<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - - Stars Central]]>Copyright 2018http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sportsen-usSun, 23 Sep 2018 01:48:05 -0500Sun, 23 Sep 2018 01:48:05 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Tyler Seguin Signs Eight-Year Extension]]>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:23:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo0000416.jpg

Five-time All-Star center Tyler Seguin has signed a $78.8 million, eight-year contract extension with the Dallas Stars that goes through the 2026-27 season.

Stars general manager Jim Nill announced the deal Thursday before the team departed Texas for the start of training camp in Boise, Idaho.

Seguin was going into the final season of his contract.

The 26-year-old Seguin spent his first three NHL seasons with Boston, and was a member of the Bruins when they won the 2011 Stanley Cup, before being traded to Dallas in the summer of 2013.

He scored a career-high 40 goals last season and had 78 points.

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<![CDATA[Stars Captain Gives Snoop Dogg Custom Jersey]]>Sun, 12 Aug 2018 20:19:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jamie+benn+stars+minnesota.jpg

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn presented rapper Snoop Dogg with a custom Stars jersey at a show in The Colony Friday night.

Benn posted photos on his Instagram account of he and his girlfriend Katie Hoaldridge handing Snoop Dogg the jersey before his DJ set at Lava Cantina.


The 17-time Grammy nominee then wore the Victory Green jersey, which had his name and the number 20 on the back, on stage while he performed.

Snoop Dogg is a long-time hockey fan, according to NHL.com, recording Hockey 101 videos for the league's website and emceeing the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

Benn and the Stars open the 2018-19 season at home Oct. 4 against the Arizona Coyotes.



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<![CDATA[Stars Sign Restricted Free Agent Gemel Smith to $720K Deal]]>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 20:28:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-943183786.jpg

The Dallas Stars have re-signed restricted free agent center Gemel Smith to a $720,000, one-year contract.

Smith has played in parts of the last two NHL seasons with the Stars. He was their fourth-round draft pick in 2012.

Dallas announced the deal Friday.

The 24-year-old Smith had six goals and five assists in 46 games last season. His six goals came on 42 shots.

In his NHL debut in 2016-17, Smith had three goals and three assists in 17 games. Smith has 35 goals and 51 assists in 186 games for the Texas Stars in the American Hockey League.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Playoff Schedule]]>Thu, 12 May 2016 13:57:08 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 Forward Mattias Janmark Signs $2.3M Deal for 2018-19]]>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 17:40:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/Dallas-Stars-640x424.jpg

Dallas Stars forward Mattias Janmark has signed a $2.3 million contract for the 2018-19 season.

Janmark was a restricted free agent before the deal announced Wednesday by the team.

After missing all of 2016-17 because of a preseason knee injury, the 25-year-old Swede played 81 games last season for the Stars. He had 19 goals and 15 assists, including two shorthanded goals and four game-winning goals.

General manager Jim Nill said Janmark is a strong and versatile player who always makes his presence felt when on the ice.

Janmark had 15 goals and 14 assists in 73 games as a rookie in 2015-16. He also had two goals and three assists in 12 playoff games.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Legend Mike Modano Mulling Return to Texas]]>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:15:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MODANO_ON_POSSIBLE_RETURN_TO_TEXAS.jpg

Dallas Stars legend Mike Modano has been raising his family in Arizona since leaving Texas a few years back, but now #9 is seriously thinking about moving his family back to the lonestar state. NBC 5's Jeff Cawley caught up with Modano and asked him about possibly working with the Stars again and who would make that first call?]]>
<![CDATA[Left Wing Elie Signs $735,000 Deal to Stay With Dallas Stars]]>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 15:48:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Left wing Remi Elie has signed a $735,000 contract to stay with the Dallas Stars.

The one-year deal with the restricted free agent was announced by the team on Tuesday.

Elie had six goals and eight assists in 72 games last season for the Stars. He added two goals and seven assists in 19 AHL playoff games with the Texas Stars.

Dallas selected the 23-year-old Elie in the second round, 40th overall, in the 2013 NHL draft.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars Moving Forward With New Coach and Familiar Young Wing]]>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 16:04:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/225*120/dallas-stars-jim-nill.JPG

The Dallas Stars will move forward with their new coach and a familiar young face after missing out on the NHL's top free agent.

General manager Jim Nill started another long offseason for the Stars without postseason play by hiring coach Jim Montgomery out of the college ranks in early May. On the first day of free agency Sunday, right wing Valeri Nichushkin signed a $5.9 million, two-year contract to return to Dallas after the last two seasons playing at home in Russia.

Nichushkin was the 10th overall pick by the Stars in the 2013 draft, and had 64 points (23 goals, 41 assists) while playing 166 games in three seasons by time he was 21 before returning to Russia and playing in the Kontinental Hockey League. Now he is back in the NHL at age 23.

"Over his past two seasons in the KHL and with the national team, he has continued his growth and development as a hockey player," Nill said. "He is a fantastic addition to our depth at forward and we look forward to his return to our club."

The Stars were one of six teams who met last week with John Tavares, the New York Islanders captain who on Sunday agreed to a $77 million, seven-year deal to play for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tavares could have been a big boost for the Stars, who have missed the playoffs eight of the last 10 seasons. Dallas still has high-scoring All-Star forwards in captain Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. They also have goaltender Ben Bishop, who got a new backup Sunday.

Free agent goaltender Anton Khudobin signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Stars after a backup role in Boston last season behind Tuukka Rask. Khudobin has played in 147 games with 135 starts over the past nine seasons with four different teams.

Dallas also signed 12-year veteran right wing Blake Comeau to a $7.2 million, three-year contract after he spent the past three seasons in Colorado. Defenseman Roman Polak got a $1.3 million, one-year deal after 54 games for Toronto last season.

The 32-year-old Comeau, the Islanders' second-round draft pick in 2004, had 13 goals and 21 assists last season with the Avalanche. That included three short-handed goals.

"His elite speed makes him a disruptive defensive presence and he fits well with what head coach Jim Montgomery is trying to accomplish," Nill said.

Goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who is second in Stars history with 215 wins but had become a backup to Bishop, is an unrestricted free agent.

The Stars lost left wings Antoine Roussel ($12 million, four years with Vancouver) and Curtis McKenzie ($3 million, two years with Vegas), and defenseman Greg Pateryn ($6.75 million, three years with Minnesota) in free agency Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Announce Craig Ludwig Will Not Return]]>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 17:17:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Dallas Stars team president Brad Alberts announced that Craid Ludwig, former Stars alternate captain, will not be returning to his position of color analyst for Stars broadcasts.

Daryl Reaugh will return as the team's play-by-play announcer and the club, along with its broadcast partners, will immediately begin the search for a new color analyst.

Ludwig helped the Stars secure their only Stanley Cup trophy in 1999.




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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Development Camp]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 18:46:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars+camp.jpg

The Dallas Stars drafted some fresh new faces last week. Now it's time to start getting these young players acclimated to life in the NHL. NBC 5's Paul Jones takes us inside Stars Development Camp.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Step into the Batting Cage at Globe Life Park]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 23:13:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars-batting-practice.jpg

Monday was “Dallas Stars Night” at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Texas Rangers with a specially-themed evening at the ballpark to honor the pro hockey team in North Texas. Prior to the game against the San Diego Padres, several members of the Stars showed what they can do on the diamond.

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<![CDATA[Pat Doney Sits Down With The Stars First Round Pick]]>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 11:31:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DONEY_TALKS_WITH_STARS_TOP_PICK_TY_DELLANDREA.jpg

With Dallas hosting the 2018 NHL Draft, the home team grabbed young Canadian forward with their first round selection, the #13 pick. Pat Doney goes one on one with Ty Dellandrea]]>
<![CDATA[Modano Headlines as Stars Celebrate 1st NHL Draft in Texas]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:37:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas_Stars_Jim_Montgomery_Press_Conference_1200x675_1225832003844.jpg

The Dallas Stars are celebrating 25 years in Texas by hosting the NHL draft for the first time.

The headliner for the home team had a little anniversary of his own: retired franchise icon Mike Modano marking 30 years since he was the No. 1 overall pick by helping introduce the Stars' first-round pick, Canadian forward Ty Dellandrea, on Friday night.

Sharing the stage with high-scoring Dallas winger Jamie Benn, Modano only had to look up to see his No. 9 hanging from the rafters at the other end of American Airlines Center.

The highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history was the first pick by the Minnesota North Stars in 1988, five years before the franchise moved to North Texas.

"I've been thinking about it," Modano said. "Didn't really ring a bell till about a month ago when they started saying some stuff, called me to do some intros. I was like, `Dang, yeah, '88, 2018.' I was like, `That was quick."'

Modano watched hockey grow from almost nothing in North Texas, but couldn't say he was surprised his old franchise got the draft since a new arena that opened in 2001 brought the All-Star game six years later. The 48-year-old figured it was just a matter of time.

"I think a lot of things happened along the way that we didn't think," Modano said. "Just kind of gives people a little bit of knowledge of the town. There's hockey down in Texas and it's alive and kicking. Brings a lot of attention to this town for hockey for a good week."

Modano gigged the current captain of the Stars during their presentation, saying he wasn't on stage when Benn got drafted and Benn responding that they didn't bring fifth-round picks to the stage.

Benn, the 2015 Art Ross Trophy winner as the NHL's points leader, is up to fifth on the club's career scoring list after getting taken 129th overall in 2007. Benn's rookie season was Modano's last in Dallas.

"We worked on that for a little bit," Modano said with a smile.

Dellandrea, the 13th overall pick, was 10 when Modano retired in 2011 after one season with Detroit. Modano debuted as an 18-year-old with the North Stars and spent 20 seasons combined in Minnesota and Dallas. His American records are 557 goals and 1,359 points.

"I might have been a little young," said the 17-year-old Dellandrea, who spent the past two seasons with Flint of the Ontario Hockey League. "But both of them have been tremendous role models to look up to as a young hockey player."

Now one of them is a teammate.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Stars Select Ty Dellandrea With The 13th Overall Pick]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:54:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa_nhl_draft.jpg

The Dallas Stars drafted Ty Dellandrea with the 13th overall pick in the NHL draft.

The pick was announced by Mike Modano amd Jamie Benn. 



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<![CDATA[Stars Re-Sign Defenseman Stephen Johns to $7M, 3-Year Deal]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:01:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stephen-johns-extension.jpg

The Dallas Stars have signed defenseman Stephen Johns to a $7 million, three-year contract extension.

The 26-year-old Johns had a career-best 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 75 games last season, his third in Dallas. He was the prospect acquired in a deal that brought Patrick Sharp from Chicago in 2015.

The deal for Johns was announced about an hour before the start of the NHL draft, which is being held in Dallas. Along with John Klingberg, Johns is part of a young core of defensemen the Stars hope can get the franchise back to the playoffs after a late-season collapse in 2017-18.

The 6-foot-4 native of Pennsylvania led the Stars with 155 blocked shots and 201 hits. Johns said he got his confidence back last season and "learned how to play the game at the NHL level and play at a consistent level."

General manager Jim Nill said Johns "plays a very fast, physical game and is just starting to hit the prime of his career."

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Name New Assistant Coach, Retain 3 Others]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:25:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

The Dallas Stars have named Rick Bowness an assistant coach; the team also retained assistant coaches Stu Barnes, Jeff Reese (goaltending) and Kelly Forbes (video).

Bowness joins newly-appointed assistant coach Todd Nelson, which should round out Jim Montgomery's staff.

"The Stars are very excited to have Rick join the coaching staff this season," Nill said. "Rick's experience behind the bench is unmatched in the League, while he brings with him a knowledge of the game that is second to none."

Bowness, 63, spent the last five seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, serving as the team's associate head coach. The team was 238-135-37 and made four Stanley Cup playoff appearances, including three trips to the Eastern Conference finals and one Stanley Cup Final appearance, during his tenure.

A Moncton, New Brunswick-native, he adds more than 30 years of coaching experience between his stints with the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks and the Winnipeg Jets. He served as head coach for periods with each of those teams, except Tampa Bay and Vancouver.

Bowness is 123-289-48-3 as a head coach.

"We are thrilled to have Rick come aboard and join our staff," Montgomery said. "Rick's familiarity not only with the NHL, but the game of hockey as a whole, will be a tremendous asset for our staff and our players. He has proven himself to be one of the best in the game and we couldn't be more excited to add him to the team."

