saves in an outstanding effort.

Jamie Benn and defenseman John Klingberg worked the puck along the boards in front of the Dallas bench before Klingberg made a no-look pass to Seguin cutting down the middle for the game winner.

"They were really pressuring Jamie and Klinger and I just tried to find a soft spot skating in," Seguin said.

The loss was the second in as many nights for the Devils and their 13th in 17 games (2-13-2). It also came just one night after New Jersey's playoff hopes were extinguished for the fifth straight year in a loss to Carolina.

"We took two penalties there and they capitalized on both of them," Devils captain Andy Greene said. "We have to do a better job in the offensive zone, create more and get that second goal and work harder. We just can't hope we get that second one. We have to make sure we will it into the net."

Blake Coleman , who was born in Plano, Texas, scored his first NHL goal for New Jersey, beating Lehtonen at 11:02 of the first period after blocking a pass by Klingberg.

"I am pretty familiar with a lot of guys in that locker room," Coleman said. "So guys like Jamie Benn coming up and saying: `Congrats' is pretty special and I will be able to remember that and share with friends and family back home."

Hemsky tied the game after Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy couldn't get the puck out of the zone. Dallas defenseman Stephen Johns found Hemsky in the right circle. His initial shot was blocked by Greene, but the puck came right back to him and he beat Kinkaid between the pads for his fourth of the season.

"I don't know if they were contained for 55 minutes, they had their fair share of opportunities," Kinkaid said. "I felt good and we have to be able to get that dagger goal and finish our opportunities."

Notes
Greene played in his 700th game, all with the Devils. ... Dallas F Curtis McKenzie and Devils D Damon Severson had a short fight late in the second period. ... The Devils beat the Stars in overtime earlier this season.

Up Next
Stars: At Montreal on Tuesday night for the second-game of five-game road trip, their final games away from home.

Devils: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night in a makeup of a game postponed by snow on March 14.

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<![CDATA[Cracknell Gets 1st Hat Trick, Stars Beat Sharks 6-1]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:05:16 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-629574486.jpg

Adam Cracknell got his first hat trick in seven NHL seasons and the Dallas Stars handed the San Jose Sharks their fifth straight loss, 6-1 on Friday night.

Cracknell opened the scoring in the first period, capped a three-goal flurry in the second and beat goalie Aaron Dell on a short-handed breakaway in the third for his career-high 10th goal of the season.

The Sharks entered two points ahead of Anaheim and Edmonton in the Pacific Division despite their longest losing streak of the season. San Jose has been outscored 16-5 during the stretch.

Brett Ritchie, Jamie Benn and John Klingberg also scored for the Stars.

Joe Thornton scored for San Jose on the power play in the second period. Dell had 23 saves.

Dallas' Kari Lehtonen made 20 saves four nights after shutting out San Jose.

Jason Spezza had three assists for the Stars. Curtis McKenzie and Remi Elie had two apiece.

Cracknell scored his first goal 8:30 into the game. He carried the puck from the left corner almost to the goal. He lost control of the puck, but it went off the skate of San Jose's Micheal Haley and between Dell's legs.

At 7:08 of the second, Cracknell took a centering pass from Spezza in the slot to beat Dell.

The third goal came at 4:59 of the third period. Cracknell has had only one other game with multiple goals, on April 4, 2013, at Chicago for the St. Louis Blues.

Three 20-plus-goal scorers were thwarted during the first period.

The Stars' Tyler Seguin sent a close-range rebound of his own shot into Dell's pads, and the goalie turned away Benn's backhand on a breakaway.

San Jose's Patrick Marleau went in on Lehtonen 1-on-1, but defenseman Greg Pateryn rode the veteran to the right of the net without a shot.

The game opened up in the second, with Ritchie, Benn and Cracknell scoring in the first 7:08 for a 4-0 lead.

San Jose's second power play lasted just six seconds. Brent Burns' shot from the top of the left faceoff circle went under Lehtonen. Thornton reached his stick in to tap the puck into the net at 7:57.

NOTES: Cracknell was playing in his 195th career game. The multiple-point game was his first since he had a goal and an assist in his first game this season on Oct. 13 against Anaheim. ... Spezza had missed the previous two games because of back spasms but played Friday because RW Jiri Hudler and D Dan Hamhuis were out with lower-body injuries. ... Tyler Seguin had an assist in his 500th game, the most of any player drafted in 2010. ... Dell brought a 1.85 goals against average and .937 save percentage into the game. ... Sharks D Justin Braun blocked two shots during the last minute of the first period, giving him a career-high 148 blocks this season.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Finish a four-game trip on Saturday at Nashville.

Stars: Begin their final road trip (five games in nine days) at New Jersey on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Lehtonen's 36th Shutout Gives Stars 1-0 Win over Sharks]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:01:56 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lehtonen1.jpg

Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves for his 36th career shutout Monday night. And still, one of the toughest shots he faced came before the game.

"He was ready to go today, just because I hit him up high in warmups," Dallas Stars teammate Patrick Sharp said. "I was a little worried. When he made those first couple saves, I was breathing a little bit easier."

Lehtonen thought Sharp's shot helped him get in the right frame of mind before his 1-0 win over the San Jose Sharks.

"It woke me up. Woke the beast," the goalie said.

Dallas scored the only goal Lehtonen needed at 14:54 of the second period. Curtis McKenzie got his fifth on a tip-in from the slot that beat Sharks goalie Aaron Dell.

Adam Cracknell took the shot from the left point.

"Great job by (Cracknell), just holding on the puck," McKenzie said. "He must have had it for a good 10 seconds before he shot it at the net. I just found myself open in front, so I was able to get a tip-in there."

Pacific Division leader San Jose (42-23-7) lost a third straight game for only the second time this season. The Sharks have scored just two goals in those three games.

"Chances are there," coach Peter DeBoer said, "so we've just got to bear down and we've got to get one dirty or ugly around the net. We've got to get one on the power play some way. It's not all bad by any means. There's a lot of good that's going on, but right now we're cold. We're paying a price for that."

The Sharks outshot the Stars 30-20, including 12-6 in the third period.

Dallas (29-33-10) is barely alive in the playoff race with 10 games remaining.

"It's been a tough year," Lehtonen said, "so after a game like this it feels especially good. Just the way we played the whole 60 minutes. It was really cool. Guys were blocking shots and getting all the rebounds."

Dallas' other shutout this season was Lehtonen's 3-0 win Dec. 3 at Colorado.

"He found a few pucks through traffic that were big saves for us," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "He made big saves when we needed it."

Neither team scored during the first period as they totaled 14 shots on goal, eight by the Sharks.

San Jose's Logan Couture, who has 25 goals, almost got another in the first, but Lehtonen stopped the shot with his foot.

"It was just a difficult situation when Couture has some time and I'm already down, so I have to do something tricky," Lehtonen said. "I thought he was going to shoot right away, and he was trying to go around me. That's where the long legs came to help me."

The Stars had another good chance in the second after McKenzie's goal, but Dell stopped a 3-on-1 rush. San Jose again outshot Dallas, 10-8, for an 18-14 advantage after two periods.

San Jose couldn't score even after pulling Dell with just under two minutes remaining. Dallas missed two tries at the empty net.

"It's a 1-0 game," Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said. "Feeling is, just stick with it. We can't hang our head. Just got to find a way to be a little bit better."

Notes
Sharks C Chris Tierney was out for the first time this season, sidelined by the flu. ... Dallas C Jason Spezza did not play because of back spasms. ... Stars D Dan Hamhuis went down on the ice at the end of the second period. He was hit in the face by Couture's stick when the Sharks' center followed through on a shot from the right corner. Hamhuis returned after taking stitches during the intermission. ... The Stars were coming off a 1-3 road trip -- they were outscored 17-5. ... San Jose has been shut out five times this season. ... Each team was 0 for 2 on the power play. ... Dallas C Tyler Seguin won 10 of 13 faceoffs.

Up Next
Stars: Travel to Chicago to play on Thursday.

Sharks: Play the second of a four-game trip Wednesday at Minnesota before returning to Dallas to play on Friday.

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<![CDATA[Flames Beat Stars 3-1]]>Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:24:51 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lehtonen1.jpg

Brian Elliott was a long way from being healthy but you couldn't tell from the way he played against the Dallas Stars.

Elliott, back after missing a game due to the flu, stopped 24 shots for his 10th straight win, Mark Giordano had a goal and two assists, and the Calgary Flames beat the Stars 3-1 Friday night.

Elliott, who was at home two nights earlier when a loss to Boston snapped Calgary's 10-game winning streak, declared himself good enough to play against Dallas and he was nearly perfect.

"You're not in a normal routine of eating and drinking and getting all the nutrients you usually get in, but I wanted to get back in there," Elliott said. "It felt good to get another win."

The wins have been frequent lately as Elliott is 14-1-1 in his last 16 starts with a 1.87 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage.

"It wasn't easy, but the guys made it a lot easier on me," he said. "When you get up three goals it's pretty nice as a goalie to sit back there and have a little bit of a cushion."

Matthew Tkachuk and Michael Frolik also scored to help Calgary -- 12-1-1 in its last 14 -- jump past Edmonton into third place in the Pacific Division.

Elliott's busiest period was the second when Dallas outshot Calgary 13-10 but gave up two goals to fall behind 3-0.

"Big saves at big times. He looked really sharp," Giordano said. "You could tell he was battling through. He wasn't feeling 100 percent but he looked 100 percent."

Vying for his third shutout in four games, Elliott was finally beaten with 6:41 left in the third when TJ Brodie mishandled the puck in front of his net and Brett Ritchie whipped it past the surprised goaltender.

Kari Lehtonen finished with 21 saves for Dallas, which finished a 1-3-0 road trip.

Noticeably absent for the Stars was captain Jamie Benn (upper body), who was hurt Thursday in Vancouver. Benn has totaled seven goals and seven assists in his last seven games in Calgary.

"You take your top player out of the lineup and obviously it hurts," the Stars' Jason Spezza said.

Patrick Sharp was moved into Benn's spot on the Stars' top line with Spezza and Tyler Seguin.

"They are a good team, they play well together," Dallas defenseman Dan Hamhuis said about Calgary. "They play their system well and wait for the other team to make mistakes and we made enough of them tonight to allow them to get goals."

The Flames opened the scoring with 3:53 left in the first as Frolik took a pass from Mikael Backlund and whipped a shot over Lehtonen's glove.

Tkachuk made it 2-0 at 5:20 of the second. After a stretch of prolonged pressure in the Stars' end, Tkachuk neatly steered Giordano's pass behind Lehtonen for his 13th goal.

Three minutes later, Calgary scored again on a heads-up play by Tkachuk. Having knocked the puck out of the air with a high stick seconds earlier, the rookie followed the puck into the Stars zone but didn't touch it as play would have been blown dead.

As soon as Dallas' Adam Cracknell tried to play the puck, Tkachuk promptly stripped it from him, knocking it back to Giordano, who flung a harmless-looking shot from just inside the blue line that deflected in off Hamhuis' glove.

Tkachuk is tied for third on the team in scoring with 46 points.

"I just want to be part of a team that can make it to the playoffs," the 19-year-old said. "Ultimately the goal is to win. Everybody is doing everything they can to make the playoffs."

NOTES: Flames D Michael Stone (shoulder) returned to the lineup after missing three games. Calgary has won all nine games he's played in since being acquired from Arizona. That bumped veteran Dennis Wideman out of the lineup. ... Backlund played his 451st game, passing Hakan Loob for the most by a European player in team history.

UP NEXT

Stars: At New Jersey on Sunday in the opener of a five-game trip.

Flames: Host Los Angeles on Sunday night in the finale of a four-game homestand.

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<![CDATA[Seguin Gets Power-Play Goal, Stars Beat Canucks 4-2]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 05:20:41 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/459888682.jpg

Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said he needed more from his leaders after a string of demoralizing losses.

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn stepped up to the challenge

Seguin scored on the power play in the third period and the Stars beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Thursday night to snap a three-game slide.

"The guys did a great job responding," Seguin said. "Our compete level was a lot higher, just our will. ... We were missing it the last few games."

Ales Hemsky, Esa Lindell and Radek Faksa had the other goals for Dallas, which got 26 saves from Kari Lehtonen. John Klingberg and Jason Spezza each added two assists.

Sven Baertschi and Ben Hutton scored for Vancouver. Ryan Miller stopped 32 shots in his 12th start in the last 13 games.

Both teams are well back in the Western Conference playoff race, and the Stars were outscored 17-4 during their recent skid, including a 7-1 demolition at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

"It's no secret we were embarrassed by the last two games and the season in general," Spezza said.

The Canucks, meanwhile, finished winless on their five-game homestand (0-3-2), with the last three losses coming in regulation.

Seguin snapped a 2-2 tie at 9:07 of the third, blasting a one-timer past Miller for his 24th of the season after the Stars zipped the puck around the Canucks' zone.

Faksa then took advantage of a turnover by defenseman Troy Stecher at the side of his own net to bury his 11th past a helpless Miller at 15:31 as the Stars improved to 12-0-1 in their last 13 games against Vancouver.

Dallas grabbed a 1-0 lead at 8:41 of the first period after its 30th-ranked penalty kill held Vancouver's 28th-ranked power play off the scoreboard during an early four-minute man advantage.

Hemsky, who has missed 59 games this season with hip and groin injuries, swooped past Hutton and beat an indecisive Miller to a loose puck before scoring his first goal since March 24, 2016.

"It's frustrating," Hutton said. "We want to win, especially here in our home rink in front of our fans. One mistake here, one mistake there and it's two points for the other team and not us."

Vancouver responded when Reid Boucher, playing in his 100th NHL game, fed a slick pass to a pinching Nikita Tryamkin. The big defenseman had both his initial shot and rebound stopped by Lehtonen before the puck popped into the slot to Baertschi, who buried his 17th at 13:27.

The Stars nudged back in front with 7.2 seconds left in the period when Lindell scored his sixth on a wrist shot from well out that went in off Miller's blocker.

Tryamkin tossed Jamie Benn to the ice with under four minutes to go in a previously sleepy second period, with the Stars captain going back at the hulking Russian and dropping the gloves in what was a spirited fight. Both players went to their respective locker-rooms after the dust up, but Benn didn't come back for the third because of what the Stars called an upper-body injury.

It wasn't clear if the injury to Benn, who will be re-evaluated Friday, happened during the fight or earlier in the game.

"I like it," Ruff said of seeing his captain and second-leading scorer drop the gloves. "It sends a message to the team that the fight is still on. You've got to win games and play hard.

Hutton then tied the score on the power play to snap a 1-for-33 stretch on the man advantage.

Notes
The Stars are 6-0-1 in their last seven games at Rogers Arena dating to the 2012-13 season. ... Vancouver D Christopher Tanev missed a third straight game because of food poisoning. ... Dallas F Jiri Hudler was a healthy scratch for the fifth straight game.

Up Next
Stars: Wrap a four-game trip at Calgary on Friday night.

Canucks: Open a five-game trip Saturday night in Edmonton.

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<![CDATA[Oilers Dominate Stars in 7-1 Victory]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:41:54 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503479770.jpg

Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers broke out of their skid in a big way.

Patrick Maroon had a goal and an assist and the Oilers snapped a three-game skid with a 7-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

It was a timely win too as Edmonton has seven of its next 12 games against the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, all of whom are competing with the Oilers for a postseason berth.

"I look at it like this: You've got to peak at the right time," Maroon said. "We lose three in a row, now hopefully we go upward from here.

"We peak at the right time, going into big conference games against San Jose, Anaheim and L.A. These are the times we need those wins."

Benoit Pouliot, Oscar Klefbom, Darnell Nurse, David Desharnais, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid also scored for the Oilers, who are 2-2-1 through five games of an eight-game homestand.

McDavid is tied with Blackhawks star Patrick Kane with 76 points for tops in the NHL.

Brett Ritchie scored for the Stars, who have lost three straight and allowed 17 goals in their past three games.

"That might be the worst game I have coached as a Dallas Star," Lindy Ruff said. "We need a lot more from the leaders of our team. They are the guys who can make the difference at this time. We have had some tough breaks, but they are the guys the responsibility lies on. As soon as the third one went in, our team went dead."

Zack Kassian passed to Pouliot in the slot and he beat Dallas goalie Antti Niemi up high for a 1-0 lead. It was Pouliot's first goal in 28 games and sixth of the season.

"It's been a while, and hopefully I get something going with it," Pouliot said. "It's a big win for us, to win 7-1 like that, it's nice for everyone and we just want to keep it going."

Klefbom's booming point shot on the power play beat a screened Niemi to make it 2-0. The Oilers had 13 first-period shots to the Stars' five on Edmonton starter Cam Talbot.

Talbot finished with 22 saves.

Nurse scored his fourth of the season on a wrist shot from the top of the circle as another Oilers defender got in on the scoring two minutes into the second period.

Ritchie beat Talbot stick-side to get the Stars back into the game six minutes into the second.

Edmonton made it 4-1 midway through the second as Desharnais batted home a rebound off the boards for his second in five games as an Oiler.

Niemi was chased from the Dallas net less than two minutes later as Maroon scored his 22nd of the season. Kari Lehtonen came in to replace him in goal.

Edmonton kept on coming in the third period, getting goals from Nugent-Hopkins (14th) and McDavid (24th) 1:43 apart to make it 7-1.

Niemi stopped 15 of 20 shots and Lehtonen turned aside 7 of 9 shots.

It was the first time since the 2008-2009 season that the Oilers have scored seven or more goals on at least three occasions.

Notes
It was the third and final meeting of the season between the teams. Dallas won the first matchup 3-2. Edmonton took the second game 5-2. ... Stars winger Remi Elie, who got his first NHL goal in San Jose on Sunday, played on Dallas' top line. Elie was a linemate of Oilers captain Connor McDavid in Erie of the Ontario Hockey League. ... Forward Anton Slepyshev returned to the Edmonton lineup after being a healthy scratch for the past four games.

Up Next
Stars: Travel to Vancouver to face the Canucks on Thursday night.

Oilers: Host Bruins on Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Pavelski's 2 Goals Lead Sharks Past Stars 5-1]]>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:40:46 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/458945444.jpg

Joe Pavelski helped the San Jose Sharks deliver the perfect response to a sloppy game.

Pavelski scored twice, backup goalie Aaron Dell made 29 saves to win his fourth straight start, and the Sharks rebounded from a lackluster loss to beat the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Sunday night.

"We needed a bounce-back game," Pavelski said, referring to the Sharks' 3-1 loss to Nashville on Saturday night. "We turned over too many pucks, we weren't committed in a lot of areas yesterday. Today, we got the response we needed from a lot of guys."

Patrick Marleau, Joel Ward and Chris Tierney also scored to give the first-place Sharks their sixth win in eight games. San Jose remained seven points ahead of Anaheim in the Pacific Division with a game in hand.

Logan Couture and Paul Martin each had two assists.

"It's getting to that point in the season where we know what position we're in as far as standings right now," Martin said. "But for our push and the way that we want to play hockey down the stretch, we need to make sure that we're staying at that high level."

Dell has been outstanding of late as he has given coach Peter DeBoer the confidence to rest starter Martin Jones. Dell has stopped 113 of 118 shots during his streak and improved to 6-0 at home this season.

Remi Elie scored his first career goal for the Stars, who got off to a rough start to a four-game road trip.

Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on eight shots before being pulled for the second straight game in favor of Antti Niemi, who stopped 16 of 18 shots. Dallas is tied with Colorado for allowing the most goals in the NHL this season with 220.

"It's embarrassing," captain Jamie Benn said. "It's hard to put into words. If you're going to play like that and have those numbers you're not going to get too far."

The Sharks broke the game open in the second period. Couture got his second assist of the game early in the period when he set up Ward in the slot for his eighth goal.

Coach Lindy Ruff then wanted to pull Lehtonen, but Niemi wasn't ready to come into the game and had to wait until the next stoppage 25 seconds later to relieve Lehtonen.

It didn't help at all as the Sharks added to the lead midway through the period when Esa Lindell lost control of the puck at the point with Dallas on the power play. Pavelski took possession and skated in on a breakaway for his 26th goal of the year.

Tierney scored on a rebound of Dylan DeMelo's shot early in the third to seal the win.

The Stars had controlled the play in the first period, outshooting the Sharks 15-6, but found themselves on the short end of the score as San Jose scored on two of its first four shots.

Couture set up Marleau with a pass from the corner for the first goal early in the period. After Elie tied the game, Pavelski restored the lead late in the first when he chose to shoot on a 2-on-1 with Jannik Hansen and beat Lehtonen.

"We turned the puck over in the neutral zone, that got us into trouble," Ruff said. "You dominate a period, but you don't put the puck in the back of the net and then you make a couple of mistakes that end up in the back of your net."

Notes
The Stars have used two goalies in an NHL-high 12 games this season. ... D Marc-Edouard Vlasic played his 800th career game, joining Marleau and Joe Thornton as the only Sharks to do that. ... San Jose F Melker Karlsson with a lower-body injury, giving Marcus Sorensen a spot in the lineup.

Up Next
Stars: Visit Edmonton Tuesday.

Sharks: Host Buffalo Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Streaking Senators Beat Stars 5-2]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 23:10:14 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/456528982.jpg

Defenseman Fredrik Claesson scored his first NHL goal and added an assist to help the Ottawa Senators win their fourth straight game, 5-2 over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.

Ottawa moved within four points of first-place Montreal in the Atlantic Division. The Senators' winning streak began after they acquired Viktor Stalberg and Alexandre Burrows near the trade deadline.

Craig Anderson made 35 saves and tied the Ottawa franchise record with his 146th victory.

Stalberg and Cody Cedi also each had a goal and an assist for the Senators, and Mike Hoffman had two assists.

Chris Wideman and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored against Dallas starting goalie Kari Lehtonen, who left at 3:21 of the second period after allowing three goals in 18 shots.

Antti Niemi replaced Lehtonen. Ottawa didn't have a shot on goal against Niemi for 14:48, until Stalberg scored on the power play for a 4-1 lead. Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza scored for Dallas.

The Senators scored first on the power play at 13:41 of the first period. Stalberg passed cross-ice to Wideman in the right faceoff circle, and he put a wrist shot into the right side of the net before Lehtonen could get back.

Ottawa took a 2-0 lead at 15:21 when Zack Smith won a faceoff back to Claesson high in the slot for a slap shot and his first goal in 36 career NHL games.

Pageau slid the puck from the slot through traffic and between Lehtonen's legs to knock the goalie from the game.

Seguin pulled Dallas back within two goals at 3-1. Spezza passed from behind the net to Seguin at the left, and he put the puck into a narrow opening inside the left post.

Stalberg deflected Dion Phaneuf's shot from the left post past Niemi.

Spezza scored on the power play in the third period with a shot that deflected off Mark Borowiecki's right leg.

Ceci's goal at 9:01 of the third went in off Niemi's skate.

NOTES: The Stars signed RW Adam Cracknell to a one-year contract extension for $675,000. In his seventh season, the first with Dallas, he has career highs of seven goals and 54 games played. . Ottawa C Kyle Turris missed his first game this season because of an injured finger. ... In Pageau's past four games against the Stars, he has six points (three goals, three assists). He won 10 of 11 faceoffs in the first two periods. ... Playing in his third NHL game, Dallas' Remi Elie had his first assist on Seguin's goal, and Ales Hemsky had his first point in only five games played in an injury-riddled season. ... Borowiecki, the league leader in penalty minutes, increased his total to 126 with a double minor for roughing in the first period. ... The Senators had two goals on three power plays, after going 2 for 16 in their past six games, and Dallas' penalty killers had been 14 for 16 in the previous six.

UP NEXT

Senators: Play the second of three road games in four nights on Friday at Arizona.

Stars: Begin a four-game trip on Sunday at San Jose.

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<![CDATA[Stars Snap Capitals' Home Winning Streak at 15]]>Mon, 06 Mar 2017 22:23:27 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-496014010.jpg

Kari Lehtonen made 42 saves and Devin Shore, Radek Faksa and Jason Spezza scored and the Dallas Stars continued their puzzling domination of the Washington Capitals with a 4-2 victory Monday night.

Despite struggling this season, Dallas extended its point streak in the series to 12 games and won for the sixth consecutive time in Washington.

The NHL-leading Capitals' home winning streak snapped at 15 and their point streak at 17. Despite Nicklas Backstrom's 21st goal and T.J. Oshie's 25th, they lost in regulation at home for the first time since Dec. 17 and in any fashion at home since Dec. 29.

The Stars chased reigning Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Braden Holtby with three goals on 11 shots and haven't lost in regulation to the Capitals since 2006.

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<![CDATA[Strome Helps Islanders Rally for 5-4 Win over Stars]]>Thu, 02 Mar 2017 23:22:35 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503479770.jpg

Ryan Strome had a goal and two assists, and the New York Islanders rallied with four straight goals to beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 on Thursday night.

Strome scored the game's first goal, then assisted on Andrew Ladd's second-period goal and Dennis Seidenberg's tiebreaker at 7:46 of the third.

The Islanders, in a tight race for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference, have won four of five and are 3-1 on a nine-game road trip. They were 7-13-4 on the road when the trip began.

Nick Leddy and Nikolay Kulemin also scored in the third for New York. The Islanders outshot Dallas 14-7 in the period.

Stars captain Jamie Benn scored on the power play in the first period and short-handed in the third. Radek Faksa and Jason Spezza had second-period goals that gave Dallas a 3-1 lead.

Thomas Greiss made 22 saves for New York, while Antti Niemi stopped 28 shots for Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Stars Rally in Third Period, Top Pens 3-2]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:09:06 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-646471348%281%29.jpg

Antoine Roussel helped the Dallas Stars complete an unlikely comeback against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Roussel capped Dallas' three-goal third period and the Stars rallied for a 3-2 win over the Penguins on Tuesday night.

The Penguins had been 26-0 when leading after two periods, and before Tuesday the Stars were 1-21-2 when trailing after two.

"It's disappointing because of how we had come into the game," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "Every point is critically important."

The loss dropped second-place Pittsburgh seven points behind Eastern Conference and Metropolitan Division leader Washington.

Dallas entered the game nine points behind the second wild card in the West and in a selling mode that had sent three veteran players to contenders in trades, including defenseman Johnny Oduya shortly before the game.

"It's really hard," Roussel said. "You create relationships in this game. It's tough to see those guys leave. I'm glad the guys bounced back and stayed focused tonight."

Pittsburgh led 2-0 on goals by Evgeni Malkin in the first period and Jake Guentzel in the second.

Brett Ritchie scored the Stars' first goal at 3:40 of the third. Jason Spezza tied the game at 9:41 with a shot that was deflected high and off Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin into the net.

"We believed that if we got just one goal, it would put them on their heels and then it's a one-shot game to get into overtime," Ritchie said. "So we just took that approach, just take it shift by shift, and we were lucky enough to get a few bounces there."

Just 55 seconds after Spezza's goal, Roussel put a wrist shot past goalie Matt Murray from the left faceoff circle.

Murray had 29 saves.

"The one goes off my shoulder and the puck's up in the air, you just couldn't find it," Murray said of Spezza's goal.

"It's not anybody's fault. It's just a terrible bounce, it's just terrible luck. [Dumoulin] is in the right position. He's boxing [Dallas' Jamie Benn] out and it just happens to hit his shoulder and go in. I think we realize that's just a really bad bounce."

Stars goalie Antti Niemi made 18 saves.

Roussel had a goal and an assist. John Klingberg had two assists for the Stars, who are 3-1 in their past four games.

The Stars were without defensemen Oduya (traded to Chicago) and Jordie Benn (to Montreal Monday). They also sent forward Patrick Eaves to Anaheim. Defenseman Greg Pateryn, acquired for Benn, arrived in Dallas on Tuesday, but was inactive for the game.

Without the veteran defenders, rookie Esa Lindell stepped up. He had game highs of five blocked shots and 25:18 on the ice, including the Penguins' only power play.

"He's probably our best defender down low," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said, "with good stick, his habits are really good and his awareness of where the opposition is at. It's very seldom he gets caught."

The Stars had a good chance barely two minutes into the game, when Murray stopped Ritchie's snap shot on a 3-on-1 break. Pittsburgh's best early chance came seven minutes in, when Niemi stopped Phil Kessel 1-on-1.

At 10:04, the Penguins' third shot went into the net. Patric Hornqvist sent a backhand pass from behind the goal line to Malkin at the left of the net, and he beat Niemi with a wrist shot.

The Penguins increased their lead to 2-0 at 10:40 of the second. Ian Cole's shot from the top of the slot hit Niemi. The rebound got behind him, and Guentzel swept the puck into the net.

Ritchie's goal followed a shot by Klingberg that went off Murray's glove. Ritchie skated down the slot and put in the rebound. His 11th goal this season was the 17th of his career in his 100th NHL game.

Notes
Penguins D Kris Letang (upper-body injury) missed his 20th of 61 games played this season. He did not make the current trip. ... Niemi was making his first start since Feb. 14 at Winnipeg. ... Dallas' Lauri Korpikoski played in his 600th game.

Up Next
Stars: Finish five-game homestand on Thursday against the Islanders.

Penguins: Complete a brief two-game road trip at Chicago on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Stars Trade Johnny Oduya to Blackhawks]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:16:54 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-501500140.jpg

The Stars season has been a bummer. The club will not make the playoffs and after trading Jordie Benn on Monday, the Stars kept on trading talent.

The team announced the trade of defenseman Johnny Oduya to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Mark McNeill and a draft pick in a news release:

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced to that the club has acquired forward Mark McNeill and a conditional fourth-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Johnny Oduya. If Chicago should advance to third round of the playoffs this season, and Oduya plays in 50% or more in first two rounds, then the selection turns into Chicago's third-round pick in 2018. Additionally, Dallas retains 50% on Oduya's contract.
McNeill, 24, has posted 28 points (6-22=28) in 58 games played for Rockford of the American Hockey League (AHL). In 273 career regular season AHL contests, all with Rockford, he has amassed 157 points (72-85=157). He appeared in one career NHL contest with Chicago in 2015-16 collecting three hits. He will report to Texas, Dallas' top development affiliate in the AHL.
The 6-foot-2, 214-pound native of Langley, British Columbia was originally selected by Chicago in the first round (18th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Oduya, 35, has posted seven points (1-6=7) in 37 regular season games this season. Since joining Dallas in 2015-16, he has appeared in 119 regular season games for the team and recorded 28 points (5-23=28).
The 6-foot, 195-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden was signed as a free agent by Dallas on July 15, 2015.

Oduya returns to Chicago, where he was part of their last two Stanley Cup championships. After the Blackhawks won their Stanley Cup title in 2015, Oduya left in free agency for a $7.5 million, two-year contract with Dallas.

Oduya will be an unrestricted free agent again after this season.

"With the situation of our team, I think it's important for us to get the most assets we can," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "Johnny's been a great warrior for us. ... It gives him an opportunity to go to Chicago. They're in the playoffs and for us, it gave us some assets for down the road."

The struggling Stars, who were the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference last season, are still seven points out of a playoff spot with 19 games remaining this season. That was even after a 3-2 win at home Tuesday night against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Blackhawks, second in the Western Conference, host the Penguins on Wednesday night.

It was the third deal by Nill leading up to Wednesday's trade deadline. The Stars had already sent defenseman Jordie Benn, the older brother of team captain Jamie Benn, to Montreal on Monday; after trading forward Patrick Eaves to Anaheim last Friday.

 McNeill had six goals and 22 assists in 58 games for Rockford in the AHL. He has played in only one NHL game, for the Blackhawks on Jan. 26, 2016, at Carolina. The 24-year-old forward will report to Texas, the Stars' top development affiliate in the AHL.

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<![CDATA[Stars Acquire Greg Pateryn from Canadiens for Jordie Benn]]>Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:24:38 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630320232.jpg

The Dallas Stars have acquired defenseman Greg Pateryn and a 2017 fourth-round pick from the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Jordie Benn.

The teams announced the trade Monday.

The 26-year-old Pateryn had one goal and five assists in 24 games. He missed time earlier in the season with an ankle injury and has been a healthy scratch at times. The physical 6-foot-2, 223-pound native of Sterling Heights, Michigan, has two goals and 11 assists in 82 games.

He is signed through the 2017-18 season with an annual cap hit of $800,000.

"Greg is a solid defender and possesses a physical presence on the back end," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "He brings size and another right shot into the mix for us."

A report last week said Pateryn had been offered to the league's 29 other teams. He would not say whether he asked for a trade, but denied that he was unhappy in Montreal.

"I felt I was a little stuck in the mud. That's why sometimes change is good," he said. "There was no reason to be unhappy with anything in Montreal. Sometimes you just need fresh faces and a fresh start. That's what's going to be best for me."

The fifth-year Canadien had some strong games early in the season, but then missed 24 games when he injured an ankle on Dec. 6. He was scratched for six of the team's 11 games since he returned on Jan. 31.

Benn, the older brother of Dallas All-Star Jamie Benn, is a left-shot defenseman who can also play on the right side. With Pateryn's departure, the Montreal roster has only Shea Weber and Jeff Petry as natural righties.

"In Jordie Benn, we get an experienced NHL defenseman and a player who will solidify our defensive group," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said. "While providing stability in our end, he can also contribute offensively."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Benn has two goals and 13 assists and is minus-3 in 58 games. The 29-year-old Victoria native has 11 goals and 60 assists in 302 games.

He signed a $3.3 million, three-year extension last June.

Benn, who will take over Pateryn's jersey No. 8 in Montreal, usually plays on a second or third pairing and can help kill penalties. He averaged 18:37 of ice time per game this season in Dallas.



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<![CDATA[Stars Lose to Bruins 6-3 in Dallas Sunday]]>Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:32:29 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lehtonen1.jpg

Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins kept surging under interim coach Bruce Cassidy, moving up in the race for the playoffs that begin in mid-April.

For defenseman Johnny Oduya and the Dallas Stars, the immediate future is much more uncertain.

Bergeron had two goals and an assist as the Bruins beat Dallas 6-3 Sunday, improving to 6-1 since Cassidy took over for the fired Claude Julien. Boston completed a 3-1 road trip.

"When your best players are your best players, you're a good hockey club," Cassidy said. "We're no different than any other team out there."

Bergeron has "really found his game and hopefully he stays healthy for us.

"Our top-end guys tonight were winning a lot of pucks and we were able to get on the attack," Cassidy said.

Bergeron won 16 of 22 faceoffs.

"Right from the get-go I thought we were creating a lot of chances in their zone and using our speed," Bergeron said. "Brad (Marchand, one goal, two assists) was finding me a lot for great plays, great looks. When they're going in, sometimes you try not to think too much and put the puck on net."

Stars coach Lindy Ruff wasn't surprised.

"Bergeron's one of the best two-way players. I've been around him in a couple Olympics, and he's a heck of a player. Marchand has gone from mainly known as antagonizer, but he's really turned himself into a complete player," Ruff said.

Dallas dropped to 24-28-10, 12th in the West.

The Stars welcomed back Oduya, who had missed 15 games because of an ankle injury. He might not stay long, because there's been speculation about him ahead of Wednesday's trade deadline.

"That's something I'm not going to worry about too much," Oduya said. "I know what's going on in this league and how things work. But when that day comes or not, I'll be prepared for that."

Stars captain Jamie Benn and Boston forward David Backes began fighting just 2 seconds into the game and drew major penalties. They have a history between — this was the first time they've faced each other this season, and it was the third straight year they've fought.

The Stars had tied the game in the second period after trailing 2-0. But Frank Vatrano and Bergeron scored on deflections 40 seconds apart in the second, and Bergeron added his 16th goal of the season in the third period.

Marchand, David Krejci scored in the first period for the Bruins. Marchand had two assists and Torey Krug had three assists.

John Klingberg and Jiri Hudler had second-period goals for Dallas, and Tyler Seguin scored in the third.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had 33 saves.

Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves for Dallas. Three of Boston's goals came on deflections.

"We want our forwards to attack more," Cassidy said, "get to the slot and make some plays off the goal."

Vatrano deflected Kevan Miller's drive from the right point through traffic past Lehtonen to break a 2-2 tie in the second. Bergeron and Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn became tangled in front of Lehtonen on the Bruins' fourth goal.

Marchand scored from the left faceoff circle at 5:56 of the first period after taking a pass from behind the net from Bergeron.

Dallas made it 2-all on the first power play of the game. Hudler scored on a snap shot at 11:49 of the second.

Boston regained a two-goal lead less than 4 minutes later when Vatrano and Bergeron scored at 14:41 and 15:21.

Notes
Dallas D Johnny Oduya returned after missing 15 games because of an ankle injury. ... Miller and Dallas LW Curtis McKenzie also fought in the second period. ... Marchand has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games. ... Krejci has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games. ... Krug has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in seven career games against the Stars. ... Hudler has 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 14 career games vs. Boston. ... The visiting team has won the last seven games between the teams, dating back to 2013-14.

Up Next
Stars: Play the fourth of five straight home games vs. Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Bruins: Begin a three-game homestand on Tuesday against Arizona.

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<![CDATA[Benn's Goal Breaks Tie in 3rd, Stars Beat Coyotes 5-2]]>Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:02:34 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-628645190.jpg

Jamie Benn scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, and the Dallas Stars beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 on Friday night.

Jordie Benn sent a long pass to his brother at the left side of the net. Jamie Benn took the puck behind the cage and scored on a wraparound before Arizona goalie Louis Domingue could move across to the right.

The Coyotes twice took a one-goal lead. Radim Vrbata scored in the first period and Martin Hanzal in the second on an assist from Vrbata.

Dallas replied with a goal by Devin Shore in the first period and another by John Klingberg on the power play to tie the game at 2 after two periods.

Lauri Korpikoski and Cody Eakin added third-period goals for Dallas.

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves, while Domingue had 32.

Jamie Benn and Shore each had a goal and an assist for Dallas. Esa Lindell had two assists.

Vrbata scored on a slap shot at 7:06 of the first period, taking a pass in the slot from Max Domi for the one-timer.

Shore tied it at 14:12 with a wrist shot into the upper left part of the net from the top of the slot. Jiri Hudler set up Shore with a pass across from the right side.

The Stars outshot Arizona 12-8 in the first period.

Hanzal gave the Coyotes another one-goal lead at 13:39 of the second after the puck hit high on the glass behind the net. Hanzal picked it up on the right side just across the goal line, turned and put in a sharp-angle shot off the left post.

Dallas tied the game again on its fourth power play. Klingberg took a pass in the slot from Jason Spezza and beat Domingue with a wrist shot.

NOTES: Arizona's Luke Schenn prevented a goal with five minutes left in the second period. Brett Ritchie's shot at first was ruled a goal, but a review showed that Schenn hooked the puck with his stick and knocked it away before it crossed the goal line. . Vrbata has one point in each of his last eight games (three goals, five assists). . Hanzal's goal was his 16th of the season, tying his career high. . Coyotes goalie Mike Smith was sick, so Arizona called up 20-year-old Adin Hill from Tucson of the AHL as an emergency replacement. . Klingberg played in his 200th NHL game. . Spezza's assist was his 100th for Dallas. . Jamie Benn's goal was his 21st, tying him for the team lead with Patrick Eaves, who was traded to Anaheim on Friday, and Tyler Seguin. . Lehtonen is 14-4-4 against the Coyotes in his career.

UP NEXT

Coyotes: Return home to face Buffalo on Sunday.

Stars: Play the third of five straight home games vs. Boston on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Stars Trade Patrick Eaves to Ducks for Draft Pick]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:04:41 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-521278034.jpg

The Anaheim Ducks acquired veteran forward Patrick Eaves from the Dallas Stars on Friday in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

Eaves has a career-high 21 goals and 16 assists in 59 games this season for the Stars. His 37 points also are already a career-high in his 12 NHL seasons, and he is fourth in the NHL with 11 power-play goals.

Anaheim is in need of goal-scoring threats and veteran tenacity, particularly while Antoine Vermette is under a 10-game suspension.

Eaves fills several obvious needs in Anaheim: His 21 goals are more than every Anaheim player this season except Rickard Rakell, while his 37 points match Jakob Silfverberg for the fourth-most on the Ducks' roster. The Ducks' power play is in a 2-for-32 slump over the past month, and Eaves has been one of the NHL's most consistent producers with the man advantage.

Eaves is making $1 million this season before he hits unrestricted free agency this summer, so the Ducks are renting a veteran forward in the midst of a career year. Anaheim is the sixth NHL franchise for Eaves, who has been in Dallas since 2014.

The Ducks gave up their rights to a 2017 second-round draft pick acquired in their trade of goalie Frederik Andersen to Toronto last summer. But the Stars said they will get Anaheim's first-round selection this summer instead if the Ducks reach the Western Conference finals and Eaves plays in 50 percent or more of their games in the first two postseason rounds.

Eaves has 76 games of NHL playoff experience. The Ducks began Friday tied with Edmonton for second place in the Pacific Division, three points behind San Jose.

The Ducks visit Los Angeles on Saturday before beginning their bye week.

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<![CDATA[Benn on Stars Win Over Lightning: 'It's Big']]>Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:35:38 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/benn_game_winning_thoughts_1200x675_880654403910.jpg

The Stars captain, Jamie Benn, discusses the importance of the 4-3 overtime win over Tampa Bay.]]>
<![CDATA[Roussel On Hat Trick: 'It Was Awesome']]>Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:36:04 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rousel_hat_trick_1200x675_880654915845.jpg

Antoine Roussel talks about his first career NHL hat trick after the Stars overtime win over the Lightning.]]>
<![CDATA[Kuemper Stops 34 Shots to Lead Wild Over Stars 3-1]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:02:36 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-496014010.jpg

The Wild ran off 12 straight wins earlier this season, though it's what they've done following their rare losses that has them sitting atop the Western Conference.

Darcy Kuemper stopped 34 shots, Erik Haula had a goal and an assist and Minnesota beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Thursday night.

Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Western Conference leaders. Minnesota, which lost 1-0 to Anaheim on Tuesday, hasn't lost consecutive games in over two months and extended its point streak against the Stars to seven games.

"Lot of resiliency. Good leadership. That's what good teams do," said Jordan Schroeder, who assisted on Haula's second-period goal.

The Wild are 8-0 in their past eight games after a loss, and they haven't lost two in a row since Dec. 2. Even with Chicago's five-game winning streak, Minnesota has managed to build a seven-point lead over the second-place Blackhawks.

"Today, it was goaltending, but I think for the most part, it's the desire to win and we've put ourselves in a good position and we want to continue to stay in that position," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "So there's a really good profound desire on this group to succeed."

The Stars, meanwhile, lost for the seventh time in eight games. Cody Eakin scored his second goal this season and Kari Lehtonen had 23 saves for Dallas.

"I'm kind of at a loss for words right now," forward Patrick Eaves said. "I thought we've been playing some pretty good hockey and not getting results. It's just the way it's going, but we'll work our way out of it."

The Stars came out firing early, looking determined to build any kind of momentum in what's been a rough February. The teams appeared headed to the first intermission scoreless before Curtis McKenzie took a goaltender interference penalty with 40 seconds left.

Mikko Koivu won a faceoff and got the puck to Jason Pominville, and he zipped it off to Suter for a one-timer over Lehtonen's glove with less than a second to go. It was the defenseman's eighth goal of the season and first in 12 games.

It was that kind of night for the Stars.

"I don't know if I've ever been through a stretch like this. This stretch has been incredible," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.

Minnesota went up 2-0 at 4:51 of the second when Schroeder, off a breakaway feed from Koivu, found Haula in front of the net. Haula poked it past Lehtonen for his 12th goal of the season.

The Stars avoided their sixth shutout of the season at 5:39 of the third when Eakin took a rebound off Antoine Roussel's shot and beat Kuemper stick-side to make it 2-1.

Spurgeon put a backhander past Lehtonen at 13:04.

Notes
Wild RW Nino Niederreiter received a five-minute interference major for upending Patrick Sharp in the final two minutes. Niederreiter was tripped by Radek Faksa just before the incident. Faksa received an instigator misconduct. ... Stars D Stephen Johns missed the game with an illness. ... Suter's eighth goal of the season tied his career high. He has four eight-goal seasons in his career, three with the Wild. He entered the game tied for second in the NHL in plus/minus. ... The Stars are 1-8-0 in their past nine road games.

Up Next
Stars: Begin a five-game homestand against Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

Wild: Play the sixth of an eight-game homestand against Nashville on Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[Stars' Jamie Benn Scores 500th Career Point]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:05:40 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631936930.jpg

Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn reached a career milestone with his goal against the Jets in Winnipeg Thursday night.

Benn's second period goal — his 19th of the season — marked the 500th point of his career.

The 27-year-old Benn became the second player from the 2007 NHL Draft class to score his 500th point. The first overall pick in that draft — Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane — was the first. Benn was the 129th overall pick in that draft.

Later in the second period, Benn assisted on a Tyler Seguin goal that tied the game at 2. Winnipeg went on to win 5-2.



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<![CDATA[Laine Gets Hat Trick to Lead Jets Over Stars 5-2]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:42:53 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526182010.jpg

Patrik Laine likes to score in bunches, especially against the Dallas Stars.

Laine got his third hat trick of the season, including the go-ahead goal late in the third period, to lift the Winnipeg Jets over the Stars 5-2 on Tuesday night.

It's his second three-goal game against Dallas this season. The Finnish rookie has 26 goals, including two in the third period while Winnipeg blew open a tight game.

"It was a huge game for me and my linemates and the whole team," Laine said. "These four last games haven't been that good, so it was just nice to have a game like this."

Joel Armia and Blake Wheeler also scored to help the Jets snap a four-game skid.

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin scored in the second period for Dallas to erase a two-goal deficit.

Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves in his third straight start for the Jets since Ondrej Pavelec got a lower-body injury on Feb. 7.

Antti Niemi stopped 19 of 22 shots for Dallas.

The victory snapped a five-game home losing streak for the Jets, and Dallas got its sixth loss in its last seven games.

"I've never gone through a stretch where when you have opportunities and you have it on the right guy's stick, that the puck hasn't gone in the net," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "[Patrick] Sharp hit two crossbars, a deflection hit the post and doesn't go in. [John] Klingberg [had] Seguin point blank in the slot. If you want to look at key opportunities, we missed."

Laine made it 3-2 with 5:07 left in the game, then completed his hat trick just over four minutes later with Winnipeg's second empty-netter.

"When you're assessing Patty Laine and where he's at — if he didn't score the three goals, I could've still come out and said that was his best game of the season," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "All the other pieces to his game were NHL right on."

Laine opened the scoring late in the first period. Mark Scheifele forced a turnover in the Jets' zone and turned it up ice to Andrew Copp, who evaded a sprawling defender and fed Laine for a tap-in goal.

Armia fired a one-timer from the high slot off Shawn Matthias' centering pass as Winnipeg extended its lead at 7:38 of the second.

Dallas cut the lead in half just over a minute later when Benn completed a passing play from Jason Spezza and Seguin for his 19th of the season. With Winnipeg forward Nikolaj Ehlers off for hooking, the Stars got the equalizer on the power play at 13:35 of the second when Seguin's low wrist shot from the point found its way through traffic for his 21st.

Wheeler's empty-net goal at 18:12 of the third was his 17th of the season.

Notes
Laine pulled within one of Toronto's Auston Matthews for the most goals by a rookie this season. Matthews scored twice for the Maple Leafs in a 7-1 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Matthews was selected first overall and Laine second in the 2016 NHL draft.

Up Next
Stars: Wrap a four-game trip through the Central Division on Thursday night at Minnesota.

Jets: Begin a four-game trip at Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Predators Rally From 3-Goal Deficit to Beat Stars 5-3]]>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:09:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lehtonen1.jpg

Coach Peter Laviolette and the Nashville Predators can enjoy their upcoming five-day break regret-free following an amazing five-goal rally Sunday night.

Filip Forsberg scored a short-handed goal 6:02 into the third period to put the Predators ahead to stay, and Nashville rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Dallas Stars 5-3 on Sunday night.

Roman Josi scored twice, Calle Jarnkrok got the tying goal and Mike Fisher added an empty-netter. James Neal and P.K. Subban each had two assists as Nashville snapped a two-game skid.

"They were awesome," Laviolette said.

With the rally, the Predators avoided their second loss in two days on home ice. Embarrassed in a 7-4 defeat to Florida on Saturday, they came out feisty from the opening faceoff, only to give up the first three goals.

"That was a great win no matter how you look at it," Fisher said. "After yesterday, we put a solid effort in on the back-to-back, and to come back like that, those go into the memory bank when we know we can do that going forward too, because we're going to have to I'm sure down the stretch."

Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist, Patrick Sharp and Devin Shore had a goal apiece and Tyler Seguin had three assists for the Stars. Dallas has lost five of six.

"You go into a third period with a 3-1 lead, and your life is on the line," Benn said. "That's the effort, that's the result that we get. It's unacceptable. I'm not saying I'm perfect. I'm not saying I played my best game, but we're fighting for our lives, and that's what we put out there for 20 minutes."

With the win, Nashville evened up the season series between the Central Division teams at 2-2.

The Predators came out very chippy against another team that likes to fight. The result was a pair of fights within the first minute and a third midway through the period. Dallas got a full two minutes of 5-on-3 off the second fight that also featuring penalties on Subban and forward Austin Watson just 45 seconds into the game.

The Stars only had Esa Lindell hit the post.

Benn scored his 18th this season on the man advantage at 12:24 of the first with a wrist shot from the left circle. Dallas took advantage of its second 5-on-3 late in the period when Sharp beat goalie Pekka Rinne with a wrist shot from the left side at 15:46 for a 2-0 lead.

Shore gave Dallas a 3-0 lead with the Stars' third power-play goal at 12:02 with a snap shot from the right on a nice pass from Brett Ritchie. The Stars went 3 of 9 on the power play.

"That's a tough one where I thought our power play was going really well and did a lot of good things," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. "That hurts."

Nashville finally got on the board at 15:25 when Josi scored his eighth this season on a wrist shot unassisted. Then Craig Smith had a chance off the ensuing faceoff, earning his first career penalty shot. But Kari Lehtonen, playing for the second straight night, easily stopped Smith's shot off his pad.

Josi scored his second on the game's third 5-on-3 just 45 seconds into the third period. Jarnkrok skated up the right side and beat Lehtonen stick-side for his 11th before Forsberg gave Nashville the lead with his goal off a breakaway at 6:02.

Notes
Subban reached 300 career points with his two assists. ... Before the game, Nashville put F Cody McLeod on injured reserve and activated F Harry Zolnierczyk. ... Josi now has a goal in three straight games for the first time in his career. ... Stars D Jamie Oleksiak played his 100th NHL career game. ... Seguin has 10 points (four goals, six assists) over his last 10 games. ... Predators F Viktor Arvidsson had an assist and now has nine points (six goals, three assists) in his last six games.

Up Next
Stars: Visit Winnipeg on Tuesday night.

Predators: Visit Minnesota on Saturday night after five-day break.

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<![CDATA[Stone Scores Winner in 3rd, Senators Top Stars 3-2]]>Thu, 09 Feb 2017 22:46:26 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-504206120.jpg

Mark Stone scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

Dion Phaneuf and Chris Kelly also had goals for the Senators, who had dropped their last two games. Mike Condon made 31 saves.

Antoine Roussel and Jamie Benn scored for the Stars, who are on a four-game losing streak. Kari Lehtonen stopped 24 shots.

After being shut out the last two games, the Senators managed to score twice, but still had their share of struggles as they blew a two-goal lead. Ottawa dropped to 2-3-1 in its last six and has been outscored 23-15 in that span.

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<![CDATA[Struggling Maple Leafs Beat Stars 3-1]]>Wed, 08 Feb 2017 05:33:05 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/GettyImages-613294506.jpg

Curtis McElhinney still feels spry, even as the most senior member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"I'm hanging out with 20-year-olds," McElhinney said with a grin. "It's one of those things that keeps you young."

The 33-year-old goalie might be getting up there in age by Maple Leafs standards — he's one of only five Toronto players 30 or older — but his play has been anything but creaky. McElhinney stopped 39 shots in his third start for the Leafs on Tuesday night, helping them to a much-needed 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.

It was just the second win in six games (2-3-1) for Toronto, which yielded 22 goals over the previous four.

Dallas got only one past McElhinney, who has delivered exactly what the Maple Leafs were hoping for when they picked him up off waivers from Columbus last month. Toronto wanted someone to solidify the backup goaltending position while providing support to first-year No. 1 netminder Frederik Andersen. Jhonas Enroth was expected to fill those duties, but he struggled in only four starts with the team and was placed on waivers himself in early December.

McElhinney is 2-1-0 in three starts for Toronto with a .964 save percentage, yielding no more than two goals in any of those games.

The Maple Leafs will need him to keep that up, intent on playing the veteran on the second night of back-to-back sets — six of which remain — the rest of the way.

Head coach Mike Babcock is pleased with the early returns and complimented McElhinney for the effect he's having on his young group as well as Andersen, who's struggled in the new year amid a heavy workload (43 starts this season).

"He works hard every single day," Babcock said of the London, Ontario, native. "So when it's his turn, it's not lucky that he plays good. He's actually earned the right to play good and feel good about himself."

McElhinney, who posted a .924 save percentage in seven appearances with the Blue Jackets this season, came up big at various points against the Stars. There was the four-minute power play Dallas drew toward the end of the first period, with the Leafs' netminder stopping all six shots that came his way.

He was sturdy, too, as Toronto tried to protect a lead in the third period, turning aside 16 of 17 shots in the final 20 minutes. The only one to beat him was Tyler Seguin's one-timer on a power play. The Stars nearly scored again short-handed minutes later, but Jamie Benn's opportunity was denied by McElhinney, who was subsequently driven to the ice on the play by Adam Cracknell.

McElhinney remained down for a few moments but stayed in the game.

"You just want to be big in there," said McElhinney, who is 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, and claimed to be winded from the collision with Cracknell. "Pucks were hitting me and the rebounds were there, too, but the guys were doing a good job of clearing it out."

Clearing foes around the net had been a problem for the Maple Leafs recently, especially Monday night in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Islanders. New York picked Toronto apart in that respect, pouncing on rebound opportunities and loose pucks around Andersen, who yielded six goals on 34 shots.

"I thought we were way harder around our net in our own zone than we were (Monday) night when we were light in that area," Babcock said.

Toronto's coach also saw his team do a better job of protecting a third-period lead after two slipped away one night earlier. The Maple Leafs improved to 20-1-7 when leading after two periods.

"We turn it into something it's not," Babcock said. "It's just a game. Just play like the game's tied and go get the next one. Don't be conservative. Don't back up. Don't protect anything. Just play the damn game."

Auston Matthews scored his team-leading 25th goal — most among NHL rookies — by redirecting Jake Gardiner's point shot past Antti Niemi in the second period for a 2-0 Toronto lead. Gardiner got the first goal in similar fashion, his point drive off an offensive zone faceoff win by Tyler Bozak sailing under the glove of the Stars' goaltender.

Mitch Marner set up the shot with his 32nd assist of the season and 46th point. Both marks lead the Leafs. The 19-year-old is riding a five-game point streak, during which he's racked up three goals and four assists.

Nikita Zaitsev also scored for the Maple Leafs on a 5-on-3 advantage.

Notes
Dallas has dropped six of eight. ... The Maple Leafs are 3-8-1 when playing on the second night of a back-to-back. ... Marner ranks among the NHL scoring leaders since Jan. 1, with 20 points in 17 games. ... Toronto, which plays seven of the next nine at the Air Canada Centre, hasn't lost to Dallas at home since Dec. 23, 2008.

Up Next
Stars: Thursday night at Ottawa.

Maple Leafs: Thursday night at home against St. Louis.

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<![CDATA[NHL Makes Adjustment to Goalie Pants Midseason]]>Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:40:43 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-521681138.jpg

The National Hockey League announced in June it would make an adjustment to its rules for goaltender pants, shifting to a slimmer, "streamlined" fit in the 2016-17 season. 

After a manufacturing issue, the adjustment was delayed until Feb. 4, causing teams and players to make changes more than halfway through the regular season.

"They're a little more rounded, not quite as flat," Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said, describing the new goalie pants.  "You might see some more rebounds and readjustments, but I think the goalies will adjust. They're pretty smart."



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<![CDATA[Scheifele Scores Twice, Jets Hold Off Stars 4-3]]>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 05:53:22 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-633619746.jpg

Mark Scheifele has hurt the Dallas Stars even more than the other teams in the Central Division.

Scheifele scored two more goals against Dallas and narrowly missed two others, propelling the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 victory Thursday night.

At the other end, Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec made a season-high 39 saves.

Scheifele has five goals in four games between the teams this season, with the Jets winning three. He has a seven-game point streak against the Stars, with seven goals and seven assists.

"When you're playing against teams in your division, you've got to buckle down," Scheifele said. "They're big points. Especially after the All-Star break, things ramp up."

Dallas led 2-1 until Scheifele tied the game with 53 seconds left in the first period. He gave the Jets a 3-2 lead during a 5-on-3 power play 5:56 into the second.

The Stars just missed going ahead despite the two-man disadvantage. Jamie Benn, who had a goal and two assists, had a short-handed breakaway.

"Goalie made a good save, and then [I] kind of made a mistake in the defensive end and they put it in the back of the net," Benn said.

Just 23 seconds later, Scheifele scored from the inside edge of the right faceoff circle.

"Go back a year and a half ago, the number of posts that [Scheifele] hit as a young guy," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. "He's got a little more poise with that puck and he's placing it better."

Bryan Little gave Winnipeg a 1-0 lead 6:50 into the game. John Klingberg and Benn scored for Dallas barely two minutes apart midway through the first period.

The Stars put a season-high 42 shots on goal.

Pavelec had not faced more than 37 this season. He stopped all 14 shots in a scoreless third period.

"Some high-end ones, too, on high-end shooters," Maurice said. "The ones he could see and then a few that he didn't see until late. He was just tracking the puck so well. Best player on the ice.

"Might be the best performance I've ever seen by a goaltender while I've been behind the bench."

Pavelec's teammates blocked 29 Dallas shots, including eight by Toby Enstrom. The Stars had 83 shot attempts to 43 for Winnipeg.

Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves for the Stars, but gave up the puck behind the net and didn't skate back around in time to stop Nikolaj Ehlers' shot for the Jets' final goal at 12:51 of the second period.

Patrick Eaves scored at 17:58 of the second to pull the Stars to 4-3.

Winnipeg has won a season-high three consecutive games, all on the road. The Jets had nine two-game winning streaks before that.

The Stars also entered on a two-game win streak. The loss left them two points behind Winnipeg, with both teams fighting to climb into playoff position in the Western Conference.

Klingberg and Eaves each had a goal and an assist.

Ehlers had an assist to go with his goal for the Jets.

For his first goal, Scheifele had the left side of the net open for his first goal when Blake Wheeler passed cross-ice.

Scheifele nearly had two other goals in the second. Dallas challenged his apparent goal from the top of the slot at 4:36 and won the review because Wheeler was offside. Lehtonen turned aside another shot when Scheifele skated in on the goalie later in the period.

Notes
The Jets were 0-7-2 in their earlier attempts to win a third straight game this season. ... Little tied his career best with a seven-game point streak. He has seven goals and four assists during that span. ... Eaves' goal was his 19th, one short of the career high he set in his rookie season of 2005-06 for Ottawa. ... Dallas C Jason Spezza left in the third period after taking a hit from Jets C Adam Lowry. Spezza is going to miss some time, and it's "probably more than days," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. ... Dallas' longest winning streak this season is three games.

Up Next
Stars: Finish a six-game homestand Saturday vs. Chicago.

Jets: Play the finale of a four-game trip Saturday at Colorado.

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<![CDATA[Stars Get Goalie Peters from Coyotes in Prospects-Heavy Deal]]>Wed, 01 Feb 2017 18:12:52 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-617781868.jpg

The Dallas Stars have acquired veteran goaltender Justin Peters from the Arizona Coyotes in a four-player trade involving mostly prospects.

The Stars also added minor league defenseman Justin Hache in the deal Wednesday while sending young forwards Brendan Ranford and Branden Troock to the Coyotes.

Peters has spent most of the season with Tucson of the AHL, but the 30-year-old has 83 career NHL appearances with Carolina, Washington and Arizona. He was 0-1 in three games with the Coyotes this season.

Kari Lehtonen (29 starts) and Antti Niemi (22) are sharing top duties with Dallas for the second straight season.

Hache has split time between Tucson and the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL. Ranford appeared once for Dallas this season and played in 36 games for the Texas Stars of the AHL. Troock has been with Texas and the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL this season.

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<![CDATA[Lehtonen Helps Carry Stars Past Maple Leafs 6-3]]>Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:17:22 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/170*120/GettyImages-521659522.jpg

Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves and five Dallas players scored in the first period to send the Stars past the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Dallas took a 3-0 lead on goals by Devin Shore, Radek Faksa and Lauri Korpikoski. After Korpikoski's goal at 11:18, Curtis McElhinney replaced Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen.

Tyler Bozak scored on a power play at 13:50 of the first for Toronto, but Brett Ritchie and Jamie Benn answered to give the Stars a 5-1 lead after one.

Dallas was up 6-3 after the second. Nikita Soshnikov and Mitchell Marner scored for the Maple Leafs in the period, and Jason Spezza for Dallas.

Toronto outshot Dallas 43-20 overall. Lehtonen stopped all 14 shots in the third period, when the Stars had only one shot on goal.

Andersen made five saves, and McElhinney stopped nine of 12 shots.

Shore and Ritchie each had a goal and an assist, while Dan Hamhuis and Tyler Seguin each had two assists.

For the Maple Leafs, Marner had a goal and an assist.

On the first goal, Shore skated from the Stars blue line through the right faceoff circle and in front of Andersen before putting the puck on his forehand for a wrist shot at 2:53. Just 1:44 later, Faksa scored with a wrist shot on the rebound of Shore's shot.

Korpikoski took a pass from Ritchie from the left corner and sent a backhand from the edge of the left circle to chase Andersen from the game.

Bozak tipped in a shot by James van Riemsdyk at 13:50, but just 14 seconds later, the Stars' Julius Honka passed from behind the net into the paint, and Ritchie chopped the puck in over McElhinney's right shoulder. Benn took a pass from John Klingberg to score on a wrist shot from the left circle at 18:22.

Despite trailing by four goals, the Maple Leafs outshot Dallas 14-12 in the first period.

Soshnikov brought them to 5-2 at 4:19 of the second, taking a pass in front from Matt Martin and sending a wrist shot over a diving Lehtonen.

Seguin attempted a wraparound but the puck went in front of the net and then in off Spezza at 7:49.

Marner drove a wrist shot from the right circle past Lehtonen to pull Toronto within three at 10:25. The Maple Leafs outshot the Stars 15-7 in the period.

Notes
The Stars' previous five-goal period was the third on Dec. 13 in a 6-2 victory over Anaheim. . The last time the Maple Leafs had allowed five in a period was April 3, 2009, against Philadelphia. . Dallas' penalty killing ranks last in the NHL. Bozak's power-play goal was the 45th vs. the Stars in 51 games this season. That's one more than they allowed in 82 games last season. . Dallas has scored on the power play in six of the last eight games. . Toronto D Morgan Rielly missed his sixth straight game because of a knee injury. . Faksa (lower-body injury) returned for Dallas after missing two games.

Up Next
Stars: Play the fifth of six in a row at home on Thursday against Winnipeg.

Maple Leafs: Travel to St. Louis for their fourth of six straight road games on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Patrick Sharp's 2 Goals Help Stars Rally Past Sabres, 4-3]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 05:42:07 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632801480.jpg

Desperate for a boost going into the All-Star break, the Dallas Stars got one thanks to Patrick Sharp and Kari Lehtonen.

Sharp scored twice for the second time in five games and the Stars rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Thursday night.

Sharp upped his total to six goals this season and Lehtonen improved to 10-13-6. He allowed one goal and made 21 saves after replacing Antti Niemi to start the second period.

Niemi was lifted for the third consecutive start.

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin also scored for Dallas, which stopped a three-game losing streak.

"It's just a matter of stringing some games together and staying within striking distance `cause a good or bad week or two can do a lot for you," Sharp said.

The game ended only after a review following the final horn of a near Buffalo goal by Ryan O'Reilly with 11 seconds left. It was the third video review, and they all went against the Sabres.

"I think the answer is they don't definitively know that it crossed the whole goal line," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said about the final review. "I think we can all see it passed the crossbar. That's the answer."

Dallas coach Lindy Ruff's observation of that review: "It was — you can print — pretty damn close."

Evander Kane scored twice for the Sabres, who were looking to win four straight games for the first time since December 2014. Matt Moulson had Buffalo's other goal.

The win improved Dallas to 20-20-10 going into the second half. Last year's top seed in the Western Conference barely avoided being under .500 after 50 games for the first time since 1995-96.

The Stars went into the game having lost in overtime and in a shootout in their previous two games. They improved to 5-14-7 when giving up the first goal.

"You can feel the frustration," Ruff said of the two previous finishes. "Give them credit for digging in, fighting back."

Anders Nilsson (8-7-4) absorbed his fourth loss in the past five decisions.

Kane's first goal came on Buffalo's third shot. In Niemi's two previous starts, he allowed a goal on the opponent's first shot. Niemi gave up two goals on five shots overall this time.

Ruff said he decided Thursday morning to start Niemi, who was sick, over Lehtonen, who was dehydrated.

The Stars outshot the Sabres 37-27, including 34-11 through the first two periods. Lehtonen faced only six shots in the second before the Sabres registered 16 in the third.

"The key is to get some saves quickly, get going," Lehtonen said. "But that really didn't happen until the third period."

Sharp scored at 10:59 of the first period on a wrist shot from beyond the left circle with Nilsson screened. Sharp beat Nilsson to the short side on another wrister at 13:16 of the second for his sixth of the season to put Dallas ahead 3-2.

Seguin's goal gave him 18, tying Patrick Eaves for the team lead. It was knocked across the goal line by Buffalo's Cody Franson during a scrum in the crease.

Benn's goal tied the score at 2 only 42 seconds into the second period on the continuation of a first-period power play. Buffalo challenged the goal, claiming offside, but the review was ruled inconclusive.

A long review midway through the third period resulted in no change of a no-goal call against Sam Reinhart.

"It's a little frustrating when you're behind the net and you see it in," Reinhart said.

Notes
Lauri Korpikoski assisted on Sharp's first goal, giving him 199 career points. ... The teams split their two-game season series played in a span of 11 days. The Sabres won 4-1 on Jan. 16 in Buffalo. ... The Stars have used both goalies in seven of their last 14 games, winning four.

Up Next
Stars: The fourth game on a six-game homestand, their longest of the season, will be Tuesday vs. Toronto.

Sabres: Buffalo will come out of the All-Star break playing Tuesday at Montreal, where it has won on four of its last five visits.

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<![CDATA[Newy Scruggs and DMN's Mike Heika Talk Stars]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:34:53 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_AND_MIKE_HEIKA_STARS_TALK_FOR_WEB_1200x675_863792195836.jpgNBC 5's Newy Scruggs and Mike Heika, of The Dallas Morning News, discuss the Stars' struggles, Jamie Benn's health and possible moves at the trade deadline.]]><![CDATA[Stewart Scores Winner in Shootout, Wild Beat Stars 3-2]]>Wed, 25 Jan 2017 05:17:17 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632627250.jpg

Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau picked the perfect spot to use Chris Stewart in the shootout against Dallsa.

Stewart, best known for his physical play, scored in the fifth round of the tiebreaker to lift the Wild past the Stars 3-2 on Tuesday night.

"I asked him how he was feeling," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I didn't want him to go where he had to tie it up. I wanted him to have to go and win it."

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk stopped Jason Spezza to begin the fifth round before Stewart's shot won the game.

Patrick Eaves and Jamie Benn had scored for the Stars earlier in the shootout, but Jason Pominville and Mikko Koivu matched them.

Stewart has 1,134 penalty minutes and 147 goals in his career. He moved the puck to his backhand and slid the puck in under Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen, who got a piece of it. Stewart has 1,134 penalty minutes and 147 goals in his career.

Dallas was the last NHL team to play a shootout game this season. The Wild improved to 2-2 in the tiebreaker.

The Stars had a two-man rush with about a minute left in the overtime, but Lauri Korpikoski passed to Cody Eakin, who shot over the net.

"I knew Korpikoski was tired," Dubnyk said. "He'd been out there for a while, so I figured he probably wasn't going to lean on one."

Boudreau couldn't bear to look at the play.

"Then I heard the crowd not cheering," he said. "When it's a 3-on-0, you've got to think something bad's coming up."

Dallas coach Lindy Ruff saw his team lose its second game in a row that went past regulation time.

"We had a 2-on-0 and don't capitalize, we're one shooter away and don't capitalize. Missed opportunities."

Pominville and Koivu scored in regulation for Minnesota, and Dubnyk had 35 saves through overtime.

Eaves and Tyler Seguin scored for Dallas and Lehtonen finished with 31 saves. Spezza had two assists.

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead with 6:25 left in the first period. Dallas' Patrick Sharp shot wide, and the puck bounced hard off the boards almost to the blue line. Pominville picked up the puck, skated in 2-on-1 with Erik Haula and fired a wrist shot inside Lehtonen to the upper right corner of the net.

Koivu scored on the power play at 4:38 of the second period to make it 2-0. Mikael Granlund passed from the right faceoff circle to Nino Niederreiter in the slot, and he passed to Koivu low in the right circle for the slap shot that beat Lehtonen. Koivu's status for the game after recovering from an illness was uncertain until after he skated Tuesday morning.

The Stars got on the scoreboard at 9:38 of the second on their own 2-on-1 break. Antoine Roussel faked a shot, then passed cross-ice to Seguin in the left circle for his 17th on a snap shot.

Dallas it during a 5-on-3 advantage with 21 seconds left in the second. Benn passed the puck across the goal mouth. It deflected off defenseman Marco Scandella into the air, and Eaves batted it into the net.

Notes
The Wild had won in overtime at Dallas just 10 days earlier. ... Roussel, the NHL leader in penalty minutes, reached 100 when he went off for slashing at 19:20 of the first period. ... Ten of Eaves' 18 goals have come on the power play. ... Pominville has two goals and four assists in the past four games. . Koivu has six goals and 10 assists in his past 14 games. ... Niederreiter has three goals and four assists in the past six, and Granlund is on a career-high eight-game point streak (one goal, eight assists. ... Dallas' opponents have scored first in six straight games. The Stars are 1-3-2 in that stretch. . Dallas C Radek Faksa (lower-body injury) missed his first game this season, but Seguin kept up his perfect attendance despite a bout with the flu. Benn played despite a broken nose caused by a high stick in Saturday's game.

Up Next
Stars: Host Buffalo on Thursday night.

Wild: Host St. Louis on Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Stars Drop Road Trip Finale to Islanders, 3-0]]>Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:38:47 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-01.jpg

Getting a new coach this week didn't change things much for the Islanders -- and oddly enough, that's a good thing for New York.

John Tavares narrowly missed out on his second hat trick in a week, Thomas Greiss got his second straight shutout and the Islanders beat the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Thursday night in their first game since firing longtime coach Jack Capuano.

New York canned Capuano in the middle of his seventh season Tuesday, replacing him on an interim basis with Doug Weight.

"We had guys battle," Weight said. "Top-to-bottom effort led by our captain and goalie."

The new boss made a few adjustments, namely on the power play — though after going 0 for 7, that's still a work in progress.

In the end, New York got this victory in a familiar fashion.

Tavares scored three times in a 5-2 win over Florida last Friday, then appeared to have a hat trick until a video review took away his apparent goal against Carolina on Saturday.

He again scored twice against Dallas, getting a flashy even-strength goal in the first period, and then converting on a short-handed breakaway with 3:06 left in the third. It was the first short-handed goal of Tavares' career.

Moments after the latter goal, he had an empty-net shot just deflected wide.

The Isles captain has seven goals in four games despite the big personnel change in the middle of that run.

"A good response from the guys after a pretty emotional day and a half," Tavares said. "Came out and played some good hockey. A good effort all around."

And then there's Greiss, who stopped 23 shots against Dallas after making 32 saves in a 4-0 win over Boston on Monday. The consecutive shutouts come after Greiss allowed seven goals against Carolina last Saturday.

He called this "an awesome night."

"Our goaltending was a 10 — cool, calm and collected," defenseman Thomas Hickey said. "It rubs off on everybody."

Calvin de Haan added an empty-net goal on a coast-to-coast shot with 4 seconds left.

Kari Lehtonen made 33 saves for Dallas, including breakaway denials on Tavares and Shane Prince. The Stars were coming off a wild 7-6 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, but they left all the offense in Manhattan and dropped to 3-12-4 in games following a victory this season.

"It's disappointing, frustrating," defenseman Dan Hamhuis said. "It was a huge game for us."

Tavares got his 17th goal with 6:29 left in the first period. After taking a pass from Anders Lee, the All-Star slid the puck behind John Klingberg while cutting in front of the Dallas defenseman, met the puck on the other side of Klingberg and smacked it past Lehtonen for a 1-0 lead.

Tavares picked up his short-handed score on a low wrist shot. Dallas entered trailing Philadelphia by one for the league lead in short-handed goals allowed.

Weight was an assistant GM and coach with New York before his promotion this week. The Islanders entered Thursday in last place and eight points shy of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, though they have games in hand on nearly the entire league.

Weight said Wednesday that he doesn't plan to "reinvent the wheel" as interim coach, but said New York was "going to tweak some things in certain systems."

The power play is one obvious area that needs improvement — New York entered Thursday ranked 28th in the league. Weight certainly got creative, even keeping Tavares off the ice for man-up stretches later in the game.

Lehtonen's breakaway saves kept it close. He denied Tavares on a rising wrist shot in the first period, then stopped Prince's sweeping deke with a sliding leg save.

Notes
Islanders D Johnny Boychuk sat out because of an upper-body injury. The team said he is day-to-day. ... Isles Fs Andrew Ladd (upper-body injury) and Cal Clutterbuck (lower-body injury) each missed their second straight games. Both are day-to-day. ... Dallas Ds Johnny Oduya and Jamie Oleksiak were scratched with injuries. Oduya aggravated an ankle injury against the Rangers and will be out two to four games, and Oleksiak is dealing with an upper-body issue. ... UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes was at the game with her title belt. Nunes knocked out MMA superstar Ronda Rousey for the championship on Dec. 30.

Up Next
Stars: Return to Texas for a six-game homestand beginning with a game Saturday night against Washington.

Islanders: Continue their six-game homestand when the Kings play here Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[Stars Hold On for 7-6 Win Over Rangers]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:34:11 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631929432.jpg

The Dallas Stars gave up an early goal for the third straight game. However, this time they quickly bounced back, took two big leads and held on for a win.

Patrick Sharp scored twice, Jamie Benn and Patrick Eaves had a goal and two assists each and the Stars got a wild 7-6 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

Dallas fell behind just 27 seconds in as Derek Stepan scored on the Rangers' first shot. On Monday, the Stars gave up a goal 19 seconds into a 4-1 loss at Buffalo, and Minnesota scored 1:19 into a 5-4 win at Dallas on Saturday night.

In this one, the Stars rallied and led 4-1 and 7-3 before pulling out their third win in nine games (3-5-1).

"It's nice to put some pucks in the net," Sharp said. "It's the third game in a row we've given up a quick one. Credit the power play for getting it right back and then we were able to score quickly after. It's frustrating that we need to score seven goals to win the game, but right now we'll take a win whatever way we can."

Cody Eakin had a goal and an assist, Antoine Roussel and Adam Cracknell also scored and the Stars finished with their highest scoring total of the season.

"They had a couple good pushes," Benn said. "But we did what we had to do. We hunkered down to the end and found a way to get two points."

Stepan had two goals and an assist, Mika Zibanejad also scored twice and Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and two assists for the Rangers, who lost a season-high third straight. Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist and Mats Zuccarello had three assists.

Antti Niemi made 22 saves on 28 shots for Dallas before being replaced in the third period by Kari Lehtonen, who finished with 12 saves.

Trailing 7-3, the Rangers were booed leaving the ice after the second period. New York then scored three times in a 4:15 span early in the third to pull within one.

Kreider tipped in a pass by Stepan on a power play for his 18th at 3:11, Stepan knocked in a rebound at 5:31 for his 12th and Zibanejad pulled the Rangers within one at 7:26. That prompted Stars coach Lindy Ruff to send in Lehtonen.

"That was more of a stall tactic, to get the goalie in and slow the game down," Ruff said. "I didn't want to burn my timeout. And (Lehtonen) has been good coming off the bench. I just felt it was something to do to try to slow things down."

It worked. The Rangers couldn't get anything past Lehtonen despite outshooting the Stars 25-4 in the period.