Bowness began his coaching career as a player/coach for the Sherbrooke Jets of the American Hockey League (AHL). He was a head coach and general manager for Moncton Hawks, another AHL team, from 1987-1989.

He began his playing career in 1975 when he was selected 26th overall by the Atlanta Flames. He also played in the NHL, logging 55 points (18-37=55) in 173 career regular-season games.



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<![CDATA[NHL Salary Cap Set to Jump $4 Million This Season]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:36:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa_nhl_draft.jpg

General managers looking to make moves at the NHL draft found out the salary cap for next season will be $79.5 million, an increase of $4.5 million from last year.

The NHL and NHLPA announced the cap and $58.8 million salary floor Thursday. With the first round of the draft Friday night, teams are preparing for a bevy of player movement entirely apart from the selections themselves.

Edmonton GM Peter Chiarelli says there's "a lot of chatter" going on right now. Much of that chatter involves some big names: Ottawa captain and No. 1 defenseman Erik Karlsson, Montreal winger Max Pacioretty, Buffalo center Ryan O'Reilly and Pittsburgh winger Phil Kessel are among the top players being bandied about in trade talk.

Florida GM Dale Tallon says the conversations are becoming more specific as teams lock in on specific needs all over their lineup. Chiarelli and Tallon each seem willing to trade his team's first-round pick to either move back or pick up some immediate help, and the Panthers already got 20-goal scorer Mike Hoffman from the Senators earlier this week.

A year ago, the cap only went up $2 million. The bigger increase this year should spur more trades and give teams more room to keep players.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Southlake Prospect Prepares for Dream Moment at NHL Draft]]>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:51:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Ryan-OReilly-061718.jpg

Ryan O'Reilly is the top NHL prospect from Texas in the 2018 draft, and has sacrificed quite a bit before hearing his name called in the American Airlines Center this week. NBC 5's Pat Doney has the story.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Announce Upcoming Preseason Schedule]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:31:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/361*120/Capture420.JPG

The Dallas Stars have announced the club's upcoming preseason schedule, which includes three games at the AAC in September.

The club will open its preseason schedule at home on Tuesday, Sept. 18 against a division rival, St. Louis Blues.

The Stars will conduct training camp at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, ID - the club's first time hosting training camp at their development affiliate's facility - from Sept. 14-16.

 The team will also host Minnesota on Sept. 24 and Colorado on Sept. 30, as part of their seven-game preseason. Tickets are on sale now.



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<![CDATA[NHL Teams Thinking Outside the Box to Find Coaches]]>Wed, 09 May 2018 04:53:21 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-102852912.jpg

Jim Nill could have picked anyone from an extensive list of experienced out-of-work NHL coaches to fill the Dallas Stars' vacancy.

Darryl Sutter has won the Stanley Cup twice, Dan Bylsma once, Alain Vigneault has made the Final twice and Dave Tippett is widely considered one of the best in hockey. Any of them could've been a nice fit, but the Stars general manger wanted to be comprehensive in his search.

"The game is changing, life changes, and we wanted to make sure that we didn't forget somebody," Nill said. "Let's not leave anything, any leaf unturned, every door open, let's look at every candidate."

Dallas decided last week on University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery to replace franchise legend Ken Hitchcock, who returned for one season almost two decades after leading the Stars to the Cup. Nill's front office is far from the only one looking outside the box to college, junior and Europe for coaching candidates, a trend that could lead to far more teams going beyond retreads with the hope of finding the next great mind behind the bench.

"It's more kind of an evolution of the game itself," said Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol, who was hired out of the University of North Dakota in the summer of 2015 and has gotten the Flyers to the playoffs twice in three seasons. "There are so many good people coaching at different levels. For a lot of years it seems that maybe the college-coaching level was maybe bypassed for some of the opportunities. But I think when you look at the quality of coaching in the college game today ... there's some real talented people."

Before Hakstol and Montgomery, it had been since Herb Brooks in 1987 and Bob Johnson in 1982 that a coach went from the NCAA ranks directly to the NHL. Outside of now-San Jose's Peter DeBoer and ex-Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston, junior hockey hasn't funneled many straight to the NHL, and there have only been two European-born head coaches: Ivan Hlinka and Alpo Suhonen in the early 2000s.

It's far more common for teams to mine the American Hockey League and NHL staffs for head jobs, and that's usually a necessary step. Tampa Bay's Jon Cooper came from the United States Hockey League but spent time in the AHL before the Lightning elevated him, and longtime Quebec Major Junior Hockey League coach Benoit Groulx is on the same path now with the NHL in his near future.

Buffalo's Phil Housley got some experience as the U.S. world junior coach but went right from high school hockey to being an assistant in Nashville. And Rod Brind'Amour spent seven seasons as an assistant after his playing days were over before being named Carolina's coach on Tuesday.

Hurricanes GM Don Waddell said Brind'Amour's "fresh ideas, ability to motivate and understanding of what it takes to bring a championship" to Carolina set him apart. As the New York Rangers look to fill their job after firing Vigneault and other openings come up in the next few offseasons, there will be plenty of fresh coaches to choose from.

Boston University's David Quinn has been linked to the Rangers but will stay at least one more year and run the U.S. world junior team before likely being the next to graduate from college to the NHL. Sweden national coach Rikard Gronborg might also be in the mix sooner than later.

"I've kind of done all that stuff and coached some of the best players in the world," Gronborg told Sportsnet recently. "Now I'm interested to have my ideas, to (implement) them over a period of time and do them overseas, and kind of challenging the coaching community over in the NHL. I bring a different perspective on things."

Germany national coach Marco Sturm also brings a different perspective after playing 14 NHL seasons and leading an unheralded team to capture the silver medal at the most recent Olympics. Sturm would like to coach in the NHL but said: "I'm only 39 years old, I've still got time and I'm still learning and I want to learn and we'll see what the future presents."

With an eye on the future, Nill looked at the present success of young coaches like Cooper and New Jersey's John Hynes and widened his net. It ended with Montgomery and perhaps a new thought process from Nill on how to go through coaching searches.

"Once we went through this process, I just think ... who was Scott Bowman? Someone gave him a chance," Nill said. "Who was Mike Babcock? Somebody gave him a chance. This is a guy that he deserves a chance."

AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins in Dallas contributed.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Name Jim Montgomery Head Coach]]>Fri, 04 May 2018 13:34:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars-new-coach-jim-montgomery1.jpg

The Dallas Stars announced Jim Montgomery as the team’s new head coach at a press conference Friday morning.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Name Jim Montgomery New Coach]]>Fri, 04 May 2018 14:35:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars-new-coach-jim-montgomery1.jpg

When Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill started his third coaching search in five years, he took a look at the talented roster that is still among the youngest in the NHL.

Their new coach is certainly accustomed to dealing with youth.

Jim Montgomery was introduced Friday by the Stars, becoming the second head coach in three years to go directly from the college ranks to the NHL.

"I think the game is changing, and in the end it's dealing with people," Nill said. "It's dealing with the younger players, and on top of it, winning, and he's done that."

Montgomery was 125-57-26 the past five seasons at the University of Denver, including a national title in 2016-17. As a player, he was part of a national championship at Maine in 1993.

"We loved our life in Denver and I loved my job, and the only way I was going to move from a great position was for an opportunity that was better," said the 48-year-old Montgomery, who has four young children.

Before Denver, he spent three seasons as head coach and general manager for Dubuque of the United States Hockey League. The Fighting Saints were 118-45-21 from 2010-13, when they won two USHL titles.

Montgomery is a departure from the two first two hires by Nill, grizzled NHL veterans Lindy Ruff and Ken Hitchcock.

Hitchcock, who coached the Stars to their only Stanley Cup title in 1999, returned as their coach for only one season before retiring last month and becoming a consultant for the team. The Stars have missed the playoffs eight of the last 10 seasons.

Philadelphia has made the playoffs in two of the three seasons since Dave Hakstol was hired by the Flyers out of collegiate power North Dakota.

Montgomery inherits a Dallas squad led high-scoring All-Star forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, one of the top-scoring defensemen in John Klingberg, and goalie Ben Bishop. Benn, the team captain, was among those attending Montgomery's introductory news conference.

"When I look at this lineup, I really get excited," Montgomery said. "It has everything you want. It has star power. ... You have depth, you have size, you have skill, you have speed at every position."

The Stars were solidly positioned for the playoffs in March before an eight-game losing streak that started with six losses on the road. Still, Dallas improved significantly in a year, finishing with 92 points under Hitchcock after only 79 in the last of their four seasons with Ruff. The 79 points were the second-fewest in a full season for the team since moving to Dallas in 1993-94.

Montgomery played in 122 career NHL games from 1993-2003, his last nine games coming with the Stars. He also played for St. Louis, Montreal, Philadelphia and San Jose.

"I hope my coaching career is going to last longer," Montgomery joked.

Only two head coaches had gone directly from college to the NHL before Hakstol and Montgomery.

Ned Harkness was the first, when he went from Cornell to Detroit in 1970, and was 12-22-4 as head coach before becoming the Red Wings GM. Bob Johnson went from Wisconsin to Calgary in 1982 and had a 234-188-58 record in six seasons as an NHL head coach. Johnson team's made the playoffs in all six of his seasons, five in Calgary and his only season in Pittsburgh for a Stanley Cup title in 1991.

Nill said his final list of 10 candidates includes five veteran coaches and five others who could be given an opportunity as an NHL coach.

"He's a guy that's been on our radar screen," Nill said of Montgomery. "He had that passion, that fire. He's built his resume up the right way. It's about winning, and he's found a way to do it, and especially a way to do it in today's game."



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Name Jim Montgomery as Head Coach]]>Thu, 03 May 2018 19:39:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/STARS_MONTGOMERY_TALK_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1225323075933.jpg

The Dallas Stars are set to hire Jim Montgomery as their head coach. NBC 5’s Sports Director and Pat Doney talk about the move and what it means to the Dallas Stars.]]>
<![CDATA[Source: Stars Will Name New Head Coach on Friday]]>Wed, 02 May 2018 14:13:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Jim Montgomery will be announced as the Stars' next head coach on Friday, according to a source.

Montgomery, 48, has served the past five seasons as head coach at Denver University, winning the NCAA championship in 2017. He will be just the fifth coach in history to jump straight from the college ranks to head coach in the NHL, so the Stars are going a different route with this hire.

Read more on this report from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Wings Only NTX Pro Team to Make Playoffs This Season]]>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:39:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Generic-Sports-1.jpg

When it comes to North Texas professional sports teams, women ruled this season.

The WNBA's Dallas Wings are the only local pro team to make the playoffs.

That's right. Go Wings!

The Wings 2017 record may have been 16-18, but they still made it to the first round of playoffs, losing to Washington 86-76.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks will finish their season Tuesday night, with a 23-54 record at the moment.

The Dallas Cowboys finished 9-7, watching division rival Philadelphia winning its first Super Bowl.

And while the Texas Rangers rival Houston Astros won their first World Series, the Rangers finished 78-84 for their season.

And in hockey, the Dallas Stars just wrapped their season with a record of 42-32-8.

In soccer, FC Dallas finished seventh in the West in 2017 with a record of 11-10-13 -- this after coming in first in the conference the previous two seasons with appearances in the conference finals and semifinals in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Click here to read more about this story from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[No Playoffs For The Dallas Stars]]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 22:18:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KEN_HITCHCOCK_ON_STARS_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1206948931605.jpg

The Dallas Stars will once again sit home during the playoffs. Head Coach Ken Hitchcock explains the one problem the team had this season and which team he is looking to copy to fix the problem going forward.]]>
<![CDATA[Seguin Expresses Disappointment in Missing the Playoffs]]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 22:16:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TYLER_SEGUIN_ON_SEASON_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1206934595606.jpg

The Dallas Stars missed the postseason for the second season in a row. Tyler Seguin talks about his good season and how hard it will be to get over missing the postseason.]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Looking Back on Disappointing Season]]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 22:14:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JAMIE_BENN_SOUND_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1206814787531.jpg

The Dallas Stars looked like they were headed to the postseason but a late season debacle ended their chances. Captain Jamie Benn talks about what went wrong and what's ahead.]]>
<![CDATA[Benn Hat Trick Gives Stars Win Over Kings]]>Sun, 08 Apr 2018 09:48:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_hockey_talk_jamie_benn_1200x675_1061006915949.jpg

Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars won't be in the playoffs. Still, they gave the Los Angeles Kings a good preview of how tough raising the Stanley Cup might be.