New York's Henrik Lundqvist gave up seven goals at Madison Square Garden for the first time in his career. He stopped 20 shots before being replaced to start the third by Magnus Hellberg, who was called up from Hartford of the AHL with Antti Raanta injured. Hellberg stopped four shots.

Lundqvist has allowed at least four goals in five of his last six games, including 12 goals on 49 shots over the last two.

"I feel like it's embarrassing, frustrating, and disappointing, at the same time," he said. "I need to find another level; it's not good enough."

Trailing 4-1 early in the second period, the Rangers scored twice in a 2:10 span. Zibanejad, back after missing 25 games with a broken fibula, tipped a shot to pull the Rangers within two midway through the period. Buchnevich then put a wrist shot past Niemi.

However, Sharp got his fourth of the season on a wraparound 48 seconds later. Cracknell made it 6-3 with 4:07 left in the second, and Eakin knocked in a rebound for his first of the season less than two minutes after that.

"There's no doubt that we need to do a better job in front of our net," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "Our offensive game is pretty good at this time, but defensively obviously there are too many breakdowns."

Eaves, Sharp and Benn scored late in the first period to make it 3-1, and Roussel then made it 4-1 at 4:32 of the second.

Notes
Faksa had at least a point for the fourth straight game, giving him a goal and four assists in that stretch. ... The Stars improved to 4-13-5 when giving up the first goal of the game and 13-0-3 when leading after two periods. ... Tyler Seguin had an assist, giving him six goals and six assists in his last 11 games. ... Buchnevich returned to the Rangers last week after missing nearly two months due to a back injury and has at least a point in seven straight games with five goals and six assists.

Up Next
Stars: At the New York Islanders on Thursday night to complete a three-game trip.

Rangers: At Toronto on Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Eichel Scores Twice in Sabres' 4-1 Win Over Stars]]>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:28:33 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-01.jpg

Jack Eichel scored two goals and the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Monday.

Tyler Ennis scored 19 seconds into the first period. Ennis returned after missing 30 games with a groin injury that required surgery.

Jake McCabe also had a goal and Robin Lehner made 31 saves after missing the past three games with an illness.

The Sabres snapped a two-game losing streak and beat the Stars for the first time in four matchups.

Radek Faksa scored for the Stars in the opener of a three-game road trip. Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 shots. Dallas has lost two in a row and six of eight.

Eichel gave the Sabres a 3-1 lead 7:07 into the second period when he scored from the left side of the net on a power play. It was Eichel's first goal in five games. He scored again into an empty net with 9.3 seconds left for his third two-goal game of the season.

Buffalo built a 2-0 lead in the first 13 minutes.

Ennis took the first shot of the game and beat Lehtonen with a wrist shot from the right circle. McCabe got his first goal of the season on a power play with 7:26 remaining in the first when he intercepted Jamie Benn's clearing pass and took a slap shot from the high slot.

Buffalo's Taylor Fedun had a goal disallowed prior to the power play when it was ruled that Lehtonen touched the puck after a delayed penalty on Faksa for hooking.

Faksa poked in the rebound off Jiri Hudler's slap shot that hit the post to make it 2-1 with 4:46 remaining in the first period.

The Stars appeared to tie the game 1:38 into the second period when Patrick Eaves tipped in Stephen Johns' long shot. But Sabres coach Dan Bylsma successfully challenged that Eaves was offside.

NOTES: Eichel set a career high with 10 shots on goal. The Sabres are 6-0-1 this season when Eichel scores. ... Sam Reinhart assisted on Eichel's goal and has 13 points in his past 13 games. ... Stars D Jamie Oleksiak missed his third straight game with a hand injury. ... Buffalo recalled F Cal O'Reilly from the minors on Saturday. O'Reilly entered the lineup in place of Nicolas Deslauriers (healthy scratch). ... The Stars allowed a goal on each of the first three shots in Saturday's 5-4 loss to Minnesota. They are 3-13-5 when allowing the first goal this season. ... The Sabres have won their past five games against Western Conference teams. ... Both teams played the first game of a back-to-back.

UP NEXT

Stars: At Rangers on Tuesday
Sabres: At Toronto on Tuesday

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars, SMU Troll LA Chargers' 'New Logo']]>Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:44:09 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chargers-stars-mustangs.jpg

The now Los Angeles Chargers took a lot of heat on social media after releasing a new logo and two North Texas teams jumped on the dogpile.

The Chargers impending move from San Diego to Los Angeles before the 2017 season was announced Thursday morning. Several news outlets tweeted pictures of the team's "new logo," which looked similar to the Los Angeles Dodgers' logo.

The new logo evidently wasn't well received and it didn't take long for social media to blow up with images and posts mocking the team.

The Stars couldn't resist jumping into the mix on Twitter. They jokingly tweeted a picture of their "new logo" that also resembles another local team's logo.

The SMU Mustangs football Twitter account was just a few minutes behind the Stars.

The account for the Air Force football team — whose helmets feature a lightning bolt — replied to SMU's tweet with their own modified logo.

Chargers officials have since stated that the logo released Thursday was not going to be the team's official logo.



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<![CDATA[Klingberg, Johns Rally Stars Past Red Wings 5-2]]>Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:39:16 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631575330.jpg

John Klingberg has rediscovered his offensive game, and that has helped him play better defense for the Dallas Stars.

He and fellow defenseman Stephen Johns scored goals 49 seconds apart in the second period and Dallas topped the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Thursday night.

Klingberg scored only three goals in his first 36 games this season, but has scored three in the last five.

"With the team playing better, the confidence has grown a lot for me," he said. "With a lot of injuries at the start of the season, I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to be the guy you can really count on offensively, and it hurt maybe my overall game a lot."

Klingberg scored 21 goals in his first two NHL seasons.

"I think defensively I've been playing really good. Offensively, I've been getting a lot of chances."

The Red Wings took a 2-1 lead on first-period goals by Gustav Nyquist and Henrik Zetterberg, but Dallas goalie Antti Niemi held Detroit scoreless over the last 44:18.

"We created enough chances in the third to score at least two," Zetterberg said, "but it's not going our way right now. Just got to keep battling."

Niemi finished with 31 saves, including 16 during a pressure-packed third period when the Stars were protecting the 4-2 lead Klingberg and Johns provided.

"He played fabulous," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. "He made three or four highlight-reel saves for us."

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill seemed frustrated because Detroit outshot Dallas 33-21 but still lost.

"Sometimes goalies play real good, sometimes the puck doesn't go in," he said. "That's why you can't give up four, so we got to be tighter in that for sure."

Patrick Eaves' empty-net goal with 1:06 to play relieved that pressure.

But the biggest goal came at 15:53 of the second period, when Klingberg put in a rebound for a 3-2 lead.

"That's a play that he just sort of sniffed out and got in there as the fourth guy, and found the puck," Ruff said. "At that time of the game, that was a huge goal for us."

Detroit captain Zetterberg saw the play from a different angle.

"It was a big save by Petr (Mrazek) first of all, and the puck was just stuck there," he said. "Tough to know if you want to play it or not play it. It ended up on their stick."

Brett Ritchie had tied it at 2 on a tip-in goal at 3:31 of the second period.

Johns sent a wrist shot from the right-wing boards off defenseman Jonathan Ericsson's stick and past Mrazek at 16:42.

Dallas' Lauri Korpikoski scored the game's first goal.

The Red Wings completed a seven-game trip with a 2-3-2 record, and remained last in the Atlantic Division.

Detroit had won the previous seven games at Dallas dating to Oct. 14, 2010.

Detroit's goals came 1:33 apart late in the first period.

With a 5-on-3 advantage, Nyquist took a cross-ice pass from Thomas Vanek for an easy wrist shot from just to the right of the net with Niemi pulled in the other direction.

The power-play goal was only the Red Wings' third on the road this season. The other two were against the Rangers on Oct. 19. Detroit has the NHL's worst power-play success rate at 11 percent. The Stars' penalty killers entered the game 29th in the league (74 percent).

Notes
Stars LW Jamie Benn returned after missing four games because of a foot injury. ... In 43 games against Dallas, Zetterberg has 47 points (12 goals, 35 assists). ... Korpikoski has four points (two goals, two assists) in the last two games. ... Niemi is 14-3-3 against Detroit in his career. ... Vanek has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his last nine games. ... Mrazek had 16 saves.

Up Next
Stars: Complete a two-game homestand on Saturday against Minnesota.

Red Wings: Return home to play against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Surging Ducks Power Past Stars 2-0]]>Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:47:47 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/GettyImages-613294506.jpg

Jakob Silfverberg isn't terribly well-known outside Anaheim, where Ducks fans love his scintillating two-way game.

Silfverberg is playing far too well to stay a secret this year.

John Gibson made 34 saves in his third shutout of the season, and Silfverberg had a goal and an assist in the Ducks' 2-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

Silfverberg scored a power-play goal in the second period, and the surging Swedish forward set up Andrew Cogliano's top-shelf shot with 5:18 to play. Their line with center Ryan Kesler combined for 17 shots and largely dominated play for the Ducks, who wrapped up their five-game homestand with four wins.

"He's on another level right now," Cogliano said of Silfverberg. "I've always thought he was one of the most underrated in the league. When you play with him, you appreciate him more about what he does with his stick battles and how hard he is on pucks. When he's playing well, he's usually the best player on the ice."

The Ducks stayed even with San Jose atop the Pacific Division with their fifth win in seven games overall.

Anaheim finally snapped its 0-for-16 drought on the power play when Silfverberg pounced on a fat rebound of Corey Perry's shot in the slot for his 12th goal.

Late in the third period, Silfverberg surged ahead on a rush and threaded a cross-ice pass for an exceptional top-shelf shot by Cogliano, who ended his eight-game goal drought.

"Our line has been doing pretty good as of lately," Silfverberg said. "I've always said we do the job defensively, but we have the aspects to produce and help the team score goals. We've been getting bounces lately. We're shooting pucks and going hard to the net. We're getting rewarded for that."

Both teams played without their injured captains. Dallas' Jamie Benn missed his fourth straight game with a foot injury, and Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf also missed his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury.

Dallas also lost defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to an upper-body injury shortly before Patrick Eaves went to the dressing room with an undisclosed problem in the third period. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Oleksiak could be out "for a little bit of time," while Eaves' injury doesn't appear serious.

"We've been (dealing with injuries) all year, since the start of the year," Ruff said. "I thought the guys worked hard. It's a tough back-to-back. Last night was a tough game (in Los Angeles). I thought we were right there to at least tie the game."

Antti Niemi stopped 36 shots for the Stars, who wrapped up their three-game road trip with their fourth loss in five games overall.

"They weren't going to give us much off the rush," Dallas' Jason Spezza said. "To get that power play goal, it forced us to open the game up a little bit. I think that's when they scored the last one."

Gibson played in his ninth consecutive game for the Ducks and earned his ninth career shutout — his second in four starts. After sharing the Jennings Trophy with Frederik Andersen last year, Gibson has been increasingly solid following a slow start to his first season as Anaheim's unquestioned No. 1 netminder.

Notes
Perry's goal drought reached 13 games since he last scored, Dec. 13 against the Stars. The 2011 NHL MVP has only seven goals in 43 games this season after scoring 110 goals in the previous three seasons. ... Niemi had a solid start after mopping up for struggling Kari Lehtonen in the final minutes of Monday's victory at Los Angeles. Lehtonen, who gave up four goals to the Kings, has yielded 11 goals on the last 68 shots he has faced. ... After the game, Anaheim acquired goalie Jhonas Enroth from Toronto for a seventh-round pick in 2018. Enroth, the Kings' backup goalie last season, will play for the Ducks' AHL affiliate in San Diego. ... Cogliano led the Ducks with eight shots on goal.

Up Next
Stars: Host Detroit on Thursday night.

Ducks: At Colorado on Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Stars Beat Kings in 6-4 Thriller]]>Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:17:04 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631370224.jpg

After the Stars and Kings exchanged seven goals in a frenetic 13-minute span, both coaches felt compelled to yank their starting goalies in the third period of a one-goal game.

Dallas hung on to put a solid finish on a wacky Monday night at Staples Center. Jiri Hudler scored the tiebreaking goal with 12:16 to play, and the Stars blew a late two-goal lead before hanging on for a 6-4 victory over Los Angeles.

Patrick Sharp had an empty-net goal and two assists, while Hudler, Tyler Seguin and Devin Shore had a goal and an assist apiece against the Kings, usually one of the Western Conference's best defensive teams.

"Nobody would have anticipated 10 goals between these two teams right now," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "(But) I was frustrated we didn't score more goals with the opportunities we had. I think we deserved to win."

The Stars snapped a three-game skid despite giving up four goals to the Kings in just more than 10 minutes spanning the final two periods. Drew Doughty scored the tying goal on a power play early in the third, chasing Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen.

But Hudler capitalized on a turnover behind the Kings' net and scored the first goal of his first season with the Stars. Sharp wrapped up a victory that sent Dallas into the second half of its mildly disappointing season with hope for better things.

"You don't expect to score six against LA," Sharp said. "I thought we had a good second period and a wild finish. You never expect to win a game on the road like that against a team like that."

Kings goalie Peter Budaj also was pulled in the third period after giving up five goals on 22 shots. Dallas' Antti Niemi and Los Angeles' Jeff Zatkoff finished the game in net.

The Stars also got goals from Brett Ritchie and Jamie Oleksiak, along with the first big contribution from Hudler. The Czech veteran missed most of the season's first two months with an illness after signing with the Stars as a free agent, and didn't score a goal in his first 15 games with Dallas.

Nick Shore scored a short-handed goal for the Kings, while captain Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown both broke long goal-scoring droughts during the Los Angeles rally.

Doughty and Kopitar had a goal and an assist each for the Kings, who have lost two of three to open their seven-game homestand, giving up 13 goals in the process.

"It's not very characteristic of us," Kopitar said. "We've got to clean it up and try again. It's a lost draw. It's a missed coverage (or) a mishandle. Too many unforced errors on our part that led to goals."

Los Angeles still got two particularly encouraging goals for one of the NHL's lowest-scoring offenses. Brown scored on an excellent wrist shot during a power play in the third period to snap his 15-game drought since Nov. 30, and Kopitar followed him two minutes later with his first goal since Dec. 13, ending his 12-game skid.

"We've got to put together a string of wins here," Kopitar said. "We've got to make sure we take care of business at home. We weren't nearly as consistent as we need to be."

Notes
Dallas captain Jamie Benn missed his third straight game with a foot injury. ... Kopitar played his 800th NHL game, all with the Kings. He is just the sixth player to reach the mark in the Second Six franchise's 50 years of existence. ... Brett Ritchie's goal was his eighth of the season. He is narrowly being outscored by his younger brother, Nick Ritchie, who has nine goals heading into their meeting Tuesday in Anaheim.

Up Next
Stars: At the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.

Kings: Host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars' Plane Makes Emergency Landing]]>Mon, 09 Jan 2017 06:04:53 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars-jet-landing-st-louis.jpg

The Dallas Stars team plane leaving St. Louis for Los Angeles Sunday afternoon was forced to land immediately after takeoff when smoke emerged from the cockpit.

A team spokesman says no one was hurt during the incident.

Another plane was sent to St. Louis to take the team to Southern California, where the Stars will play the Los Angeles Kings Monday night.

The Stars play the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday evening.



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<![CDATA[Denis Guryanov: World Junior Reaction]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:06:01 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DenisGuryanovRussia.jpg

It was no surprise that Thursday night’s IIHF U20 World Junior Championship Gold Medal game turned into an instant classic. By now, we all saw that Team USA captured the Gold over the Canadians thanks to Troy Terry scoring all four of America’s shootout goals in the Semi-Finals and Finals.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: World Junior games should never be decided in a shootout, which is strictly a skills competition. But that’s a completely separate topic.)

The real story for Dallas Stars fans is that forward prospect Denis Guryanov put on a show in Montreal. The former 12th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft came to play for Russia in the medal rounds, scoring two goals against the United States and the overtime game winner against Sweden 33 seconds into extra time.

Over the course of the tournament, Guryanov tallied seven points in seven games, netted two game-winning goals and finished a plus-3 on the ice with 13 shots on goal.

In the elimination rounds, Guryanov had the most time on ice for a Russian forward, averaging over 20 minutes per game.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward saw more ice time because of his contributions to the Russian power play that finished second behind the Americans with a 30.4 percent success.

The Star’s prospect has played well in international action the past few years. He represented Team Russia at the 2015 U18 World Junior Championships and recorded six goals and seven points in five games with a plus-3 rating.

Guryanov currently plays in the American Hockey League with the Texas Stars and leads all rookies in Austin with nine assists and 13 points through 25 games.

It should not take long for the 19-year-old winger from Togliatti, Russia to crack the Dallas Star’s roster.



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<![CDATA[Canadiens Shoot Past Stars, 4-3 in OT]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 05:46:45 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630992652.jpg

Max Pacioretty helped the Montreal Canadiens get another big overtime win, scored the winning goal in the extra period for the second straight night.

Pacioretty's second goal of the game, on a breakaway 19 seconds into overtime, lifted the Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.

He took a pass from Jeff Petry and skated in on Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for the win. Montreal was playing its fifth straight overtime game and improved to 3-0-2 in the stretch.

The Canadiens are now 5-6 in overtime this season.

"The road hasn't been perfect for us this year," Pacioretty said. "We weren't great in overtime, so it's a little bit of a blessing that we've played this many overtime games in a row since we've gotten a little bit better at it."

Pacioretty's eight career overtime goals are a franchise record. He has 33 game-winning goals since 2013-14, trailing only Washington's Alex Ovechkin (35) during that stretch.

"(Pacioretty)'s got a lot of passion in his game and he's working extremely hard," Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. "This is what you're looking for from your captain and just follow your leaders.

"He's got a great attitude. He's been really good for us."

Nathan Beaulieu had a goal and two assists and Alexander Radulov also scored for the Canadiens. Al Montoya stopped 39 shots and Shea Weber added two assists.

Dallas' Esa Lindell scored with 2:47 left in regulation time to tie the game.

Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg also scored for the Stars, and Lehtonen finished with 29 saves.

"I thought we beat ourselves," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. "We were in perfect position in overtime, and just let the high guy go, which is totally unacceptable. It's another point we gave away. They didn't earn it."

Radulov and Pacioretty scored power-play goals to give the Canadiens a 3-2 lead 4:13 into the third period.

"We got some momentum and stepped up when we needed it," Pacioretty said.

The Stars had been off since Saturday. In addition to playing back-to-back nights at Nashville and Dallas, Montreal lost two skaters on Wednesday, Paul Byron late in the first period and Brendan Gallagher for the third.

"It was a tough game to play, to be quite honest, with the emotion that we got yesterday and the traveling," Therrien said. "We find ways to win the third period, and find a way to win. The character, the work ethic of that group, it's phenomenal."

Beaulieu scored the game's first goal at 10:38 of the first period. He took a pass from Phillip Danault in the left faceoff circle and sent a wrist shot past Lehtonen into the right side of the net.

A minute and a half later, Danault skated in after Jordie Benn's shot trickled behind Montoya, and backhanded the puck down the ice.

Seguin tied the game at 1 by deflecting in Stephen Johns' slap shot from the right point with 5:16 left in the first.

Klingberg's power-play goal with about 7½ minutes left in the second put the Stars up 2-1.

Notes
Montreal is 5-6 in overtime this season. The Stars are 2-8. ... Radulov has three goals and three assists during a five-game scoring streak. ... Seguin leads Dallas with 14 goals, 25 assists and 39 points. He has points in five straight games (four goals, three assists). ... For the first time since April 11, 2014, Stars captain Jamie Benn did not play. He injured a foot in Saturday's game. ... LW Antoine Roussel returned after missing four games because of an upper-body injury. ... C Jason Spezza assisted on Klingberg's goal, and now has more points against Montreal than any other team (68 on 31 goals and 37 assists in 59 games).

Up Next
Stars: At St. Louis on Saturday to open a three-game trip.

Canadiens: At Toronto on Saturday in the finale of a seven-game trip.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Jagr Scores 756th Career Goal, Panthers Beat Stars 3-1]]>Sun, 01 Jan 2017 11:02:39 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630664110.jpg

Jaromir Jagr offered a brief wave to the Dallas crowd during a video tribute to Florida's 44-year-old forward in the first period.

Then the No. 2 scorer in NHL history finished off a quick start that helped the Panthers end a four-game losing streak.

Jagr scored his 756th career goal and had an assist and the Panthers stopped Dallas' season-best three-game winning streak with a 3-1 win in the Stars' traditional New Year's Eve home game Saturday night.

"He's just timeless," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "He's a freak of nature in this business. To be competing the way he is at this age is incredible."

Jagr, who passed Mark Messier for second on the career scoring list last week, gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead less than 17 minutes in. His seventh goal of the season chased goalie Antti Niemi, who faced 20 shots.

Florida goalie James Reimer, Roberto Luongo's backup, got his fifth win in his 15th appearance, stopping 35 of 36 shots, including all 20 in the third period. He beat Dallas twice with Toronto last season.

"A lot of games when we lost in overtime or shootouts, you know we had the lead going into the third period," Jagr said, referring to three straight OT losses in the recent skid. "And tonight it's kind of like first time after a while we kept the lead. It wasn't very pretty, but we kept the lead."

Jagr, in his 24th NHL season, capped a quick two-goal spurt on a pair of power plays. The first came from former Dallas player Jussi Jokinen just six seconds after Jamie Benn was called for high-sticking.

Another 14 seconds after Jokinen's goal, Lauri Korpikoski dumped a puck over the boards for a delay penalty, leading to Jagr's shot through Niemi's legs. Dallas matched a season high by allowing 22 shots in the first period while getting just six.

"We've just got to remember we can't come out flat-footed in the first period," said Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn. "Every team's a strong team. They'll take advantage of it if you come out flat."

Jagr, who spent part of the 2012-13 season with Dallas, assisted on Florida's first goal from Vincent Trocheck , who also had an assist. Jagr has 35 points in 34 career games against the Dallas franchise, including his first three seasons when it was still in Minnesota.

Kari Lehtonen replaced Niemi and stopped all 18 shots he faced. Two nights earlier, Lehtonen had to leave after a hit from Jarome Iginla in the Stars' 4-2 win over Colorado. He was forced from the game by the NHL-mandated concussion protocol.

Jagr, who is third in career goals behind Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe, had two penalties in the second period, and the Stars converted the second into their only goal when Patrick Eaves pushed a rebound past Reimer.

Jamie Benn, who appeared to get injured on the goal and will be re-evaluated during the week, assisted along with Tyler Seguin as both high-scoring forwards extended their points streaks to four games.

The Stars had several strong chances while getting two more power plays in the third but couldn't get anything past Reimer.

"I left out a few juicy rebounds sometimes and (his teammates) were all over it," Reimer said. "I think they played phenomenal. You don't win a game without your D-men and your teammates."

NOTES
Dallas F Patrick Sharp returned after missing 12 games with a concussion. He had three shots in almost 16 minutes. ... Jagr now has 1,891 points, four ahead of Messier (1,887) and 966 behind Gretzky (2,857). ... The Stars' four-game winning streak on New Year's Eve ended, and they dropped to 12-5-2 since moving to Dallas. ... Reimer has a 1.3 goals-against average and .966 save percentage in his three straight wins over the Stars.

UP NEXT
Stars: Also in a stretch of eight out of nine at home, with the last game coming against Montreal on Wednesday. The Stars have registered at least a point in six of the eight games.

Panthers: Continue a stretch of eight out of nine at home with the start of a three-game homestand Wednesday against Winnipeg.

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<![CDATA[Stars Top Avs 4-2 for 3-Game Winning Streak]]>Fri, 30 Dec 2016 07:20:29 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630661336.jpg

Tyler Seguin feels like the Dallas Stars have been getting better for some time. They finally have a streak that shows that.

Seguin had two goals and an assist and the Stars beat the lowly Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Thursday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

"Definitely, it's something that we've been needing, and obviously not enough yet," Seguin said. "We're making strides. It's about playing all together. Got over the hump of two wins in a row. Got three, and want to keep going."

After being the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs last season, the Stars are nearly halfway through this season — and moved up into eighth place with their latest win.

"Winning's a lot of fun, so we're going to try and keep this going," said Jamie Benn, their captain who had three assists.

Seguin's 12th goal of the season, a one-timer from the middle of the left circle on a pass from Benn, put the Stars up 2-0 in the first period. He added his 13th into an empty net in the closing seconds.

Seguin and Benn assisted on Jamie Oleksiak's wrister from the right circle for a 3-1 lead early in the second period, right after Benn had a shot ricochet off the crossbar.

The Stars are 4-0-1 their last five games, and have won five of seven.

"We've played pretty sound hockey for a good period of time," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We're getting more and more guys on the scoreboard, getting our key guys, our big guys are scoring."

   Colorado has won only three of its last 17 games, and has the NHL's worst record at 12-22-1.

"We just got to keep going, keep digging in and try to win some hockey games," coach Jared Bednar said.

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 13 of 14 shots before coming out of the game with 15 minutes left because of NHL concussion protocol after being barreled over by Jarome Iginla. Lehtonen was back on the bench before end of the game and Ruff said he was OK.

Antti Niemi took over in net, and about 2½ minutes later gave up Mikhail Grigorenko's goal off a rebound that got the Avs within a goal.

Calvin Pickard started in goal for Colorado had 30 saves while Semyon Varlamov missed another game because of a groin injury.

Matt Duchene got his 400th career point late in the first period when he scored his 13th goal of the season. The net was open with Lehtonen out of position after another shot slipped under his pads. But Duchene was then shoved from behind by Radek Faksa and fell backward on the ice after his face hit the crossbar.

Duchene, the third overall pick in the 2009 draft by Colorado, became only the second member of that draft class to reach 400 NHL points. The other is New York Islanders captain John Tavares, who was the first overall pick that year and reached 400 points late in the 2014-15 season.

"I didn't really think about it much. It's obviously nice to get there and get that out of the way," Duchene said. "It's something that maybe I'll enjoy later on in the year or after the season's over, but it's never really anytime to celebrate when you lose a game."

Notes
Dallas was 0-for-6 on the power play; Colorado 0-for-4. ... Stars C Cody Eakin was back after serving a four-game suspension for charging New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on Dec. 15. ... Tyson Barrie assisted on both Colorado goals. ... Stars RW Patrick Eaves got his 100th career assist in the first period on Devin Shore's sixth goal of the season.

Up Next
Stars: Home for their annual New Year's Eve game. They host Florida on Saturday night.

Avalanche: Hosts the New York Rangers on New Year's Eve. Colorado has lost nine straight home games since Nov. 15.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Lehtonen, Stars Win Testy Game v. Coyotes]]>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 07:31:44 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/456954892.jpg

The Dallas Stars had only four road wins this season, and their test Tuesday night was compounded by having to travel to Arizona on game day because of a long flight delay.

That forced them to hold a morning skate in Texas before finally taking off for Phoenix.

And yet Dallas still came out a winner. Jason Spezza had a goal and assist and Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves, helping the Stars beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 in a heated contest.

"It was a trying day and it was a day where we could have easily gotten frustrated and made excuses," Spezza said.

"We still came out and played well," Lehtonen said. "Good road win."

A series of fights in the second period resulted in four players serving at least four penalty minutes each. It started when Dallas' Radek Faksa popped Coyotes goalie Mike Smith in the side with his stick after a shot.

Smith retaliated, and players from both sides intervened. Arizona's Lawson Crouse and Dallas' Curtis McKenzie were given five minutes each for fighting.

"It's an intense game," Spezza said. "The only way to score nowadays is to get around the net, so somebody took exception to it, but that's our guy's job, to get there and try to get goals."

Jamie Benn also scored for Dallas, and John Klingberg's empty-net goal with 1:08 left made it 3-1, but the Coyotes were awarded a penalty shot with 6.6 seconds left that Radim Vrbata converted.

Anthony Duclair also had a goal for Arizona.

The Coyotes ran out of time, however. The Stars have points from four straight games, and Arizona lost its fifth straight and fourth consecutive game at home.

Benn's power-play goal at 12:03 of the second period put the Stars in front for good. Benn, who'd missed a breakaway earlier in the period, tapped in a shot from Tyler Seguin while standing next to the goal.

Benn leads the Stars in points with 30 and has 10 goals. Dallas is 9-0-2 this season when leading after two periods.

Smith had 26 saves.

The Stars had a short-handed breakaway early in the second period, but Benn got his chance blocked when he tried a soft backhand too close to the net. Still, Dallas scored on the same Coyotes power play.

Spezza glided around Vrbata and beat Smith at 2:48 to take the lead with his seventh goal of the season. The Stars entered Tuesday with one goal in 12 power plays over the past four games.

"I knew their (penalty kill) unit, so when I got it I just tried to get my head up and knew that it was him," Spezza said of the mismatch against Vrbata, a forward. "I was fortunate enough to get around him."

The Coyotes answered less than a minute later. Duclair chipped away at a loose puck that Lehtonen couldn't cover and nudged it over the goal line at 3:37 of the period. It was Duclair's second goal of the season.

Arizona has just 27 goals in its last 15 games.

"When you're not scoring, your margin for error is very slim," coach Dave Tippett said. "It's part of where we are as a team."

Notes
With F Antoine Roussel out due to injury, the Stars called up C Jason Dickinson from Texas of the AHL. Dickinson appeared in his second game this season. ... Ds Patrik Nemeth and Stephen Johns and C Cody Eakin were scratched for Dallas. Eakin served the last of a four-game suspension. ... C Ryan White (lower body injury), D Kevin Connauton and F Josh Jooris were scratched for Arizona.

Up Next
Stars: Host Colorado on Thursday night, the first of three straight games at home.

Coyotes: Host the New York Rangers on Thursday night, the finale of a five-game homestand.

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<![CDATA[Lindell OT Goal Helps Stars Beat Kings 3-2]]>Fri, 23 Dec 2016 23:52:23 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Esa Lindell scored 1:07 into overtime and the Dallas Stars defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Friday night.

Lindell, a rookie defenseman, skated in 2-on-1 on Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff. Stars captain Jamie Benn eased a pass from the right side to Lindell at the left faceoff circle for his third goal this season.

Los Angeles fell to 6-1 in overtime. Dallas is 2-7.

Jeff Carter scored both Kings goals on rebounds. He connected on the power play in the first period and tied the game 2-all at 10:51 of the third.

Tyler Seguin and Radek Faksa scored the first two goals for Dallas.

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made 29 saves. Zatkoff had 28.

Dallas finished a five-game homestand 3-1-1. The Kings are 3-2-2 on a nine-game road trip.

Carter's first goal followed an apparent Los Angeles goal that was disallowed and a short-handed breakaway by Benn that ended with a shot wide of the net.

The first shot that went past Lehtonen was called no goal because the Kings' Tanner Pearson was in the paint and impeded the goalie. At 3:05, 54 seconds into a power play, Carter scored on the rebound of a shot by Pearson.

Seguin tied it at 1 just 43 seconds into the second period. John Klingberg crossed the blue line on the right and sent the puck to Jason Spezza in the slot. He passed to Seguin in the left faceoff circle, and he sent a wrist shot past Zatkoff.

Lehtonen stopped all 16 Los Angeles shots in the second period, including a breakaway by Pearson with 3 1/2 minutes remaining.

Faksa set up his own goal by intercepting a pass in the slot. Zatkoff stopped Faksa's shot from there, but he was in position at the left of the net to put in a rebound.

Carter scored his second goal, his 19th this season, by skating in from the right side to scoop up the rebound of a shot by Devin Setoguchi.

NOTES: Carter has eight goals in the last eight games. ... Setoguchi has 24 career points vs. the Stars, his most against any team. . Dallas LW Antoine Roussel and D Stephen Johns missed practice Thursday because of injuries and did not play against the Kings. With C Cody Eakin serving the third game of a four-game suspension, the Stars had only 11 forwards. . The Kings extended their streak of successful penalty kills to 26 over the last nine-plus games by stopping all three Dallas power plays. The Stars have scored only twice on 22 chances with the man advantage over the last seven games.

UP NEXT

Kings: Continue their longest road trip of the season Wednesday at Vancouver. Los Angeles followed up a win at Dallas in October with a home victory over the Canucks.

Stars: Travel to Arizona to play the Coyotes on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Stars Seek Momentum This Holiday Season]]>Fri, 23 Dec 2016 05:39:28 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CurtisMcKenzie%28GregoryShamus%29.jpg

While preparing for two more games this week, the Dallas Stars shared their practice time with the Stars community.

Wednesday morning’s practice at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Farmers Branch attracted well over a hundred fans to watch their beloved Stars in action, snap a few pictures and even get some autographs.

“It’s nice to come out here with all the fans,” defenseman Jordie Benn told DallasStar.com. “Obviously a few of the kids aren’t in school anymore so they get to come out and watch us play and obviously me being a kid and watching it back home when a few NHLers came back it was awesome.”

“Dallas is a huge area so we can’t really hit everywhere when we’re out [practicing] in Frisco,” forward Curtis McKenzie said. “It’s hard for other people to get up there to see us. It’s exciting to see all of them and grow the game around the Dallas area.”

The Stars have had the luxury of staying home to play this holiday season, which allows them to spend some time with family and not worry about when the next plane departs.

McKenzie is playing in his fourth season with the Stars organization and knows how big of a treat it is to see his family in town. 

“My mom, my dad and my sister are all here so just hanging out with them and enjoying the few days off,” the former AHL Rookie of the Year added about his Christmas plans. “It’s kind of hard to get back to Canada for a couple days so it’s great that they can come down here.”

Before focusing on friends and family this December, the Stars know there is still business to take care of.  Heading into the New Year, Dallas has yet to win back-to-back home games this season, and taking on the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night is no walk in the park.

“Like I said, the story’s going to change by our top players being in on the score sheet night after night,” Head Coach Lindy Ruff said. “I think that’s been kind of the main theme that we’ve had. Even (Tuesday) night, our top guys had two or three great opportunities but didn’t put it away.  So if you want to change the story, it’s going to have to be on a consistent basis that those players get on the board for us.”

One of those top guys, Patrick Sharp, practiced this week with no restrictions, but he may have to wait a little longer to re-enter the line-up.

“We’re trying to get him in the right place. We feel we’ve got him there and I think this time we want to make sure that everything is right even to the oversure category where he might get frustrated saying ‘I think I’m ready’ and I think we’re going to wait a little while longer,” Ruff said of the status of the All-Star forward. 

Meanwhile, Los Angeles is in the midst of their longest road trip of the season (nine games) and is coming off a 4-0 shutout win against the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. Peter Budaj stopped all 28 shots that came his way and has only allowed three goals in his last four starts.

“The Kings played a heck of a game [against the Blue Jackets]. They almost doubled up the shots on Columbus. They take a lot of pride in puck battles and a statement game for us is trying to win the majority of puck battles because if we don’t they’re going to have the puck more than us,” Ruff added.

Friday night will be critical for a Stars defense that has yet to allow more than two goals at home in regulation during December.

With four games left in the 2016 portion of the schedule, the stakes have been raised. The Kings are currently a playoff team, but the Stars are well within striking distance to close the gap being just two games back entering Friday night’s contest.

“Where we are in the standings, every game is pretty big right now,” McKenzie said. “We’ve had a few good games in a row and we’re starting to string some good hockey together so I think it’s just a matter of time before we break out here.”



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<![CDATA[Perron Scores in Overtime, Blues Beat Stars 3-2]]>Wed, 21 Dec 2016 06:13:35 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630320232.jpg

David Perron took advantage of one of St. Louis' rare opportunities on Tuesday night, and got the Blues a big win.

Perron put in a wraparound goal at 1:55 of overtime, lifting the Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

On a delayed penalty, Jaden Schwartz left the puck to Perron to the left of the net, skated behind it and scored from the right side before Dallas goalie Antti Niemi could recover.

"(Schwartz) really battled his butt off to get the puck loose," Perron said. "I'm glad he realized I was behind him, too, I kind of got around Niemi there and I'm thinking I might be able to wrap it short side, and then to leave and go to the other side — it was a little bit risky."

St. Louis' Patrik Berglund had tied the game 2-2 with 31 seconds left in the second period as he shot from the slot through a tight group of Niemi, defenseman Johnny Oduya and Perron. Dallas challenged the goal, claiming goaltender interference, but it was upheld.

"He's just battling," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "This is the best (Berglund has) played all year, but he's really got a bead on his game right now."

Schwartz scored in the first period for the Blues and Jake Allen had 36 saves.

Dallas' Jason Spezza scored for a 2-1 lead less than a minute before Berglund tied the game, and assisted on Patrick Eaves' power-play goal in the first period.

Niemi finished with 19 saves.

The Blues were playing on back-to-back nights, coming off an overtime loss at home to Edmonton on Monday that left them 1-3-1 in their previous five games.

"I thought for the game we had yesterday and the emotional content that we've gone through, this is an impressive win," Hitchcock said.

St. Louis improved to 5-5 in overtime. The Stars dropped to 1-7 this season, and 4-14 since Dec. 4 of last year.

"(If) you're scoring in overtime, you're confident, you believe a little bit more," Dallas defenseman Dan Hamhuis said. "You don't want to say it, but it certainly affects guys out there when we haven't had a great record so far."

In the closing minutes of regulation, Oduya hit the crossbar and the Blues' Jori Lehtera put a rebound into the side of the net.

"We hit a couple of posts and a crossbar, obviously had the better chances," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "Just besides the one play at the side of the net in the third period, we hadn't given up much. We let them hang around, and it hurt us."

The Blues killed the first penalty in a double-minor for high-sticking to Vladimir Tarasenko, but Eaves scored 16 seconds into the second at 7:04 of the first period. Spezza led Eaves with an easy pass into the right faceoff circle. He drilled a shot past a screen by Tyler Seguin and off Allen into the lower right corner.

Later in the first, Paul Stastny shot from the slot. The rebound went to Schwartz, who beat Oduya to the puck on the left side at 11:15.

Neither team scored in the second until Dallas' Spezza put in the rebound of Jiri Hudler's shot at with 1:24 remaining.

St. Louis tied the game with 31 seconds to go. Berglund shot from the slot through a tight group of Niemi, Oduya and the Blues' Perron. Dallas challenged the goal, claiming goaltender interference, but it was upheld.

Notes
The Blues had killed all 14 penalties in their previous six games. Dallas, 1 for 16 in the previous five games, went 1 for 3. ...  Spezza has four goals and two assists in his last four games vs. St. Louis. ... Stastny has a goal and five assists in his last three games in Dallas. ... Perron has had a minor penalty in six straight games. ... Dallas LW Curtis McKenzie and Blues D Joel Edmundson received major penalties for fighting along the St. Louis blue line at 5:06 of the third period. ... Stars C Cody Eakin sat out the second game of his four-game suspension for charging Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist. ... Dallas had been 1-8-3 overall and 0-4-1 at home this season in games following a victory.