Benn had a natural hat trick in the first period and the Stars beat the Kings 4-2 on Saturday night.

It was Benn's second hat trick in three games and the fourth of his career. Benn has seven goals during a three-game scoring streak.

Kari Lehtonen made 34 saves in his 445th and potential last game for the Stars before becoming a free agent this summer. Devin Shore also scored, and Alexander Radulov had three assists.

Dallas finished three points behind Colorado for the second wild-card in the Western Conference. The Stars went 0-6-2 in mid-March when starting goalie Ben Bishop sustained a knee injury, and that stretch of poor play loomed large in not making the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

"You hate to look back and wonder what you could have done different, but we played some pretty good hockey most of the year and didn't raise our level when it needed to be raised. And here we are out of the playoffs now," Benn said.

Alec Martinez scored twice and Jonathan Quick made 14 saves for the Kings, who will play Vegas in the first round of the playoffs after finishing as the first wild card from the Western Conference.

Benn made it 2-0 at 8:40, knocking the puck out of mid-air by swinging his stick like a baseball bat from close range.

Benn scored his second at 11:35 to put the Stars up 3-0. Benn tapped the puck into an open net after defenseman Oscar Fantenberg lost the puck in his own zone.

"You can't blame our goalie on any of them. I think if you had two goalies in the net you might not get a save there because we had full possession of the puck on three of those plays," Kings coach John Stevens said.

Benn got his hat trick at 13:57 by tipping Radulov's pass past Quick for his 10th point during a five-game point streak. He has eight goals and two assists in that span.

The Stars took a 1-0 lead at 6:41. Shore scored on a backhand after poking the puck away from Kings defenseman Christian Folin. It was Shore's 11th goal, and his third point (two goals, one assist) in five games.

"Obviously, that's not a good enough start," Martinez said. "Quite frankly, it's embarrassing. We left our goalie out to dry, and that's not fair to him."

Martinez scored on a slap shot at 3:42 in the second, getting the Kings on the board. He cut the deficit to 4-2 at 12:27 on a one-timer from Michael Amadio after a power play expired.

The Kings went 2-1-1 against the Golden Knights this season, winning back-to-back games on Feb. 26-27.

"Except the first period tonight, I think we've been playing pretty well the last couple games," Kings center Adrian Kempe said. "We got to bring it now. We need every single guy in the locker room. We need everybody to be at their best now. The fun starts right now. Hopefully everybody is ready for it."

NOTES: Martinez has two goals and two assists during a three-game point streak. ... Stars D John Klingberg had an assist, closing the season on a four-game point streak. ... Kings F Torrey Mitchell (flu) missed his second straight game.

UP NEXT

Stars: End of regular season. Did not qualify for playoffs.

Kings: Visit the Golden Knights to start the first round.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Stars Fall to Anaheim Ducks]]>Sat, 07 Apr 2018 09:43:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-935384384.jpg

Even after a tremendous late-season surge capped by seven straight home victories, the Anaheim Ducks' playoff position won't be determined until the final day of the regular season.

The Ducks are grateful to be pushed, and they plan to keep shoving deep into the NHL postseason.

Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and two assists, and the Ducks maintained their late-season charge with their ninth win in 11 games overall, 5-3 over the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano each had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who leapfrogged the Los Angeles Kings by one point for third place in the Pacific Division. The playoff-bound rivals have been trading the spot down the stretch, and the race will go down to the final game -- with second place also in play for Anaheim.

"It's been a long season, but we still want to take that next step," Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin said.

Anaheim clinched its sixth consecutive playoff berth Wednesday, but it can't let up heading into its finale at Arizona on Saturday night. The Ducks and the Coyotes will begin about 90 minutes before the Kings host the Stars.

What's more, if the Ducks win and the San Jose Sharks lose in regulation to Minnesota later in the night, Anaheim will jump into second, earning home ice for at least one round.

Anaheim's streak of five consecutive Pacific Division titles is ending, but bigger banners are still available to a team hitting its stride.

"The whole team is building that confidence, and we're playing the right way," Silfverberg said. "We just need to make sure we have a strong finish tomorrow and see who we get."

Rickard Rakell and Derek Grant also scored before Cogliano got a key breakaway goal with 5:25 to play for the Ducks, who have lost in regulation at home just once in 17 games since Jan. 23.

Ryan Miller made 23 saves to win his second straight start in place of John Gibson. Miller also earned the 369th victory of his NHL career, tying Tom Barrasso for second among U.S.-born goaltenders.

Jamie Benn scored his 33rd goal and added an assist for the Stars, who aren't going out quietly in their disappointing season. After beating playoff-bound Minnesota and San Jose in their previous two games, the Stars gave a scare to the Ducks before taking their 10th loss in 13 games.

"(The Ducks) looked like a team that's getting ready for the playoffs," Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We looked like a team that still was trying, but they had details in our game that we didn't have, and that part, I'm sure, is disappointing for everybody."

Mike McKenna stopped 28 shots in his second appearance of the season for Dallas and the 34-year-old veteran's 25th NHL appearance of his lengthy hockey career. McKenna, who got a win over San Jose in relief on Tuesday, has been the third goalie most of the season for the Stars, who are his fifth NHL team and 15th professional team.

"I allowed five goals, so I'm disappointed we didn't win the game more than anything," said McKenna, who will head back to the AHL next week for the Texas Stars' playoff push. "There's room for improvement. Go back, look at video and try to get better again. Doesn't change anything for me that there's not more time left here. There's more time left in the season."

Marc Methot got his first goal in 35 games this season, and Radek Faksa also scored for Dallas.

NOTES: During a first-period break, Honda Center aired a tribute video to Beauchemin, who has said he will retire after this season. Beauchemin, who has played three separate stints in Anaheim during his career, acknowledged his standing ovation with a wave. "I knew it was coming ... (but) I still had some problems keeping it together because of all the great memories." ... Ducks D Cam Fowler missed his second straight game with a shoulder injury that could sideline him deep into the playoffs. Gibson also missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury, but it isn't thought to be serious. ... Rakell's 33rd goal of the season matched his career high and also ended Anaheim's 0-for-10 power play drought.

UP NEXT

Stars: At Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Ducks: At Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Benn Records Hat Trick in Stars' Win Over Sharks]]>Wed, 04 Apr 2018 04:35:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jamie+benn+stars+minnesota.jpg

Calling it "a lucky play," Jamie Benn stole the puck from Tomas Hertl and scored the go-ahead goal with 3:06 left before tacking on an empty-netter for the hat trick in the Dallas Stars' 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

"It was just a read," Benn said. "I'll take it."

So will the Stars, who ended a seven-game road losing streak.

"We played our best third period in a long time," coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Mike McKenna, who replaced an injured Kari Lehtonen, got the victory after stopping all 17 shots he faced. McKenna last played in the NHL for the Arizona Coyotes on Feb. 16, 2015.

"It's fulfilling getting a win," McKenna said. "It was fun to be part of this win. It's not anything I haven't seen before. Sometimes you lean on your experience."

Dallas' Gemel Smith tied it at 2 with 5:17 left. Devon Shore won a battle along the boards and rushed the net, tapping it to Smith at the last second.

Logan Couture set a career high with his 33rd goal and Timo Meier scored No. 20 for the Sharks, who lost their fourth straight.

"You're concerned any time you lose a lead," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "Again, we played good enough tonight to score four goals and we should have won. We didn't, and we didn't handle that as well as we could have in the third. For me, the big mistake was not putting them away when we had the chance, not the third period."

Lehtonen left with an upper-body injury with 4:06 remaining in the first period. He took a puck to the facemask. Hitchcock said he should be OK for Friday's game in Los Angeles. Lehtonen saved 12 of 14 shots.

Couture put the Sharks ahead 1-0 when he got a pass from Brent Burns and fired it into the net from long range midway through the first period.

Meier added to the lead six minutes later after chasing down a puck that had bounced off Lehtonen's pads. He fired from the right side, finding a hole under Lehtonen's glove.

"You don't want to be on your heels," Meier said. "We were on our heels and you can't do that late in the season. A thing like that can't happen again."

Benn made it 2-1 late in the second period, redirecting a centering pass from John Klingberg off Martin Jones' shoulder pad and into the net.

"After the second period we regrouped and refocused," Benn said. "We found a way to put together 20 good minutes and found a way to win."

NOTES: Benn has points in 10 of his last 13 games. ... Stars C Tyler Seguin has points in each of his past four games and six of seven overall. ... Sharks F Evander Kane missed the game with an apparent arm injury suffered at Las Vegas on Saturday night. ... Sharks C Dylan Gambrell made his NHL debut. ... The Sharks signed Sasha Chmelevski to a contract and assigned him to the AHL Barracudas.

UP NEXT

Stars: Play at the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

Sharks: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Radulov's OT Goal Helps Stars End Skid, Beat Flyers]]>Tue, 27 Mar 2018 23:09:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo.jpg

Alexander Radulov scored 40 seconds into overtime as the Dallas Stars beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Tuesday night to end an eight-game winless streak.

Tyler Seguin passed from the right side across to Radulov, who beat Philadelphia goalie Petr Mrazek for the game winner.

The Stars were 0-6-2 during their longest stretch without a win since moving to Dallas in 1993. With five games left, the Stars moved four points behind Colorado for the Western Conference's final playoff berth.

Philadelphia extended its points streak to six games (3-0-3) and remained two points ahead of New Jersey for the Eastern Conference's top wild card.

Radek Faksa had the game's first goal just past midway into the first period for Dallas and Brett Ritchie tied it 2-2 on the power play midway through the second.

In between, Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov scored for Philadelphia, with Shayne Gostisbehere assisting on both goals.

Seguin had two assists to reach 500 career points for the Stars, and Radulov also had a an assist. Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 shots.

Mrazek made 20 saves for the Flyers.

Faksa scored with 9:10 remaining in the first. Antoine Roussel's shot from above the left faceoff circle went wide left, bouncing off the boards and out to Faksa at the right of the net. He put in a backhand off Mrazek's left skate as the goalie scrambled to get back to that side.

Konecny tied it with 3:09 left in the opening period with a wrist shot from just inside the right circle that went under the crossbar.

Dallas had seven of the first eight shots on goal, but Philadelphia outshot the Stars 10-3 for the remainder of the first period.

The Flyers took the lead just 2:03 into the second. Wayne Simmonds passed to Provorov in the slot. Before he fell to the ice, Provorov put a wrist shot inside the left goalpost.

It took the Stars just 19 seconds into their first power play of the second to tie it. Standing just to the left of the net, Ritchie tipped in Radulov's shot from the right circle.

NOTES: Konecny has 17 of his 23 goals in the last 31 games. ... Claude Giroux's assist on Konecny's goal was his eighth in the last four games and 66th of the season. ... Radulov reached 40 assists for the first time in his career. ... Before Ritchie's goal, Philadelphia had killed 12 of 13 penalties over six-plus games.

UP NEXT

Flyers: Finish a three-game trip on Wednesday at Colorado.

Stars: Visit Minnesota on Thursday before returning for the home finale on Saturday vs. the Wild.



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Boucher, Dowd score on power play; Canucks beat Stars]]>Sun, 25 Mar 2018 21:13:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo.jpg

Reid Boucher and Nic Dowd scored rare goals on the power play, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied to beat the reeling Dallas Stars 4-1 on Sunday night.

Dallas' Mattias Janmark started the scoring with a short-handed goal in the first period, but Boucher tied it on the same man advantage. It was Boucher's third goal this season, all coming over two games in Dallas.

Dowd scored his third goal with one second left on a four-minute power play in the second period.

Jake Virtanen added a third-period goal and Tyler Motte scored into an empty net for Vancouver, which won for only the second time in 10 games.

The Stars are on an 0-6-2 skid and have all but fallen out of playoff contention. With six games remaining, they are five points behind St. Louis for the second wild card from the Western Conference. The eight-game losing streak is the longest since the Stars moved to Dallas in 1993.

Jussi Jokinen assisted on the Canucks' first two goals.

The goals by Janmark and Bouche followed a tripping penalty on Stephen Johns. Janmark beat Alexander Edler to a puck in the neutral zone, skated in alone and beat Jacob Markstrom with a wrist shot. Thirty seconds later, Boucher tied it after Jokinen's shot from the right circle deflected to him for a put-back past Kari Lehtonen.