Up Next
Stars: Host Los Angeles on Friday night to finish a five-game homestand.

Blues: At Tampa Bay on Thursday night in the finale of a two-game trip. Tarasenko had a hat trick in a 5-4 win over the Lightning on Dec. 1.

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<![CDATA[New York Rangers Shut Out Stars 2-0]]>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 05:19:22 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630012442.jpg

Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqvist returned to the New York Rangers' lineup and were instrumental in their 2-0 shutout of the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

Nash, who had missed four games with a groin injury, scored an unassisted goal with his team short-handed to snap a scoreless tie in the third period.

Lundqvist, who hadn't started since a 4-2 loss to the Islanders on Dec. 6, left briefly after getting bowled over behind the net and combined with Antti Raanta for the shutout. Raanta had won three of the previous four games.

"I went out there with a lot of desperation," said Lundqvist, who has won at least 30 games in 10 of his 11 seasons. "I felt like it was an important game for me to just feel good. My game hasn't changed over a week, but my mindset has changed.

"It is a new experience for me," he added.

Nash broke up a pass by Jamie Benn near the Rangers blue line, skated down the ice and put a snap shot past Dallas goalie Antti Niemi at 7:08.

Nash said he benefited from watching teammate Chris Kreider's unsuccessful breakaway in the second period.

"After watching Chris try it on his breakaway, I thought (Niemi) was kind of cheating the deke, and thought I could kind of catch him off guard," Nash said.

Mats Zuccarello added an empty-net goal.

Lundqvist actually returned twice on Thursday. Raanta replaced him for 5:31 of the first period after Dallas' Cody Eakin plowed into Lundqvist behind the net, knocking off his mask as the goalie played the puck along the end boards.

Eakin received a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct.

"The league better do something about that hit," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "It's everything that you want to take away from the game. A hit to the head, forward motion and it's a goaltender on top."

Stars coach Lindy Ruff defended Eakin.

"I understand the call. As a penalty killer, he's trying to gain speed so he can get back. I know it doesn't look that way, but there was no intent on his part," Ruff said.

Lundqvist said he didn't see Eakin coming at him before he was knocked to the ice. He stayed down for a bit and left the game for 5½ minutes.

"(The trainer) came out and told me, `You have to leave right away.' Did a quick test and tried to rush to come back out there, because I really wanted to play."

Lundqvist finished with all 27 saves for New York, including 18 in the second period.

Niemi made 28 saves for Dallas.

The Rangers have won four of five. The Stars missed a chance to match their longest winning streak this season at two games.

Niemi made five saves during a first-period power play that lasted 6:09. His best stop was a sprawling save on a snap shot by Brandon Pirri at 10:32.

The first 51 seconds of that power play were 5-on-3 after Eakin's penalties. Dallas has escaped three 5-on-3s without a goal in the last two games, though Anaheim scored 5-on-4 just 5 seconds after the first penalty expired Tuesday night.

Dallas entered Thursday ranked 28th in the NHL on the penalty kill.

About 5 minutes into the second period, Kreider had a breakaway but sent a backhand wide right. The Stars' Jason Spezza hit the right post on a power play 6 minutes later.

During Dallas' second power play of the period, Lundqvist stopped wrist shots by Devin Shore and Esa Lindell.

The Stars were 0 for 5 on the power play.

Notes
Nash scored the 15th short-handed goal of his career and first since Feb. 2, 2015, vs. Florida. ... Nash took a run at Eakin after his penalties, but no penalty was called on Nash. ... Dallas C Tyler Seguin left the ice briefly in the third period after being hit in the back of the head by a shot. ... The Rangers are the only team that has held Benn without a point, in 10 career games. Even his brother, defenseman Jordie Benn, despite 411 fewer career points, has one assist in seven games vs. New York.

Up Next
Stars: Host Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon in the third game of a five-game homestand. The Flyers will arrive with a 10-game winning streak and two days' rest.

Rangers: Complete a two-game trip at Nashville on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Stars Score 5 Goals in 3rd Period, Beat Ducks 6-2]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:08:59 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-629574486.jpg

Dan Hamhuis didn't tell his Dallas teammates it was his 34th birthday.

Instead, he gave them a gift with his first goal for the Stars, opening a five-goal third period that beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 on Tuesday night.

Hamhuis tipped in Jamie Benn's cross-ice pass on the power play, tying it 2-all at 5:41.

"When you get to this age, (birthdays) aren't that important," Hamhuis said.

"It was nice to get that first one out of the way. Jamie made a great play. It wasn't very hard for me to put that one in after he made that great pass. It was nice to be involved in key goal, too, to get our rally started."

After that, Adam Cracknell, Patrick Eaves and Benn scored to drive Anaheim goalie John Gibson from the game at 12:24. Radek Faksa added an empty-netter at 13:57.

Stephen Johns scored the first goal of the game for Dallas in the second period.

Cracknell's winner came 52 seconds after Hamhuis' score. Cracknell and Devin Shore rushed the net, and the puck went in off the stick of Anaheim's Corey Perry.

"If Shore doesn't drive, that doesn't go off of Perry's stick," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "He got to the inside, he did the right thing: He stopped, got to the paint."

Dallas had lost six of eight. Anaheim was 6-1-1 in its previous eight.

"There was a lot of good inside the game," Ruff said. "I thought our penalty killing was good, especially when you treat that team to two 5-on-3s."

The Ducks outshot the Stars 36-27, but Antti Niemi made 34 saves to improve to 6-1-1 at home this season. He had not played in the previous five games.

"Antti gave us a great game tonight, which allowed us to finish this one off," Ruff said.

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said his team should have scored more.

"When we have as many opportunities, point blank and 2-on-1s on the goaltender, we've got to score more goals than we did tonight, that's for sure," he said.

Cracknell said the Stars remained confident even after falling behind in the third.

"We had the feeling in the room that if you keep on giving them power plays, they're going to get their chances," he said. "Antti played great. He saved us in the first. We knew if we stayed within our system, we were going to get our wins."

Perry and Ryan Getzlaf scored for the Ducks. Getzlaf assisted on Perry's power-play goal.

Benn had a goal and two assists. His brother, Jordie, and Tyler Seguin each had two assists.

Perry got his seventh of the season for a 2-1 lead 5 seconds after a two-man advantage ended in the third period.

Dallas killed a 5-on-3 situation for 1:09 in the first period. Niemi made four saves during the two-man advantage, one on Getzlaf's slap shot from the blue line with Ryan Kesler hovering on the doorstep.

NOTES: Stars D Jamie Oleksiak sat out the second game of a two-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Philadelphia's Chris VandeVelde on Sunday. ... Hamhuis' goal was his first since April 1 for Vancouver, also against the Ducks and Gibson. "It was a short-side goal there that squeaked in," Hamhuis recalled. ... Seguin has 21 assists this season. ... Cracknell has three of his five points in two games vs. Anaheim this season. ... Perry has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last six games. ... Ducks C Antoine Vermette, who entered leading the NHL in faceoff winning percentage (65 percent), won 14 of 21 (67 percent) on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Ducks: Travel to Boston for the second game of a six-game trip on

Thursday. The last five will be in the Eastern time zone.

Stars: Play the second game of a five-game homestand Thursday against the Rangers.

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<![CDATA[Schenn's Hat Trick Leads Flyers to 8th Straight Win]]>Sun, 11 Dec 2016 02:47:26 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ap-brayden-schenn-flyers-stars.jpg

The Philadelphia Flyers still have that winning feeling.

Brayden Schenn scored three power-play goals to lead the Flyers to their eighth straight victory, a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Jakub Voracek scored an empty-netter and also had three assists for the Flyers, who matched Montreal for the longest winning streak in the NHL this season.

Philadelphia last won eight straight games from Jan. 6-19, 2002.

"When guys get confident, I think there's always that winning feeling," Schenn said.

Schenn recorded his second career hat trick. He also scored three goals on Feb. 29, 2016, against Calgary.

Devin Shore had both goals for the Stars.

Tied at 1 entering the third period, Dallas went ahead when Shore scored his second goal of the game with 9:28 left.

But Schenn tied the game with his second goal of the game that was similar to the first one, a deflection from in front after Voracek's shot from the right side at 16:12.

Schenn then put Philadelphia in front with 2:15 left when he scored with a forehand shot on a rebound of Voracek's shot for his seventh goal of the season, resulting in hats flying on the ice.

Claude Giroux retrieved a hat for Schenn to save as a keepsake.

It was the second straight comeback for the Flyers, who twice responded from two-goal deficits in Thursday's 6-5 win over Edmonton.

"We have the confidence that if you do it over and over again, you know you can do it every game," Voracek said.

Steve Mason made 21 saves for his seventh straight win.

"When things go your way, they really go your way," Mason said.

Philadelphia has received contributions from a variety of areas during the streak. Schenn entered with just three points during the streak, but turned out to be the star this time.

"Different parts of our game have pushed us over the finish line on different nights," coach Dave Hakstol said.

Kari Lehtonen made 18 saves for the Stars, falling to 1-11-3 against Philadelphia.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff thought the penalty that set up the tying goal, a cross check on Jamie Oleksiak, was a soft call.

"I don't see much there," he said.

"I thought a couple of calls were maybe a little bit light and they still ended up putting it in the back of their net," Ruff added. "When you get a call like that, you want to take advantage of it."

Voracek had four points, tying his career high, for the second straight game and has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) during Philadelphia's winning streak.

Shore gave Dallas a 2-1 lead with 9:28 remaining, scoring just as the Stars' power play expired.

Antoine Roussel sent the puck toward the net. Shore corralled the rebound at the far post. A sprawling Mason used his stick to stop Shore's first attempt, but Shore batted in the loose puck just before Mason could cover it.

Radek Faksa almost gave Dallas a two-goal advantage with 4:41 left, but his short-handed attempt on a 2-on-1 break caromed off the post.

"We've been on both sides and right now we're fortunate to have some lucky breaks," Mason said.

That play loomed large as Schenn tied it 53 seconds later.

Hakstol said the Flyers are focused on getting better each day rather than the winning streak.

"It is fun to come to the rink when you're having success, no question about that," he said.

"Beyond that, I don't know if anybody in our room really gives it much of a second thought. We have another game (Sunday). We're going to show up and try to put another determined effort on the ice."

Lehtonen kept it tied 6 1/2 minutes earlier with the save of the game, fully extending his glove to snare Ivan Provorov's drive from the slot. Provorov began to celebrate when it looked as if the puck was headed in the goal.

Lehtonen's Stars teammates loudly tapped their sticks against the boards after the save.

Schenn tied the game at 1 with a power-play goal with 2:42 left in the first period. Schenn scored his fifth of the season on a deflection off Voracek's wrist shot from the side boards. Wayne Simmonds provided the screen of Lehtonen, as the puck went through Simmonds' legs and past Lehtonen.

Shore gave Dallas a 1-0 lead 7:30 into the game with a backhand that went high over Mason's left shoulder. The goal culminated hard work in the offensive zone by the Stars and a poor job of the Philadelphia defense clearing the puck from its goal line. Curtis McKenzie and Adam Cracknell picked up assists on the play.

The teams played an even second period that mostly was defensive in nature. Mason turned aside the Stars' best two chances, Roussel's wrist shot on a rush from close range and Tyler Seguin's wrist shot from the high slot.

Ruff stuck with a top line of Jamie Benn, Seguin and center Jason Spezza. In Thursday's 5-2 win over Nashville, the trio played together for the first time and combined for eight points. The line didn't register a point against Philadelphia.

NOTES: The Flyers held a moment of silence in the pregame for former scout and coach Bill Dineen, who died Saturday at 84. ... The teams will wrap up their two-game season series next Saturday in Dallas. ... Schenn and Stephen Johns fought to a draw in the second period though Schenn received a cut on his forehead.

UP NEXT

Stars: At Blackhawks on Sunday night.

Flyers: At Red Wings on Sunday night.

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<![CDATA[Benn Scores 200th Goal, Stars Beat Predators 5-2]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:21:12 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-628645190.jpg

For the first time this season, Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff started Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on a line centered by Jason Spezza.

They came up big against the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Benn scored his 200th career goal and added two assists, Spezza also had a goal and two assists, and Seguin added a goal and an assist to lead the Stars to a 5-2 win over the Predators.

"It's been no secret around here that our top players haven't been our top players," Benn said. "It's something we take personally, and we've got to be better, and we all know it.'

Benn wasn't impressed by his milestone goal, focusing on the win instead.

"It felt like any other goal," he said. "It's not really a big deal to me. It's much better to get two points and get a win."

Spezza's goal was his first in 13 games, and Benn hadn't scored in his previous four. Seguin has three goals in the last four games.

The new line could be together for a while.

"I'll keep anything together that works," Ruff said. "It's good to see all those guys get a goal."

Antoine Roussel had a goal and assist and Brett Ritche also scored for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 33 shots, including all 21 in the second period.

"(Lehtonen) didn't have a lot of action but what he really did well was he fought through traffic to find some pucks," Ruff said. "Really well, especially second period."

Viktor Arvidsson and Calle Jarnkrok scored for Nashville. Pekka Rinne came in with a 2.23 goals-against average, but gave up four goals on 18 shots in 25:47 before leaving early in the second period. Marek Mazanec came on and stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced.

Predators coach Peter Laviolette was brief in his postgame comments, saying: "Well, they showed up to play and we were a no-show. Frustrating. Thank you."

Dallas extended a 2-1 lead to 5-1 on second-period goals by Spezza, Roussel and Seguin.

Before that, Benn and Ritchie had scored 23 seconds apart midway through the first to put Dallas up 2-0.

Spezza passed from the right boards past Seguin to Benn for a shot from the slot at 9.55. Ritchie scored at 10:18 when his shot went through Rinne and barely crossed the goal line.

Arvidsson's short-handed goal with 3:57 left in the first came after Dallas' John Klingberg broke his stick on an attempted slap shot from the blue line. Austin Watson took the puck and passed ahead to Arvidsson. He shot past the stickless Klingberg, and the puck went in off Lehtonen's glove.

The Stars outshot Nashville 15-6 in the first period. The shots turned around in the second — the Predators had a 21-13 edge — but the Stars scored all three goals in the period.

Spezza skated from the left boards past a defender and Rinne to put the puck into the right corner of the net at 3:27.

Roussel came out of the penalty box for a 2-on-1 break with Lauri Korpikoski, who passed from the goal line back to Roussel in front for a shot into the upper left of the net at 5:47.

Laviolette successfully challenged an apparent goal by Dallas' Radek Faksa because of goaltender interference. Sixteen seconds later, Seguin took a pass from Benn in the left circle and one-timed the puck past Mazanec.

Notes
Benn, Spezza and Seguin started on the same line for the first time this season. ... Spezza has seven goals and four assists in his last nine games against the Predators. His goal was his first in his last 13 games overall. ... Nashville's short-handed goal was the fifth Dallas has allowed this season, tied for second-most in the NHL. ... The Predators' James Neal had scored a goal in each of his previous three games. ... Dallas has won two of three from Nashville this season. Spezza scored a goal in each of the wins. ... It was the first time in 17 games dating back to Oct. 26 that Rinne was pulled for ineffectiveness.

Up Next
Stars: At Philadelphia on Saturday to begin a two-game trip.

Predators: At Arizona on Saturday to complete a two-game trip. Nashville lost to the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout at home on Nov. 3.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Visit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:22:30 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/STARS_VISIT_SCOTTISH_RITE_FOR_WEB_1200x675_827594307916.jpg

The Dallas Stars players made their annual holiday visit to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas Wednesday morning. 

The team, including captain Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, took time to sign autographs, play games and take pictures with all of the children.

It was a chance to put smiles on the faces of all the children as Christmas gets closer.

The players said they love getting everyone into the Christmas spirit and the visit helps to put things in perspective.

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<![CDATA[Flames Beat Stars 2-1 on Late Power Play Goal]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:28:39 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-628130004.jpg

Johnny Hockey is back with the Flames, and Calgary is rolling up the Pacific Division standings.

Sean Monahan scored on a power play midway through the third period off a pass from Johnny Gaudreau, lifting Calgary over the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Tuesday night for its fourth straight win.

Gaudreau dished to Monahan from behind the net into the slot, and Monahan slid a wrist shot past goalie Kari Lehtonen through a narrow opening at the bottom left corner of the net.

"I was a little too aggressive on trying to take the pass away," Lehtonen said. "The pass went through, and I was still kind of sideways when the shot was coming. That was not a good play by me."

Calgary has moved up two spots with this streak to third place in the Pacific, a nice leap for a team with just one playoff appearance in the past seven seasons.

Gaudreau's goal tied it at 1 in the second period. He has two goals and two assists in two games since recovering from a broken finger.

Monahan has a five-game point-scoring streak, including a goal and an assist in each of the last two.

"We talk about confidence and now it's starting to come for him," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. "He's comfortable with how we want to play on a daily basis, and now he's getting rewarded for sticking with it."

Calgary has scored on 4 of 10 power plays in the last four games.

"Power play's confident now," Gulutzan said. "They're making plays, and pucks are going in and they're confident."

The Flames are 6-1-1 in the last eight games.

The Stars are 1-3-1 in the last five. They missed a chance to win two in a row for only the second time this season.

Chad Johnson made 29 saves for the seventh win in his last eight games. Lehtonen had 18.

"I'm just one piece of it," Johnson said. "Guys helped me out by clearing rebounds, making sure I see pucks. It's exciting for us."

Dallas' Curtis McKenzie opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 13:15 of the first period. He took the puck away from TJ Brodie in the neutral zone and skated down low in the right faceoff circle. McKenzie beat Johnson with a wrist shot.

Each team had an apparent goal disallowed.

With the teams skating 4-on-4 in the second period, Gaudreau had a breakaway, but Lehtonen kicked away the shot.

Gaudreau and the Flames got even at 12:19 of the second. Monahan sent a pass to Gaudreau, and he skated in on Lehtonen 2-on-0 with Alex Chiasson. Gaudreau passed across ice to Chiasson, who passed back to Gaudreau on the left for a snap shot with Lehtonen pulled out of position.

The Flames appeared to take a lead at 15:23 of the second, when Mark Giordano drilled a slap shot into the net. Stars coach Lindy Ruff challenged the goal, saying that Calgary was offside, and the decision was overturned.

With 4:35 to play, the referees determined that a Stars player had kicked the puck into the net. No goal.

Notes
Gaudreau has scored in his last three games, interrupted by a 10-game absence because of the broken finger. In his last five games, Gaudreau has five of his seven goals — three of those against the Stars. He has eight points (six goals, two assists) in eight career games vs. Dallas. ... Stars LW Curtis McKenzie has scored in consecutive games for the first time in his 57-game career. ... Dallas recalled C Jason Dickinson from Texas of the AHL. He was inactive against the Flames. ... Honka (upper-body injury) left after four shifts in the second period.

Up Next
Stars: Play the second game of a two-game homestand on Thursday night against the Predators. Dallas lost 5-2 at Nashville on Nov. 23.

Flames: Travel to Arizona to finish a two-game trip on Thursday night. Michael Frolik scored in overtime to give Calgary a 2-1 home victory over the Coyotes on Nov. 16.

 
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   DALLAS (AP) -- Johnny Hockey is back with the Flames, and Calgary is rolling up the Pacific Division standings.
   Sean Monahan scored on a power play midway through the third period off a pass from Johnny Gaudreau, lifting Calgary over the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Tuesday night for its fourth straight win.
   Gaudreau dished to Monahan from behind the net into the slot, and Monahan slid a wrist shot past goalie Kari Lehtonen through a narrow opening at the bottom left corner of the net.
   "I was a little too aggressive on trying to take the pass away," Lehtonen said. "The pass went through, and I was still kind of sideways when the shot was coming. That was not a good play by me."
   Calgary has moved up two spots with this streak to third place in the Pacific, a nice leap for a team with just one playoff appearance in the past seven seasons.
   Gaudreau's goal tied it at 1 in the second period. He has two goals and two assists in two games since recovering from a broken finger.
   Monahan has a five-game point-scoring streak, including a goal and an assist in each of the last two.
   "We talk about confidence and now it's starting to come for him," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. "He's comfortable with how we want to play on a daily basis, and now he's getting rewarded for sticking with it."
   Calgary has scored on 4 of 10 power plays in the last four games.
   "Power play's confident now," Gulutzan said. "They're making plays, and pucks are going in and they're confident."
   The Flames are 6-1-1 in the last eight games.
   The Stars are 1-3-1 in the last five. They missed a chance to win two in a row for only the second time this season.
   Chad Johnson made 29 saves for the seventh win in his last eight games. Lehtonen had 18.
   "I'm just one piece of it," Johnson said. "Guys helped me out by clearing rebounds, making sure I see pucks. It's exciting for us."
   Dallas' Curtis McKenzie opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 13:15 of the first period. He took the puck away from TJ Brodie in the neutral zone and skated down low in the right faceoff circle. McKenzie beat Johnson with a wrist shot.
   Each team had an apparent goal disallowed.
   With the teams skating 4-on-4 in the second period, Gaudreau had a breakaway, but Lehtonen kicked away the shot.
   Gaudreau and the Flames got even at 12:19 of the second. Monahan sent a pass to Gaudreau, and he skated in on Lehtonen 2-on-0 with Alex Chiasson. Gaudreau passed across ice to Chiasson, who passed back to Gaudreau on the left for a snap shot with Lehtonen pulled out of position.
   The Flames appeared to take a lead at 15:23 of the second, when Mark Giordano drilled a slap shot into the net. Stars coach Lindy Ruff challenged the goal, saying that Calgary was offside, and the decision was overturned.
   With 4:35 to play, the referees determined that a Stars player had kicked the puck into the net. No goal.
   NOTES: Gaudreau has scored in his last three games, interrupted by a 10-game absence because of the broken finger. In his last five games, Gaudreau has five of his seven goals -- three of those against the Stars. He has eight points (six goals, two assists) in eight career games vs. Dallas. ... Stars LW Curtis McKenzie has scored in consecutive games for the first time in his 57-game career. ... Dallas recalled C Jason Dickinson from Texas of the AHL. He was inactive against the Flames. ... Stars D Julius Honka (upper-body injury) left after four shifts in the second period. . Calgary is 8-6-2 and tied for the NHL lead in wins on the road.
   UP NEXT
   Flames: Travel to Arizona to finish a two-game trip on Thursday night. Michael Frolik scored in overtime to give Calgary a 2-1 home victory over the Coyotes on Nov. 16.
   Stars: Play the second game of a two-game homestand on Thursday night against the Predators. Dallas lost 5-2 at Nashville on Nov. 23.
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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Recall Forward Jason Dickinson from Texas Stars]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:24:07 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519675532.jpg

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced Tuesday that the club has recalled forward Jason Dickinson from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Dickinson, 21, has registered 10 points (4-6=10) in 13 games with Texas this season, while he ranks sixth on the team with a +6 plus/minus rating.

The forward began the 2016-17 season on the injured non-roster list with a hip injury.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Georgetown, Ont. was selected by Dallas in the first round (29th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Dickinson has appeared in one career NHL contest, making his debut and scoring his first career NHL goal (1-0=1) on April 7, 2016 against Colorado.



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<![CDATA[Crosby Leads Penguins Past Stars 6-2]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:06:42 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-627182718.jpg

Sidney Crosby broke the game's final tie and assisted on another score in the third period as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Dallas Stars 6-2 on Thursday night.

Crosby scored his league-leading 16th goal in the second period and assisted on Conor Sheary's sixth as Pittsburgh scored three goals in the final 4 minutes. Eric Fehr's third of the season was the 100th of his career and Patric Hornqvist's seventh came on the power play. Nick Bonino and Ian Cole both scored their third for Pittsburgh, which avoided consecutive regulation losses for the first time this season.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves for Pittsburgh. Fleury, who won for the first time in five starts, has six wins in his last nine home games.

Tyler Seguin scored his eighth and Devin Shore his second for the Stars, who continue to struggle on the road. Dallas has lost its previous five away from home and has three wins in 14 road games this season. The Stars have lost three straight and seven of their last 10.

Antti Niemi , playing in his 400th career game, stopped 34 shots.

Crosby's highlight-reel goal came in the final 30 seconds of the second period. Crosby, from behind the goal, initially tried to bank a shot off Niemi, but when that failed, he batted his own rebound off the Stars goaltender and into the net. In the third period, Crosby dished a backhander during a 2-on-1 to Sheary, who tapped it in to clinch the win.

Crosby has 16 goals in 18 games after missing the first six because of a concussion. He has six goals and 12 points in his last eight games.

Pittsburgh is 7-0 following a regulation loss and 16-0-1 after the previous 17 regulation defeats dating to last season. Pittsburgh snapped a four-game skid against the Stars.

The Penguins, who won nine of their first 13 games, seek better consistency in December after winning just five of their previous 11. The defending Stanley Cup champions were an inconsistent group throughout the majority of November, alternating wins and losses most of the month.

Stars' defenseman Stephen Johns, a Pittsburgh native playing his first game against his hometown team, took the initial shot on Shore's goal and was credited with the second assist.

Seguin has 13 points in his last 14 games. Jason Spezza, who set up the goal, has 48 points in 41 career games against Pittsburgh.

NOTES: Penguins F Scott Wilson replaced Jake Guentzel in the lineup. . Penguins F Chris Kunitz is skating, and getting closer to a return, but missed his sixth straight with a lower-body injury. . Penguins' D Trevor Daley, who played 11 seasons in Dallas, faced his former team for the first time on Thursday.

UP NEXT

Stars: Complete a four-game trip Saturday at Colorado.

Penguins: Continue a three-game home stand Saturday against Detroit.

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<![CDATA[Stars and Stanley Cup Champs Square Off Thursday]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:45:08 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lindy-ruff-bench.jpg

The Dallas Stars have not won a road game in nearly three weeks and Thursday night, they will look to break that skid against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In previous years, Dallas has found success against Sidney Crosby and company. They have won the last four games against the Penguins dating back to October 2014.

Thursday night, the Stars will still be without some key contributors as Ales Hemsky, Mattias Janmark, Jiri Hudler, and Johnny Oduya are all still on the injured reserve.

The team is looking to come together and win their tenth game of the season.  Head Coach Lindy Ruff is challenging his players to be the best they can be moving through the holiday season.

"I am pushing hard. I told them I have to do a better job with them. I've got to hold them more accountable," Ruff said. "The meeting we had before [Tuesday's] game, I said I have to do a better job of getting [the team] in a better mindset of outworking [the opposition], out tracking them, out backchecking them and not giving up rush chances, not giving up breakaways. That's my responsibility. I've let too many guys off the hook."

KEYS TO THE GAME:

1.Find Some Offense. Jamie Oleksiak has three goals and an assist in his last five games and Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are off to another strong offensive start, but it will take more than two or three players producing offensively. In November, the Stars went 4-0-3 when scoring at least three goals. It seems like a simple game plan, but now is the time to execute.

2. Special Team Play Must Favor Dallas. Over the last five game stretch, the Stars and Pens are a compbines 1-for-29 on the power play, with the Dallas Stars scoring the only special teams goal. The Stars have been well below average on the penalty kill, only killing 67.4 percent of penalties on the road. Meanwhile the Penguins rank fourth in the power play with a 28.2-percent success.

3. Help Out the Youngins'. The young guns of Dallas have been playing increased minutes and the Metroplex is getting a chance to see the Stars of tomorrow. Twenty-two-year-old defenseman Esa Lindell scored three of his four points in the last three games and 23-year-old Brett Ritche has three points in the last week of action.  With Patrick Sharp back in the fold, the line combinations are as close to healthy as the Stars have seen all season.  December is as good a month as any to get back on track.



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<![CDATA[Red Wings Beat Stars 3-1 for 3rd Win in 4 Games]]>Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:27:32 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-626528192.jpg

The Detroit Red Wings bounced back on the power play and shut down the Dallas Stars when they had an extra skater or two.

Anthony Mantha scored the go-ahead goal with the man advantage midway through the second period, and Detroit beat Dallas 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Dylan Larkin also scored and Petr Mrazek stopped 34 shots for the Red Wings, who are 3-0-1 in the last four games for their best stretch in more than a month.

"If we play the way we've played the last three, four games, you'll see some wins coming our way," Larkin said.

Mantha and Larkin scored on the power play, ending the Red Wings' 0-for-14 drought with an extra skater over the previous five games.

"The chemistry is coming along and we proved it the last few games that we can score goals," Mantha said.

The Stars, meanwhile, didn't score on any of their five power plays, including a 5-on-3 opportunity that lasted 46 seconds midway through the third.

"That was a specialty teams win and our goalie was real good," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "We've said you've got to win games on specialty teams lots in the league."

Kari Lehtonen made 17 saves for the Stars. He was pulled for an extra skater with more than 2 minutes left, and the Red Wings took advantage when Steve Ott scored an empty-net goal to make it 3-1 with 1:03 remaining.

Dallas, playing the second of back-to-back games on the road, has dropped two straight and won just three of its last nine overall.

"We're going to win a lot of games if we play that way," coach Lindy Ruff said.

The Stars got off to a strong start, scoring 16 seconds into the game when Esa Lindell's shot was redirected off the right skate of Detroit defenseman Mike Green. But they couldn't get the puck past Mrazek again.

"He stood on his head," Larkin said.

Detroit made it 1-all with a goal off a Dallas player when Larkin's shot went off one of Jordie Benn's skates with 39 seconds left in the opening period.

"On the road, you've got to win the special teams battle," Stars center Jason Spezza said. "We found a way to lose. We have to find a way to win. The power play has to capitalize and we had a two-man advantage. I had two good looks."

Notes
Dave Strader, the Stars' TV play-by-play announcer, who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, attended the game and announced the team's lineup in the locker room beforehand. ... Dallas made its final scheduled appearance at Joe Louis Arena, which will be replaced by a new arena next season. ... Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay dropped the ceremonial puck before the game. ... Detroit's Tomas Jurco made his season debut, returning from offseason back surgery. ... Dallas D Stephen Johns, called up Sunday, went off late in the game with a towel over his face to try to stop bleeding.

Up Next
Stars: Dallas stays on the road, playing Thursday night at Pittsburgh.

Red Wings: Detroit hosts Florida on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Stars D Oleksiak Beginning to Click Offensively]]>Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:40:31 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars+Jamie+Oleksiak.jpg

If Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak starts clicking on offense, watch out.

“Big Rig” showed what he’s capable of doing by scoring two goals in the 4-3 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues Monday night. His second goal was the definition of “coming through in the clutch” as he lit up the lamp with 50 seconds left in the game to send it into overtime. Earlier in the second period, Oleksiak put on a slick skating clinic as he weaved through the Blues defense for his first goal of the game to give the Stars some life.

Outside of the two goals and the loss in O-T, which dropped the Stars record to 9-8-6 (24 points) on the season, Oleksiak did make one mistake, believe it or not, on defense. He left the Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko open just long enough to allow Tarasenko to score the game-winner. On the bright side, it was Oleksiak’s first time on the ice for the 3-on-3 overtime format, so he did get some much-needed experience in that situation.

Prior to Monday, the 6-foot-7, 260-pounder scored just three goals on eight shots this year and entered the season with only one goal and 12 points through the first 78 games of his career. The three goals this season have occurred in the past four games.

There were high expectations for Oleksiak, the Stars first round draft pick in 2011. But he appeared to struggle in adapting to the NHL style early on, playing in only 19 games last season and has bounced in and out of the lineup this season. However, Oleksiak has shown signs of gaining more confidence over the last couple of weeks, and his game against the Blues definitely helps, at least from an offensive point of view.

Now it may finally be starting to click for Oleksiak, which could only benefit the Stars, who’s struggled with injuries during the early part of the season. There are plenty of games left on the schedule, and if he becomes a weapon on both sides of the ice, the Stars have a better chance of climbing up the standings in the Western Conference and defending their Central Division crown.

The Stars stay on the road to face the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night. The puck drops at 6:30 p.m. in Hockeytown.



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<![CDATA[Tarasenko Scores at 3:24 of OT to Lift Blues Past Stars]]>Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:24:05 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Giving up a lead late before going on to win two straight games is not St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock's idea of good hockey.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored at 3:24 of overtime to lift the Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. Tarasenko took a pass from Jori Lehtera and fired a wrist shot past Stars goalie Antti Niemi for 10th of the season and team-leading 23rd point.

The Stars had tied it with 50 seconds left in the third period on defenseman Jamie Oleksiak's second goal of the game.

"There's a real concern about the leads," Hitchcock said. "There's a real concern about what we gave up and how we did it. We played terrific and had full control of the hockey game. We got careless on our checking and our puck management."

The Blues also gave up a late third-period goal in Saturday's shootout win over Minnesota.

"There's a lot of good things to like with what's going on right now," Hitchcock said. "You like our spirit and our ability to come back but there's genuine concerns on my part about elements of our game that don't hurt you at home but will kill you on the road. We have to get that cleaned up."

On the tying goal, Dallas had an extra skater with Niemi pulled and Oleksiak sent the puck at the net from the left point and it got past Blues goalie Jake Allen for his fourth career goal — third against St. Louis.

"I don't come into games thinking (anything) but I was fortunate to get a couple of bounces here and I think I just do what I can," Oleksiak said. "Obviously I have some familiarity with this team. We play them a lot and played them in the playoffs last year and you kind of learn some tendencies and you kind of learn where to be in certain situations."

Robby Fabbri, Alex Pietrangelo and David Perron also scored for St. Louis, and Allen finished with 18 saves.

Jamie Benn had the Stars' other goal and Niemi stopped 27 shots.

St. Louis improved to 3-3 in games beyond regulation — including 2-2 in overtime — and Dallas fell to 1-6 — all in OT.

"Overtime is killing us right now," Benn said.

The Blues took a 3-2 lead with 6:48 remaining as Perron took a pass from Jaden Schwartz and beat Niemi. Perron has the longest active point-scoring streak in the NHL at eight games (three goals, eight assists).

"We were patient there," Perron said. "We were able to come back and get the two points so it's good."

The Blues improved to 6-1-0 over their past seven games. St. Louis has won its last five home games and is 8-0-2 in the last 10 at Scottrade Center.

The Blues got on the scoreboard first with 6:24 left in the first period when Fabbri took a pass from Robert Bortuzzo in the right circle and sent a low wrist shot past Niemi. It was Fabbri's first goal in six games.

Pietrangelo poked in a loose puck under the Niemi's pad at 4:17 of the second period for a power-play goal to make it 2-0. Patrick Berglund redirected the shot by Pietrangelo but Niemi never completely covered it. Charging the net, Pietrangelo pounced and knocked it in.

"We were all whacking away at it," Pietrangelo said. "Somebody has to score it. I do what I can. I was just hoping it was me. I'll take it. Everybody loves to score."

Dallas cut the lead in half with 3:39 left in the second when Oleksiak beat Allen with a wrist shot from the right circle. Oleksiak skated around Perron and Pietrangelo to score.

The goal impressed Dallas coach Lindy Ruff.

"He scores two goals. The first one is one you can save for a lifetime and I think it was a turning point for us," Ruff said. "It gave us some belief that we can get back into the game."

The Stars tied it on a power play when Benn, who also had two assists, scored 1:47 into the third. It was his third goal in his last five games.

St. Louis had two power-play opportunities in the third period and did not put a shot on goal.

This is the second of four meetings between the Stars and Blues this season. Dallas won the first meeting, 6-2, in Dallas on Nov. 3.

Notes
Oleksiak has three goals in the Stars' last four games after not dressing in the previous three. ... Dallas recalled D Stephen Johns from the Texas Stars of the AHL. Johns played in 16 games with Dallas earlier this season before being sent to the minors. ... Blues F Alexander Steen (upper body) and D Joel Edmundson (upper body) are day to day. ... The Blues have won seven of the last nine regular-season meetings with the Stars, including four consecutive wins at Scottrade Center. ... Dallas is now 0-9-1 when trailing after two periods and St. Louis improved to 7-0-1 with the lead after two periods.

Up Next
Stars: At Detroit on Tuesday night.

Blues: Host Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[ ]]>Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:08:19 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-01.jpg

Esa Lindell scored his first NHL goal and had an assist to help the Dallas Stars beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Friday night.

Playing in his 17th game for Dallas, Lindell at first was credited with the goal at 9:32 of the second period that tied it 1. A scoring change gave the goal to Radek Faksa, who deflected Lindell's drive from the left point past goalie Ryan Miller.

With 4:02 left in the second, Lindell scored from the inside edge of the left faceoff circle past a screen from Patrick Eaves.

The Canucks' Jayson Megna scored his first goal of the season at 5:01 of the first period.

After that, Dallas' Antti Niemi shut down Vancouver and finished with 30 saves, 14 in the third period. The Canucks had a power play for the final 1:57.

Miller made 26 saves.

Bo Horvat set up Megna's goal by passing behind Dallas defenseman Dan Hamhuis to lead Megna into the right faceoff circle. He skated across the front of the net and put a short backhand past Niemi.

Vancouver's Luca Sbisa and the Stars' Antoine Roussel received major penalties for fighting at 11:12 of the first period. They had each other's helmets off when the linesmen stepped in to escort them to the penalty box.

Vancouver outshot the Stars 12-10 in the first. The Canucks killed the period's only power play.

Dallas had few good scoring chances until 9:52 of the second period, when Lindell sent in the low shot from the left point that Faksa deflected into the left side of the net.

Lindell took a similar shot from the inside edge of the left faceoff circle for the tiebreaking goal.

The Canucks had the best scoring chance in a fast-paced third period, when Niemi stopped Alexandre Burros' close-range shot at 6:36.

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<![CDATA[Forsberg, Rinne Lead Predators Past Stars 5-2]]>Thu, 24 Nov 2016 07:07:01 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-496014010.jpg

Pekka Rinne doesn't want November to end.

Filip Forsberg, James Neal and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators over the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Rinne made 33 saves for Nashville, improving to 7-1-2 this November. After he made eight saves in the first, Dallas put 22 on the Finn in the second, and he denied them all. He stopped 3 of 5 in the third.

"They came hard that period, they shot the puck a lot," Rinne said of the second. "For the most part, I was able to see it. I felt good all night, and that was a busy period. Obviously now looking back, that was a big period just being able to defend that."

Mike Fisher and Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, winners of three of four.

Patrick Sharp and Brett Ritchie scored and Kari Lehtonen made 16 saves for the Stars, who have lost two of three.