Dallas killed 3:59 of Tyler Seguin's double minor for high sticking before Dowd put in a shot off Lehtonen's left skate and the right goalpost.

Virtanen's goal came on a shot from the right boards that went in between Lehtonen and the post.

NOTES: Markstrom had 30 saves, and Lehtonen stopped 23 shots. ... Janmark's short-handed goal was his second this season, Dallas' second in two games and the Stars' sixth this season. Vancouver has allowed six short-handed goals. ... Jokinen began his career with Dallas in 2005 and has played for nine NHL teams, including four this season. He had his first two-point game since Dec. 15 for the Kings against the Rangers. ... Canucks D Ashton Sautner made his NHL debut as an emergency call-up for Chris Tanev, who was injured in Friday's game at St. Louis. Sautner was playing for Utica in the AHL, where he had spent all of his three pro seasons.

UP NEXT

Canucks: Begin their final homestand (five games) against Anaheim on Tuesday night.

Stars: Finish a three-game homestand Tuesday night vs. Philadelphia.



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Really Need a Win]]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 15:33:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-935384384.jpg

The Dallas Stars will take on the Boston Bruins Friday night at the American Airlines Center, and they really need to get a win.

The Stars enter the game on a six game losing streak and currently sit four points out of the second wildcard spot in the Western Conference.

The Bruins have already clinched a postseason spot but the Stars beat the Boston in their only other meeting this season 3-2 in overtime back in January.

The Stars have just eight games left in the regular season. The puck drops Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Carlson Scores Late as Capitals Deal Stars a Tough Defeat]]>Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:34:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-935384384.jpg

John Carlson scored the go-ahead goal with five minutes remaining to help the Washington Capitals beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Tuesday night and extend their lead atop the Metropolitan Division.

T.J. Oshie, Matt Niskanen and Alex Ovechkin also scored for Washington, which leads the tight Metropolitan by four points over Pittsburgh and Columbus. The Capitals are on pace for their third consecutive division title and playoff appearance with nine games remaining.

Carlson's goal tied him with the Stars' John Klingberg for the NHL lead among defensemen with 61 points. It was also a dagger to Dallas' fading playoff hopes. The Stars finished their road trip 0-4-2 and sit outside the final playoff position in the Western Conference and could need 14 of a possible 18 points before the end of the season to get in.

Braden Holtby stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced to beat the Stars for just the second time in six career starts, a fine performance as the 2016 Vezina Trophy winner tries to get his game together before the playoffs. Kari Lehtonen, who could be counted on to start every game for Dallas down the stretch with Ben Bishop out, allowed four goals on 32 shots in the loss that included goals from Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov.

A sluggish first period took a turn about 15 minutes in when Washington's Nicklas Backstrom tripped fellow Swede Klingberg to put Dallas on the power play. With the Capitals converging on the puck at the blue line, Seguin was left wide open and scored his 39th goal of the season 16:04 in.

Two more Capitals penalties gave the Stars opportunities to build the lead, but when they couldn't -- and Washington had better short-handed chances than it gave up on the power play -- it was 1-1 at 4:07 of the second on Oshie's 16th. Washington took the lead less than 90 seconds later on Niskanen's harmless-looking point shot that deflected off Stars defenseman Greg Pateryn's raised stick and past Lehtonen.

As good as the Capitals' penalty kill was in the second period, the Stars scored seconds after a power play expired as Radulov deflected Klingberg's shot into the net at 11:48. Klingberg's 61 points are the most among NHL defensemen.

Ovechkin continued the back-and-forth scoring on the power play 14:31 into the second, his league-leading 44th goal this season and 602nd of his career to pass Jari Kurri for sole possession of 19th on the career list. It was his 22nd career goal against Lehtonen, tied for the most against any goalie with the New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist.

A turnover by Washington's Lars Eller paved the way for Benn to tie the score again at 18:15 when he muscled by a defender to the net and waited out Holtby to score his 27th of the season.

Carlson scored with 4:59 left to put the Capitals up and almost end the Stars' season.

NOTES: Eller was benched for more than eight minutes after his giveaway. ... Capitals D Brooks Orpik returned after missing one game with a lower-body injury. C Evgeny Kuznetsov missed his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury. ... Stars D Marc Methot missed his fourth game in a row with a hand injury, while RW Brett Ritchie (lower body) and C Jason Spezza (back) were also out.

UP NEXT

Stars: Return home to face the Boston Bruins on Friday.

Capitals: Visit the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Winnipeg Jets Beat Dallas Stars; Match Franchise Wins Record at 43]]>Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:22:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo.jpg

Patrik Laine scored twice to extend his point streak to 15 games and tie Alex Ovechkin for the NHL goal lead, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Sunday night to match the franchise wins record at 43.

The second-year sniper has 43 goals, matching the total from Ovechkin, the Washington star and Laine's boyhood favorite. Laine's point streak is the longest active run in the NHL and adds to his league record for the longest point streak by a teenager. The streak includes 18 goals and eight assists.

Ben Chiarot also scored and Blake Wheeler added an empty-netter for Winnipeg.

Mattias Janmark and Jamie Benn each scored for Dallas.

Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for the Jets in the second game of a six-game homestand. The last time they reached 43 wins was 2014-15, when they made the playoffs for the first time since relocating to Winnipeg from Atlanta.

The victory also gave Winnipeg a sweep over the Stars in the teams' four-game season series.

Ben Bishop stopped three shots before leaving the game with 9:49 remaining in the first period after whipping out his left glove to snag Bryan Little's shot. Playing his second game after missing five with a knee injury, Bishop stood in the crease bent over before skating off with what the team reported as a lower-body injury.

Kari Lehtonen replaced Bishop and made 17 saves for the visitors, who finished off a winless five-game road trip (0-3-2).

Winnipeg led 1-0 after the first period and 3-2 after the second.

With Benn in the penalty box for tripping, Laine scored with 0.4 seconds remaining in the first period following a supreme effort by Wheeler. After losing an edge and falling down near the bottom of the right circle, Wheeler swept a one-handed pass through the feet of Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis to Laine out in front, and he put a high shot past Lehtonen.

It was Laine's 19th power-play goal, tops in the NHL. Wheeler picked up his 61st assist of the season, also a league high.

NOTES: Jets C Adam Lowry picked up an assist on Chiarot's goal in his first game back after sitting 19 with an upper-body injury. Mark Scheifele and Tobias Enstrom also returned from injury. Scheifele got a helper on Wheeler's goal.

UP NEXT

Stars: Host Boston on Wednesday night.

Jets: Host Los Angeles on Tuesday night.



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Marner Gets Winner in Shootout, Maple Leafs Beat Stars]]>Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:09:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Mitch Marner scored the winner in the shootout to lift Toronto to a 6-5 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night, extending the Maple Leafs' franchise-record home winning streak to 11 games.

Marner beat Kari Lehtonen in the third round of the shootout, completing Toronto's comebacks from 4-2 and 5-4 deficits in the third period.

James van Riemsdyk had his third career hat trick, and Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau also scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs. Frederik Andersen allowed three goals on 20 shots before getting lifted just past the game's midway point with an upper-body injury. Curtis McElhinney came on and stopped 13 shots -- including two big saves on Jamie Benn during a power play in overtime -- the rest of the way to help Toronto improve to 3-2-2 overall since star center Auston Matthews went down with a shoulder injury on Feb. 22.

Tyler Bozak, who also scored in the shootout, and Marner each added two assists to keep the Maple Leafs perfect at home since losing to Colorado on Jan. 22.

Tyler Seguin had a goal and two assists, Benn added a goal and an assist, and Radek Faska, Remi Elie and Brett Ritchie also scored in regulation for Dallas. Lehtonen made 26 stops through overtime.

After the Leafs stormed back with two goals in the third to tie it 4-4, Ritchie took a feed from Seguin and beat McElhinney with 6:42 remaining for his sixth goal of the season.

However, Marleau tied it with 15.3 seconds left in regulation when he tipped home Marner's shot for his 22nd to send the game to overtime.

Outshot 25-15 through what were a listless two periods after a jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, the Maple Leafs pulled to 4-3 at 5:13 of the third when van Riemsdyk softly flipped his second of the night and 28th of the campaign into the roof of Lehtonen's net.

Toronto got the game's first power play with about 10 minutes left in regulation, and van Riemsdyk scored his third goal of the night, and team-leading 29th of the season, at 10:43 off a hard pass from Marner.

Van Riemsdyk's three goals moved him past Matthews, who missed his 17th game of the season due to injury, for the team lead.

Tied 2-2 after the first period, the Stars came out flying to start the second -- outshooting Toronto 9-1 -- before Seguin gave his team its first lead at 4:30. The slick center took a quick shot off the rush, stepped around Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner and beat Andersen between the legs on the rebound for his 37th.

Andersen left the crease during a television timeout with 9:35 left in the second and went straight to the locker room.

Coming off back-to-back losses, including Tuesday's 4-2 setback in Montreal, the Stars made it 4-2 at 14:03 when Elie scored his sixth off a nice no-look feed from Devin Shore past a helpless McElhinney.

Toronto bounced back off a recent 0-2-2 road trip to defeat two-time defending Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh 5-2 on Saturday, setting a new club record for consecutive home wins with 10.

While the Maple Leafs are all but assured of finishing as the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Division with the playoffs less than a month away, the Stars find themselves in a battle for a postseason spot in the tight Western Conference standings.

Toronto opened the scoring at 4:28 of the first when Kadri took advantage of Lehtonen's miscue in front to tap home his 27th.

The crowd at Air Canada Centre barely had a chance to get back in their seats before van Riemsdyk made it 2-0 just 25 seconds later when he banged in a rebound -- also his 27th -- off a scramble in front.

The Stars got on the board with the teams playing 4-on-4 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the first when Seguin beat Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly to a puck in the corner off a faceoff and fed Benn, who got his 25th.

Dallas tied it 1:32 later when Greg Pateryn blasted a shot from the point that ticked off Faska in front for his 14th.

NOTES: Maple Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson made his NHL debut. ... Prior to the recent four-game slide, Toronto had won 14 wins in 17. ... Toronto D Nikita Zaitsev sat out for a second consecutive game with the flu. ... Stars D Marc Methot suffered a hand injury against Montreal and didn't dress. ... Dallas No. 1 goalie Ben Bishop missed his fifth straight outing with a lower-body injury.

UP NEXT

Stars: At Ottawa on Friday night.

Maple Leafs: At Buffalo on Thursday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Canadiens Top Stars to Snap 5-Game Skid]]>Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:18:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Artturi Lehkonen scored twice and the Montreal Canadiens snapped their five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

Brendan Gallagher and Nikita Scherbak also scored for Montreal (26-32-12), which hadn't won since March 2. Alex Galchenyuk had two assists.

Antti Niemi made 36 saves for his fifth win of the season. Niemi hasn't lost in regulation since Feb. 14, going 3-0-3 during that stretch.

Radek Faksa and Jamie Benn scored for Dallas (38-26-6), and Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 shots in defeat.

The Canadiens were at home for the first time since a 1-3-2 road trip.

Andrew Shaw left midway through the third period with an injury. Shaw hit former teammate Greg Pateryn along the boards but got the worst of it as their heads collided. The Canadiens winger has already missed 19 games this season with a lower-body injury.

The game marked Alexander Radulov's return to the Bell Centre. Radulov hadn't faced his former club in Montreal since signing with Dallas as a free agent in the offseason.

Radulov was met with cheers when he was featured on the big screen in the first period. The winger scored 18 goals in 76 games for Montreal last season -- his first back in the NHL since 2011.

Faksa got Dallas on the board at 11:48 of the first period as he deflected Pateryn's shot past Niemi.

Lehkonen tied things up with a wrist shot to the blocker side at 16:31.

A four-minute high-sticking penalty to Dan Hamhuis in the second changed the course of the game, with Montreal scoring twice in 35 seconds.

First, Lehkonen beat Lehtonen through the legs from the slot at 8:41. And after Faksa took a tripping penalty to give the Canadiens a two-man advantage, Gallagher netted his team-leading 26th of the season at 9:16.

Benn got one back for the Stars on the power play at 18:20 of the second. Radulov got an assist on the goal.

Scherbak made it 4-2, again on the power play, at 9:26 of the third.

Montreal finished 3 for 5 with the extra skater.

During the game, the Canadiens announced defenseman Shea Weber had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn tendon in his left foot. The team expects his recovery to take six months.

Weber is thought to have been injured when he was hit by a shot in the first game of the season. The 32-year-old has not played since Dec. 16.

NOTES: The Stars are two games into a six-game road trip. ... Galchenyuk has eight points in his last eight games. . The Stars beat Montreal 3-1 earlier this season in Dallas.

UP NEXT

Stars: At the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Canadiens: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Oleksiak's Late Goal Helps Penguins Defeat Stars]]>Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:42:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JAMIE11.jpg

Jamie Oleksiak scored a goal against his former team to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Sunday night.

Oleksiak scored his fifth of the season, while Evgeni Malkin got his 39th and added an assist. Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal, his 20th, to help the Penguins win for the fourth in five games.

Malkin, now with 919 points, moved past Pavel Datsyuk for fifth on the NHL's all-time points list among Russian-born players. He also equaled a season-high six-game points streak.

Pittsburgh, which rebounded from a 5-2 loss at Toronto one night earlier, jumped past Washington for first place in a tight Metropolitan Division. The Penguins, who lost six of their previous seven against Dallas, have won 14 of their last 15 overall at home.

Casey DeSmith made 17 saves for the Penguins with starter Matt Murray out for his seventh game with a concussion.

Alexander Radulov scored a power-play goal, his 25th of the season, for the Stars, who started a critical late-season stretch of six road games in 10 days with a loss against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Dallas, the first wild card in the Western Conference, is 14-15-3 on the road and has just two wins in its last six games.

Kari Lehtonen, making his third straight start, stopped 27 shots.

Hornqvist opened the scoring with a first-period power-play goal. The final pick of the 2005 NHL Draft, he has scored at least 20 goals in eight of 10 NHL seasons, including the last five. The Penguins had two goals in their last 18 power-play chances prior to Hornqvist's goal.

Oleksiak gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead with 3.7 seconds left in the first. The Stars drafted Oleksiak in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft and Pittsburgh acquired the 6-foot-7, 25-year-old defenseman from Dallas on Dec. 19 for a 2019 conditional fourth-round draft pick.

Radulov scored a second-period power-play goal on a five-on-three for the Stars' first goal.

Hornqvist thought he had his second power-play goal of the game, and a 3-1 lead for Pittsburgh later in the period. But the Stars challenged the play and the goal was overturned because Malkin went offside earlier in the sequence.

NOTES: Stars G Ben Bishop missed his third game with a knee injury. He is expected to skate with equipment Monday after skating without pads Sunday morning. ... Pittsburgh scratched F Dominik Simon (lower-body), F Bryan Rust (concussion), F Zach Aston-Reese (upper body) and D Matt Hunwick. ... Marc Methot (knee) and Mattias Janmark (illness) both played for Dallas after missing Friday's game against Anaheim. ... Stars F Antoine Roussel played in his 400th career NHL game. He is the first in NHL history from France to play in 400 games.

UP NEXT

Stars: Continue a six-game road trip Tuesday at Montreal

Penguins: Open a three-game road trip at the New York Rangers on Wednesday



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<![CDATA[Shore, Benn Score on Power Play, Stars Beat Ducks]]>Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:36:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Devin Shore and Jamie Benn scored power-play goals in the third period and the Dallas Stars beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on Friday night.

With the game tied at 1, Benn tipped John Klingberg's shot from the top of the slot past Anaheim's Ryan Miller for the go-ahead goal with 5:37 remaining.

Ryan Getzlaf scored Anaheim's goal in the first period.

Both teams entered with 80 points, but Dallas increased its lead for the first wild card from the Western Conference to three points over Los Angeles. Anaheim remained one point ahead of the Kings for third place in the Pacific Division.

Miller made 35 saves 16 days after shutting out the Stars with 41 saves in Anaheim. Kari Lehtonen stopped 26 shots for Dallas.

The third-period power plays were the only ones for the Stars in the game. The Kings had killed all 25 of their opponents' man advantages in the previous nine games. Dallas had been successful on only four of 36 power plays (11 percent) over 13 games.

Getzlaf scored at 17:16 of the first period. Rickard Rakell started the play by passing out to Corey Perry at the Ducks' blue line. Going 2-on-1 against Dallas defenseman Greg Pateryn, Perry dropped the puck to Getzlaf entering the Stars' zone. Pateryn went to the ice to block a shot, but Getzlaf lifted a wrist shot over Pateryn and Lehtonen's right shoulder into the upper-left corner of the net.

Anaheim outshot Dallas 10-9 in the first period, but the Stars came out firing in the second. They peppered Miller with 17 shots on goal to just five for the Ducks. Miller stopped all of them.

The Stars finally scored on their first power play of the game. Just 2 seconds were left on a penalty to Perry when Tyler Seguin passed into the slot and Shore deflected the puck into the upper-right corner.

NOTES: The Stars had no healthy scratches. The players sidelined were D Martin Hanzal (lower-body injury), G Ben Bishop (knee) and C Mattias Janmark (illness). Bishop will make Dallas' longest trip of the season and may be able to play before the team returns home on March 23. Dallas C Martin Hanzal will undergo season-ending spinal fusion. ... Getzlaf has two goals and 10 assists in his last five games. ... Rakell played in his 300th NHL game. He celebrated with an assist on Getzlaf's goal, giving him eight goals and 11 assists in a six-game point streak. ... Dallas' penalty killers were 19 for 20 in the previous five games, and 3 for 3 on Friday. ... Seguin assisted on both goals.

UP NEXT

Ducks: Begin a four-game homestand on Monday against St. Louis

Stars: Begin a six-game trip on Sunday at Pittsburgh.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Ready For Critical Games Down The Stretch Of The Season]]>Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:54:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BENN_AND_HITCHCOCK_ON_TEAM_PLAYOFF_PUSH_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1182029891527.jpg

The Dallas Stars start their playoff push. Captain Jamie Benn and Coach Ken Hitchcock talk about the stretch run and how tough it will be to make the playoffs.]]>
<![CDATA[Tyler Seguin Gearing Up For Playoff Run]]>Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:51:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SEGUIN_ON_STARS_AND_LEADERSHIP_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1182015555619.jpg

The Dallas Stars start their playoff push. Center Tyler Seguin talks about playing the rest of the season in playoff mode and how he is growing as a team leader.]]>
<![CDATA[Predators Beat Stars for Franchise-Record 9th Straight Win]]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:19:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-98351022.jpg

The Nashville Predators talk about everything and shy away from nothing.

Right now, they have an awful lot to discuss.

Pekka Rinne stopped 26 shots, Ryan Hartman scored at 5:33 of the third period and the Predators beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 Tuesday night for their franchise-record ninth straight victory.

The Predators extended the NHL's longest active winning streak. The defending Western Conference champs also lead both the conference and the Central Division by six points, and Nashville topped last season's point total of 94 with 16 games left.

Only Tampa Bay has more points (96), and Nashville has a game in hand on Tampa Bay.

"We talk about putting your name on something," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "Those are all great opportunities for our club to fight for something. I thought they did."

Rinne recorded his seventh shutout this season, tying Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy for most in the NHL. Rinne is 17-1-1 over his last 19 games, and this was the 50th shutout of his career. Rinne said the Predators' stats are pretty remarkable over the last 30 games.

"It's so much fun right now, nine wins in a row," Rinne said. "We're feeling good and the team is fairly healthy and clicking really good right now."

Nick Bonino scored an empty-netter with 13.6 seconds left after Stars defenseman John Klingberg caught a skate on his own net, causing him to trip and lose the puck.

The Stars, currently in the first wild card spot, lost for the second time in as many nights after falling in overtime Monday night.

"We've just going to have to move forward," Klingberg said. "We can't be frustrated. We're still right in the mix there. We've still got the wild card spot. We're just going to have to move on and find a way to score more goals."

Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves for Dallas.

Mike Fisher was in the starting lineup for his first game back in Nashville since being signed on Feb. 26. He received an ovation 10 seconds into the game during a stoppage in play while a catfish was removed from the ice. Fisher went to the box for hooking less than 2 minutes into the game.

The former captain came out of the box, got the puck and fed a pass to Ryan Johansen, who was stopped by Lehtonen.

Kevin Fiala hit a post in the first period, and Ryan Ellis hit the post at the end of a power play in the second. Lehtonen, who replaced goalie Ben Bishop after he left Monday night's overtime loss to Ottawa after the first period, turned away shot after shot. Lehtonen got a helping hand from Mattias Janmark to clear the puck away from the goal line late in the 2nd in the midst of a sustained possession by Nashville.

Hartman broke the scoreless tie with a backhander from the left circle over Lehtonen's right shoulder off a feed from Austin Watson. For Hartman, it was his second goal and first at home since the Predators picked him up from Chicago at the trade deadline last week.

"We knew if we kept playing hard, the goals were going to come," Hartman said. "That one felt good."

Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock took his timeout with 47.6 seconds left and had Lehtonen out for the extra attacker. Klingberg was collecting the puck deep for one last rush when he tripped. Hitchcock said Lehtonen gave the Stars a chance against a deep Nashville team.

"They are a hard team to play against," Hitchcock said.

NOTES: This was Nashville's 10th shutout this season, its most since 2008-09 when Rinne also had seven shutouts. ... Smith played his 500th career game. ... The Predators are outscoring opponents 39-18 during the winning streak. ... The Predators took the season series 3-0-1 against Dallas with points in 11 of the last 12 in the series. ... With Bishop scratched with a lower-body injury, the Stars recalled G Mike McKenna from their AFL affiliate. They also recalled F Roope Hintz, who was scratched.

UP NEXT

Stars: Host Anaheim on Friday night.

Predators: Host the Ducks on Thursday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Karlsson Scores in Overtime, Senators Beat Stars]]>Mon, 05 Mar 2018 23:37:21 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-01.jpg

Erik Karlsson scored on a breakaway with 2:19 left in overtime and Ottawa Senators beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Monday night.

Karlsson picked up a loose puck after a missed Dallas opportunity and beat goalie Kari Lehtonen.

Stars goalie Ben Bishop left because of a lower-body injury after making 12 saves in the first period. Lehtonen replaced Bishop and had 15 saves.

Ottawa's Craig Anderson made 31 saves.

Dallas' Tyler Seguin scored twice, on the power play in the first period and from the top of the right faceoff circle with 1:02 left in the third period to tie it.

Goals by Mike Hoffman on the power play in the second period and Matt Duchene in the third gave Ottawa a 2-1 lead.

The Stars extended their lead for the first wild card in the Western Conference to three points over Los Angeles.

The Senators are 2-5-1 in their last eight games.

Seguin first scored from the left of the net on a narrow angle. His shot went in off Ottawa defenseman Ben Harpur's skate.

Play was stopped with 11:05 left in the first period after Bishop and Dallas defenseman Dan Hamhuis fell in a heap in front of the goal. A trainer attended to Bishop, who stayed in the game but didn't return for the second period.

Each team had two power plays in the second, and Ottawa cashed in on its second power play just two seconds before the period ended.

Mark Stone passed from the left faceoff circle across to Hoffman below the edge of the right circle. His shot went off the sprawling Lehtonen's upper left arm and into the net.

The Senators had a 12-8 advantage in shots on goal in the first period, but Dallas came back in the second to outshoot Ottawa 15-8. The closest the Stars came to scoring was with 1:40 left in the second when Anderson made a glove save on a shot by Antoine Roussel.

NOTES: Duchene has 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists) in 35 career games vs. Dallas. ... In the last six games, Seguin has seven goals and four assists. ... Ottawa RW Marian Gaborik returned after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. ... The Senators had killed 13 of 14 penalties in the previous six games. Dallas had been 17 for 18 over five-plus games.

UP NEXT

Senators: Return home to meet Buffalo on Thursday.

Stars: Play at Central Division-leading Nashville on Tuesday. The Predators have won eight straight.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Benn's OT Goal Finishes Rally as Stars Beat Blues]]>Sat, 03 Mar 2018 22:17:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo.jpg

Jamie Benn turned another tying goal late in regulation into the extra point for the Dallas Stars in the tight Western Conference playoff race.

Benn scored 3:04 into overtime after Alexander Radulov's tying tally in the final three minutes of regulation, and the Stars rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Saturday.

The win came two days after Dallas salvaged a point with a goal in the final seconds of regulation against NHL-leading Tampa Bay before losing in the extra period.