"There was a lot of good stuff in the game," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. "Our energy was good. I thought the second period on, our breakouts coming out of our own end were good."

Forsberg scored the game's first goal with 5:08 left in the opening period. With the puck above the right faceoff circle, P.K. Subban sent a pass to Forsberg in the lower part of the left circle. There, Forsberg squeezed the puck in between Lehtonen's right skate and the right post.

"It was a really nice play by Subby to find me back door and I just tried to hit the net," Forsberg said.

It was Forsberg's second goal of the season. In 2015-16, Forsberg matched a franchise record with 33 goals.

Subban has points in four consecutive games.

Fisher doubled the lead with 3:54 left in the second. His initial attempt from the left side was blocked by Jason Spezza, but Fisher regained control of the puck, skated behind the net and beat Lehtonen with a backhanded wraparound.

A lengthy video review determined the puck had completely crossed the goal line, giving the Nashville captain his fourth goal of the season.

Sharp got Dallas on the scoreboard at 5:32 of the third with a short-handed goal. It was the first of the season for Sharp, who missed 14 games with concussion-like symptoms before returning Nov. 17.

"Yeah, disappointing third period," Sharp said. "We kind of put ourselves in a good spot there on the road trailing by one against a tough team. It's not a bad spot to be in, but a couple of mistakes ended up being the difference in the game."

Johansen answered 41 seconds later with a power-play goal. Neal sent a pass from the left circle in front to Johansen, who had a tap-in for his second of the season.

"That was a really big goal," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "At that point, they had fired a lot of shots, a lot of attempts. We were on the power play and there's a chance to really blow it open, and we give one back the other way. I don't think there was much time left in the power play, maybe 25 seconds or so and to go out there, get it in and get it to the net, and score a goal and take back the two goals at that point I think was really important."

The assist was the 200th of Neal's career.

Smith scored with 8:51 left off Forsberg's pass.

Ritchie scored his sixth of the season with 1:16 left, but Neal answered a minute later with an empty-net goal.

Notes
Nashville D Ryan Ellis played in his 300th career NHL game. ... The Predators have allowed four short-handed goals against this season. ... The Stars are 0-8-1 when trailing after two periods this season. ... Dallas D John Klingberg returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch Monday against Minnesota.

Up Next
Stars: Host Vancouver on Friday night.

Predators: Host Winnipeg on Friday night to begin a home-and-home series.

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<![CDATA[Benn Wrists in Goal in OT, Stars Beat Wild 3-2]]>Tue, 22 Nov 2016 05:28:24 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526182010.jpg

It had been so long since the Dallas Stars won a game in overtime that coach Lindy Ruff conducted a brief lesson on the bench after the third period on Monday night.

The tutorial took hold. Jamie Benn flicked in a goal 1:23 into overtime, lifting Dallas over the Minnesota Wild 3-2.

The Stars had lost five straight overtime games and nine in a row going back to last season. Their last overtime win at home was on Nov. 14, 2015 -- also 3-2 against the Wild.

Going into overtime, Ruff was thinking first about defense.

"I even went through a quick review before the overtime started again, just on the defensive side," he said. "Just to emphasize the points in case we were stuck in our end."

The reminder worked, as Tyler Seguin won a puck battle in his own end to spring the play the other way. Benn took a cross-ice pass from Seguin in the left faceoff circle and shot over goalie Darcy Kuemper's right shoulder.

Kuemper said he was distracted by Jordie Benn on the goal.

"The pass came across, it's on his one-time and there was a guy coming on the back door that just backed me off a little bit. He made a great shot, put it upstairs short side."

Dallas twice took one-goal leads, but the Wild answered each time.

The Stars' Jamie Oleksiak scored his first in more than two years on a rebound at 7:19 of the second period. Nino Niederreiter tied the game on the power play at 17:22 of the second.

Brett Ritchie gave Dallas a 2-1 lead at 1:01 of the third, but 3 minutes later, Erik Haula scored for Minnesota.

"We did fight back twice, something we haven't done a lot of," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's a hard-earned point in here. The points are going to be very valuable to come by because it's going to be tight."

Kuemper made 29 saves. Antti Niemi had 27 for the Stars.

In front of Niemi was a revamped defense.

Julius Honka, Dallas' first-round draft pick in 2014, made his NHL debut and assisted on Ritchie's goal. Esa Lindell was recalled from Texas of the AHL with Honka, and Oleksiak was playing in only his sixth game this season.

John Klingberg, who had played in every game this season, and Stephen Johns were healthy scratches. Johnny Oduya went on injured reserve before the game with a lower-body injury.

"Our puck movement last game (a 5-2 loss to Edmonton), things we did with the puck," Ruff said in explaining the changes.

The unit was up against a Minnesota team averaging less than two goals per game. The Wild have scored more than two goals only once in the last nine games, six of them losses.

After a scoreless first period, Dallas applied pressure early in the second.

Patrick Sharp, Patrick Eaves and Jason Spezza skated in ahead of the defense. Trailing the play, defenseman Oleksiak put his stick on the rebound of Spezza's shot and backhanded the puck into the net.

Oleksiak's goal was his second in 84 career games. He had not scored in 55 games since his first on Oct. 28, 2014.

Notes
Wild LW Zach Parise returned after missing Saturday's game because of strep throat. ... Oleksiak and Minnesota RW Chris Stewart received major penalties for fighting at 6:34 of the first period. ... Ritchie has four points (two goals, two assists) in four career games against the Wild. In 12 games in November, Eaves has 12 points (eight goals, four assists). ... Mikko Koivu's assist on Niederreiter's goal was the 400th of his career. He has a team-high 28 points against the Stars in 36 games. ... Haula has five points (two goals, three assists) in his last five games vs. Dallas.

Up Next
Stars: Travel to Nashville to play on Wednesday night.

Wild: Return home to play Winnipeg on Wednesday night.

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<![CDATA[Stars Put D Oduya on Injured List, Recall 2 Prospects]]>Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:41:46 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-501500140.jpg

The Stars have placed defenseman Johnny Oduya on injured reserve with a lower-body injury and recalled defensemen Esa Lindell and Julius Honka from the AHL.

Oduya was injured in Dallas' 5-2 loss to Edmonton on Saturday in what has been an injury-plagued start to the season for the Stars, who had the best record in the Western Conference last season.

Forwards Ales Hemsky, Jiri Hudler and Mattias Janmark are on the injured list, which has also included Cody Eakin, another forward who recently returned from a knee injury.

The 35-year-old Oduya has five points (one goal, four assists) in 19 games.

Lindell has appeared in 10 games with Dallas and two games for the Texas Stars.

Honka is tied for fourth among AHL defensemen with 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 16 games. The 20-year-old was a first-round pick in 2014.

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<![CDATA[McDavid Gets First Hat Trick, Oilers Beat Stars 5-2]]>Sun, 20 Nov 2016 01:08:03 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lehtonen1.jpg

Connor McDavid, among the league's most electrifying young stars, got his first career hat trick behind a few fortunate breaks Saturday night.

McDavid scored once off a defender's stick and put back two other juicy rebounds, and his three goals helped the Edmonton Oilers beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 to end a five-game skid.

McDavid, the first overall pick in the 2015 draft, ended a 10-game stretch without a goal.

On the first, Dallas defenseman John Klingberg knocked the puck into his own net with his stick. The second came on a rebound from short range with goalie Kari Lehtonen out of the play, and the third was on a rebound with a wide-open net.

"Three pretty lucky goals," the 19-year-old McDavid said. "It's a funny league that way. You get grade-A chances and they're not going in, then you start putting it there and they are going in. It's weird that way. Definitely happy to get off that slump."

McDavid is now tied for the NHL scoring lead at 22 points with Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele and Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov. Dallas coach Lindy Ruff didn't like having him break out against his team.

"The shot that went in got him going early," Ruff said. "That's not the type of guy that you want to get going."

Tyler Pitlick got his sixth goal of the season for Edmonton, and Oscar Klefbom also scored. Cam Talbot made 31 saves.

The Oilers led 4-0 early in the second period when Ruff swapped out Lehtonen for Antti Niemi.

Patrick Eaves and Jamie Benn scored for Dallas during a 4-minute power play late in the second. Eaves scored in his fifth straight game, the longest streak of his 12-year career.

McDavid, named the NHL's youngest ever captain prior to this season, has eight goals after getting one in each period of this one. It's his second multigoal game this season and fifth in 64 career games.

He finished the hat trick midway through the third period by scooping up a rebound in the left circle and flicking it past a sprawled Niemi.

Anton Slepyshev and Jesse Puljujarvi each had two assists for Edmonton.

Pitlick scored with 8:24 left in the first on a 2-on-1 break, connecting off a pass from Drake Caggiula, who played his first NHL game. Another assist went to Matt Hendricks, playing for the first time since getting a lower-body injury in the preseason.

Edmonton got goals 56 seconds apart in the second to make it 4-0. Klefbom's drive from the left point went in off defenseman Patrick Nemeth's skate at 5:21, and McDavid found himself alone with the puck to the right of the net at 6:17.

Eaves scored unassisted with 4:23 left when his wrist shot went in off a goalpost. About a minute later, Benn tipped in Klingberg's drive from the top of the slot.

Lehtonen made nine saves, and Niemi had 15.

NOTES: Dallas LW Patrick Sharp returned after missing 14 games because of concussion-like symptoms. ... Edmonton RW Zack Kassian, who drew the double minor in the second period, was playing in his 250th game. ... Benn has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his last nine games against the Oilers. Jason Spezza, who assisted on Benn's goal, has 22 points (seven goals, fifteen assists) in 20 career games vs. Edmonton.

UP NEXT

Oilers: Return home to play Chicago on Monday night.

Stars: Host Minnesota on Monday night to end a four-game homestand.

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<![CDATA[Eaves Caps Stars' 3-Goal 1st Period in Win Over Avalanche]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:50:29 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-624018318.jpg

Patrick Eaves capped Dallas' three-goal first period and the Stars held off the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Thursday night.

Johnny Oduya and Brett Ritchie also scored in the first for Dallas, and Kari Lehtonen finished with 34 saves.

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist and Mikhail Grigorenko also scored for the Avalanche, who nearly rallied after trailing 3-0 after the first. Semyon Varlamov stopped 19 shots and snapped an 11-game winning streak against the Stars.

Lehtonen stopped MacKinnon on a breakaway midway through the second period and again on a rebound with 10 minutes left in the game.

Oduya scored his first goal since last Dec. 17 on a slap shot from the left point that went in off Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie's left knee at 8:15.

Barely two minutes later, Ritchie scored from the slot on the power play after taking a pass from Devin Shore low in the left faceoff circle.

Eaves' power-play goal from the right of the net followed rapid-fire passes from Jason Spezza behind the net and Tyler Seguin high in the slot.

The three first-period goals came on only six shots. Colorado also had six. The Avalanche's best scoring chance came with 1:07 left when Jarome Iginla hooked the puck under Lehtonen, who fell on it before it crossed the goal line.

MacKinnon's goal with 7:54 left in the second came after he took Andreas Martinsen's pass from the right corner just to the right of the net and beat Lehtonen. Two minutes earlier, Lehtonen had stopped MacKinnon on a breakaway at the end of another Dallas power play.

The Avalanche pulled within a goal at 1:51 of the third when Grigorenko redirected MacKinnon's shot from the right point into the right side of the net.

NOTES: Dallas C Cody Eakin made his season debut after a preseason knee injury sidelined him almost 2 months. He won 11 of 15 faceoffs in the first two periods. ... Colorado scoring leader C Matt Duchene missed his third game because of concussion-like symptoms. LW Gabriel Landeskog, the Avalanche captain, also sat out with a lower-body injury. ... LW AJ Greer was recalled for his second NHL game, and scored his first point by assisting on Grigorenko's goal. ... Eaves leads the Stars with eight goals. His 14 points in 17 games represent the best start in his 12 NHL seasons. ... Colorado had 12 wins in the previous 15 games vs. the Stars. ... Oduya's goal ended a personal 67-game drought.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: At Minnesota on Saturday for the second game on a three-game trip.

Stars: Host Edmonton on Saturday in the third of four straight home games.

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<![CDATA[A Little Stars Jersey Mishap]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:06:24 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars-jerseys-name.jpgDaniel Barthold tweeted a photo saying, "My wife forgot to delete the default text box when ordering our custom Stars jerseys." Now, they read "YOUR NAME."

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<![CDATA[Henrique Scores in OT to Lift Devils Past Stars, 2-1]]>Wed, 16 Nov 2016 05:36:23 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-623540592.jpg

Frustrated through 60 minutes by Dallas goalie Antti Niemi, the New Jersey Devils needed just 44 seconds of overtime to get their fifth straight win.

The Stars controlled the puck off the faceoff in the extra period, but turned it over, and the Devils' Adam Henrique then beat Niemi to give New Jersey a 2-1 victory.

"You play 60 minutes, good game, and we've got to be happy having a 1-1 tie," Niemi said. "It just gives it all away."

Henrique and Kyle Palmieri skated in on Niemi on a 2-on-1. Palmieri sent a pass from the right side to Henrique at the edge of the left faceoff circle, and Henrique put the puck into the lower left portion of the net.

"To create a turnover, you got to be patient in overtime sometimes, and you just capitalize on that," Henrique said. "Just try to get to the net on the 2-on-1. (Palmieri) made a great play, patient around their D-man. Just bury it once I had the chance."

Dallas coach Lindy Ruff saw his team fall to 0-5 in overtime this season, and 0-9 going back to last season.

"We just made another ill-advised decision to put a puck in the middle. We had good possession. We should have been changing by that time, and the result was we made a bad pass, and we followed a bad pass and let guys get by us."

Niemi made 31 saves, including all 16 New Jersey shots on goal in the scoreless second period.

The Devils are 4-3 in overtime this season.

The game had been tied since Patrick Eaves' goal for Dallas at 10:33 of the first period.

Damon Severson scored at 7:40 of the first for New Jersey, and Cory Schneider stopped 23 shots.

Devils coach John Hynes was pleased to see Henrique and Palmieri come up with the game winner.

"I thought that they were big factors in the game tonight," Hynes said. "It's good to see them get rewarded for some of the hard work they've put in and haven't got rewarded for. But I thought collectively, as a team tonight, we didn't have any passengers tonight. You look throughout the lineup, everyone competed."

Severson scored on a 4-on-2 break after Dallas' John Klingberg lost the puck at New Jersey's blue line. PA Parenteau passed from the left side to Severson in the slot, and he put a wrist shot into the upper part of the net.

Eaves tied it on a 2-on-1 break as Antoine Roussel passed from the left faceoff circle to Eaves on the right and Eaves beat Schneider with a wrist shot.

Dallas had a good scoring chance midway through the third period but Lauri Korpikoski's shot from the top of the left circle went off Schneider's left foot, between his legs and just wide of the left goalpost.

Two minutes later, New Jersey's Nick Lappin sent an in-close backhand wide right.

Notes
Devils LW Taylor Hall, their scoring leader through 14 games, did not play because of a lower-body injury. ... Severson's goal put him in a tie with Hall for the team lead with 12 points. ... Roussel's first-period assist extended his scoring streak to seven games (three goals, six assists), but his three-game goal-scoring streak ended. ... Jason Spezza (lower-body injury) returned, bringing with him 34 points (eight goals, 26 assists) in 34 games against New Jersey. ... Dallas showed a video tribute to Devils LW Vernon Fiddler, who played the last five seasons for the Stars. ... New Jersey was 0 for 20 on the power play in the previous five games. ... Eaves tied Tyler Seguin for the Stars' team lead with his seventh goal. Eaves' career high is 20 goals in his rookie season, 2005-06.

Up Next
Stars: Host Colorado in the second of a four-game homestand.

Devils: At Anaheim on Thursday night in the second game of a four-game trip.

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<![CDATA[Canucks Rally to Beat the Stars in OT]]>Mon, 14 Nov 2016 05:46:01 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-622245520.jpg

In their first game back after a tough six-game road trip, the Vancouver Canucks looked like a team hoping to wipe away some bad memories.

Troy Stecher tied it with 1:40 left in the third period and Markus Granlund scored in overtime, helping Vancouver rally to beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 on Sunday.

Dallas held leads of 3-1 and 4-3, but Vancouver got goals from Louis Eriksson, Brandon Sutter, Bo Horvat and Stecher to force overtime. The Canucks were coming off a 1-5 trip and have two wins in their last 12 games.

"It was a tough (road trip) for us, but it's good to be back home and this was a good win for us," Granlund said. "Everybody in this room is sticking together and playing for each other."

Granlund scored 1:27 into overtime by finding a loose puck off a faceoff and snapping it past goalie Kari Lehtonen.

That came after Stecher slapped a puck through Lehtonen's legs, sending the arena into a frenzy. It was the first NHL goal for the 22-year-old rookie defenseman.

"It was a good feeling," Stecher said. "But getting that win on home ice is a lot better feeling. I'm sure you guys can see it throughout the room -- the vibes are up and we feel pretty good."

Ryan Miller made 17 saves for Vancouver.

Patrick Eaves scored twice and Lauri Korpikoski and Antoine Roussel also scored for the Stars, who wrapped up a five-game road trip 2-1-2.

"We were right there," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "We made a little mistake on (Stecher's goal), just on coverage going out to the point. If we played that better, that puck definitely doesn't go in."

Lehtonen stopped 25 shots for Dallas, which had won 10 straight against the Canucks.

"Dallas had our number lately," Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins said. "I don't know if it was a must-win, but it certainly was a big win for us, and we needed to score some goals. It was good we battled in the third. I thought we showed great resiliency to stay with it."

Eaves, Horvat and Korpikoski scored during a one-minute span early in the first period. Eaves knocked in a rebound past Miller at 5:43, but Horvat tied it at 6:05 with a wrist shot off Lehtonen's shoulder. Korpikoski put Dallas back ahead on a 2-on-1 with Radek Faksa 20 seconds later.

Eaves made it 3-1 with 4:56 left in the second. Tyler Seguin got his second of three assists with a cross-ice pass to Eaves, who one-timed a shot by Miller.

Eriksson scored 3:26 into the third when a Stars turnover allowed Granlund to get the puck to him in the slot. The struggling forward put it through Lehtonen's legs for his second goal of the season.

Sutter tied it on the power play by finding the net from the slot with Lehtonen screened at 6:06 into the third.

A defensive gaffe put Dallas back ahead. The puck deflected off Nikita Tryamkin's skate and hit Miller's pad before popping out right to Roussel's stick for a tap in with 8:11 remaining.

The Canucks appeared to tie it when Burrows shoveled in a loose puck in the crease, but Dallas successfully challenged for goaltender interference to overturn the goal.

Notes
Stetcher was playing in his seventh game. The Richmond native had two assists and 16 shots prior to Sunday. ... Former Canuck Dan Hamhuis got a standing ovation during a video tribute. Hamhuis was with Vancouver for six seasons before signing a two-year free agent contract with Dallas in July.

Up Next
Stars: Return home following this five-game trip to host New Jersey on Tuesday night.

Canucks: Continue a four-game homestand Tuesday night against the New York Rangers.

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<![CDATA[Eaves, Lehtonen Lead Stars to 3-2 Win Over Oilers]]>Sat, 12 Nov 2016 01:00:38 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509648520.jpg

Patrick Eaves had a goal and an assist, Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves and the Dallas Stars beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 Friday night.

Lauri Korpikoski and Antoine Roussel also scored to help the Stars win on consecutive nights after losing six of seven.

Patrick Maroon and Tyler Pitlick scored for Edmonton, which has lost two straight to fall to 2-4-1 since starting the season 7-1-0. Cam Talbot stopped 27 shots.

Roussel got the tiebreaking goal with 5 minutes left in the second period, taking a partial breakaway pass from Tyler Seguin and beating Talbot.

Edmonton had some solid chances in the dying minutes, but Lehtonen preserved the win.

Dallas got off to a fast start, scoring on the first shot of the game, just 28 seconds in. Jamie Benn fed it into the slot to Korpikoski, who blasted a shot past Talbot.

Jordan Eberle put the Oilers back on the offense just three minutes later, fishing a puck out of a scramble in front of the net and putting a shot on Lehtonen, with Maroon sweeping in to score his sixth of the season.

Eaves scored on a long point shot to make it 2-1 for Dallas five minutes into the first period.

Edmonton tied the game up again with 29 seconds left to play in the opening period as Pitlick got the puck behind the net and swooped out front before calmly lifting a backhand past Lehtonen.

NOTES: The Stars have been forced to get by without six of their top forwards, with Cody Eakin, Patrick Sharp, Ales Hemsky, Jiri Hudler, Jason Spezza and Mattias Janmark all absent from the lineup. ... Coming into the game, the Stars had gone 17-3-4 against the Oilers over the past seven seasons. ... It was the first of three meetings between the two teams this season, the next one is at Dallas on Nov. 19.

UP NEXT

Stars: At Vancouver on Sunday in the finale of a five-game trip.

Oilers: Host the New York Rangers on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Stars Fall in Blowout to Jets, 8-2]]>Wed, 09 Nov 2016 06:05:02 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-496014010.jpg

Patrik Laine added to his hat collection Tuesday night, Mark Scheifele took the NHL points lead and the Winnipeg Jets rode their youngsters to a blowout victory.

Laine took the NHL lead in goals with the second hat trick of his rookie season and Scheifele had two goals and two assists, leading the Jets over the Dallas Stars 8-2.

Laine has 11 goals and 15 points this season, and Scheifele overtook Edmonton's Connor McDavid and Chicago's Artem Anisomov in the scoring race with 18 points.

Laine, an 18-year-old Finn, is the fourth player ever in the NHL with multiple hat tricks before his 19th birthday, joining Jack Hamilton, Dale Hawerchuk and Trevor Linden, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Elias also said he's the first with 11 goals in his first 14 career games since 1992-93, when Teemu Selanne, Dmitri Kvartalnov and Rob Gaudreau all did it.

"It's always unbelievable to score," Laine said. "I'm proud of myself and I'm proud of our team. I don't want to think about the future, (but) it's amazing to lead the league on the scoreboard."

Scheifele grinned when he was told McDavid had three assists in Edmonton's 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

"Maybe I'll send him a text and say, 'Tough bounce,'" the fourth-year center said.

Marko Dano, Andrew Copp and Adam Lowry also scored for Winnipeg while Nikolaj Ehlers, Nic Petan and Tyler Myers each had two assists.

Patrick Eaves and Tyler Seguin scored for Dallas.

"Pretty much embarrassing from start to finish," Stars forward Jamie Benn said. "We came in here and played a terrible game and that's what you get."

Stars coach Lindy Ruff was asked if this was rock bottom for his injury-riddled team.

"Yeah," he said. "We made some really dumb mistakes that we paid dearly for. Some missed assignments that every play turned into a big play for them. It's hard.

"We're too short-handed to be a dumb team and we were a dumb team tonight."

Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves in his third straight start for Winnipeg. Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen was replaced by Antti Niemi after Laine's third goal. He had let in four goals on 11 shots. Niemi finished with 15 saves.

Winnipeg's second shot on net was Scheifele's eighth goal of the season at 3:06.

Laine then deflected Ben Chiarot's point shot for his first goal at 8:46 of the opening period. Dallas outshot Winnipeg 14-5 in the first and was on the power play heading into the second period after Scheifele was called for tripping.

Eaves used the man advantage to score his third goal of the season when he redirected Devin Shore's shot past Hellebuyck at 1:30 to make it 2-1.

Winnipeg responded with four straight goals in the second.

With 9 seconds left on Seguin's penalty for hooking, Laine scored his fifth power-play goal of the season by digging out his own rebound in front of Lehtonen at 6:51.

Laine made it 4-1 just over three minutes later with his third goal at 10:07. The 18-year-old Finn recorded his first hat trick on Oct. 19 with the winner in overtime against Toronto.

After hats were cleaned off the ice, Scheifele and Dano each scored on the power play for a 6-1 lead heading into the third. It was only the third time this season the Jets have held a lead going into the third.

Seguin scored an unassisted goal at 2:32 of the third to give him seven on the season.

Copp's first of the season was a short-handed goal at 13:49 and Lowry finished off the scoring with 1:44 left in the game.

Notes
Newly re-signed Jets D Jacob Trouba skated with the Jets on Tuesday morning but didn't play. He told reporters he's rescinded the trade request he and his agent had made public when he failed to report to training camp.

Up Next
Stars: Travel to Calgary for a game Thursday night.

Jets: Play back-to-back road games against Arizona on Thursday night and Colorado Friday night.

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<![CDATA[Marian Hossa Leads Blackhawks Past Stars in OT Sunday]]>Mon, 07 Nov 2016 05:33:24 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615534166Hossa.jpg

The Blackhawks appeared to be in big trouble when Patrick Kane was whistled for hooking in overtime, handing a power play to the potent Dallas Stars.

Then Scott Darling came up with a huge stop, and Marian Hossa finished another big win for Chicago.

Darling made a terrific kick save on Patrick Eaves, Hossa scored at 4:31 of overtime and the Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Sunday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

"It took every inch of me to get that one," the 6-foot-6 Darling said.

Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists and Kane scored for the third time in four games, helping the Blackhawks sweep the home-and-home set with the Stars. Kane had a goal and an assist in Saturday night's 3-2 victory in Dallas.

"We've been focusing really well on the process of just playing well and improving our overall game," Toews said. "A while back, the focus was our penalty kill had to get better. I think we've improved every single game."

Kane's second hooking call of the night set Dallas up with a prime opportunity in overtime. But Darling got over to knock away Eaves' shot, helping the Blackhawks to their 18th successful kill in their last 19 tries.

"He made a great save on me," Eaves said. "That was the look we wanted and it just didn't go in."

Hossa then drove one by a screened Kari Lehtonen for his sixth of the season. Darling, subbing for red-hot starter Corey Crawford, made 32 stops as the Blackhawks improved to 7-1-1 at home.

"The good thing is this team never quits," Hossa said. "Six wins in a row, I think we're on the right path."

Gemel Smith scored his first two NHL goals for Dallas, including a short-handed breakaway in the second. Tyler Seguin also scored in the opener of a five-game road trip.

"Those are hard losses," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We had our opportunity with the power play in overtime."

The Stars had a 2-1 lead in the third when Dallas winger Antoine Roussel was sent off for playing the puck with a broken stick. Then Kane was whistled for hooking at 3:02, making it 4 on 4 for 94 seconds.

The Blackhawks made the most of the extra space on the ice, jumping in front with two goals in a span of 56 seconds.

First, Hossa made a terrific pass through the legs of Dallas defenseman John Klingberg to a streaking Toews for a beautiful one-timer at 3:39. After Darling denied Jamie Benn with a pad save on a breakaway, Toews was stopped by Lehtonen on the other side, but the puck went right to Artem Anisimov for the rebound goal.

Anisimov's team-best eighth goal, extending his career-long point streak to 11 games, looked like the winner until Smith redirected Klingberg's shot past Darling with 1:20 remaining. The tying goal came moments after Dallas pulled Lehtonen for an extra attacker.

Lehtonen finished with 29 stops in his first start since Oct. 29. Antti Niemi made 29 saves in Saturday night's loss.

Seguin's sixth goal at 15:34 of the first put Dallas in front and stopped Chicago's penalty-kill streak at 15 in a row. With Duncan Keith in the box for hooking, Seguin knocked in a rebound for his sixth point in his last four games.

Smith made it 2-0 when he beat Darling with a nice backhander at 8:29 of the second.

The Blackhawks played with a short bench for the last part of the game after rookie forward Tyler Motte was ridden into the boards by Stars forward Radek Faksa with about seven minutes left in the second. Coach Joel Quenneville said Motte had a lower-body injury and the team will know more on Monday.

Notes
Hossa's goal was his 1,100th career point. ... Stars C Jason Spezza was scratched with a lower-body injury after he got hurt in the second period Saturday night. ... The Stars placed C Jiri Hudler (illness) on injured reserve and center Justin Dowling was promoted from Texas of the AHL. Dowling was scratched, and D Patrik Nemeth played forward in his first game since Oct. 29. ... Blackhawks LW Andrew Desjardins was a healthy scratch. Desjardins was activated from injured reserve on Saturday, but Quenneville wanted to stay with the same lineup from the victory in Dallas. Desjardins could make his season debut Wednesday at St. Louis. "We'd like to get him in here, yeah," Quenneville said. "I don't want to say for sure." ... Blackhawks D Trevor van Riemsdyk (right arm injury) skated Sunday. He was placed on IR on Saturday.

Up Next
Stars: Visit Winnipeg on Tuesday

Blackhawks: Visit St. Louis on Wednesday night.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Beat Stars 3-2 on Kane's Game Winner]]>Sat, 05 Nov 2016 23:43:23 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615545872.jpg

Patrick Kane scored the go-ahead goal and assisted on another, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Saturday night.

Chicago erased a 2-1 deficit with second-period goals by Ryan Hartman at 2:59 and Kane on the power play at 7:40 against Stars goalie Antti Niemi.

With Blackhawks to the left of the net occupying Niemi, Kane skated in from the right and put in a pass from Artem Anisimov.

The Blackhawks scored 11 seconds into the game when Richard Panik scored his seventh goal by wristing in the rebound of a shot by Kane. Dallas took a 2-1 lead into the second period after goals by Brett Ritchie at 7:21 of the first and Curtis McKenzie at 9:49.

Chicago goalie Corey Crawford held the Stars scoreless after that, including a power play for the final 1:49, and finished with 31 saves.

Niemi made 29 saves.

Panik entered the game leading the NHL by scoring on 46 percent of his shots on goal.

Ritchie tied the score when he skated into the slot, took a pass from Antoine Roussel and put in a wrist shot off Crawford's left arm.

Less than 3 minutes later, Stephen Johns sent a shot from the right point. There followed a scramble with three players from each team around Crawford. Rookie Gemel Smith poked at the puck, which went in off McKenzie's right skate.

Hartman ended a 32-second flurry of four good chances for Chicago by driving a slap shot from the right faceoff circle past Niemi to tie the game at 2.

Chicago had a 3 1/2-minute power play in the second after a double minor to Dallas' Devin Shore, but the Stars killed off that opportunity.

NOTES: The Blackhawks activated LW Andrew Desjardins from injured reserve on Saturday, but he was inactive. He has not played this season because of a foot injury, but is expected to play at home on Sunday. D Trevor van Riemsdyk (right arm injury) went on IR. . Kane's 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) against Dallas are his most against any team, in only 36 games. . Kane had the game's only power-play goal. The Blackhawks were 1 for 6, and the Stars 0 for 2. . McKenzie scored his first goal of the season. Two of his six career goals have come against Chicago. Smith received his first assist in his sixth NHL game. . Dallas' Jason Spezza didn't play in the third period because of a lower-body injury.

UP NEXT

Blackhawks: They return home for Sunday's second game of a back-to-back against Dallas.

Stars: They flew Saturday night to Chicago for Sunday's game.

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<![CDATA[Seguin Has 4 Assists as Stars Beat Blues 6-2]]>Fri, 04 Nov 2016 04:33:47 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-620929534.jpg

Tyler Seguin was the consummate setup man Thursday night.

Seguin matched his career high with four assists — on Dallas' first four goals — to help the Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 6-2 in a rematch of their playoff series last season.

John Klingberg had two goals for the Stars, including an empty-netter. Patrick Eaves, Stephen Johns, Jason Spezza and Jordie Benn also scored for Dallas. Jamie Benn had three assists.

Though Seguin and Jamie Benn combined for seven assists, their line had only one goal, by Eaves to open the scoring at 6:35 of the second period.

"Probably their best game of the year," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "Moved the puck well. Obviously, Tyler played a heck of a game with four assists, Jamie right behind him. Our best players were at the forefront tonight, which was great to see."

To Seguin, the victory was especially significant because it was a Central Division game against the team that eliminated the Stars from the 2016 playoffs.

Seguin had scored three of Dallas' six goals in the previous five games. The Stars matched that total Thursday to end an 0-2-1 skid.

Eaves deflected a shot by Seguin for the first goal.

Seguin set up Jamie Benn for a breakaway, then gathered the rebound after Allen's save and passed out to Klingberg at the right faceoff dot for his first goal this season and a 2-1 lead.

"There's been a couple of chances," Klingberg said, "and it's nice to see it finally go in there."

Seguin passed to Stephen Johns for the first of four Dallas goals in the third period. The fourth assist came when Seguin's shot went in off teammate Jason Spezza.

"We're getting opportunities," Seguin said. "They're going to go in. Eventually that's going to land in the right area, or it's going to go off a body."

Stars defensemen combined for four goals.

"We've been trying to get our defensemen more involved," Ruff said, "and I think overall they all were."

Paul Stastny and captain Alex Pietrangelo scored for St. Louis, which is 1-3-1 with only five goals in the last five games. The Blues have allowed 11 goals in the last two.

"We're not playing very well," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We're not all on board where we should be and it's a tough time for us right now. We're going to have to build some momentum back with better play and more committed play. It's frustrating because we're not scoring and we're not keeping it out of our net the last two games."

Stars goalie Antti Niemi made 28 saves. Jake Allen had 21 for the Blues.

St. Louis tied the game 1-all on Stastny's goal at 11:26 of the second, but Klingberg scored 31 seconds later to give Dallas a lead it didn't lose.

Pietrangelo scored at 10:27 of the third. He and Stastny each had a goal and an assist.

Notes
It was the first regular-season game between the teams since St. Louis beat Dallas 6-1 in the deciding Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal last season. Play between the division rivals became chippy, with two fights in the second period and coincidental minor penalties for roughing in the third. ... St. Louis entered the game ranked 16th in the NHL in shots on goal per game, but 28th in goals per game. ... Seguin's previous four-assist game was on Oct. 18, 2014, against Philadelphia. He has seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last five games.

Up Next
Stars: They'll end a two-game homestand Saturday vs. Chicago.

Blues: St. Louis will return home to face Columbus on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Jones Scores in OT, Blue Jackets Beat Stars 3-2]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 05:04:30 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503479770.jpg

Sergei Bobrovsky helped the Columbus Blue Jackets hang around just long enough for Sam Gagner and Seth Jones to win it.

Gagner tied it with 16 seconds left in the third period and Jones scored 46 seconds into overtime, lifting the Blue Jackets over the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Bobrovsky stopped 36 shots, and Nick Foligno also scored.

"The first period wasn't our best, and Bob really kept us in it," Gagner said. "He's been doing that a lot."

Tyler Seguin scored his team-leading fifth goal for Dallas early in the third for a 2-1 lead. Columbus pulled Bobrovsky for an extra skater on a power play in the final minute, leading to Gagner's slap shot from atop the left circle that beat goalie Antti Niemi.

Jones then won it with a wrist shot through traffic from above the circles.

Jason Spezza also scored for the Stars, and Niemi made 25 saves.

"We did a lot of good things in the first period, set the tone," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. "We knew they'd have a little bit of push in the second, but it's a tough one to swallow because I felt that last minute we had played the type of game we're going to win most nights."

The Blue Jackets improved to 4-3-1 and swept the two-game season series with Dallas.

After a scoreless first period, Foligno got his second goal when he snapped a wrist shot from the left circle 3:50 into the second. Zach Werenski picked up his seventh point with an assist, tying him for the team lead. Brandon Saad also assisted.

The Stars tied it later in the second on Spezza's third goal, a charging shot from the top of right circle past Brobrovsky's glove hand.

Dallas went ahead 1:13 into the third when Seguin buried the puck from a sharp angle just to the left of the net.

Both goalies were solid in the first period, especially Bobrovsky, who endured Dallas' 18-shot barrage while his teammates took half that many.

The Blue Jackets couldn't muster a shot until Gagner managed one with 11:44 left in the first period, which was highlighted by a helmetless Foligno pummeling Dallas' Antoine Roussel after Roussel just missed an aggressive check on Alexander Wennberg. Both players were penalized for fighting.

The Blue Jackets just returned from a four-game trip out West, and coach John Tortorella said it can be difficult to get players energized once they're back on home ice.

"Our first period was just a bad period, but I thought as the game went on we got better," said Tortorella, who is above .500 for the first time in his tenure with the Blue Jackets. "Bob gave us a chance to get our legs underneath us. It's a step in the right direction for the team in finding a way to win a type of game like this."

Notes
Stars D Dan Hamhuis returned to the lineup Tuesday after being a healthy scratch Saturday in a 4-0 loss against the Minnesota Wild. He replaced Patrik Nemeth. ... Blue Jackets D Ryan Murray returned to the lineup after missing the past four games because of injury. He caught an elbow to the head against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 21. Dalton Prout was scratched to make room. ... D Scott Harrington also was a healthy scratch for the Blue Jackets. The Stars scratched D Jamie Oleksiak, LW Curtis McKenzie, as well as Nemeth. ... After a 2-1-1 West Coast swing, the Blue Jackets began a stretch of playing eight of 11 games at home.

Up Next
Dallas: Play St. Louis at home Thursday night.

Columbus: Host Montreal on Friday night.

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<![CDATA[Stars' Ales Hemsky Out 5-6 Months Following Hip Surgery]]>Mon, 31 Oct 2016 15:51:37 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-617299510.jpg

Dallas Stars forward Ales Hemsky will miss five to six months after surgery for a hip injury that general manager Jim Nill said was sustained during the World Cup of Hockey.

Nill said the surgery was performed Monday. Hemsky, who was on injured reserve early in the season with what was called a groin injury, played one game this season against Columbus, recording one shot in 16 minutes. He played for the Czech Republic in the World Cup.

The Stars, who had the best record in the Western Conference last season, have dealt with a series of injuries so far this season.

Forward Patrick Sharp has been on injured reserve since Oct. 21 with concussion-like symptoms, and Cody Eakin has missed the regular season with a knee injury. Jamie Benn has just one goal in five games while dealing with an unspecified ailment.

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<![CDATA[Laine Scores 2 on Power Play, Jets Beat Stars 4-1]]>Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:26:55 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tyler-seguin4.29.16.jpg

Patrik Laine scored twice on the power play to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Thursday night.

Defenseman Tyler Myers got the Jets on the scoreboard 15 seconds into the game and rookie Kyle Connor got his first NHL goal. Connor Hellebuyck had 38 saves.

Winnipeg, which lost at Dallas in the opener of the home-and-home on Tuesday, has scored five power-play goals this season, with the 18-year-old Laine getting four.

With Dallas trailing 3-0, Tyler Seguin scored his fourth of the season 33 seconds into in the third period. Antti Niemi stopped 32 shots for the Stars.