"We put so much work into it we just don't want to give up a point or we're just fighting and scratching for everything," Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said. "And you know what? We're going to have another dozen to 15 games like this. It's just the way it's going to be."

Benn's winner from the high slot came after Radulov chipped a shot pass Carter Hutton on a pass from Tyler Seguin after a shot from Benn went over the net and caromed off the end boards. Seguin had two assists.

The Stars thought they had gone ahead 35 seconds later when the puck slid past Hutton from a pile in front of him, but the goal was overturned when replay determined the shot went in off Devin Shore's skate.

"I didn't know where the puck was," Shore said. "When I watched the video it looked borderline. Tough to see it turned back, but it's no biggie. We responded really well, especially getting the win in overtime. It's like it never even happened."

The Blues took a 2-1 lead with less than eight minutes remaining when Jaden Schwartz skated full speed past Antoine Roussel as the Dallas forward came off the bench on a line change and beat Ben Bishop, who stopped 35 shots.

St. Louis lost for the eighth time in nine games, and the Stars strengthened their hold on the top wild-card spot in the West. Dallas won the season series 3-2, with the home team winning each time.

"I'd say it's a familiar feeling," Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "We get the lead and late in the game we have to play with a lot of more confidence, a lot of more assertion, a lot more aggressiveness. We need more of a killer instinct."

Tyler Pitlick scored the game's first goal when he took a pass from Roussel while alone at the blue line, skated in and beat Hutton easily on the stick side seven minutes into the second period.

Hutton had 31 saves after stopping 35 of 36 in a win over Detroit that stopped a season-high seven-game losing streak.

"We'll take one point over nothing, but it's still not good enough," Hutton said. "We're chasing guys in the standings. We needed two."

The Blues got even when Ivan Barbashev tapped a rebound into an open net on Vince Dunn's shot off Bishop's pads. Vladimir Tarasenko had his 30th assist on the goal.

The first period was scoreless despite the teams spending six of the first seven minutes on special teams.

It started with St. Louis on a power play when Chris Thorburn and Roussel dropped the gloves 11 seconds into the game. Both were given five-minute fighting penalties and 10-minute misconducts, and Roussel got an instigating penalty that gave the Blues the man advantage.

Near the end of the penalty, Esa Lindell was called for delay of game, but the Blues failed to convert again. The stretch wrapped up with a 4-on-4 after a slashing call against St. Louis' Patrick Berglund and an interference penalty on Brett Ritchie.

NOTES: St. Louis F Scottie Upshall and D Jay Bouwmeester left with lower-body injuries and didn't return. ... Brett Hull, who scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for Dallas in 1999, did the ceremonial puck drop. The Stars are celebrating 25 years in Dallas this season.

UP NEXT

Blues: Four days off before the start of a three-game West Coast swing Thursday at San Jose.

Stars: Finale of a five-game homestand Monday against Ottawa.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars Stand Pat at Trade Deadline]]>Fri, 02 Mar 2018 06:25:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DEVIN_SHORE_ON_NOT_TRADE_MOVES_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1174734915528.jpg

The Dallas Stars didn’t make any moves before the NHL trade deadline. Center Devin Shore says the team is up for the challenge of making a run in the postseason with the team that they have.]]>
<![CDATA[Conacher Scores in Overtime, Lightning Beat Stars]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 23:50:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Cory Conacher scored with 41 seconds left in overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 on Thursday night.

Conacher broke away from Dallas' Jamie Benn and slid the puck between goalie Ben Bishop's legs.

It was the Lightning's fourth game in six nights that went past 60 minutes.

Tampa Bay's Anthony Cirelli had a goal and an assist in the three-goal second period of his NHL debut. The Lightning recalled the 20-year-old Cirelli from Syracuse of the AHL earlier Thursday as an emergency replacement for NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov.

Tyler Seguin had two goals and an assist for Dallas, which rallied with two third-period goals.

Mattias Janmark had tied the game with four seconds left in regulation, when he lifted a shot from a scramble over fallen Tampa Bay goalie Louis Domingue.

Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos also scored for the Lightning.

Dallas' Brett Ritchie had a third-period goal.

Domingue made 31 saves to improve to 4-8. He is 3-1 vs. Dallas in his career.

Bishop stopped 20 shots.

Tampa Bay's J.T. Miller had two assists. The first came just 1:02 into the game. Miller picked up a loose puck behind the net and passed to Point at the right of the net. Bishop was tangled up with a teammate, and Point slipped a wrist shot behind the goalie.

Dallas tied the game at 1 on the game's first power play. Jamie Benn passed from the right faceoff circle to Seguin in the slot. His snap shot grazed the crossbar and went in at 11:05.

For Seguin's second goal, John Klingberg skated low into the right circle and passed across. Seguin had the left side of the net empty for his snap shot at 8:13 of the second period.

The spotlight then shifted to Cirelli. He skated around Klingberg for a shot into the upper left corner to tie the game at 9:20. Four minutes later, Killorn poked in the rebound of Cedric Paquette's shot that Bishop couldn't handle. Cirelli also received an assist.

Stamkos got behind Dallas' defense to take a long lead pass from Miller and beat Bishop.

After being outshot 13-6 in the first period, the Lightning dominated the second with a 13-6 advantage.

NOTES: Cirelli, a first-year pro, had 14 goals and 37 assists in 51 games for Syracuse. . The Lightning played without Kucherov and D Ryan McDonagh. Both have upper-body injuries. . Miller was in his second game with Tampa Bay after the Rangers traded him and McDonagh. . Seguin has scored in four straight games, with a power-play goal in the last two. He leads the Stars with 34 goals and 11 on the power play. . Jason Dickinson had his first assist in his 25th NHL game on Ritchie's goal. . The Lightning have the most points in the NHL standings, and will be home for 12 of the final 17 games. . The Stars will play 11 of their final 18 on the road.

UP NEXT

Lightning: Begin a season-high eight-game homestand on Saturday against Philadelphia.

Stars: Play the fourth of five straight home games on Saturday vs. St. Louis.

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<![CDATA[Ben Bishop Makes 38 Saves, Stars Beat Flames]]>Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:26:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo.jpg

Ben Bishop made 38 saves in his 24th career shutout, and the Dallas Stars beat the Calgary Flames 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Bishop's shutout was his fifth this season. He had 17 saves in the second period, when Dallas increased its lead to 2-0 on a power-play goal by Tyler Seguin, his 32nd.

Devin Shore scored the first goal with just 39 seconds left in the first period. He skated past Calgary's Dougie Hamilton to the left faceoff circle and lifted a wrist shot over goalie Jon Gillies.

The Stars maintained their hold on the first Western Conference wild card spot and prevented Calgary, which sits just outside the second wild card position, from moving ahead of them.

Gillies took his first loss in six NHL games. He stopped 24 shots.

Calgary had the best chances early. In the first five minutes, Bishop stopped a 2-on-1 and Radek Faksa cleared the rebound.

The Flames had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:55 midway through the period but managed only two shots on goal.

Midway through the second period, Seguin scored on the power play, taking a cross-ice pass from Jamie Benn low in the right circle. Seguin beat Gillies with a wrist shot into the upper right corner.

On the Stars' third power play of the period, Bishop stopped 3-on-2 and 2-on-1 short-handed rushes by the Flames.

NOTES: Bishop's 38 saves were his most in a shutout this season. His best save total for any game this season is 39. ... Dallas LW Antoine Roussel went off for interference in the first period, bringing his penalty minutes over 100 for the fifth time in seven seasons. Five seconds later, D Marc Methot joined Roussel in the penalty box. ... Gillies had won his first three decisions, including the two games before Tuesday. ... The Stars had been 1 for 20 on the power play over eight-plus games before Seguin's goal. ... Calgary was 9 for 21 with a man advantage in the previous six games but failed to score on six power plays.

UP NEXT

Flames: Complete a two-game trip on Wednesday at Colorado.

Stars: Play the third in a five-game homestand on Thursday against Tampa Bay.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Laine Scores Twice, Jets Beat Stars to tie for Central Lead]]>Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:36:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo.jpg

Michael Hutchinson wasn't concerned when Dallas' Tyler Pitlick scored in the first 10 seconds of the Winnipeg goalie's first game in 25 days.

"The first goal's not that important," Hutchinson said. "We have 59 minutes and 50 seconds to come back and get another one. We were able to battle back."

The Jets didn't need that much time on Saturday night. They scored five goals in the second period and went on to beat the Stars 5-3.

Patrik Laine scored two goals and Dustin Byfuglien had three assists in the period.

"I thought Dustin Byfuglien was the best player on the ice tonight," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. "He knocked some pucks down, broke up so many plays and then the offensive part of his game is the best hockey I've ever seen him play."

Winnipeg moved into a tie with Nashville atop the Central Division. The Jets have outscored opponents 29-12 in winning five of their last six.

Hutchinson, who has won both of his NHL starts this season, finished with 33 saves.

"He made some really good saves," Maurice said. "He gave us a chance to win the game tonight with his play. That's what you ask from those guys."

Byfuglien assisted on the first three goals, by Nikolaj Ehlers, Toby Enstrom and Mark Scheifele. On the fourth, assists went to Ehlers and the goalkeeper. It was the first assist of Hutchinson's 101-game career.

Ehlers started Winnipeg's scoring and finished it with assists on Laine's goals. In eight career games against Dallas, Laine has 16 points (12 goals, 4 assists).

"His shot is pretty unique," Ehlers said. "He can put it in pretty much from anywhere, so he's playing well against these guys."

The second-year player had a chance for another goal early in the second, but his penalty shot went wide.

"Most times Patty doesn't score, you still think he could have had three or four," Maurice said. "Didn't miss on the penalty shot by much."

Dallas' Kari Lehtonen made 17 saves on 21 shots. Ben Bishop replaced Lehtonen after the fourth goal with 8:01 left in the second and stopped five of six shots.

Tyler Seguin scored for the Stars late in the second. Alexander Radulov added a goal with 47 seconds to play. They each assisted on the other's goal.

The Stars' lead for the first wild card in the Western Conference dropped to one point over Calgary.

"We were in a position to take a big step," Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We didn't take it. They made us pay for every mistake."

Dallas took a quick lead after Radek Faksa won a faceoff, and the puck went back to Pitlick in the left faceoff circle. He unloaded a snap shot past Hutchinson into the upper right corner of the net.

Laine reached 30 goals for the second straight season with a snap shot from the right circle and added number 31 from the slot at with 1:13 left in the period.

NOTES: Six of Scheifele's 19 goals this season have come in three games against Dallas. ... Winnipeg has won the first three games of the season series by a combined score of 14-6. ... Pitlick's goal was his career-high 12th of the season. It was the earliest goal off a faceoff in Stars history. ... Hutchinson has spent most of this season with Manitoba of the AHL. ... Enstrom has 54 career goals but had not scored in 87 games since his 53rd on Nov. 3, 2016. ... Dallas is 1 for 18 on the power play in its last eight games. ... Winnipeg D Tyler Myers skated gingerly off the ice late in the third period after blocking a shot. Maurice said he believed Myers was OK.

UP NEXT

Jets: Return home to face Nashville on Tuesday.

Stars: Play the second in a five-game homestand on Tuesday vs. Calgary.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Seguin Snaps Scoreless Tie in 3rd, Stars Beat Kings]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:45:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Tyler Seguin broke a scoreless tie with 8:27 remaining and the Dallas Stars beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 on Thursday night in a matchup of teams fighting for a Western Conference playoff spot.

Backup goalie Kari Lehtonen made 18 saves for his first shutout of the season in his 21st game. Alexander Radulov added an empty-net goal with a minute to play.

Seguin tipped in Greg Pateryn's slap shot for his 30th goal, reaching the mark for the fourth time in five years.

The Stars were playing back-to-back games after getting blanked by Anaheim on Wednesday. Dallas had been shut out in two of its previous four games.

The win snapped a two-game skid for the Stars.

The Kings had won three straight. Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick made several outstanding stops and finished with 26 saves.

Seguin won a faceoff in the Kings end and the puck slipped out to Pateryn, who fired from beyond the circle. The shot nicked off Seguin and went high into the net.

Both teams struggled to generate offense through the first two periods.

The opening period was pretty much devoid of good chances. The Kings were the slightly more aggressive team early, outshooting the Stars 8-2 in the first.

The second period was a complete reversal, with the Stars managing three times as many shots on goal in the first 3 1/2 minutes than they had in the entire first period.

They applied near constant pressure on Quick, but still could not score. Dallas outshot the Kings 13-5 in the second, and Los Angeles needed three shots in the final three minutes to draw that close.

NOTES: Tobias Rieder, making his first appearance with the Kings after arriving from Arizona in a trade Wednesday, played on Los Angeles' third line.

UP NEXT

Stars: Return home to play Winnipeg on Saturday.

Kings: Remain home Saturday to face Edmonton.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Miller Stops 41 Shots, Ducks Beat Stars]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:02:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-01.jpg

Ryan Miller stopped 41 shots for his 42nd career shutout as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.

Ryan Getzlaf scored short-handed and Hampus Lindholm had a power-play goal for the Ducks, who are on their longest unbeaten stretch of the season and took sole possession of third place in the Pacific Division. It was Miller's third shutout of the season.

Ben Bishop made 15 saves for the Stars, who have lost two straight and three of four.

Lindholm gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead with 6:45 left in the first, barreling in to bury the rebound of Getzlaf's shot into an open net for his third power-play goal of the season. It was Lindholm's 38th career goal, breaking a tie with Fredrik Olausson for fifth place in franchise history for the most by a defenseman.

The Ducks entered the game tied with the Los Angeles Kings for third place in the Pacific Division, and the Stars are in third in the Central Division. Not surprisingly, there was playoff intensity and caginess at the start. The Ducks went into the power play with two shots on goal and got two in eight seconds with the man-advantage, their only four shots in the period.

The Ducks made it 2-0 at 4:28 of the third, following a successful kill of 1:56 of 5-on-3 play after Getzlaf and Josh Manson each took delay-of-game penalties following a slashing call on Cam Fowler.

Getzlaf left the penalty box and was on the receiving end of a long pass from Francois Beauchemin. Bishop came out of his crease to play the puck but Getzlaf chipped it over him before the goaltender could knock it away. The Ducks' captain then composed himself and scored into an open goal for his 11th multi-point game.

NOTES: Stars C Martin Hanzal left after the first period and did not return with a lower-body injury. ... The Ducks have won four in a row at home against the Stars. Anaheim hosts Dallas on April 7 to close out the regular season. ... Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars against the Kings in the second game of a back-to-back on Thursday night.

UP NEXT

Stars: Visit the Kings on Thursday night.

Ducks: Visit the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Boedker Scores Twice to Help Sharks Beat Stars]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:50:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo.jpg

Mikkel Boedker scored twice in San Jose's four-goal first period and the Sharks beat the Dallas Stars on Sunday for their fourth victory in five games.

Joe Pavelski, Melker Karlsson and Justin Braun also scored and Martin Jones made 26 saves.

Gemel Smith and Tyler Pitlick scored for Dallas. Ben Bishop was chased after allowing four goals on five shots, and Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves in relief. The Stars had won six of their previous seven games.

The Stars beat the Sharks 6-0 on New Year's Eve and had won three straight against them entering play Sunday.

Pavelski scored 27 seconds into the contest to spark the onslaught. After taking a pass from Timo Meier, Pavelski backhanded the puck into the net. Karlsson made it 2-0 a little more than five minutes later, taking a rebound off the back boards, he was able to sneak it past Bishop.

Boedker scored when his shot was deflected off the stick of Alexander Radulov and past Bishop. Boedker scored again two minutes later with a shot over Bishop's left shoulder, ending Bishop's day with 2:37 remaining in the first period.

Braun found a crease through the defense to make it 5-0 five minutes into the second period.

Smith scored midway through the third period after taking a smart pass from Brett Richie and tapping it into an open net.

Pitlick scored on a rebound in front of the net off a shot from John Klineberg.

NOTES: The Sharks recalled F Danny O'Regan as C Tomas Hertl did not play a second straight game with an injury. ... Stars F Martin Hanzal is traveling with the team on their three-game California road trip but was scratched from Sunday's lineup with "general soreness," coach Ken Hitchcock said. ... Stars C Jason Dickinson was optioned to the Texas Stars (AHL). ... Pavelski has nine points over his last six games. ... Boedker has scored goals in each of his last three games. ... Sharks D Marc-Edouard Vlasic has an assist in each of his past four games.

UP NEXT:

Stars: At Anaheim on Wednesday night.

Sharks: At St. Louis on Tuesday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Bishop Stops 27 Shots as Dallas Holds off St. Louis]]>Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:42:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Ben Bishop stopped 27 shots and the Dallas Stars held on to beat St. Louis 2-1 on Friday night, moving past the Blues into third place in the Central Division.

Mattias Janmark and Stephen Johns scored for Dallas, which had a season-low 16 shots on goal while winning for the sixth time in seven games. The Stars, who had not been this high in the standings since Nov. 5, are tied with the Blues with 72 points, but have two games in hand.

Brayden Schenn spoiled Bishop's shutout bid with a power-play goal with 1:14 remaining, and Jake Allen finished with 14 saves for St. Louis. The Blues have lost three straight (0-2-1).

Neither team scored in the first period, when the Blues outshot Dallas 8-3. St. Louis failed to score on two power plays, and the Stars were unsuccessful on their only man-advantage of the period.

Janmark scored on the power play at 2:42 of the second, getting his 16th of the season to top his total from his rookie season two years ago. It was also his fourth on power-play goal of the season.

Bishop preserved the Stars' lead early in the third as he turned away Schenn's backhand attempt in front of the net.

Johns doubled the lead with 9 1/2 minutes to go with his career-high eighth. Jamie Benn sent the puck across the ice to the right-wing boards. It bounced to Johns in the right circle, and he sent a slap shot into the upper right corner of the net.

Schenn pulled the Blues within one as he took a pass across the slot from from Jaden Schwartz and beat Bishop before the goalie could move back in position to stop the shot.

NOTES: Dallas D Marc Methot (knee injury) returned to the ice for only the second time since Nov. 6. ... St. Louis D Jay Bouwmeester played in his 1,100th game. ... The Blues are the first of six straight playoff contenders on the Stars' schedule. St. Louis is in the midst of 10 games in a row against contenders. ... John Klingberg also had an assist on Janmark's goal for his 46th helper of the season and his 200th career point. ... The Stars' three shots on goal in the first period tied their season low for a period. On the four previous times this season, Dallas was protecting a lead in the third.

UP NEXT

Blues: Host San Jose on Tuesday night.

Stars: At San Jose on Sunday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Hitchcock Explains How The Stars Can Continue to Improve ]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:20:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars+hitchcock+tuesday+practice.jpg

Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock explains how the Stars can continue to improve as they make a push towards the playoffs. ]]>
<![CDATA[Hitchcock Breaks Down The Season So Far for the Stars]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:09:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars_hitchcock_season_so_far_1200x675_1160885315569.jpg

Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock discusses the Stars season and how the team overcomes obstacles along the way. ]]>
<![CDATA[Lindell Discusses The Stars Having Fun This Season]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:06:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars+lindell+smile.jpg

Stars defenseman Esa Lindell explains how this season has been much more fun for the Stars compared to last year. ]]>
<![CDATA[Stars' Methot Gives Update on Knee Injury]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:59:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars_methot_knee_injury_update_1200x675_1160877635814.jpg

Stars defenseman Marc Methot gives on update on his knee injury. Methot is expected to return to the lineup on Friday against the St. Louis Blues. ]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Winning Streak Snapped After Loss to Canucks]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 20:09:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/generic+stars+sign.jpg

Reid Boucher scored his first two goals of the season, Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves for his second career shutout and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Dallas Stars 6-0 on Sunday.   

Vancouver took a 3-0 lead in the first 13:27. Boucher and Jake Virtanen scored unassisted, and Thomas Vanek added the third goal. Bo Horvat scored on the power play, and Boucher connected on a tip-in in the second period. Erik Gudbranson had a third-period goal.   

Dallas won its previous five games, with the loss preventing the Stars from passing St. Louis for third place in the Central Division.   

The Canucks had lost four in a row and had not beaten Dallas in regulation time since Feb. 21, 2013. The Stars were 13-0-1 in the previous 14 games against Vancouver.   

Dallas' Kari Lehtonen had 19 saves after replacing Ben Bishop following Horvat's goal. Bishop allowed four goals in 20 shots.   

The Canucks came out firing with 10 of the first 11 shots on goal and a 16-6 advantage for the first period.   

Vancouver took the lead 2:11 into the game. As the Stars tried to clear the puck from behind the goal, Boucher poked with his stick and the puck went into the right corner of the net.   

Boucher had another scoring chance five minutes later, but Bishop made a pad save on Boucher's short backhand.   

Video review confirmed Boucher's goal, and denied that an attempt by Dallas' Jason Spezza to tuck the puck into the left corner crossed the goal line midway through the first period.   

Virtanen stole a pass by Mattias Janmark for a breakaway from the Canucks' end. He put a backhand between Bishop's legs for the second goal at 11:38.   Daniel Sedin led Vanek with a pass across the blue line for his slap shot from the slot into the upper left corner.   

Horvat scored on a wrist shot from the slot at 4:41 of the second period. At 14:35, Boucher deflected Derrick Pouliot's shot from the blue line past Lehtonen.   

NOTES: The Canucks equaled their season high for goals and had their largest margin of victory. Only three teams have fewer points than Vancouver's 50. ... The Stars had their most lopsided loss while tying for the most goals allowed in 2017-18. ... Boucher's goals came in his sixth NHL game this season and tied his career high for a game. ... Each team was playing its third game in four days. ... Vanek has 23 points in 23 career games against the Stars. ... In Markstrom's first 150 games, his only shutout was this season on Dec. 5 at Carolina, when he had 30 saves.   

UP NEXT   

Canucks: Return home for one game against Florida on Wednesday.   

Stars: Finish a three-game homestand on Friday vs. St. Louis.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Lehtonen, Seguin Lead Stars Over Penguins in Shootout]]>Fri, 09 Feb 2018 23:58:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lehtonen1.jpg

Tyler Seguin scored the deciding shootout goal and Kari Lehtonen stopped all three Pittsburgh shooters in the tiebreaker in the Dallas Stars' 4-3 victory over the Penguins on Friday night.

Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel, with 71 goals among them this season, failed to score against Lehtonen. He won his fifth straight game, and stretched Dallas' winning streak to five games.

Shooting second, Seguin sent a shot off of Matthew Murray's right side and into the net.

The Penguins tied it with 1:13 left in regulation on defenseman Justin Schultz's goal from above the left faceoff circle.

Pittsburgh took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Riley Sheahan and Carl Hagelin.

The Stars' comeback began when Seguin scored his sixth goal in five games at 17:57 of the first period. John Klingberg and Dan Hamhuis scored early in the third period to give Dallas a 3-2 lead.

Dallas remained fourth in the Central Division but pulled within three points of co-leaders Nashville and Winnipeg. Pittsburgh fell five points behind Metropolitan Division leader Washington.

Lehtonen finished with a season-high 34 saves.

Murray made 33 saves, including stops on breakaways by Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov in overtime.

Benn assisted on all three goals in regulation for Dallas.

Sheahan scored at 9:07 of the first period. He beat Dallas' Jason Spezza to a loose puck, skated unmolested down the left side and slid a backhand between Lehtonen's legs.

Dallas had a 4-on-3 power play when Hagelin took the puck for a breakaway. Klingberg tried to reach out to slow Hagelin with his stick, but the Penguin beat Lehtonen anyway for Hagelin's fourth career short-handed goal and a 2-0 lead at 10:54.

Neither team scored or had a penalty in the second period.

Crosby missed a spectacular goal when he took the puck off the back boards and put it between his legs and behind him. Crosby flipped the puck over the crossbar.

On the tying goal, Radulov passed from behind the net to Klingberg at the top of the right faceoff circle, and he sent a wrist shot past Murray.

NOTES: Aston-Reese assisted on Sheahan's goal for his first point in his third NHL game. ... Stars rookie D Dillon Heatherington also had first NHL point in his fifth game, assisting on Seguin's goal. ... Penguins D Jamie Oleksiak played against his former team for the first time since Dallas traded him in December. ... Stars C Martin Hanzal missed his 21st game this season after being hit in the left leg by a teammate's shot during Thursday's game at Chicago. ... LW Conor Sheary returned to Pittsburgh's lineup after missing three games.

UP NEXT

Penguins: Complete a two-game trip Sunday at St. Louis.