Winnipeg got off to a fast start and outshot Dallas 22-13 in the opening period. In the opening minute, Myers took advantage of a loose puck bouncing off the boards in the Dallas end to fire a one-timer from the point past Niemi.

Both teams then took turns on the power play, but neither capitalized.

Dallas had a two-man advantage for 1:16, then the Jets got on the power play and fired eight shots on Niemi in just over 1 1/2 minutes.

Nikolaj Ehlers and Connor then went down the ice on a 2-on-1 at even strength, with Ehlers passing the puck across the ice for Connor's high shot to double the lead with 3:48 left in the first.

Connor, who was a healthy scratch in Tuesday's loss, was playing his sixth game of the season.

Laine's fifth of the season at 4:30 of the second made it 3-0 just 8 seconds after Stars defenseman John Klingberg was sent off for hooking.

Seconds after Seguin's goal, Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien crashed into the boards after getting tangled up with Stars forward Antoine Roussel, but only went to the dressing room for a few minutes.

Laine scored his second of the game with 6 seconds left in a two-man advantage on a shot into the left side of the net that made it 4-1 at 10:17.

NOTES: The Jets had gone into the game only holding a lead for a total 17:02 in their first six games. ... Laine's second-period goal marked the first time this season Winnipeg held a three-goal lead, and the first time the Jets hadn't trailed going into the third.

UP NEXT

Stars: At Minnesota on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game trip.

Jets: At Colorado on Friday night in the back end of their first of 14 back-to-backs this season.

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<![CDATA[Niemi Makes 28 Saves, Stars Beat Jets 3-2]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:23:50 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-618109016.jpg

Antti Niemi made 28 saves, but more important than how many he made was when he made them in the Dallas Stars' 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

"It wasn't that he was tested in bunches," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said, "but he had to make some huge saves for us. Breakaway saves, there was a couple game-changers."

The most important might have been two saves by Niemi in the latter half of the first period while the game was still 0-0.

He stopped a breakaway by Alexander Burmistrov and a shot by Mark Scheifele on a 2-on-1.

Seconds later, the Stars had a 2-on-1. Curtis McKenzie passed back into the slot to Brett Ritchie, who sent a wrist shot past Michael Hutchinson at 14:37 and Dallas never trailed again.

The win salvaged the last game of Dallas' 1-1-1 home stand. Winnipeg lost its second straight and fourth in five games.

Patrick Eaves and Tyler Seguin also scored for the Stars while Hutchinson had 23 saves.

Stars rookie center Devin Shore had two assists.

The goals against Niemi came in the closing seconds of the second and third periods. Joel Armia beat him to the puck to score with 5 seconds left in the second, and Scheifele put in a rebound on the power play with 9 seconds to play in the third.

Dallas spent most of the first 5 minutes of the second period killing two penalties.

The teams skated 4-on-4 for 35 seconds before Eaves scored his 100th career goal from high in the slot at 5:02.

"It's pretty cool," he said. "I've been fortunate to play with a lot of good players. More importantly, it helped towards a divisional win."

Eaves had returned after missing a game with a lower-body injury. He added experience to an injury-riddled Dallas front line weakened even more because Jason Spezza sat out with a lower-body injury.

Shore passed from behind the net to set up Eaves' goal. Another assist went to center Justin Dowling, in his NHL debut after playing 324 games in the minor leagues. He was recalled from Texas of the AHL to fill in for Spezza.

"I thought we had a great night out of (Dowling's) line," Ruff said. "We got a good night out of the Shore line."

Armia brought Winnipeg within 2-1 by taking the puck away from Niemi behind the net to score his first goal on a wraparound. Niemi had stopped two other good chances by Armia earlier in the second.

"Joel was moving his feet with the puck and when he does that, boy, he creates some things," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.

Seguin scored at 7:27 of the third period with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle.

Notes
Dallas had been 1 for 13 on the power play during the 10 previous periods before Eaves' goal. Winnipeg's challenge that the Stars had interfered with Hutchinson was denied. "They push our defenseman right on top of me and it's a bang-bang play," Hutchinson said. "I don't know why it wasn't goalie interference." ... Winnipeg's power play had been 1 for 18 in the last five games before Scheifele's goal. ... After being outscored 11-1 in the second period of their first five games, the Jets dominated the middle period. They outshot Dallas 13-7 and won 12 of 17 faceoffs. ... Armia had scored two goals in Winnipeg's last visit to Dallas, a 6-3 win on Feb. 25. ... The Jets have pulled their goalie in the closing minutes in all six games this season.

Up Next
Dallas will travel to Winnipeg to face the Jets Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Martinez Scores in OT, Kings Beat Stars 4-3]]>Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:18:46 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615954502.jpg

Alec Martinez, who saw one apparent goal disallowed, scored 1:20 into overtime as Los Angeles Kings beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Thursday night.

Martinez's wrist shot from the slot went past a screen by Tanner Pearson to beat Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.

"(Tyler Toffoli) made a really good play to me in the slot. (Pearson) was in front with a good screen," Martinez said. "All I had to do was really hit the net."

Martinez's second-period drive from the left point was ruled no goal because a teammate was in the paint in front of Lehtonen.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff thought the overtime goal shouldn't have counted either.

"I think it's a terrible call at the end of the game. I thought our goaltender was interfered with. He was elbowed in the head before the puck went in the net," he said. "I respectfully and disrespectfully disagree with that. They look at it for five seconds, and they call it a good goal."

The Kings had lost their first three games. Dallas fell to 2-1-1.

"That's pretty much the way we played for other than one period this season except we got a break to win," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.

Dallas' Jason Spezza tied the game at 3 with 2:07 left in regulation with a shot from the left faceoff circle that beat Kings goalie Peter Budaj.

"It would have been a feel-good win for us if we could have pulled it out in overtime," Spezza said. "Probably makes it a little more frustrating."

Los Angeles' Nic Dowd scored the game's first goal, the first of his eight-game NHL career, on the power play in the first period.

The Kings took a one-goal lead twice more during a second period that included two fights and 10 penalties for 34 minutes. Jeff Carter and Pearson scored and assisted on each other's goal.

Goals by Dallas' Radek Faksa and Jamie Benn had tied the game.

Lehtonen made 35 saves. Budaj had 17 in his first NHL win since Feb. 12.

The Kings had been struggling since losing starting goalie Jonathan Quick in the opening game.

"This wasn't us, starting 0-3," Budaj said. "We definitely showed today in a hot building against a very good team we came out hard. We outshoot them and we played a real strong defensive game. It was great to see the guys have that desperation."

Martinez had an assist on Carter's goal.

Spezza had a goal and an assist, and teammate Tyler Seguin assisted twice.

To set up Dowd's goal at 8:18 of the first period, Dustin Brown passed from the left side to Tom Gilbert on the right. His pass found Dowd low in the left faceoff circle.

Faksa tied the game at 11:40. With Budaj out of the net, Spezza corralled the puck behind the goal line and passed out to Faksa in the right circle.

Carter scored from the top of the slot at 1:24 of the second period.

Benn tied the game again at 2 with a shot into the upper left corner from the left circle at 5:00.

Each team killed four minutes of penalties in the second period. Los Angeles outshot the Stars 18-7 in the second.

Notes
Dallas lost two wings to injury in the second period: Patrick Sharp with concussion-like symptoms and Patrick Eaves with a lower-body injury. Ruff indicated that Sharp could miss more time. ... Los Angeles D Brayden McNabb was involved in both second-period fights. Stars LW Antoine Roussel received 16 penalty minutes for his role in the first altercation, and totaled 18 minutes for the game. He had 565 PIM in his first 3½ seasons but none in the first three games this season.

Up Next
Stars: Play the second game of a three-game homestand on Saturday against Columbus.

Kings: Return home to play Vancouver on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Spezza Scores in Third Period, Stars Beat Predators 2-1]]>Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:19:59 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-497927044.jpg

Shots eventually turned into a decisive goal for the Dallas Stars.

Jason Spezza scored midway through the third period to give Dallas a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

Adam Cracknell got his second goal of the season for Dallas, and Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves.

Making his first start of the season, Lehtonen was not tested early, making just four saves in the first period. The Stars outshot Nashville 37-28 in the game.

"The guys came out flying, the first period was really good for us," Lehtonen said. "That was a nice way to ease into the game and then I started getting more action."

Mike Fisher scored for Nashville early in the second period to tie it 1-1. The Predators have lost two straight.

Spezza's tiebreaking goal came 9:15 into the third. Antoine Roussel had the puck in the right corner and sent it out front, where Spezza was able to tip it past goaltender Pekka Rinne. It was Spezza's first point of the season.

Spezza has at least one point in his last five games against Nashville, with six goals and two assists in that span.

The Stars outshot Nashville 16-4 in a scoreless first period, and then Cracknell made it 1-0 2:55 into the second.

"I thought we came out and set the tone in the first period, played a real sound first," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. "We didn't get really rewarded for it, but I think we set the tone when we got the number of shots we did."

Johnny Oduya's shot from the left point was first deflected by Curtis McKenzie in the high slot and then ricocheted off Cracknell's foot as he was standing just to the right of Rinne.

"You're not always going to have the perfect shot," Cracknell said. "I think Johnny O was just shooting at the middle of the net. It goes off McKenzie and then off my foot and in. We're just in the right areas."

Rinne finished with 35 saves.

Fisher tied it 4:27 into the second on the power play.

From the left corner, Filip Forsberg found Fisher in the low slot, where he snapped a wrist shot past Lehtonen.

"I didn't feel like we got our legs going at all," Fisher said. "It just wasn't a good game for us."

Five of Nashville's seven goals this season have come via the power play.

"We didn't get anything going," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "The power play, I thought we got it in the zone, we set it up and moved it around. Could have been a little more patient at times. Five-on-five it wasn't there."

Fisher succeeded Shea Weber as Nashville's captain after Weber was traded to Montreal in the offseason in exchange for P.K. Subban.

Notes
Nashville's opponents have scored first in each of their three games this season. ... The Predators played without D Anthony Bitetto and RW Miikka Salomaki, who are both sidelined multiple weeks with upper body injuries. ... Spezza has 11 goals and ten assists in 19 career games played against Nashville.

Up Next
Stars: Return home to face the Kings on Thursday.

Predators: Head to Detroit on Friday.

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<![CDATA[Colborne Scores 3 Goals as Avs Hang on to Beat the Stars]]>Sat, 15 Oct 2016 23:28:53 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/GettyImages-613294506.jpg

Joe Colborne had three goals for his first NHL hat trick, Colorado withstood a 6-on-4 opportunity over final 46 seconds and the Avalanche held off the Dallas Stars 6-5 on Saturday night.

Trailing 2-0 early, Colborne scored three of Colorado's next five goals to build a 5-2 lead. Carl Soderberg and Nathan MacKinnon also scored during the stretch, and Tyson Barrie added an insurance goal in the third period to kick off the Jared Bednar Era in winning fashion.

Bednar took over for Patrick Roy after the Hall of Fame goaltender-turned-coach surprisingly stepped away two months ago.

Tyler Seguin had two goals for the Stars, while Devin Shore, Jamie Benn and Brett Ritchie also scored.

Dallas pulled starter Antti Niemi at 7:05 of the second period after allowing five goals. Kari Lehtonen slowed the Avalanche's potent offensive attack so the Stars could work their way back into the game.

Barrie scored a goal that appeared to bounce off the skate of Stephen Johns and past Lehtonen to make it 6-4. Soon after, Ritchie made it a one-goal game when he slid a shot past Semyon Varlamov.

Blake Comeau was called for slashing with 1:56 remaining. The Stars pulled Lehtonen, but couldn't get anything past Varlamov.

The Avalanche certainly had ample opportunities to gain some separation in the third period. A shot by Andreas Martinsen clanged off the post. Later, Fedor Tyutin's slap shot appeared to go in and the horn sounded. But the puck actually hit the outside of the net. And later, Mikhail Grigorenko had a shot roll along the mouth of the goal before veering just wide.

Colborne signed with the Avalanche as a free agent in July after a 19-goal, 25-assist season with Calgary. He's a fan-favorite given that he played collegiately down the road at the University of Denver.

Bednar was a career minor leaguer -- as a defenseman and then as a coach -- before being hired by Colorado on Aug. 25. The 44-year-old led the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League to the Calder Cup last season.

His style may be even more up-tempo than the version Roy implemented. Colorado outshot Dallas 33-28.

It was a fast-paced first period filled with plenty of scoring. The Stars got things rolling early when Seguin scored a power play goal 43 seconds into the game. Shore added another 6:17 later and the Stars were in business with a 2-0 lead.

That's when things got a little wild. There was a scrum in front of the Stars goal and defenseman Patrik Nemeth sprawled out on the ice to keep it out of the net. The puck appeared to go in, but the ruling kept changing: No goal, goal, an awarded penalty shot to the Avalanche, a review where the goal was re-awarded. Finally, another review and the goal really did count.

In the end, Colborne was credited with the score. He added another 7:04 later.

The Avalanche haven't garnered much early respect with a majority of prognosticators predicting they'll finish outside of the playoff picture.

"People can say what they want," said Matt Duchene, who will serve as an alternate captain this season. "Go out there and prove them wrong -- that's our job."

NOTES: Stars D Jamie Oleksiak (lower body injury) was a scratch for a second straight game. ... Avs F John Mitchell (hip) was a scratch, along with F Cody McLeod.

UP NEXT

Stars: At Nashville on Tuesday.

Avalanche: At Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Stars Win 4-2 Over Ducks in Opener Matching Division Champs]]>Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:38:47 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614395800.jpg

While Adam Cracknell is one of the newcomers for the Dallas Stars, he knew Antoine Roussel wanted the puck.

Roussel scored the tie-breaking goal on the next shift, and only 22 seconds after Andrew Cogliano's second goal for Anaheim had tied the season opener early in the third period, and Dallas went on to a 4-2 victory over the Ducks on Thursday night.

"Rous made a good yell, I knew he was backdoor, and I just whacked it over there, and he's a guy that's going to work hard for that puck," Cracknell said. "And he puts it in ... and we get that lead right back."

Cracknell later scored a goal that included a secondary assist from Roussel on the Stars' third line.

"If you look at the scoresheet tonight, it was some of their foot soldiers," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.

Lauri Korpikoski, another newcomer, and Stephen Johns also scored for the Stars, and Antti Niemen stopped 33 shots — 16 in a strange first period.

"Antti was excellent," coach Lindy Ruff said. "That first period, we had some bad decisions, gave up some odd-numbered rushes, made some uncommon bad decisions, gave up three 2-on-1s where he made real good saves."

Anaheim finished the first period with a 17-1 shots on goal advantage, and spent 8 minutes on the power play. But the game was tied 1-1 with Johns scoring on Dallas' only shot before Cogliano had a short-handed goal.

"They came out flying. I think we were just a little too wound up, all pretty juiced up and excited," Johns said. "In the second and third, we settled down and played our system and got back to the way we know how to play."

Cogliano had a breakaway after an open-ice turnover by Jason Spezza, and scored on the rebound after his initial shot ricocheted off Niemi.

"I got lucky. ... I kind of knew he wanted to go across the ice, I got a stick on it and made a shot and was able to pick up the rebound," Cogliano said.

Ducks goalie John Gibson had 16 saves in the opener matching the Western Conference's two defending division champions.

The Stars had a conference-high 109 points while winning the Central Division before losing in the second round of the playoffs to the St. Louis Blues. Anaheim was the Pacific Division champs, but went back to a familiar coach after being ousted in the first round by Nashville.

Carlyle, who led the Ducks to their only Stanley Cup title in 2007, replaced Bruce Boudreau nearly five years after being fired.

"They scored three goals right from in tight. So we were lax on that coverage. And we were 0 for 5 on our power play," Carlyle said after his first game back. "These are the frustrating ones, when you work hard and you do the things that can give yourself a chance, and then you're lax in the area where you can't be lax."

Notes
The Stars are sticking with their two-goalie system. Niemi got the starting nod in the opener over Kari Lehtonen. Before the Stars lost in the second round of the playoffs to the St. Louis Blues, both won 25 games last regular season. ... On the helmets of Stars players were decals representing the badges of five officers slain in downtown Dallas this summer. Family members of two of the officers participated in the pregame ceremonial puck drop. The arena is only a few blocks from where the officers were shot by a lone gunman on July 7. ... Korpikoski just joined the Stars on Monday, when the eight-year NHL veteran signed a $1 million, one-year contract after being released from his professional tryout with the Calgary Flames. ... The Stars started the season with forwards Ales Hemsky (groin), Cody Eakin (knee) and Mattias Janmark (knee) on injured reserve.

Up Next
Stars: Play at Colorado on Saturday night.

Ducks: Continue their season-opening five-game road trip at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Stars Honor Fallen Dallas Officers in Season Opener]]>Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:06:14 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/image1a.jpg

The Dallas Stars honored five officers slain in downtown Dallas this summer by wearing decals of their badges on their helmets during the season opener Thursday night.

Family members of two of the slain officers, Dallas police Sgt. Michael Smith and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer Brent Thompson, participated in the pregame ceremonial puck drop. The captains for both teams, Jamie Benn of the Stars and Ryan Getzlaf of the visiting Anaheim Ducks, joined them at center ice.

When introduced, the families got a long and loud ovation in the arena only a few blocks from where the five officers were killed by a sniper on July 7.

The other officers killed were Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Lorne Ahrens and Dallas police officers Michael Krol and Patrick Zamarripa.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Open NHL Season Against Anaheim Ducks Thursday]]>Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:29:44 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-502308802.jpg

The Dallas Stars kick off the 2016-17 National Hockey League regular season against the Anaheim Ducks Thursday.

Puck drops at the American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m.

The Stars won the Central Division in the 2015-16 season with a conference best record of 50-23-9. They beat the Minnesota Wild in six games in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but were eliminated in seven games by the St. Louis Blues in the second round.

The Ducks won the Pacific Division last season with a record of 46-25-11 and lost to the Nashville Predators in the first round of the playoffs.

The Stars then travel to Colorado to face the Avalanche in their first road game of the season Saturday.

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<![CDATA[One-On-One with Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:48:14 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_nill_one_on_one_stars_preview_1200x675_783025731945.jpgNBC 5's Pat Doney previews the Stars 2016-17 season with Dallas's general manager Jim Nill.]]><![CDATA[Dallas Stars Bolster Depth Signing Winger Korpikoski]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:19:10 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-611249912.jpg

Left wing Lauri Korpikoski has signed a $1 million, one-year contract with the Dallas Stars after the eight-year NHL veteran was released from his professional tryout with the Calgary Flames.

General manager Jim Nill announced the signing Monday, saying it bolsters the Stars' depth at forward.

"Lauri is an experienced, disciplined player and his skating fits in well with our team speed," said Nill. "He is a versatile player that can kill penalties and he will bolster our forward depth."

Korpikoski, 30, had 22 points (10 goals) in 71 games for Edmonton last season. He was one of only 10 NHL players to play at least 71 games with 10 penalty minutes or fewer.

A first-round pick in the 2004 NHL draft by the New York Rangers, Korpikoski made his NHL debut for them in 2008-09. He then played six seasons in Arizona before going to Edmonton last year.

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<![CDATA[Stars' Sharp Joins Girls Try Hockey for Free Day Saturday]]>Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:49:37 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-522356556.jpg

Dallas Stars forward Patrick Sharp will participate in Girls Try Hockey for Free Day on Saturday at Dr Pepper StarCenter McKinney as part of Girls Hockey Weekend.

An initiative of USA Hockey, Girls Hockey Weekend aims to build awareness, celebrate current players and grow participation for girl's hockey.

Girls of all ages can learn to shoot, skate and stickhandle from professional coaches at three free convenient sessions at Dr Pepper StarCenter rinks across the Metroplex:

  • Saturday, Oct. 8 - Dr Pepper StarCenter Famers Branch (9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
  • Saturday, Oct. 8 - Dr Pepper StarCenter McKinney (12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Oct. 8 - Dr Pepper StarCenter Richardson (3 p.m. - 4 p.m.)



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<![CDATA[Avalanche Stay Perfect with Shutout of Stars]]>Wed, 05 Oct 2016 22:38:41 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lehtonen1.jpg

Andreas Martinsen scored the only goal and Calvin Pickared had 28 saves to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 1-0 victory over the Dallas Stars.

Martinsen scored off a pass from Ben Smith at 8:25 of the opening period, and the Avalanche improved to 5-0 in the preseason to remain the only unbeaten team. Colorado visits the Los Angeles Kings in its final game before the season opener at home against the Stars on Oct. 15.

Kari Lehtonen finished with 19 saves for Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Benn, Stars Try to Build on Captain's 1st Playoff Series Win]]>Tue, 04 Oct 2016 15:55:03 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jamie-benn-2013-01.jpg

Jamie Benn will open a season coming off a playoff series victory for the first time in the Dallas captain's career, while Patrick Sharp hardly knows any other way.

Together, they're trying to take the Stars beyond the second-round exit of last season, which ended with a humbling Game 7 loss to St. Louis.

If Tyler Seguin can stay healthy alongside Benn, his fellow high-scoring All-Star forward, and Dallas can find a way to make a two-goalie system with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi work a little better, the Stars should be in contention.

"It was fun last year," Sharp said of his first season in Dallas after spending 10 years with Chicago and winning three Stanley Cup titles. "I think we broke through in a lot of areas and proved to ourselves and the league that we can be a top team. If everybody improves a little bit and we commit to what we did last year, good things can happen."

Benn didn't make the playoffs his first four seasons before Dallas lost in the first round to Anaheim in 2014. He won the league scoring title a year later when the Stars missed the playoffs.

Dallas finally broke through with a Western Conference-leading 109 points (50-23-9) last season and a six-game victory over Central Division rival Minnesota to start the postseason.

"Just needed to get out of the first and you didn't make it through the second, so we know how hard it is," said Benn, who signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension in the offseason. "I think we go into this year with that mentality of a playoff team and play like a playoff team and just try to build and keep getting better."

Things to consider as the Stars go after their first extended postseason run since 2008, when they lost to Detroit in the West finals:

EARLY INJURY BUG

Seguin has been out in the preseason with a hairline fracture of a heel sustained while getting ready for the World Cup. That's after missing all but one playoff game last season because of an Achilles injury. He's expected to be ready for the opener Oct. 13.

Another center, Cody Eakin, will miss at least the few weeks of the regular season after injuring a knee in a camp practice, and promising forward Mattias Janmark could miss the season after surgery for a joint disorder in a knee. Radek Faksa, another young forward, is dealing with a concussion.

"It's better to get those out of the way now," said Benn, who was eased into preseason work after abdominal surgery in the offseason.

TWO GOALIES AGAIN

Lehtonen and Niemi split time in the regular season and the playoffs, and coach Lindy Ruff doesn't think the approach will be much different. That includes using both to manage the busier parts of the schedule. While the system helped boost Dallas to the top seed in the West, it failed them in the playoff finale when Lehtonen gave up five goals in the first two periods of a 6-1 loss to the Blues.

"I think it took us a long time to kind of learn when you're not playing and when you are playing last year," Lehtonen said. "But now we know what to expect so I think that's going to be easier. Still never know how it's going to go."

SETTLING IN

Sharp, a forward, and defenseman Johnny Oduya were getting used to a new home a year ago after winning a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks. If Jason Spezza is any indication, they'll be more productive. Spezza struggled his first season in Dallas two years ago after 11 seasons in Ottawa, then almost doubled his goals last season.

"Much more comfortable, much more feel at home," Sharp said. "The guys were very welcoming last year, but being 10 years in one spot, it's tough to move."

YOUNG D

Ruff's biggest concern is the consistency of a young group of defensemen highlighted by budding stars John Klingberg and Stephen Johns. The Stars believe in their youth at the blue line enough that they traded the rights to nine-year veteran Alex Goligoski to Arizona. Dallas gave Oduya a fellow veteran in the group by adding Dan Hamhuis in free agency.

"We've got the platform to build off as long as we can get our young defensemen in the right place," said Ruff, going into his 19th season after spending his first 15 as a coach in Buffalo. "By no means do I think it's going to be easy."

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<![CDATA[Stars Reduce Training Camp Roster to 30]]>Fri, 07 Oct 2016 11:38:01 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-01.jpg

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced Wednesday that the team has reduced the training camp roster to 30 players.

Cut players are listed below

PLAYER | POSITION | STATUS

  • Ludwig Bystrom | Defenseman | Loaned to Texas (AHL)
  • Philippe Desrosiers | Goaltender | Loaned to Texas (AHL)
  • Nick Ebert | Defenseman | Loaned to Texas (AHL)
  • Brendan Ranford | Forward | Loaned to Texas (AHL)
  • Branden Troock | Forward | Loaned to Texas (AHL)
  • Brandon DeFazio | Forward | Released from Professional Tryout
  • Brandon Anselmini | Defenseman | Released from Amateur Tryout
  • Landon Bow | Goaltender | Released from Amateur Tryout
  • Michael McMurtry | Forward | Released from Amateur Tryout
  • Andrew Bodnarchuk | Defenseman | Loaned to Texas (AHL)
  • Dustin Stevenson | Defenseman | Loaned to Texas (AHL)
  • Denis Gurianov | Forward | Loaned to Texas (AHL)
  • Henri Kiviaho | Goaltender | Loaned to Texas (AHL)
  • Matdt Mangene | Forward| Released from PTO
  • Remi Elie | Forward | Loaned to Texas (AHL)
  • Maxime Lagace | Goaltender | Loaned to Texas (AHL)
  • Travis Morin | Forward | Loaned to Texas (AHL)
  • Cole Ully | Forward | Loaned to Texas (AHL)
  • Justin Dowling | Forward | Loaned to Texas (AHL)
  • Matej Stransky | Forward | Loaned to Texas (AHL)



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    <![CDATA[Stars Forward Janmark has Joint Disorder in Knee]]>Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:45:35 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-502306604.jpg

    Dallas Stars forward Mattias Janmark will possibly miss all of the season because of a joint disorder in a knee.

    Stars general manager Jim Nill said Friday that Janmark has Osteochondritis dissecans, a joint disorder where bone underneath the cartilage dies because of reduced blood flow.

    The 23-year-old Janmark, from Sweden, is expected to be sidelined 5-6 months. He had 15 goals and 14 assists in 73 games as a rookie last season.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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    <![CDATA[Stars' Nichushkin to Sign With Russian Club: Officials]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:20:44 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/456384862.jpg

    Officials with Russian hockey club CSKA Moscow said they will sign Dallas Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin.

    CSKA says in a statement it has reached an agreement with the 21-year-old Russian and that a two-year contract will be signed "in the near future."

    Nichushkin, who was the Stars' top pick in the 2013 draft and 10th overall, has 23 goals and 41 assists in 166 NHL games for Dallas over three seasons.

    CSKA has finished at the top of the regular-season standings in the Kontinental Hockey League for the last two seasons and lost in the Gagarin Cup finals last season.

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    <![CDATA[Is Val Nichushkin Done in Dallas?]]>Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:23:32 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/172*120/GettyImages-522759160.jpg

    There’s a possibility that the days of seeing Valeri Nichushkin in a Stars uniform are over.

    Reports are the 2013 first-round draft pick is considering returning home to Russia and playing in the KHL. According to Pro Hockey Talk, CSKA Moscow acquired the rights to the 21-year old winger and Nichushkin is working on a two-year deal with CSKA. Nichushkin’s agent has denied a deal has been reached, but hasn’t ruled out his client going to the KHL. Basically all options remain open.

    So why the change of heart to possibly leave Dallas?

    The Stars were hoping to work out a deal themselves with Nichushkin, who is a restricted free agent, but nothing ever materialized. The Stars did make a qualifying offer to retain his rights and give him one more year to prove his value. Needless to say, Nichushkin didn’t sign on the dotted line.

    And then there’s this: “Big Val” reportedly doesn’t want to play for head coach Lindy Ruff.

    It appears more was expected from Nichushkin after a strong rookie year, where he scored 14 goals and 34 points in 79 games while averaging almost 15 minutes of ice time with the Stars. Injuries became an issue the following year, with the winger missing almost all of the 2014-15 season due to hip surgery.

    Once he returned, the ice time dropped and Nichushkin struggled to find any consistency. In an interview earlier this year with Russian news outlet Sport-Express, Nichushkin said he didn’t feel Ruff trusted him, or played enough. Other players such as Mattias Janmark and Radek Faksa soon began overtaking him on the depth chart.

    It appears that Nichushkin isn’t ruling out playing for the Stars down the road, but it’s unlikely he’ll step back on the ice again in downtown Dallas with Ruff at the helm. 



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    <![CDATA[Injury Ends Tyler Seguin's World Cup Run ]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:17:19 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/456528982.jpg

    Tough news for Dallas Stars fans. Tyler Seguin will not be participating in the World Cup of Hockey after suffering an injury while competing with Team Canada.

    The Dallas Stars released the following statements from general manager Jim Nill and center Tyler Seguin regarding his injury:

    "We are aware of the injury Tyler suffered while competing with Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "We recognize the constraints of the tournament and understand Team Canada's decision given the circumstances. Tyler will be returning to Dallas in the coming days and we will evaluate him fully at that point."

    "I'm disappointed that I can't represent Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey," forward Tyler Seguin said. "Any time your country calls, it's a great honor and is something every kid from Canada dreams about getting the chance to do. While I'm upset that I don't get the opportunity to play, I understand the situation Team Canada is in with a short tournament. I wish all the best for that team and the good news is that I'll get to be with my Stars teammates from day one. We're excited to get the season going and we can't wait to get to Cedar Park and get to work."



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    <![CDATA[Right Wing Hudler Signs $2M, 1-Year Deal with Dallas Stars]]>Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:23:34 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/us-hudler.png

    Free agent right wing Jiri Hudler has signed a $2 million, one-year deal with the Dallas Stars.

    Hudler, a veteran of 11 NHL seasons, had 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) in 72 games combined for Calgary and Florida last season.

    Stars general manager Jim Nill said Wednesday that Hudler has a championship pedigree.

    Hudler has appeared in 83 career playoff games and went to consecutive Stanley Cup Finals with Detroit in 2008 and 2009 when Nill was still part of the Red Wings' organization. They won the title in 2008.

    The Red Wings originally selected Hudler, a native of the Czech Republic, in the second round of the 2002 NHL draft. He has played in 676 career regular-season games for Detroit, Calgary and Florida.

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    <![CDATA[Stars' Jamie Benn Loves Dallas]]>Mon, 08 Aug 2016 18:52:45 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526182010.jpg

    “It went quicker than I expected, to be honest,” Jamie Benn said as we wrapped up our interview. 

    He wasn’t talking about our conversation or the three hours he had just spent with four-to-twelve year olds at the Frisco Rookies Program, which teaches young girls how to play hockey.  The NHL superstar was instead referring to his contract negotiations with the Dallas Stars, which rapidly resulted in an eight-year, $76 million extension with the only NHL team he’s ever played for.

    “Both sides agreed to a number pretty quick, and it’s definitely nice to get that over with,” Benn said.  “Now I’m going to be a part of the Dallas Stars for the rest of my career, and I’m totally excited about it.”

    And he actually means it.

    The 27-year old originally from Victoria, British Columbia, is one of the only Stars players who lives in North Texas year round.  In other words, he considers Dallas more than just the location of the team for which he plays.  Dallas is home.

     “The weather is great, the people are nice, and I love the city,” Benn said.  “This is where I like to spend my time.  This is home for me now.  It’s not hard to figure out why.

    “I’m totally happy to be here the rest of my career.”

    It’s a career that has been filled with impressive individual achievements.  Benn has an Art Ross Trophy (given to the NHL’s leading scorer), Sochi Olympics gold medal, and just concluded the best statistical season of his NHL career (89 points).  His new $9.5 million-per-year salary also ranks fifth-highest in the league.

    But Benn’s personal feats have far-surpassed the accomplishments of his team, a franchise that the hockey world almost universally believes is on the precipice of high-level success in the NHL.  The Stars finished the 2015-16 regular season as the one-seed in the Western Conference, and won a playoff series for the first time since 2008.

    When asked about the goals Benn has for the Stars next season, he has a quick list.  “More consistency would definitely be nice, and obviously a longer playoff run,” he says.  “It’s going to be hard to follow up the season that we had, but there’s no reason we can’t do that and be even better.”

    His ultimate goal goes unsaid, but is obvious.  It is the dream of every NHL player.  Benn desperately wants to win a Stanley Cup for the city of Dallas, a franchise that has won the Cup only once in 23 seasons.

    In other words, he wants to bring a championship home.



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    <![CDATA[Stars Announce Training Camp Details at Cedar Park ]]>Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:02:46 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-530868366.jpg

    Stars hockey is right around the corner.  

    Per the club, here are details for the team's 2016-17 training camp, which includes open practice sessions and the Victory Green vs. White Intrasquad Scrimmage:

    The Stars will hold training camp at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, Texas from Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25. The practices on Friday and Saturday are open to the public. Fans wishing to attend the sessions can enter through the east entrance of the building.

    On Sunday, Sept. 25, the Stars will host the Victory Green vs. White Intrasquad Scrimmage at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Split into two teams, the Stars will play an officiated scrimmage beginning at 10 a.m. All Dallas Stars and Texas Stars ticket package holders will receive a complimentary ticket offer to the game. 

    Friday, Sept. 23

    9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - On-Ice Session One
    12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - On-Ice Session Two

    Saturday, Sept. 24

    9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - On-Ice Session One
    12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - On-Ice Session Two

    Sunday, Sept. 25
    10 a.m. - Victory Green vs. White Scrimmage



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    <![CDATA[Technical Difficulties with Jamie Benn]]>Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:14:22 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_benn_technical_difficulties_1200x675_735415875519.jpgPat Doney recaps a fun interview with Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn.]]><![CDATA[Dallas Stars Get 4 National TV Games on NBC, NBCSN]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 04:20:47 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526212968-1.jpg

    The Dallas Stars announced today that four games during the 2016-17 regular season will be televised nationally.

    Additionally, three of the contests have had their start times altered in order to accommodate the broadcast schedule. Below is a list of games and where they will be televised:

    • 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26 vs. Boston, NBC
    • 6:30 p.m. March 6 at Washington, NBCSN (originally scheduled for 6 p.m.) 
    • 6:30 p.m. March 30 at Boston, NBCSN (originally scheduled for 6 p.m.)
    • 7 p.m. April 6 vs. Nashville, NBCSN (originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m.)



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    <![CDATA[Stars Playing Four National Games in 2016-17]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:57:28 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-530868274.jpg

    The Dallas Stars announced Thursday that four games during the 2016-17 regular season will be televised nationally.

    Additionally, three of the contests have had their start times altered in order to accommodate the broadcast schedule.  Below is a list of games and where they will be televised:
     

    • Sun., Feb. 26 vs. Boston, 11:30am CT, NBC
    • Mon., March 6 @ Washington, 6:30pm CT, NBCSN (originally scheduled for a 6:00pm CT start)
    • Thu., March 30 @ Boston, 6:30pm CT, NBCSN (originally scheduled for a 6:00pm CT start)
    • Thu., April 6 vs. Nashville, 7:00pm CT, NBCSN (originally scheduled for a 7:30pm CT start)

    The Stars regional slate of games to be carried on FOX Sports Southwest will be announced at a later date.



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    <![CDATA[Benn Staying in Dallas is Important for the Future]]>Sat, 16 Jul 2016 15:06:09 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/170*120/GettyImages-521651188.jpg

    The deal was going to get done; it was just a matter of time.

    Jamie Benn made it clear there’s no place he rather play than in Dallas and the Stars made sure their superstar wasn’t going anywhere. Both sides have agreed to an eight-year, $76-million deal which makes the 26-year old left winger the fifth-highest paid player in the NHL next season.

    "The Stars are the only organization I know and Dallas is home to me," said Benn. "In working with the Gaglardi family and (Stars general manager) Jim Nill, they have made it clear that they are dedicated to winning, and winning the right way. I'm happy to commit to that process for eight more years. My teammates and I value the passion and dedication that we receive from Stars fans and we're looking forward to getting this season started."

    The Stars have become one of the best teams in the league behind the combination of Benn and Tyler Seguin, capturing the Central Division title last season. Benn finished the season second in the league with 89 points and his 41 goals ranked third. He added another 13 points on five goals and 10 assists during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    “Jamie has evolved into one of the most complete players in the NHL and his ability to lead our team is second-to-none,” Nill said in a release. “He impacts the game in so many ways and this signing was extremely important for the direction of the franchise. He’s shown in the playoffs, and at international events like the Olympics and the World Championship, that he is up to any challenge and that his fingerprints will be left on every game. He’s our leader and does things the right way, every day.”

    There’s no doubt that Benn is the face of the Stars franchise and was really destined to be from the start. A fifth round selection in the 2007 draft, Benn showed the talent to eventually become one of the top players in the game and became the team’s captain in 2013. His goal output continues to climb as he gets closer to cracking the 50-goal mark. Benn had 22 in his first season, 26 in his third season and his 41 goals last season was a career high.

    Toughness is not an issue with Benn, he’s a hockey player. He had double hip surgery last summer and played in all 82 games last season. Benn recently had surgery to repair a core muscle injury in the abdominal region. Nill said the injury happened while training and recovery is expected to be six weeks. At that point, Benn will be re-evaluated to determine his availability for the World Cup of Hockey in September. He’s expected to be ready for the 2016-17 NHL season.

    The Stars continue to build a team that will bring the Stanley Cup back to Dallas. The deal with Benn was a massive step in that direction.



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    <![CDATA[Blues Top the Stars 4-1 in NHL Exhibition Play]]>Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:17:41 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526182016.jpg

    Petteri Lindbohm had a goal and an assist in the St. Louis Blues' 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars Friday night in NHL exhibition play.

    Colton Parayko, Jordan Schmaltz and Dmitrij Jaskin also scored for the Blues.

    Jake Allen made 15 saves in the opening 40 minutes before giving way to Pheonix Copley in the third. Copley stopped all eight shots he faced.

    Jason Spezza scored Dallas' lone goal on a power play 8:49 into the game. Kari Lehtonen made 18 saves.

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    <![CDATA[Stars To Raise Money For The Line Of Duty Fund ]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 22:33:21 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-521715086.jpg

    The Dallas Stars are giving back in a big way.

    The local hockey club will raise $100,000 for the Line of Duty Fund.

    Through the cooperation of the Dallas Police Department, Mayor Mike Rawlings' office, The Dallas Foundation and Friends of the Dallas Police, this fund was established to support those Dallas Police Department and DART Transit officers, including their families, affected by the shootings of the peaceful protest in Downtown Dallas on July 7.

    For more information on the fund, or to make a donation, please go to www.dallasfoundation.org.



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    <![CDATA[Stars' Jamie Benn Signs 8-Year, $76 Million Extension]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 20:06:43 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jamie-benn-stars-interview.jpg

    Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension Friday.

    The team announced the deal a day after Benn had surgery to repair an abdominal muscle injury.

    "The Stars are the only organization I know and Dallas is home to me," Benn said in a statement. "In working with the Gaglardi family and (general manager) Jim Nill, they have made it clear that they are dedicated to winning, and winning the right way. I'm happy to commit to that process for eight more years. My teammates and I value the passion and dedication that we receive from Stars fans and we're looking forward to getting this season started."

    The 26-year-old Benn had a career-high 89 points on 41 goals and 48 assists last season. He also had five goals and 10 assists in 13 playoff games.

    "Jamie has evolved into one of the most complete players in the NHL and his ability to lead our team is second to none," Nill said in a statement. "He impacts the game in so many ways and this signing was extremely important for the direction of the franchise. ... He's our leader and does things the right way, every day."

    Nill said the full recovery time is six weeks for the abdominal injury. It wasn't clear when or how Benn got injured.

    That timeframe puts Benn on schedule to be ready for the NHL season, but creates uncertainty about his availability to participate for Canada in the World Cup of Hockey that begins in mid-September.

    Benn has 192 goals and 256 assists in 508 career games.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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    <![CDATA[Stars Captain Benn Recovering From Muscle Surgery]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:43:41 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526182010.jpg

    Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn is recovering from surgery to repair an abdominal muscle injury.

    Stars general manager Jim Nill said Friday that the full recovery time is six weeks, and that the surgery performed Thursday went as planned. It wasn't clear when or how Benn got injured.

    That timeframe puts Benn on schedule to be ready for the 2016-17 NHL season, but creates uncertainty about his availability to participate for Team Canada in the World Cup of Hockey that begins in mid-September. Nill said Benn's availability for that will be determined after the left wing's six-week rehabilitation process.

    Benn scored a career-high 89 points (41 goals, 48 assists) for the Western Conference champion Stars last season.

    in Jamie Benn is recovering from surgery to repair an abdominal muscle injury.

    Stars general manager Jim Nill said Friday that the full recovery time is six weeks, and that the surgery performed Thursday went as planned. It wasn't clear when or how Benn got injured.

    That timeframe puts Benn on schedule to be ready for the 2016-17 NHL season, but creates uncertainty about his availability to participate for Team Canada in the World Cup of Hockey that begins in mid-September. Nill said Benn's availability for that will be determined after the left wing's six-week rehabilitation process.

    Benn scored a career-high 89 points (41 goals, 48 assists) for the Western Conference champion Stars last season.



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    <![CDATA[Stars Sign Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to One-Year Deal]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:20:29 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/458011402.jpg

    Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced Tuesday that the club has signed defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Oleksiak, 23, recorded two points (0-2=2) in 19 regular-season games with Dallas during the 2015-16 campaign. The defenseman registered 54 hits in 2015-16, recording six-or-more hits in a game on four separate occasions. He recorded two assists (0-2=2) in eight games and had a +4 plus/minus rating with Texas (AHL) during a conditioning assignment from January 16-31.

    The blueliner has earned 12 points (1-11=12) in 78 career regular-season contests for Dallas. He has accumulated 184 hits and 107 blocks during his four seasons with the Stars.

    "Jamie brings size and a physical element to our backend," said Nill. "We're expecting him to have a solid summer of training and development and look forward to him competing for a regular spot in our lineup."

    Oleksiak won the bronze medal with Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. He recorded a +4 rating and five shots on goal in six tournament contests.

    The 6-foot-7, 260-pound native of Toronto, Ontario was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (14th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.



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    <![CDATA[Dallas Stars Continue To Make Moves During The Off Season]]>Sun, 03 Jul 2016 21:51:15 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-102852912.jpg

    The Dallas Stars added a nice piece to their roster. General Manager Jim Nill announced the signing of free agent defenseman Dan Hamhuis to a two-year deal. The 33 year old appeared in 58 games for Vancouver last season. 

    The British Columbia native has played in 872 regular-season games in his 12 seasons in the league. He has postseason experience which includes a Stanley Cup Final when he was a member of the Vancouver Canucks in 2011.

    "Dan is a proven, veteran competitor and will complement our group well," said Nill. Who also said Dan "brings character and leadership, both on and off the ice. He is an elite defenseman who has won a Gold Medal for Canada in the Olympics, appeared in several World Championships, as well as competing in the Stanley Cup Final."

    The 6-foot-1, 209-pounder was originally selected by Nashville in the first round (12th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft.

    The Stars also signed right wing Adam Cracknell to a one-year contract. The 30 year old spent part of the 2015-2016 with the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers. 

    Appearing in ten full seasons as a professional, he has recorded 27 career regular season NHL points in 134 games with St. Louis, Columbus, Vancouver and Edmonton. He has also appeared in ten career Stanley Cup Playoff games, all in his time with St. Louis, recording one goal and 40 hits.

    The Stars signed goaltender Maxime Lagace to a one-year deal. The 23 year old posted a 19-10-3 record with a .913 save percentage with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League last season.

    The 6-foot-2, 185-pound native of Longueuil, Quebec went undrafted and was originally signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 23, 2012.



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    <![CDATA[Dallas Stars Announce Qualifying Offers To 4 Players]]>Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:54:33 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/188*120/528946312.jpg

    The Dallas Stars announced they have made qualifying offers to four players. The move will allow the organization to retain their negotiating rights.  

    Offers were made to Right Winger Valeri Nichushkin, Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, Right Winger Matej Stransky and Goalie Maxime Lagace.  

    Qualifying offers were not made to Defenseman Troy Vance and Centers Emil Molin and Taylor Peters. They will become unrestricted free agents on July 1.  



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    <![CDATA[Reviewing The Stars 2016 NHL Draft Selections]]>Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:02:49 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-102852912.jpg

    The Stars spent their two days at the 2016 NHL Draft loading up for the future with six picks this year that included a goalie and Minnesota’s “Mr. Hockey.”  Let’s break it down…

    Riley Tufte – Left Wing (First Round)

    Tufte is the “Mr. Hockey” from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 18-year old was selected Friday night by the Stars with their first round pick. The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder played for both Blaine High School in Minneapolis and the Fargo Force of the USHL in 2015-16. At the USHL level, he scored 10 goals in 27 games for 14 points, which was tied for fifth on the team.  Tufte, who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 11, has a mixture of size and skill which makes him an intriguing prospect.

    Frederik Karlstrom – Center (Third Round)

    The 18-year old played at three levels of AIK’s system in Sweden. The majority of the season was spent in the SuperElit League, where he recorded 33 points in 44 regular season games. Karlstrom also added 11 points in six games during the playoffs.

    Rhett Gardner – Forward (Fourth Round)

    The 20-year old freshman just completed his freshman season at North Dakota, scoring 11 goals and seven assists in 41 games. Gardner handles the puck at speed and is willing to throw his frame around.

    Colton Point – Goaltender (Fifth Round)

    Plenty has been said about how the goalie situation with the Stars is questionable at best, so it looks like Dallas went into this draft looking for a potential fit. The 18-year old Point played in 33 regular season games for Carleton Place of the CCHL last season. He had a 2.16 goals against average and a .915 save percentage during the regular season. The numbers were better in the playoffs, where it was a 1.82 goals against average with a .933 save percentage.

    Nicholas Caamano – Right Wing (Fifth Round)

    Caamano, only 17, appeared in 64 games for Flint of the Ontario Hockey League, where he scored 20 goals and had 17 assists. He’s spent the last two seasons in the OHL, appearing in 128 regular season games.

    Jakob Stenqvist – Defenseman (Sixth Round)

    Stenqvist played at three different levels in Sweden, finishing with 13 goals and 23 assists during the last season. He collected numerous awards for most points, assists and goals by a defenseman.

    *Other News and Notes:

    The Stars acquired defenseman Chris Ebert from the Kings in exchange for goalie Jack Campbell.  Campbell, a first round pick by Dallas in 2010, played in one game with the Stars.



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    <![CDATA[Stars Sign Jordie Benn to New 3-Year Deal]]>Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:59:00 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/456384318.jpg

    (Dallas Stars) - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced Friday that the club has signed defenseman Jordie Benn to a three-year contract.

    Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Benn, 28, finished the 2015-16 season with 12 points (3-9=12) in 64 regular-season games. His three goals on the season tied a career-high. The blueliner finished third on the team with 94 blocked shots. He played one game during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, registering four penalty minutes and two blocked shots.

    In 244 career regular-season games, all with Dallas, he has earned 56 points (9-47=56). In parts of five seasons, he has accumulated 327 hits and 369 blocks. The defenseman has made two Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances, recording three assists (0-3=3) in seven games.

    "Jordie has earned the trust of his teammates and the coaching staff, and he's taken advantage of every opportunity put in front of him during his career," said Nill. "His ability to play in a variety of roles make him valuable to our defensive depth and flexibility, and we're happy to have him locked up for the next three seasons."

    The 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Victoria, British Columbia was originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2011.



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    <![CDATA[Benn Finishes 3rd In MVP Vote]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:28:42 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/170*120/GettyImages-521651188.jpg

    Chicago's Patrick Kane won the Hart Trophy for the 2015-16 NHL season. Stars captain Jamie Benn finished third in the voting behind Kane and Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby.

    The Hart Trophy goes to the MVP of the NHL.

    Benn was named to the NHL First All-Star Team on Wednesday night, marking the third consecutive season that Benn has received All-Star honors. Voting for the All-Star Team was conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.

    Benn was named First All-Star Team in 2013-14.

    The captain led the Stars with 89 points (41-48=89) in 82 regular-season games, which led the team and was second in the League.  He also tied for second in the NHL in power play goals (17) and ranked third in goals (41), posting new career highs in each category. Benn appeared in all 82 games during the regular season, marking the second consecutive season and the third time in his career that he's appeared in all 82 contests.

    The Stars won the Central Division title last year and finished with the most points in the Western Conference.  The Stars beat Minnesota in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs before losing in seven games in Dallas to St. Louis. 



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    <![CDATA[Dallas Stars Say Good-Bye To Alex Goligoski]]>Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:14:52 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-528947644.jpg

    The Dallas Stars announced today that they have traded the negotiating rights of veteran defenseman Alex Goligoski, to the Arizona Coyotes, in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft. The move now gives the Stars six total picks in the upcoming NHL draft that is slated for June 24-25 in Buffalo, New York.

    Goligoski spent the last six seasons with the Stars and appeared in 82 regular season games this past season, recording 37 points for the club.  General Manager Jim Nill said, "The Dallas Stars would like to thank Alex for all his contributions to the organization. A leader both on and off the ice, Alex has played an integral role in the development of our young defensemen into NHL-caliber players. His versatility over the past six seasons has helped shape this team into what it is today and we wish him and his family the best of luck."

    The 30 year old Grand Rapids, Minnesota native has appeared in 562 regular season games for Dallas and Pittsburgh and was a member of the 2009 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.



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    <![CDATA[Daryl "Razor" Reaugh Wins A Big Honor]]>Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:55:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-511246768.jpg

    Anyone who watches and listens to the the Dallas Stars during hockey season can feel the knowledge and passion that Stars colour analyst, Daryl "Razor" Reaugh, brings to the broadcast. Well the Prince George, British Columbia native is being awarded for his love of the game.

    Reaugh was chosen as the 2016 winner of the Bernie Pascall Award. The award is presented to an individual in the media who demonstrates commitment and dedication to the promotion within the game of hockey.

    Reaugh, who just wrapped up his 20th season with the Dallas Stars, was drafted in the second round by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. Reaugh has given his hockey knowledge on many platforms including the NBC Sports Network. Reaugh can also be heard in the world of video games, he provided color commentary for the EA Sports NHL 1998 and NHL 1999.



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    <![CDATA[Dallas Stars Announce 2016-2017 Preseason Schedule]]>Wed, 15 Jun 2016 12:20:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-01.jpg

    The Dallas Stars announced today the club's 2016-17 preseason schedule. The Stars will play a total of seven preseason contests, including three games at American Airlines Center and four road contests. The club will open the preseason schedule at home on Monday, Sept. 26 against the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues.

    The team's 2016-17 road schedule also includes a neutral site game as the Stars will face off against the Los Angeles Kings at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Friday, Oct. 7 as part of Kings' annual "Frozen Fury" event.

    Tickets for "Frozen Fury," which also includes the contest between the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings in Las Vegas on Oct. 8, will go on sale to the general public on June 24. A combo package including the same seat for both games will be available for purchase on June 24, while individual game tickets will go on sale on July 22. Ticket prices begin at $36.

    Tickets for all Stars home preseason games will go on sale at 10:00 am CT on Friday, June 17 and can be purchased by logging on to DallasStars.com or by calling 214-GO-STARS.

    Dallas' full preseason schedule is listed below :

    DATE GAME LOCATION TIME (CT)

    Monday, Sept. 26 St. Louis @ Dallas American Airlines Center 7:30 pm

    Wednesday, Sept. 28 Dallas @ Colorado Pepsi Center (Denver, Colo.) 8:00 pm

    Friday, Sept. 30 Dallas @ St. Louis Scottrade Center (St. Louis, Mo.) 7:00 pm

    Sunday, Oct. 2 Dallas @ Florida TBD TBD

    Tuesday, Oct. 4 Florida @ Dallas American Airlines Center 7:30 pm

    Wednesday, Oct. 5 Colorado @ Dallas American Airlines Center 7:30 pm

    Friday, Oct. 7 * Dallas @ Los Angeles T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas, Nev.) 9:00 pm

     

    * Indicates neutral site game



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    <![CDATA[Stars Announcer Diagnosed with Cancer]]>Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:13:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

    Dallas Stars announcer Dave Strader has been diagnosed with cancer.

    The team is declining to release details about the play-by-play man's illness or treatment. The announcement Monday came a year after Strader was hired to replace longtime Dallas play-by-play voice Ralph Strangis.

    Stars president Jim Lites said the club was "deeply saddened" by the diagnosis and offered thoughts to his wife, Colleen Strader, their three children and the children's families. Strader, who has 36 years of broadcasting experience, said he was "ready to meet this challenge."

    Before joining the TV and radio simulcast with the Stars, Strader spent four seasons with the NBC Sports Network. He has also called the Winter Olympics and served stints with Florida, Phoenix and Detroit in the NHL.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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    <![CDATA[Stars GM Nill Remains Confident In Lehtonen]]>Fri, 03 Jun 2016 17:18:02 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lehtonen1.jpg

    The Dallas Stars ended their season a little sooner than expected. As the Western Conference top seed, they went to a Game 7 against the St. Louis Blues in the second round, only to lose 6-1 on home ice.

    Questions surrounded the goalie situation for the Stars after the ugly Game 7 loss. Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals and was pulled after the first period. Antti Niemi was no better, allowing three more goals during his time on the ice.

    Both goalies have two years remaining on their contract, and there’s talk of possible trades or buyouts. While that may still be the case for Niemi, Stars general manager Jim Nill insists it’s not an option for Lehtonen.

    “No, we’re not buying him out,” Nill told Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. “That last game is not a full reflection of the season. Nobody remembers the game before where he stood on his head. He’s disappointed, and the team is disappointed.”

    “The game before” that Nill’s referring to was Game 6 in St. Louis where Lehtonen stopped 35 of 37 shots, doing his part to send the series back home to Dallas for the pivotal Game 7.

    Lehtonen’s performance in the final game isn’t just on him, but his postseason numbers were far from impressive. In 11 post-season appearances, Lehtonen has a .899 save percentage and 2.81 goals-against average. What’s also worrisome is that his worst years statistically during the regular season have been the last two years. He finished this season with a .909 save percentage compared to being .920 plus during the seven of his nine previous years.

    So if Lehtonen stays, what about Niemi? His career numbers have been up and down, and he’s owed $4.5 million over the next two seasons. Would that make him a buyout candidate? It would save the Stars $3 million in each of the next two years, but could cost them $1.5 million in 2018-19 and 2019-20.  Don’t forget, The Stars have Jamie Benn and Patrick Sharp slated for unrestricted free agency in 2017-18.

    It will be interesting to see how the Stars manage their goaltending situation, on the business side and on the ice. It does appear however that Lehtonen will stay in Dallas.



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    <![CDATA[Stars Select Tufte in 1st Round of 2016 Draft]]>Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:39:42 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-102852912.jpg

    The Dallas Stars used the 25th pick in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft on left wing Riley Tufte.

    He was named "Mr. Hockey" for the state of Minnesota. Tufte went to Blaine High School. He is 6'5" tall and weighs 211 pounds.

    This is the scouting report for him from Hockey News:

    “It’s impossible not to compare Tufte to Florida’s Nick Bjugstad. Both are towering centers that played for Blaine High School before heading off to college. But there’s also some Blake Wheeler in Tufte, who dominated the Minnesota high school ranks to the tune of three points per game.

    “He also played for Fargo in the USHL this season and was challenged quite a bit more. His skating and size had one scout call him the best raw prospect out of Minnesota in a long time, but Tufte will need time to hone his game.

    “He’ll do so at the University of Minnesota-Duluth next season and is expected to play top-six minutes right away.”



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    <![CDATA[Stars Sign Dowling, Ranford to One-Year Deals]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:53:46 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

    Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced Tuesday that the club has signed center Justin Dowling and left wing Brendan Ranford, each to a one-year contract.

    Dowling, 25, finished fifth on Texas with 46 points (11-35=46) in 52 regular season games in 2015-16.

    He finished third on the team with his 35 assists, which tied a career high. In four Calder Cup Playoff contests, he tied for the team lead with two goals and was third with three points (2-1=3).

    The fourth-year professional has posted 173 career points in 229 career AHL games played, all with Texas.

    Ranford, 24, led Texas with 59 points (19-40=59) appearing in all 76 games played in the 2015-16. His 40 assists led the team and were tied for 12th in the AHL.

    He was selected for the Pacific Division team at the 2016 AHL All-Star challenge. In four Calder Cup Playoff contests, he tied for the team lead with four points (1-3=4).



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    <![CDATA[Stars Remain Confident in Nichushkin]]>Wed, 25 May 2016 20:33:07 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/172*120/GettyImages-522759160.jpg

    The NHL career for Dallas Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin has been a roller coaster ride full of highs and lows.

    The 10th overall pick for the Stars in 2013, Nichushkin showed lots of promise during his rookie year, but injuries took a toll following that. He played in only eight games for the Stars during the 2014-15 season due to a hip injury that required surgery.

    That could have been a factor in his struggles this year. Nichushkin had nine goals and 29 points in 79 games, and only one assist in 10 playoff games for the Stars, who were eliminated in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    Still, Stars general manager Jim Nill told SiriusXM NHL that he remains confident in Nichushkin and talked about the difficulty of coming back from surgery.

    "Came back this year, got off to a slow start because of that," said Nill. "We thought the last five games of the playoffs, he really started to look like himself. He started to dominate down low and in the corners."

    Now keep in mind that Nichushkin is only 21 years old, and playing alongside Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn can be beneficial as far as getting more opportunities on the ice.

    "I know there's still lots of room for growth, so we're going to be patient with him," Nill added. "We think he's a big part of our future."

    Nichushkin will be a restricted free agent this summer now that his rookie contract is over. But it sounds like the Stars feel he will be a big piece to the puzzle in Dallas for years to come.



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    <![CDATA[Jim Nill Named Finalist for NHL GM of the Year]]>Thu, 19 May 2016 14:27:34 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars+GM+Jim+Nill.JPG

    Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill has been named one of three finalists for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award, the league announced this week.

    Nill joins Washington Capitals Senior Vice President and GM Brian MacLellan and Pittsburgh Penguins executive vice president and GM Jim Rutherford as finalists for the honor.

    In his third year with the Stars, Nill saw the team finish with the second best record in the NHL, a Central Division title and the top spot in the Western Conference going into the playoffs. They were beaten by the Blues in seven games in the second round but Nill, for good reason, believes the team is in a great position going forward.

    “Well, I really believe we've got one of the top cores in the league,” Nill said, per the Dallas Morning News. “The players we have, what they've done, you look at their personal success and the team success that has gone along with it, you look at the age of the core, I believe the Dallas Stars are in a great spot.”



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    <![CDATA[Lindy Ruff Defends Two-Goalie System]]>Tue, 17 May 2016 14:18:49 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lindy-ruff-bench.jpg

    If you were expecting the Dallas Stars to change their tune where the two-goalie system is concerned in the wake of their playoff loss to the St. Louis Blues and their one starting goalie, Brian Elliott, well, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. Not at this point, anyway.

    Stars coach Lindy Ruff made a point to say that the two-goalie system was not to blame for the team’s playoff exit last week when he was asked if the team plans on moving to a more traditional, one-starting-goalie rotation going forward.

    "No. You can write any story you want, we used two guys the whole year,” Ruff said, per the Dallas Morning News. “They were comfortable with it. It might have been the reason we got to where we got to. It's not the reason we lost.”

    Kari Lehtonen went 25-10-2 on the year, Antti Niemi 25-13-7. But both struggled at points in the playoffs. Niemi was pulled from the 6-1 loss to the Blues in Game 3 after allowing three goals on 12 shots. Lehtonen was pulled in Game 7 after allowing three goals on eight shots.

    But Ruff believes the good outweighed the bad, overall.

    "We finished second overall (in the standings), we had two goalies that won us 25 games, we had two goalies that I think were the backbone of where we got to," Ruff said. "These two guys did a real good job for us."



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    <![CDATA[Stars GM Encouraged By Team's Response to Seguin Injury]]>Tue, 17 May 2016 13:58:05 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503931502.jpg

    It was two months ago Tuesday that Dallas Stars All-Star center Tyler Seguin suffered a partially cut achilles in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    The initial injury would keep Seguin out for most of the final month of the regular season, but the Stars still managed to finish with Central Division crown and the top spot in the Western Conference going into the playoffs, a fact that general manager Jim Nill believes speaks volumes about the young team.

    "Well, anytime you miss one of your top players on your team and one of your top players in your league, you are going to miss him, and that's where I get back to where I was so impressed with our team and what we went through,” Nill said, per Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. “When the injury happened to Tyler, we were fighting to be one of the top three seeds in the division at the time. It was a fight with us, St. Louis and wuith Chicago, didn't know where we were going to be seeded, and for the way the team came in, some young players came in, took charge, the team took charge, we end up winning our division and on top of that the conference.

    “When we sat down with the staff, [I said] that's a compliment to what we got coming up and that's a compliment to our team.”

    Unfortunately, the Stars could only do so much in Seguin’s absence. After he returned for Game 2 of the opening round series with the Wild, and suffered a setback, the Stars were left to go it without him once more. The Sequin-less Stars did ultimately manage to beat the Wild in round one but fell to the Blues in seven games in the second round.



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    <![CDATA[Jamie Benn Hoping to Get New Deal Done This Summer]]>Mon, 16 May 2016 14:44:23 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/457807406.jpg

    Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn’s current deal is set to run out at the end of next season, but the Hart Trophy finalist is hoping it never gets to that point. Rather, Benn would prefer to hammer out a new deal with the team over the summer.

    "Going into the last year of your contract, you don't want it to be a distraction for your team," Benn said, per Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. "I'll let Jim (Nill) and my agent try to figure that out."

    One of two Stars’ All-Stars last season along with Tyler Seguin, Benn doesn’t foresee any issue with getting a new deal done.

    "This is where I want to play, this is where I want to be," Benn said. "I don't think it's going to be a problem."

    As for the aforementioned Nill, he mentioned last week that he intended to sit down with Benn to open up the dialogue in the near future.

    "I've got to meet with Jamie over the next week or 10 days. Going to start discussing that and then I'll get a hold of his people," Nill said. "It's something we'd like to start up, if it's something we can get done in July, August."



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    <![CDATA[Tyler Seguin Opens Up About Injury, Setback]]>Mon, 16 May 2016 14:22:31 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tyler-seguin4.29.16.jpg

    The Dallas Stars’ season is over, which means the team can finally be a little more frank about injuries, and as such, we’re finally getting some idea of what happened with Tyler Seguin.

    Seguin suffered a cut Achilles on March 17 and missed the better part of the last month of the regular season. He returned in Game 2 of the opening round series with the Wild, suffered a calf injury that coach Lindy Ruff contended was not related to the achilles and was never seen in the playoffs again.

    Now Seguin says he suffered a setback related to the achilles in that Game 2 win over Minnesota. But that doesn’t mean he regrets returning to the ice when he did.

    "The thing with my calf is, I didn't have the strength yet when I was coming back in the lineup,” he said, per the Dallas Morning News. “It was another fluke thing that happened, a weird step that made it go fireworks in my leg. You can speculate all you want. I could have waited a couple of more games. I'm a competitive athlete and I see my team working hard the last 10 games of the season with me hurt and then I get a chance to be back in the lineup for Game 2 against Minnesota, I'm not going to pass that up."

    Unfortunately for the Stars, they can only wonder how a healthy Seguin might have impacted their playoff run.

    "If you give Tyler a couple of those opportunities that some of our players had, he doesn't miss," Ruff said. "That's just what he is, he's a dynamic goal scorer, and he doesn't need five chances to score one. I don't want to use any excuses, we didn't have him. We had to play without him and I still think we had a chance to beat them without him. Would he have helped? I think the answer's yes."

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    <![CDATA[Will the Stars Carry Two-Goalies Into Next Season?]]>Fri, 13 May 2016 14:50:59 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars-two-goalie-system_1200x675_685337155545.jpg

    Will the Dallas Stars stick with the 2-goalie system or make an off-season move to find one dominant goalie? The team talked about that very thing during Friday's exit interviews.

    The Stars used a two-goalie system throughout the season, which is rarely seen in the NHL.

    Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi each won 25 games during the regular season and have two years left on their contracts.

    However, goaltending was a major reason why the Stars couldn't advance past the St. Louis Blues.

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    <![CDATA[Stars Say Seguin's Calf, Not Achilles Kept Him Off the Ice]]>Fri, 13 May 2016 14:28:59 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dwat-seguin-stars_1200x675_685323331522.jpg

    Now that it's over, the Dallas Stars revealed that it wasn't a second Achilles injury that kept Tyler Seguin on the bench the final month of the regular season -- instead, he badly hurt his calf in the one postseason game he played against the Wild.

    "Is that a result of the Achilles? We don't know. We think it is just because of the way everything heals up, different dynamics, the muscles fire different," said Stars General Manager Jim Nill.

    "To be honest I didn't really know I had calf muscles until I got hurt," Seguin said, laughing. "So it's something this summer I can work on and try get those defined a little bit."

    If the Stars would have advanced, Seguin believes he'd be available for the back half of the next Western Conference Finals. Instead, his season is over and the sour taste lingers of helplessly watching his team lose to the St. Louis Blues without him.

    "I wanted to be back in there so badly, but there wasn't really any much talk of me playing against St. Louis," Seguin said. "Over the last few days, and really the day before Game 7, I kind of got the first, 'You could be probably 10 days away.' Until then, there wasn't much of a timeline given to me with muscles."

    Had Seguin been good to go, head coach Lindy Ruff thinks the series may have gone differently.

    "If you give Tyler a couple of those opportunities that some of our players had, he doesn't miss. That's just what he is, he's a dynamic goal scorer," said Ruff.

    Seguin's off-season begins the same way the season ended, with rehab. The Stars forward is confident his injuries will be 100 percent healthy soon and he's anxious for training camp to begin this fall.

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    <![CDATA[Ken Hitchcock Calls Stars "the Future of the NHL"]]>Fri, 13 May 2016 13:15:11 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ken-hitchcock-vs-stars.jpg

    After the St. Louis Blues’ 6-1 dismantling of the Dallas Stars in Game 3, current Blues and former Stars coach Ken Hitchcock suggested the game was a lot closer than the score indicated. Stars coach Lindy Ruff responded by saying he didn’t buy it, and compared Hitchcock to the peanuts they leave out on the bar—“complimentary.”

    So maybe Ruff wouldn’t want to hear it, but Hitchcock heaped praise on the young Stars on his way out of Dallas following Game 7—another 6-1 Blues win.

    "They are the future of the NHL,” Hitchcock said, per the Dallas Morning News. “That's what they are. They are where the NHL is going. That's what they are. They are really good.

    “They missed arguably one of their two best players today, and they are where the game is going. We all recognize that. They are going to be a tough opponent for a number of years because of what they got.”

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    <![CDATA[Stars Were Optimistic About Seguin Playing in Western Conference Final]]>Fri, 13 May 2016 13:02:09 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/459888682.jpg

    When Dallas Stars All-Star center Tyler Seguin returned to the ice for Game 2 of the opening round of the playoffs after missing about a month with a cut achilles, only to get hurt in that victory over the Wild, it was widely assumed the injury had something to do with the original achilles injury.

    Stars coach Lindy Ruff insisted it wasn’t the achilles, but refused to say much else of course, because hockey. As it turns out, it was a calf that was holding Seguin back.

    According to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, the Stars were hopeful Seguin would have been available for the Western Conference Final, had they advanced to it.

    As it happened, the Game 2 win over the Wild would be Seguin’s only taste of playoff action in 2016.



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    <![CDATA[Benn on Lehtonen: "We Wouldn't Be Here Without Him"]]>Thu, 12 May 2016 15:37:31 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-529894162.jpg

    The Dallas Stars rallied around Kari Lehtonen in the wake of their 6-1 Game 7 loss to the St. Louis Blues, in which Lehtonen allowed three goals (four if you count the one that was stricken from the record on review) in the first period before being pulled in favor of Antti Niemi.

    "I don't think there was any issue,” Stars captain Jamie Benn said when asked about Lehtonen’s performance, per Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. “There were some tough plays by us. We wouldn't be here without him. I don't think we need to be questioning his play tonight."

    When told of Benn’s and other similar comments, Lehtonen offered that the sentiment might help down the road, but not now—which is understandable, given that they had just lost a Game 7 by a margin of 6-1.

    "I'm sure that's going to make me feel better later on. It's just tough that we all let it up,” Lehtonen said. “There is a heck of a team in this room. It was awesome to come and battle every night. Like I said before, it ended so quickly, all the momentum and all the hope that we could keep going a couple of hours ago and now we don't have it.”



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    <![CDATA[Ruff Says He Should've Pulled Lehtonen Sooner]]>Thu, 12 May 2016 15:22:12 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526181974.jpg

    Stars coach Lindy Ruff wondered aloud if he shouldn’t have taken Kari Lehtonen out of Wednesday’s 6-1 loss to the Blues in Game 7 a little earlier than he did.

    Ruff pulled Lehtonen in favor of Antti Niemi going into the second period, but by then it was already 3-0—and this doesn’t count a Vladimir Tarasenko goal that had been overturned on review.

    “I think maybe it's on me. Maybe with that review and maybe looked like he got a little bit rattled,” Ruff said, per Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. “I should've taken him out sooner. Yeah, maybe after the second one [I should have taken him out] because I already had a review on a goal I didn't like. You have one decision, so that's probably on me.”

    Ruff wouldn’t pin blame on Lehtonen (or anyone else) after the loss, however.

    "Right now is not the time to assess blame,” he said. “You got to look at the whole picture. You got to take the fact you didn't score and you had some situations that you needed to score. If you're going to beat a good team, you need to score two at the same time. You need to put some of those situations away. Now is not the time for that. Now is the time to look at more of a bigger picture."



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    <![CDATA[Stars Players Defend Lehtonen After Game 7 Loss]]>Thu, 12 May 2016 00:38:01 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-530861206.jpgAfter a disappointing loss to end their 2016 season that featured three goals scored on Kari Lehtonen in the 1st period, Stars players went out of their way to defend their goalie.

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    <![CDATA[Stars Lose Game 7 to Blues]]>Thu, 12 May 2016 04:19:23 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5308753881.jpg

    In what turned out to be a disaster in Dallas, the St. Louis Blues walked into the American Airlines Center, put their feet up on the furniture and embarrassed the Stars 6-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    The Blues set the tone early. After Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski was sent to the penalty box for hooking, Blues center Robby Fabbri cashed in and found the back of the net for the first goal of the game. That quieted the home crowd and St. Louis never looked back.

    Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots, and another goal was wiped away by video review because the Blues were offsides. He was replaced by Antti Niemi to start the second period.

    “He [Kari Lehtonen] would want them back,” head coach Lindy Ruff said. ”I think maybe it’s on me. We had the review and maybe it looked like he got a little bit rattled. I should have taken him out sooner. Maybe after the second one. It’s probably on me.”

    Teammates rallied around Lehtonen after the game.

    “I don’t think there was any issue,” Stars captain Jamie Benn said. “There were some tough plays by us. We wouldn’t be here without him. I don’t think we need to be questioning his play.”

    “I’m sure that’s going to make me feel better later on,” replied Lehtonen when asked about what his teammates said. “It’s just tough that we all let it up. There is a heck of a team in this room. It was awesome to come and battle every night.”

    The Stars finished the season with the best record in the Western Conference, winning their first division championship since 2006. But losing Game 7 in the second round on home ice still stings.

    “They’re all heartbreaking when you get this far and you feel good about your team,” Stars forward Jason Spezza said. “I think we have a great team and had a chance to win. It’s hard regardless of how you lose.”

    “A lot of disappointment,” added Benn. “I think it’s so hard right now because we have a good team and I believed we had a shot to win it this year and we came up short.”

    Would the result be different if All-Star center Tyler Seguin, who missed most of the playoffs with a lower body injury, was on the ice? We’ll never know.

    What we do know is that the chase for the Stanley Cup continues, but the Stars will have to wait another year for their chance. 



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    <![CDATA[Stars' Season Ends with Game 7 Loss to Blues, 6-1]]>Wed, 11 May 2016 22:16:11 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-530861206.jpg

    St. Louis did more than survive a Game 7 this time. The Blues dominated to advance to their first Western Conference finals since 2001.

    Linemates Robby Fabbri, Paul Stastny and Troy Brouwer each scored a goal and assisted on each other's tallies, as the Blues beat the Dallas Stars 6-1 on Wednesday night.

    The Blues, in the playoffs for the 40th time and still in search of their first Stanley Cup, will have home-ice advantage in the Western Conference finals against Nashville or San Jose – and for the Stanley Cup as well if they advance. The Predators and Sharks play the deciding Game 7 on Thursday night.

    David Backes, their captain, and Patrik Berglund also had goals for the Blues, who won their third road game in this series. Vladimir Tarasenko added an empty-netter with 4:40 left.

    Patrick Eaves had the lone goal for Dallas, which matched its most lopsided playoff loss. The Stars also lost 6-1 in Game 3 of this series.

    It was the fourth straight game in the series, and fifth overall, won by the visiting team, and a lopsided finish to a second-round series matching the Western Conference's top two teams in the regular season. The Blues were only two points behind Dallas in the regular-season standings for the top seed.

    Brian Elliott was back in goal for the Blues and had 31 saves. He had been pulled late in the first period of Game 6 after giving up three goals in seven shots – and Dallas held on to win that 3-2 to set up their first Game 7 at home since 2000, and first in the American Airlines Center.

    St. Louis also needed seven games to win its first-round series this postseason, beating the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Brouwer's winning goal in the Game 7 clincher at home.

    In this Game 7, the Blues were in firm control after the first period, even after having a goal taken off the board because of a replay challenge by Dallas.

    The Blues were ahead to stay when rookie Fabbri scored on a power play 5:23 into the game with a backhander after Kari Lehtonen was unable to control a loose puck in front.

    Tarasenko took a shot from in front of the left circle that somehow got behind Lehtonen into the net with about 2 minutes left in the first period that appeared to make it 2-0. But replay showed that Tarasenko was just offside before the puck got in the zone, and officials wiped off the goal.

    St. Louis responded with two goals in the final 1:38 of the period: Stastny first and then Berglund on a shot from just inside the blue line with only 3.4 seconds left before the intermission.

    Stars coach Lindy Ruff has used two goalies all season, and Lehtonen was replaced after allowing three goals in eight shots. Antti Niemi took over in the second period, when Backes and Brouwer scored, but stopped the other eight shots he faced.

    NOTES: St. Louis is 5-2 on the road this postseason. ... Ruff is 0-4 in Game 7s as a coach. The first three were with Buffalo, in 2001, 2006 and 2011. ... Blues coach Ken Hitchcock was the Stars coach for their previous Game 7 at home, a win over Colorado at Reunion Arena in the Western Conference final. ... Tarasenko has seven goals this postseason, while Backes has six. ... The Blues blocked 34 shots; the Stars blocked five.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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    <![CDATA[Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues - Game 7]]>Wed, 11 May 2016 21:45:25 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-530800316.jpgThe St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars, 6-1, in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs second round, Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

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    <![CDATA[Blues Go With Goalie Brian Elliott as Starter for Game 7]]>Wed, 11 May 2016 15:04:14 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526200092.jpg

    Brian Elliott will start in goal for the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.

    Coach Ken Hitchcock held off naming a starter until after the morning skate, several hours ahead of the pivotal game.

    Jake Allen relieved Elliott in Game 6 after the Stars scored three goals on seven shots. Before that, Elliott had been in goal the entire postseason for St. Louis, seeking its first trip to the conference finals since 2001.

    Hitchcock said it was a "no brainer" after he spoke with Elliott and the goalie showed up at the rink Tuesday ready to see some pucks. Hitchcock said Elliott earned the right to start.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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    <![CDATA[Tyler Seguin Ruled Out for Game 7]]>Wed, 11 May 2016 13:34:04 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tyler-seguin4.29.16.jpg

    All-Star center Tyler Seguin will not play in the Stars’ Game 7 matchup with the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night in Dallas, coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday.

    "He's not available to play right now," Ruff said, per Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. "I'm not going to try to deceive you, he's not ready to play yet. He's just hit his next step on the way back again. He's closer than he was a couple of days ago."

    Seguin skated in practice on Tuesday—that “next step on the way back—which might have inspired some hope on the part of fans, but Ruff said he’s still got a ways to go on the road to recovery from a lower body injury.

    At first, it was thought the current injury was related to the cut achilles Seguin suffered in the regular season, but Ruff now says the achilles is healed. The injury he’s dealing with now was suffered in Game 2 against the Wild, Seguin’s only playoff action to this point.

    "He's been ramping up the skating again and it's just all part of the process," Ruff said. "That's a good sign, that's a real good sign for us. It's just another step in his process."

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    <![CDATA[Ruff Hopes Home Crowd Makes Presence Felt in Game 7]]>Wed, 11 May 2016 13:17:31 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526182016.jpg

    The Dallas Stars battled the St. Louis Blues all the way down to the wire in the regular season for the top spot in the Western Conference, and their ability to stay ahead of their rivals in April means tonight’s Game 7 will take place in Dallas.

    Stars coach Lindy Ruff hopes the home crowd makes their presence felt on Wednesday night.

    "Well, I hope it's a big difference for Game 7,” Ruff said, per Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. “I think our guys are excited to be here at home.

    “The one thing we spent a lot of time talking about at the start of camp was our goal for going into the year, was to be a better team on home ice. And we accomplished that, and now we've got a game on home ice here in front of our fans that we deserve, we worked hard to get, and we want it to be a difference for us."

    The Stars have only beat the Blues at home once this series, in Game One.



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    <![CDATA[Stars 'Pick to Click' for Game 7]]>Wed, 11 May 2016 09:43:27 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-529894156.jpg

    There’s nothing better than a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s a time to shine for those out on the ice and excitement overload for those watching.

    The Stars and Blues will have their turn in the spotlight Wednesday night in Dallas with the winner moving on to the Western Conference Finals.

    There always seems to be someone who steps it up a notch in Game 7; someone whose name you haven’t heard very often during the series. So who’s my "Pick to Click" for the Stars in the winner-take-all game Wednesday night?

    I'll go with left winger Patrick Sharp.

    These moments are made for a player like Sharp, who helped the Chicago Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup Championships from 2010-2015. He has 47 goals, 40 assists and 87 points during his career in playoff action for both the Blackhawks and Stars.

    Most recently, Sharp scored a goal and set up the pass to Cody Eakin for the Game 4 overtime winner against the Blues. 

    The "been there, done that" knowledge is important in big games like this. Sharp’s resume speaks for itself when we talk playoffs.

    Game 7 is at 7 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network.



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    <![CDATA[Tyler Seguin Skating at Practice, Status for Game 7 Unclear]]>Tue, 10 May 2016 13:58:10 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tyler-seguin4.29.16.jpg

    Dallas Stars All-Star center Tyler Seguin hasn’t played since Game 2 of the Minnesota series and he didn’t even make the trip to St. Louis for Monday’s Game 6 win over the Blues, but as of Tuesday, Seguin is skating with his teammates at practice, per the Dallas Morning News.

    Of course, Seguin suffered a cut achilles on March 17 and missed most of the final month of the regular season, as well as Game 1 against the Wild. He returned in Game 2 of that series, but he didn’t register any points in the game, got hurt and hasn’t returned since.

    Last Monday, when Seguin got on the ice for the first time since Game 2, he did so with Patrick Eaves, who had been dealing with a lower body injury of his own—specifically, he was hit in the skate by a Stephen Johns shot in Game 2 against the Blues.

    Eaves returned on Monday for Game 6. Whether Seguin has a real chance at returning for Game 7 is still unclear.

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    <![CDATA[Hitchcock Not Ready to Name Game 7 Goaltender]]>Tue, 10 May 2016 13:43:25 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ken-hitchcock-vs-stars.jpg

    Having pulled his starting goalie in the first period of Game 6, St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock isn’t sure who will get the start in goal in the Game 7 matchup with the Stars in Dallas on Wednesday.

    I want to sleep on what I’m going to do,” Hitchcock said, per the Dallas Morning News.

    It’s not like the first period was all Brian Elliott’s fault, but all the same, he watched three goals go in in the first 17 minutes. He was then pulled in favor of Jake Allen, who was asked to do a whole lot less than Elliott, but saved all seven shots he faced as the Blues tried (and failed) to make a comeback on the other end.

    “After we got down a couple there, we dominated the game,” Allen said. “I only had a few shots, didn’t have to do a lot, but just my objective at that point was to give the guys a chance to come back. … Now we’ve got one game left to move on.”

    For his part, Allen has all the confidence in the world in Elliott, the man he backs up—should Hitchcock go back to Elliott in Game 7.

    “He’s the ultimate pro,” Allen said. “He’ll definitely be ready. He’s been the best player on our team the whole playoffs, and he’ll be ready to go again.”

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    <![CDATA[Lehtonen's 35 Saves Help Stars Force Game 7]]>Tue, 10 May 2016 04:55:18 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-529894162.jpg

    This time it was Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen's turn to shine.

    Lehtonen made 35 saves to bring the series home to Dallas for Game 7 with a 3-2 victory over St. Louis on Monday night.

    Brian Elliott, a standout throughout the postseason, was pulled in the first period.

    "We can just flip the script and say how well Elliott played, and just change the name to Lehtonen now," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.

    Rookie Mattias Janmark ignited a three-goal first period and Lehtonen made key saves the rest of the way, the biggest on Jaden Schwartz with about 20 seconds left.

    "I just try to stay as relaxed as I can and just follow the puck and not try to play it any other way than I've done last 59 and a half minutes," Lehtonen said. "It's easy to say but today it worked."

    Vernon Fiddler and Jason Spezza also scored for Dallas, which reclaimed home ice for the deciding game.

    "We still have to win two in a row, which we have not been able to do in this series," Lehtonen said. "It's still alive, so we just need to relax now and get ready for the next one."

    Alexander Steen and Patrik Berglund scored for St. Louis.

    Home ice has meant little, given the road team has won three in a row and four of six in the series.

    "We've won twice in their building already," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "I don't think it matters where you play a Game 7. I know one thing: We're going to come after them, big-time."

    Elliott entered with a 1.92 goals-against average in the series, but was replaced with the Stars leading 3-0 on just seven shots at 16:49 of the first.

    Teammates accepted responsibility for the deficit.

    "I just think we weren't ready to play somehow," Berglund said. "We were sloppy and obviously they took advantage of it."

    Hitchcock wouldn't commit to Elliott for Game 7, however.

    "I want to sleep on what I'm going to do," Hitchcock said. "I'll let you know on game day."

    Jake Allen finished in his first appearance of this postseason, facing just seven more shots in the final two-plus periods.

    St. Louis will be seeking its first trip to the Western Conference final since 2001 and Dallas, which finished first overall in the West, previously made it that far in 2008.

    "We were playing for our lives," Spezza said. "We were assertive. We didn't want to go home today."

    The Stars were ahead 3-0 after the first, their first two- and three-goal leads of the series. That early show of strength muzzled another standing room crowd of 19,808 at the Scottrade Center with the first two goals coming in a span of 20 seconds.

    Janmark blocked Colton Parayko's dump-in from just inside the blue line and skated in alone on Elliott, scoring on a high shot. Fiddler made it 2-0 on a deflection at 5:13 not long after Elliott couldn't clear the puck.

    Elliott was pulled after the Stars made it three goals on seven shots, with Spezza scoring on a power play from the slot at 16:49. Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester fell down seconds before Spezza's first of the series and fifth of the playoffs.

    The Blues had several good chances in the first, but often missed the net.

    Steen's goal on a rebound of Robert Bortuzzo's shot gave the Blues life in the second period. The Blues had a 14-5 shots advantage in the period, including another good opportunity for Steen on a one-timer off Lehtonen's pads in the final minute.

    Berglund cut the deficit to one at 8:59 of the third, tapping it in from close range off a nice setup from Jori Lehtera. Lehtonen stopped Schwartz on a one-timer with about 20 seconds left.

    NOTES: Spezza has a point in four consecutive games. Janmark had been scoreless three straight games. Fiddler scored his first of the playoffs. ... F Patrick Eaves returned for the Stars from a leg injury, and hit the crossbar with about two minutes left with a chance to extend the lead to two. ... Bortuzzo played his fourth game of the playoffs for St. Louis in place of rookie Joel Edmundson on defense. .. Only three penalties were called, all minors. ... Blues D Alex Pietrangelo led all skaters with 28:25 of ice time. He entered averaging 30:05, most among remaining players.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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    <![CDATA[Stars Win Game 6: 5 Things To Know]]>Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:24 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars_5_Things_To_Know_1200x675_682489923575.jpgNBC 5's Pat Doney has the 5 Things To Know about the Stars win over the Blues in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs]]><![CDATA[Fiddler Talks About Stars Winning Game 6]]>Mon, 09 May 2016 23:36:03 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars_Fiddler_Game_6_1200x675_682472003843.jpgThe birthday boy, Stars center Vernon Fiddler, talks with NBC 5's Pat Doney after the Game 6 win over the St. Louis Blues.]]><![CDATA[Strong Effort for Lehtonen in Game 6]]>Mon, 09 May 2016 23:32:16 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars_Lehtonen_Game_6_1200x675_682472003757.jpgNBC 5's Pat Doney talks with Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen after the 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 Monday night.]]><![CDATA[Patrick Eaves Makes Trip to St. Louis, Tyler Seguin Stays Home]]>Mon, 09 May 2016 14:15:08 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-521278034.jpg

    As Stars coach Lindy Ruff indicated would probably be the case, Stars winger Patrick Eaves traveled with the team to St. Louis for Monday night’s Game 6, while center Tyler Seguin stayed in Dallas.

    Eaves provided five points (a pair of goals and three assists) in the series against the Wild in Round One, but was hit in the skate by a shot off the stick of Stephen Johns in Game 1 against the Blues and has been sidelined ever since.

    "He's been a big part of our team," said Jason Spezza, per the Dallas Morning News. "He goes to the front of the net, he gets in the dirty spots. He can shoot the puck second to none, and he's just been a good complement for our line."

    Meanwhile, there remains little news where Seguin is concerned.

    Stars general manager Jim Nill had said it would be at least 4-5 days after Seguin started skating again that he would be considered for a return to game action, and he started skating again a week ago. The All-Star has appeared in just one game in the playoffs, in Game 2 against the Wild.  



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    <![CDATA[Ruff Confident Going Into Game 6]]>Mon, 09 May 2016 13:56:46 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lindy-ruff-bench.jpg

    The Dallas Stars will face a must-win Game 6 on the road on Monday night in St. Louis, but based on what he knows about his team, coach Lindy Ruff is confident.

    "I'm confident. These guys, they've given us everything they've had all year and we've had some tough situations, and they'll pull out of it,” Ruff said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I think the thing I'm confident about is the way we played last night gives us a heck of an opportunity to go in and win a game. Just duplicate that and get a little bit of puck luck and things may go our way."

    The Stars got in this position by way of a 4-1 loss in Game 5 in Dallas, a game that Ruff believes was closer than the score indicates, but put St. Louis a win away from advancing all the same.

    "It's not even close to a 4-1 loss,” Ruff said. “We pretty well played close to our best game, we just didn't finish. Made a couple mistakes where they got a couple great bounces.

    “There's some puck luck in the game and they had all the puck luck, we had crossbar and a post, and we missed probably three or four point blankers that you'd want to have back, but when it comes to the structure and cleaning up some of the rush situations, we played the strongest game defensively and still had the number of chances we'd want to win a hockey game."



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    <![CDATA[Stars Now Focus on Game 6]]>Sun, 08 May 2016 20:13:18 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-528947644.jpg

    It’s simple, win or go home.

    That’s the position the Stars find themselves in going into Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues.

    Actually, you can also say “win and go home.” If the Stars beat the Blues Monday in the “Gateway City”, the deciding Game 7 will be in Dallas on Wednesday. But first they have to take care of business Monday night to keep the season alive.

     “We’ve been bouncing back the whole year,” said defenseman John Klingberg. “We’ve been bouncing back right away so that’s what we are going to do now too.”

    “It’s tough to play against a great team like that but we’re good too so it’s doable,” adds goalie Kari Lehtonen. “

    The puck didn’t bounce the Stars way in the 4-1 loss in Game 5 on Saturday. The Stars outshot the Blues 28-22 but could only find the back of the net once.

    “That’s just puck luck, sometimes you get it and sometimes you don’t,” said head coach Lindy Ruff.  “We’ve been a real good team when we’ve been backed into a corner.  We’ll just focus on the next game and know that we won the last game in that building and prepare to go up and win a game.”

    Being in a “must-win” situation isn’t too intimidating for the Stars, since they did win on the road in St. Louis in Game 4.

    “We have been good on the road and we have all the confidence in the world in here,” said forward Vernon Fiddler. “We know we are going to have to play our best game of the series next game, and that’s what we are going to look to do.”

    The ever important Game 6 between the Stars and Blues will be at 7 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network.

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    <![CDATA[Lehtonen Solid For Stars in Game 5 Loss]]>Tue, 10 May 2016 10:36:57 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lehtonen1.jpg

    Numbers can be deceiving at times.

    The Stars find themselves in a 3-2 series deficit after Saturday’s 4-1 loss in Game 5 to the St. Louis Blues in Dallas. But just like Jason Spezza said after Game 2, you can’t put that on goalie Kari Lehtonen.

    Many would see the four goals allowed in the boxscore and say Lehtonen didn’t have a good day. But he actually played pretty good between the pipes.

    Lehtonen stopped 18 of 21 shots in Game 5, and was constantly under fire in the second period. The Blues just tee’d off during that frame, throwing 11 shots his way with two of those finding the back of the net. However, it could have been much worse. Lehtonen did have some good saves during that barrage.

    But Lehtonen’s counterpart, Brian Elliot, was almost untouchable as the Stars never could really get anything going offensively. Now the Stars have their backs against the wall with one more loss meaning the season is over.

    “After losing two in a row we know we have to win two in a row at some point in this series if we want to move on,” said Lehtonen. “We have one last chance so we need to go there and get one and then get another one at home. I’m confident we can do that.”

    The last time Lehtonen stepped onto the ice in St. Louis, he was the backbone of the Game 4 overtime thriller that saw the Stars skate away with the win and even the series. Lehtonen stood tall with 24 saves in the win.

    They will need another effort like that in order to have a chance to save their season.



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    <![CDATA[Missed Opportunities Doom Stars in Game 5]]>Sun, 08 May 2016 20:22:37 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-528946846.jpg

    No matter what, we knew one team would be one step away from the Western Conference Finals after Game 5 in downtown Dallas.

    The Stars regained home ice advantage after their Game 4 overtime win in St. Louis, evening up their second round series against the Blues at 2-2 and turning this into a best-of-3. The Stars were hoping that momentum would carry over to Game 5 in front of the home crowd, but it didn’t. Instead, the Blues skated away with a 4-1 win and a 3-2 series lead going back to St. Louis for Game 6.

    It was a game of missed opportunities for the Stars. Outside of a wicked one-timer from Alex Goligoski in the first period, the offense could never get in a rhythm against Blues goalie Brian Elliot.

    “I think if you look at the opportunities we had, we’ve got to cash in,” said head coach Lindy Ruff. “We put ourselves in position 5 or 6 times to make a difference in the game and we didn’t put it in the back of the net.”

    The Blues did capitalize on their chances, getting on the board in the first period after Robby Fabbri’s shot bounced off Stars forward Brett Richie’s skate and into the net. Goligoski’s goal later in the period tied the game, but the second period belonged to the Blues as they found the back of the net twice and never looked back. Now the Stars have to win on Monday night in order to keep their season alive.

    “I think we need a full 60-minute effort on Monday night,” said Stars captain and Hart Memorial Trophy finalist Jamie Benn. “We had a gutsy effort in Game 4 and we are going to need probably even more desperation next game.”

    “We are a good hockey team and we know that, said Stars center Vernon Fiddler. “We’ve been good on the road so we have all of the confidence in the world in here. We know we are going to have to put up our best game of the series and that’s what we are going to look to do.”

    Game 6 is 7 p.m. Monday on the NBC Sports Network.



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    <![CDATA[Cody Eakin Emerges as Unlikely Game 4 Hero]]>Fri, 06 May 2016 13:24:50 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cody-eakin-gamewinner.jpg

    Two minutes and 58 seconds into the overtime period on Thursday night, Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin became the unlikely Game 4 hero, putting the his first goal of the 2016 playoffs in past the shoulder of Blues goaltender Brian Elliott to give the Stars the 3-2 overtime victory.

    With that goal, the Stars avenged an embarrassing loss in Game 3 and, more importantly, pulled even in the series going back home to Dallas for Game 5. It was also the team’s first overtime victory of the 2016 playoffs.

    It’s a big goal, it’s a big overtime,” Patrick Sharp, who provided the assist on Eakin’s game-winner, told the team’s official website. “We’ve had a couple in this playoff run we didn’t get the result we wanted. We were confident, we were comfortable, we were excited about the opportunity we could win a game and go back to Dallas.”

    Game 5 is set for Saturday afternoon at the American Airlines Center.

    “That’s the nice thing about finishing first, we’ve got home-court advantage back,” Eakin said. “It’s a race to two [wins], and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

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    <![CDATA[Ruff Named Finalist for Jack Adams Award]]>Fri, 06 May 2016 12:59:28 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lindy-ruff-bench.jpg

    After leading the Dallas Stars to the second-best record in hockey in the regular season, coach Lindy Ruff has been named a finalist for the 2016 Jack Adams Award, recognizing the coach of the year in the NHL.

    Ruff is joined by Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant and the Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz. (For what it’s worth, the Caps were the team that beat the Stars out for the best record in the NHL.) The winner will be announced June 22 in Las Vegas, at the NHL Awards.

    In his third season with the team, Ruff took the Stars from 10th to 1st in the Western Conference.

    It's very well deserved," said Stars general manager Jim Nill, per the Dallas Morning News. "You look where we came from a year ago, missing the playoffs to first overall in the Western Conference and second overall in the league. We talked about how we had to be better within our division, we had to be better at home, we had to better defensively. He checked every thing off the list this season.”



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    <![CDATA[Radek Faksa Keeps Coming Up Big for Stars]]>Fri, 06 May 2016 12:48:29 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526212968-1.jpg

    If rookie Stars center Radek Faksa had any nerves going into his first Stanley Cup Playoffs run, it hasn’t shown in the first ten games of his postseason career.

    Faksa now has five points in the playoffs, with three goals and two assists. On Thursday night, he scored the equalizer in the second period, a huge goal considering before it, the Blues had scored the last seven goals of the series going back to Game 3. After Faksa’s goal, Patrick Sharp’s goal gave Dallas the lead, but the Blues tied it again on Paul Stastny’s goal. The Stars went on to win in overtime.

    "That was big," Cody Eakin said of Faksa’s Game 4 goal, per Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. "They were playing pretty good shutdown and had the 1-0 lead. Any goal, especially when they get it and they continue to use their momentum. That was a big goal by Fox and he's done that a couple times for us in the playoffs. That was nice to get."

    Faksa also provided the game-winner in Game 1.  

    "It seems like that kid is finding ways to score big goals at key times and since he got called up he's been a huge part of this team," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "He's been playing great hockey and it's pretty good to see from a young player like that in his first year."



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    <![CDATA[Cute Tweet Goes Viral After Stars' Game 4 Win]]>Fri, 06 May 2016 10:11:41 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/p-sharp-tweet-win.jpgStars player Patrick Sharp shared this adorable tweet featuring his daughter after the team's Game 4 win against the Blues.

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    <![CDATA[Stars Beat Blues 3-2 in OT to Tie Series, 2-2]]>Thu, 05 May 2016 23:42:12 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-528525988.jpg

    Cody Eakin scored at 2:58 of overtime and the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Thursday night, bouncing back from a blowout loss two days earlier to tie the second-round series at two games apiece.

    Patrick Sharp set up the winner and also scored for the Stars, coming off a 6-1 loss in Game 3. Rookie Radek Faksa had the other goal.

    Vladimir Tarasenko scored his sixth goal of the playoffs on a first-period breakaway and added an assist for Sty. Louis, giving him five points in the last two games. Paul Stastny also scored off a deflection from Tarasenko.

    Game 5 is Saturday in Dallas.

    Eakin has a goal and seven assists in the postseason. He beat Brian Elliott on a 3-on-2 break after the Blues pressured goalie Kari Lehtonen on the opposite end.

    The Stars are 1-2 in overtime in the playoffs and the Blues are 2-2.

    Tarasenko's goal was an exception to the rule in a tight-checking first period. Somehow he found the defense napping and scored his 16th career goal in 24 playoff games, beating Lehtonen between the pads.

    The Stars looked worse on the play given they had six men on the ice, an infraction that went undetected.

    Faksa, who had the deciding goal in the Stars' Game 1 victory, tied it on an unassisted goal off a giveaway by fellow rookie Joel Edmundson. Sharp had a tap-in for his first point of the series on a power play off an assist by Jamie Benn, giving the Stars two goals in 1:09 and the lead.

    They'd been 0 for 12 with the man advantage before Sharp's fourth of the playoffs overall.

    Edmundson played sparingly the rest of the period, totaling 2:38 in four shifts.

    Stastny's first goal of the playoffs on a deflection from Tarasenko tied it on a 4-on-3 power play at 13:06 of the second.

    NOTES: Tarasenko leads the Blues with 11 points in the postseason. ... F Colton Sceviour, who scored the Stars' lone goal in Game 3, was among their scratches along with F Curtis McKenzie, who was pummeled by Ryan Reaves late in Game 3. Brett Richie played for the first time in the postseason, and Valeri Nichushkin played in his seventh game. ... The Blues have been outscored 14-7 in the second period in the playoffs. ... Several Cardinals players attended the game, including Yadier Molina and Carlos Martinez. ... The Blues raised funds from a 50-50 raffle for victims of the Fort McMurray, Alberta, wildfires. ... Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has 82 playoff victories, tied with Mike Babcock and Toe Blake for ninth on the career list.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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    <![CDATA[Stars' Ruff a Finalist for NHL Coaching Award]]>Thu, 05 May 2016 19:43:07 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526181974.jpg

    Washington's Barry Trotz, Dallas' Lindy Ruff and Florida's Gerard Gallant are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success."

    Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association voted at the end regular season, with the top three designated as finalists Thursday. The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

    Trotz guided the Capitals (56-18-8, 120 points) to the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's top regular-season club, setting franchise records for total wins and road wins (27).

    Ruff directed the Stars (50-23-9, 109 points) to the Central Division and Western Conference titles and second place in the NHL overall standings. He won the award in 2006 with Buffalo.

    Gallant led the Panthers (47-26-9, 103 points) to the Atlantic Division title and franchise records for wins and points in a season.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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    <![CDATA[Patrick Eaves Will Miss Game 4 After All]]>Thu, 05 May 2016 14:45:19 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509648520.jpg

    The Dallas Stars will be without winger Patrick Eaves and center Tyler Seguin yet again in Game 4, in St. Louis on Thursday. Neither traveled to St. Louis with the team.

    That Seguin is out comes as no surprise, but Stars coach Lindy Ruff indicated earlier in the week that Eaves could be ready to return as early as Game 4, after missing the team’s last eight games with a lower body injury—more specifically, he was hit in the skate with a Stephen Johns shot in Game 1 of the Wild series and hasn’t played since.

    Based on Ruff’s comments, we’d imagine Eaves will be available for Game 5 but the Stars could already be in a 3-1 hole by then, depending on what happens Thursday night.

    Seguin could take a little longer than that, though updates have been predictably scarce. He hasn’t seen the ice since Game 2 of the Wild series, in which he suffered a lower body injury that may or may not be related to the cut achilles that ended his regular season.

    Skating with Eaves on Monday was the first time Seguin had been on the ice at all since suffering the setback.

    "Tyler, that was his first day (Monday) of really getting on the ice and getting something done," Ruff said, per the Dallas Morning News,"so he's in a little different category."



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    <![CDATA[Lindy Ruff Not Buying Hitchcock's Assessment of Game 3]]>Thu, 05 May 2016 14:27:58 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526181974.jpg

    Stars coach Lindy Ruff was left embarrassed by his team’s performance in Game 3, a 6-1 drubbing in St. Louis, and he doesn’t want to hear anything about how the game was actually closer than the final score would indicate—which happens to be exactly what Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said after Tuesday night.

    Asked about Hitchcock’s assessment this week, Ruff was having none of it.

    I think Hitch is like the peanuts on top of the bar,” Ruff said, per the Dallas Morning News. “They're complimentary. And I'm not buying into that part.”

    As you might imagine, Ruff was far from the only one in the Stars’ dressing room feeling embarrassed after Game 3. But with Game 4 set for Thursday night in St. Louis, Ruff is looking to keep his team on an even keel.

    “Just focus on tomorrow,” Ruff said. “I think what we've done through the playoffs, we've had some bad periods. We've been able to flush them and be ready to go. The atmosphere in that room is great. There's always disappointment. We're a team that's learning how to balance the emotional getting too high and not getting low. We've played some pretty good hockey when we've played a disappointing period here and there.”



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    <![CDATA[Patrick Eaves Could Return in Game 4]]>Wed, 04 May 2016 12:14:22 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-521278032.jpg

    If Tuesday night’s 6-1 loss to the Blues in Game 3 was any indicator, the Dallas Stars could certainly use some reinforcements, and it looks like some help could be on the way in the person of right winger Patrick Eaves.

    Eaves was injured when a Stephen Johns shot hit him in the skate during Game 1 of the series with the Blues, missed Game 2, and did not travel with the team to St. Louis for Game 3. He and injured center Tyler Seguin skated on Monday though and, unlike Seguin, Stars coach Lindy Ruff believes Eaves could be available in Game 4.

    The encouraging thing is they are still skating,” Ruff said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Patty felt a lot better yesterday than he did the day before, which was ahead of where we thought he would be. I would anticipate—because it’s nothing serious—I would anticipate him feeling a lot better today and possibly being an option for Game 4 or as late as maybe Game 5.”

    Meanwhile, Ruff indicated that Seguin would still need some time.

    “Tyler, that was his first day (Monday) of really getting on the ice and getting something done, so he’s in a little different category,” Ruff said.



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    <![CDATA[Benn on Getting Past Game 3: "You Have to Have a Short Memory"]]>Wed, 04 May 2016 11:57:12 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526182010.jpg

    Perhaps one of the most important things the Dallas Stars can do in preparation for their Game 4 matchup with the St. Louis Blues is simply forget about Game 3.

    The Stars actually had a 1-0 lead on Tuesday, if you can believe it. If you can’t, we’ll assume you tuned in after the Blues got started on that offensive onslaught that netted six unanswered goal the rest of the way out. Final score, 6-1.

    Now down 2-1 in the series, the Stars have no choice but to get over the loss and move forward. Game 4 is in St. Louis on Thursday night.

    “This is playoffs. You've got to put that behind you,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said, per the Dallas Morning News. “You've got to look forward. I think the team got a little frustrated with some of the calls. I know I got frustrated. They might have taken on my personality.”

    Stars captain Jamie Benn echoed his coach’s sentiments.

    "It's never good when you lose like that,” Benn said. “But it's a seven game series and in the playoffs, you have to have a short memory.”



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    <![CDATA[Steen, Backes Score Twice, Blues rout Stars 6-1]]>Wed, 04 May 2016 04:20:11 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526200198.jpg

     

    Alexander Steen and David Backes had two goals apiece and the St. Louis Blues' defense put the clamps on the Dallas Stars in a 6-1 victory that put them up 2-1 in the second-round series Tuesday night.
       Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists, Troy Brouwer had a goal and assist and Brian Elliott was strong when he needed to be for the Blues in their first lopsided triumph of the postseason. Their other five wins were decided by one goal.
       The Blues finished two points behind Western Conference champion Dallas in the regular season and have control of the series heading into Game 4 Thursday night in St. Louis.
       They scored four unanswered goals after Colton Sceviour gave Dallas the early advantage, three coming in a breakaway second period.
     

     

    Alexander Steen and David Backes had two goals apiece and the St. Louis Blues' defense put the clamps on the Dallas Stars in a 6-1 victory that put them up 2-1 in the second-round series Tuesday night.

    Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists, Troy Brouwer had a goal and assist and Brian Elliott was strong when he needed to be for the Blues in their first lopsided triumph of the postseason. Their other five wins were decided by one goal.

    The Blues finished two points behind Western Conference champion Dallas in the regular season and have control of the series heading into Game 4 Thursday night in St. Louis. Despite a late start -- more than 1 1/2 hours past the usual puck drop -- the vast majority of a standing-room crowd of 19,323 stuck around to the finish.

    St. Louis scored six unanswered goals after Colton Sceviour gave Dallas the early advantage, three coming in a breakaway second period. Steen capped the big second period with a power-play goal, matching his postseason career high for goals in a game.

    Antti Niemi was the lone major lineup change for Game 3, replacing Kari Lehtonen in the Stars' net after playing effectively the last two periods plus overtime in Game 2. That switch didn't last long, and it didn't matter.

    Lehtonen was back early in the second after Niemi allowed three goals on 12 shots.

    The third period turned nasty when Stephen Johns boarded Alex Pietrangelo with 3:01 to go, leading to a pummeling of Curtis McKenzie by Blues regulator Ryan Reaves. Backes scored his fifth of the postseason during the 4-on-4, giving the captain his first career multi-goal game.

    Tarasenko also had a three-point game in the first round against Chicago. He's the first St. Louis player with multiple three-point games in the postseason since Doug Weight also had two in 2003. He has 15 goals in 23 career playoff games.

    Sceviour tapped in his own rebound for the Stars' lone goal at 4:44 of the first. Just 1:07 later, Steen tied it on a play that developed off a turnover by Alex Goligoski.

    Backes, who got the winning goal on an overtime power play in Game 2, put St. Louis ahead on another power play on a deflection at 16:10.

    The Stars just missed a chance to tie it late in the period. Jason Demers' shot off the crossbar was ruled a goal on the ice but was waved off after video review.

    The rest was all St. Louis.

    Brouwer skated in alone for his third goal of the postseason, Tarasenko scored off Goligoski's skate and Steen scored on a power play.

    NOTES: The Blues' margin of victory matched their largest in the playoffs since a 6-1 decision in Game 4 of the first round last season at Minnesota. ... Earlier in the day, Stars coach Lindy Ruff said F Patrick Eaves (lower body) could return for Game 4, and should be back by Game 5 at the latest. ... Counting the postseason, Blue D Kevin Shattenkirk has 25 points in 25 games against Dallas. ... Steen also had two goals against the Kings on April 30, 2013.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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    <![CDATA[After Two Games, Blues Series Going "Exactly" as Ruff Expected]]>Tue, 03 May 2016 14:44:52 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526181974.jpg

    Through two games, the series with the St. Louis Blues is going exactly as Stars coach Lindy Ruff expected.

    The Stars took Game 1, 2-1, the Blues took Game 2, 4-3, and in 120-plus minutes of hockey thus far (Game 2 went to overtime), the two teams that spent the homestretch of the regular season battling for top position in the Western Conference have made it abundantly clear that nothing will be given away in this series.

    So yeah, not many surprises for Ruff, who has come to know the intensity of the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well as anyone over the years.

    "It's exactly what I expected,” Ruff said, per the Dallas Morning News. “They're a real good team. They don't give up a lot of chances. We created a few extra in Game 1. I thought the chances were kept real low by both teams in last night's game. The game kind of unfolded like a regular-season game where they ended up winning it on special teams. Their special teams were better than ours and that's something that I have to fix going forward.”



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    <![CDATA[Stars Call Up Ritchie, McKenzie, Both Available for Game 3]]>Tue, 03 May 2016 14:25:44 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/brett-ritchie3.4.16.jpg

    On Saturday, while all eyes were on Sunday’s Game 2 matchup with the Blues, the Dallas Stars called up a pair of forwards from the American Hockey League, in Brett Ritchie and Curtis McKenzie.

    Each appeared in 39 games with the Stars this season—Ritchie had 10 points (six goals, four assists), and McKenzie five points (one goal, four assists) in that span—but finished the regular season with the Texas Stars of the AHL.

    Both are options for the Stars in Game 3.

    "Yeah, giving that some thought," Ruff said, per the Dallas Morning News. "Get them a good skate. There's an opportunity where those guys are at my disposal."

    McKenzie said he and Ritchie have been keeping tabs on what the big club is doing, with the knowledge that being called up was a possibility.

    "You never know what happens in the playoffs, so we have kind of been on the ball ever since we started," McKenzie said. "We've been following the series quite closely and same with the Minnesota series. We just missed out on it last year, so to be around here and see what playoff hockey's like and how seriously guys are here, it's pretty cool to be around."

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    <![CDATA[Goalie Questions For Stars Prior to Game 3]]>Mon, 02 May 2016 17:41:32 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lehtonen1.jpg

    We have ourselves a series now.

    The Dallas Stars couldn’t hold home ice in Game 2 as the St. Louis Blues skated away with a 4-3 win in overtime. The series is now tied at one game each as it now moves to St. Louis for Game 3 Tuesday night. The Stars are on the verge of trailing in a series for the first time this postseason.

    “Obviously we are disappointed at the outcome last night,” said Stars center Vernon Fiddler. “But it’s a best-of-five now and we are heading out on the road so you want to get the first game. That’s what we are worried about right now.”

    The question going into Game 3 will be who starts at goalie. Kari Lehtonen got the call in Game 2, but was chased after 20 minutes of action. The Blues put five shots on Lehtonen in the first period, with three of them finding the back of the net.

    “Not much to take from that, more to forget,” said Lehtonen. “Just keep battling and on to the next one.”

    So after being pulled in Game 2, was Lehtonen anxious to get back on the practice ice Monday morning?

    “I think there is a little bit more to that after things don’t go your way,” said Lehtonen. “You want to get back there and make it right.”

    “I don’t think that game is on Kari last night,” added Stars center Jason Spezza. “Their special teams were better than our special teams.”

    Antti Niemi came in relief and got things in check as the Stars fought back from a 3-1 deficit to send it into overtime. The Stars have gone with a two-goalie system during the regular season and it seems like that system stays in play until one goes on a strong run.

    “It was something new that we both needed to adjust to, so you better adjust,” said Lehtonen. “I think we made it work very well.”

    “It’s a lot of unselfishness they’ve showed being able to split the workload,” said Spezza. “It shows both their mental makeup, how well they get along and how they support each other. When one guy gets pulled, he’s not sulking. He’s helping the other guy out in between periods trying to figure out what they can do better.”

    Which netminder gets the call in Game 3 remains to be seen. The puck drops in St. Louis at 8:30 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network.

    Other Stars notes:

    Head coach Lindy Ruff said both Tyler Seguin and Patrick Eaves skated Monday morning. Neither will travel St. Louis.



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    <![CDATA[Arvidsson's 2 Goals, 2 Assists Lead Predators Past Stars 7-3]]>Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:39:39 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

    Viktor Arvidsson came into the season with eight NHL goals. He's nearly quadrupled that total.

    The 23-year-old Arvidsson had two goals and two assists, and the Nashville Predators beat the Dallas Stars 7-3 on Thursday night to remain one point out of third place in the Central Division.

    Arvidsson has 31 goals and 30 assists this season, and is tied for the team lead with Ryan Johansen at 61 points.

    "It's hard to say you believe you're going to score 30 goals," he said. "I believed I can do it, but it's a long road there and you got to work hard."

    Predators coach Peter Laviolette credited Arvidsson's work ethic for helping him reach that level.

    "I think everybody in the room is just happy for him," Laviolette said. "He earned his 30 goals. Coming into the year not knowing what kind of a year he's going to have to this point right now is special for him."

    Craig Smith had two goals and an assist, and Kevin Fiala, Harry Zolnierczyk and Roman Josi also scored for the Predators, who kept pace with St. Louis in the division. Juuse Saros stopped 30 shots for his 10th win, and P.K. Subban and Anthony Bitetto had two assists apiece.

    By finishing the season in third place, Nashville would play second-place Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs. As a wild card, the Predators would open the postseason against one of the Western Conference's division winners.

    Jason Spezza, Radek Faksa and Jason Dickinson scored for the Stars. Antti Niemi started and gave up two goals on eight shots over the first 13:02 before being replaced by Kari Lehtonen, who finished with 21 saves.

    The Predators' seven goals tied their season high, and matched their total for the previous five games. They were 1-4 in that stretch.

    "We're always looking for offense," Laviolette said. "Some nights we get lots of looks and lots of opportunities and they drop, and some nights they don't. Tonight it was good."

    Arvidsson scored both his goals and assisted on Smith's first in the opening period to help the Predators take a 4-0 lead. Arvidsson reached 30 goals by tipping in Smith's pass from the left-wing boards just 1:06 into the game.

    "We were able to get an early goal," Laviolette said. "That to me can always set the tone of the game, just a good play putting the puck at the net and somebody going at the net."

    It was Arvidsson picking up a loose puck in the neutral zone and passing to Smith for the second goal, which ended Niemi's night.

    "Those are two tough goals that went in," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "Two goals that our goaltender has got to get for us."

    Goals by Fiala and by Arvidsson, off defenseman Jamie Oleksiak's stick, gave Nashville a 4-0 lead after one period.

    Zolnierczyk made it 5-0 just 1:06 into the second.

    After the Stars pulled within two, Josi scored on a slap shot from the top of the right circle into the upper left corner during a 5-on-3 power play to put the Predators back up by three with about 2½ minutes remaining in the middle period.

    Notes
    Nashville won the season series 3-2. Before Spezza scored, the Predators had 10 consecutive goals in the last two games vs. Dallas, including a 5-3 home win on Feb. 12. . Stars rookie C Justin Dowling left in the first period with an upper-body injury, and did not return. Oleksiak left in the second after being hit by the puck. A cut was stitched, and he returned. ... Dickinson's two goals this season have come in the past two games. ... Faksa had five points (one goal, four assists) in the five games vs. Nashville. Spezza is on a four-game point streak with five points (three goals, two assists).

    Up Next
    Stars: Host Colorado on Saturday in the final game for both teams.

    Predators: Finish the regular season on Saturday at Winnipeg.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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    <![CDATA[Injured All-Star Tyler Seguin Skating Again]]>Mon, 02 May 2016 13:35:57 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tyler-seguin4.29.16.jpg

    Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin was on the ice at the team’s practice facility on Monday for the first time since aggravating his achilles injury in Game 2 of the opening round against the Minnesota Wild.

    Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he won’t travel to St. Louis with the team for Games 3 and 4, but it is still a major step toward Seguin returning to action.

    Asked about the All-Star’s progress last week, general manager Jim Nill allowed only that Seguin had not started skating yet, and that it would be 4-5 days after he did start skating before the team would consider plugging him back into the lineup.

    Based on Nill’s estimate, there’s a chance Seguin could play next Saturday, when the series returns to Dallas for Game 5. But then again, that’s based on an off-the-cuff timetable given by Nill, and assuming Seguin doesn’t have any setbacks.

    Seguin suffered a partially cut achilles on March 17 and missed most of the final month of the regular season. He returned in Game 2 of the opening round against the Blues, but suffered an injury related to that initial injury and hasn’t played since.

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