Stars: Host Vancouver on Sunday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars Edge Fading Blackhawks for 4th Straight Win]]>Fri, 09 Feb 2018 01:36:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-658326908.jpg

Tyler Seguin's scoring touch and Ben Bishop's fine work in net was enough for the surging Dallas Stars.

Seguin scored twice, Bishop made 37 saves and the Stars beat the fading Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Thursday night for their fourth straight victory.

Tyler Pitlick connected with 4.5 seconds left in the second period and Stephen Johns also scored for the Stars, who strengthened their hold on the top wild card in the Western Conference and remained one point behind third-place St. Louis in the Central Division.

"Greasy," said Seguin, who ran his team-high total to 28 goals by scoring for the fourth straight game. "I don't think it was the best effort by any of us, starting with myself and our line.

"I think it's a great thing that we still hung in there to get two points. That's a playoff-type game where it's not going to be perfect, not going to be the prettiest, but we found a way."

Dallas jumped on a handful of Chicago mistakes while completing a sweep of the four-game season series. The Stars have outscored their opponents 16-5 during their winning streak.

"I thought we beat a desperate hockey team, a club that played very well," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Ben was great. The defense battled like crazy and we had some of our workers come through for us up front."

Jonathan Toews and Artem Anisimov scored for Chicago, which lost its fourth straight overall and sixth straight at home for its longest skid at the United Center since losing eight in a row in 2006-07. Anton Forsberg blocked 26 shots.

"For whatever reason, we're having a hard time putting the puck in the net and the little mistakes seem to be costing us," said defenseman Brent Seabrook, who had two assists. "It's tough to recover."

Toews' 15th goal at 9:07 was the lone score in the first period. After taking Seabrook's bank pass off the boards, Toews gained a step on defenseman Dan Hamhuis and snapped off a shot from the left circle that ticked off Bishop's right pad.

The captain snapped an 11-game drought with his first goal since he scored twice at Ottawa on Jan. 9. During the span, the veteran center had just three assists.

Seguin and Johns scored on consecutive shots 59 seconds apart early in the second to put Dallas ahead 2-1.

Capping a quick transition, Seguin streaked down the slot ahead of defenseman Connor Murphy and tipped in Alexander Radulov's nifty backhand pass at 5:44. After Chicago turned over the puck behind its net, Johns' screened shot from the left point appeared to hit traffic and sailed past Forsberg.

Anisimov's power-play goal at 12:48 tied it at 2. He batted in the puck from the left side of the net after Seabrook's shot from the top of the slot went wide and bounded off the back boards.

Pitlick put Dallas back ahead in the final seconds of the period. His shot from the right circle beat Forsberg over the right shoulder and landed in the upper-left corner of the net.

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said Forsberg should have stopped Pitlick's shot -- and the chance shouldn't have materialized in the first place.

"I thought our best period in a little while (was) the second period and we gave up three goals," Quenneville said. "The game turned on the goal at the end of the period."

Tommy Wingels' point-blank shot for Chicago hit the post 6:12 into the third. Bishop made a handful of close-in saves in the third before Seguin scored into an empty net with 58 seconds left.

NOTES: Dallas D Julius Honka left in the second period with an upper-body injury. ... Dallas C Martin Hanzal left the ice limping late in the second period after Brett Ritchie's shot hit him on the inside of the left knee, but he returned for the third. Hanzal played his second game after missing five with a muscle strain in lower body. ... Blackhawks G Corey Crawford continues to skate on his own, but Quenneville still has no timetable for his return. Crawford has missed 19 straight games with an upper-body injury. ... Chicago D Jan Rutta sat out with an undisclosed injury and is day to day.

UP NEXT

Stars: Scheduled to return to Dallas and host Pittsburgh on Friday. A snowstorm hit Chicago on Thursday night and disrupted air traffic.

Blackhawks: At Minnesota on Saturday night to start a three-game trip.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Hanzal Scores Winner in 3rd, Stars Edge Skidding Rangers]]>Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:34:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/193*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo-111.jpg

Martin Hanzal returned from injured reserve and scored the game-winning goal in the Dallas Stars' 2-1 victory over the slumping New York Rangers on Monday night.

On the power play, Hanzal skated across the goalmouth and tipped in Julius Honka's shot from the right point to break a 1-all tie 4:05 into the third period. Hanzal missed the previous five games because of a strained muscle in his lower body.

The Stars' third straight win moved them within one point of St. Louis for third place in the Central Division. The Rangers, who have lost six of seven, are last in the rugged Metropolitan Division and three points out of a postseason spot in a crowded Eastern Conference playoff race.

New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist lost his fifth game in a row despite making 39 saves.

Ben Bishop had 31 saves for Dallas.

David Desharnais scored in the first period for the Rangers. Tyler Seguin tied it in the second with his 26th goal.

In the first 20 minutes, the Stars tied their season high for shots in a period with 21, but Desharnais scored the only goal at 17:55. Bishop stopped a snap shot from Desharnais, but he continued skating and put the rebound in the net.

Lundqvist stopped Dallas' first 31 shots before Seguin scored at 14:44 of the second. Jason Spezza's pass from low in the right faceoff circle deflected off the stick of the Rangers forward Jesper Fast to Seguin at the top of the left circle. His slap shot went in off the left post.

The Stars had a chance to go ahead with two minutes left in the second, but John Klingberg's shot from the left point bounced off the crossbar.

NOTES: Bishop was inactive for the previous game after being hit in the face by a puck on Thursday at Arizona. . Rangers LW Jimmy Vesey was out after being hit on the head by Nashville's Filip Forsberg on Saturday. Rookie Vinni Lettieri, up from Hartford of the AHL, replaced Vesey and assisted on New York's goal. . Seguin has seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last six games. ... Alexander Radulov, who assisted on Seguin's goal, took over the team lead with 51 points. . The Stars have killed off all 11 of their penalties in the last three games, including three against the Rangers. . The Stars won both games in the season series. New York had won four of its previous five games in Dallas.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Begin a two-game homestand Wednesday against Boston.

Stars: Go on the road for one game Thursday at Chicago.

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<![CDATA[Benn Leads 4-Goal 2nd Period as Stars Beat Wild]]>Sat, 03 Feb 2018 23:36:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-901909504.jpg

Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist during a four-goal second period, and the Dallas Stars beat the Minnesota Wild 6-1 Saturday night.

Mattias Janmark and Benn scored on the power play, Tyler Seguin scored on an assist from Benn, and Stephen Johns added an unassisted goal during the second-period flurry. Alexander Radulov and Dan Hamhuis scored in the third period for the Stars, Seguin also had two assists, and Kari Lehtonen stopped 30 shots to win his fourth straight.

Jason Zucker spoiled Lehtonen's shutout bid at 5:40 of the third period. Alex Stalock stopped 25 of the 29 shots he faced through the first two periods, and Devan Dubnyk gave up two goals on nine shots in the third.

In an evenly played first period, neither team had a goal or a penalty as the Wild outshot the Stars 10-9.

That all changed midway through the second period, when Minnesota drew the first two penalties and Dallas scored on both power plays sandwiched around the goal by Johns in a span of 4:08.

Zucker went off for high sticking at 7:41 and Janmark deflected John Klingberg's shot from the blue line past Stalock at 8:59.

Johns stole the puck in the neutral zone, skated in to the right faceoff circle and sent the puck just inside the right goalpost just 48 seconds later.

Dallas swarmed Minnesota's net on the second power play. Devin Shore's backhand from just to the left of the goal rebounded to Benn on the right for an easy goal at 11:49.

Seguin increased the Stars' sudden lead to 4-0, taking a pass from Benn low in the left circle for Seguin's team-leading 25th goal.

NOTES: The Stars' No. 1 goalie, Ben Bishop, was scratched after being hit in the face by a puck while sitting on the bench during Thursday's game at Arizona. Rookie Landon Bow was recalled from Texas of the AHL to back up Lehtonen. ... Commemorating 25 years in Dallas since moving from Minnesota, the Stars had four players from the 1993-94 team -- Paul Cavallini, Russ Courtnall, Dave Gagner and Craig Ludwig -- drop ceremonial first pucks. ... Stars LW Antoine Roussel returned after missing two games because of a nasal infection. ... Minnesota was playing back-to-back nights after a 5-2 home win over Vegas on Friday. ... The Wild came in with a seven-game streak of scoring on the power play, during which they had eight goals. At the other end, they have allowed seven goals in their last 12 penalty-killing attempts over the last five games.

UP NEXT

Wild: At St. Louis on Tuesday night.

Stars: Host the New York Rangers on Monday night.



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<![CDATA[Amid Super Bowl Fever, Norm Green Recalls Stars' Dallas Move]]>Fri, 02 Feb 2018 18:37:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SBLII_Norm_Green_020218.jpg

Football is on the minds of sports fans in Minnesota ahead of Super Bowl LII, but there is no mistaking the hockey connection between Dallas and Minneapolis. Norm Green, owner of the Minnesota North Stars, moved the team in the early 1990s that became known as the Dallas Stars.]]>
<![CDATA[Shore Starts Big Second Period to Lift Stars Over Coyotes]]>Fri, 02 Feb 2018 06:45:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Devin Shore's oddity of a goal was the result of years of playing a different sport.

"Yeah, 15 years of lacrosse paid off, I guess," Shore said with a smile after the Dallas Stars beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 on Thursday night.

Shore also had an assist during Dallas' three-goal second period, and the Stars extended their winning streak against the Coyotes to seven. Arizona has lost seven of nine overall, though this was its first game in a week thanks to the All-Star break.

Shore tied it at 1 in an atypical way when he lifted his stick to bat in the puck after Jason Spezza chipped it over the goal from behind the net. That was at the three-minute mark of the second.

"Heck of a play by `Spezz' ... You stick with it, get a bounce and it was good," Shore said.

Shore set up the second goal on a power play for Dallas at 5:21. He collected a rebound and centered to Tyler Seguin, whose shot got by Scott Wedgewood.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 17 shots and improved to 6-2 in his last eight starts, all on the road.

"I felt good going out there," Lehtonen said. "The start was a little rough ... but I was able to recover from that and keep playing."

Seguin got his team-leading 24th goal, and John Klingberg picked up his 43rd assist to lead the Stars.

Dallas had a potential third goal disallowed when the Coyotes challenged for offside, and Jamie Benn's power-play goal was reversed. But Mattias Janmark made it 3-1 at 6:36 of the second when he scored on a side-angle shot.

"We got going and once we started playing on our toes, we were excellent and carried it through the rest of the game," Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said.

All of the goals came against backup Wedgewood, with Antti Raanta removed from the lineup after he was involved in an auto accident on his way to the game. Wedgewood had 21 saves.

Wedgewood kept the Stars from scoring a fourth goal in the second, when he smothered Seguin's breakaway attempt with 21.4 seconds to go.

Esa Lindell's empty-net goal with 1:36 to play completed the scoring.

Kevin Connauton, a defenseman whose first goal of the season came on Oct. 10, scored his second at 4:06 of the first period to give the Coyotes an early lead. His wrist shot beat Lehtonen with help from teammate Christian Fischer limiting Lehtonen's view of the puck on Arizona's second shot on goal of the game.

The Coyotes have 12 first-period goals in their last eight games.

The Stars served six minutes of penalties in the period, four to defenseman Julius Honka for a high stick to the face of Arizona's Brad Richardson. But the Coyotes couldn't capitalize on the power play and went 0 for 6 for the game.

"A lot of inexperience in the sense of one or two passes, shoot the puck, get people in there," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said of his team's power-play struggles. "I think a couple times guys got rattled for a reason, got skated into."

NOTES: The Coyotes turned to Wedgewood in net though Raanta was available to play. Raanta remained in the dressing room for the entire game and was held out as a precaution after he was rear-ended on a local freeway late Thursday afternoon. ... D Jason Demers (upper body injury) did not play and is day-to-day. ... Coyotes broadcaster Bob Heethuis called his 1,000th career game. ... Stars F Antoine Roussel missed his second straight game with a nasal infection. C Martin Hanzal, a former longtime Coyote, was also scratched and missed his fourth straight game with a muscle strain.

UP NEXT

Stars: Host Minnesota on Saturday.

Coyotes: At Los Angeles Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars Look to Sweep Season Series with Coyotes]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 10:34:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-901909504.jpg

Even though the calendar just flipped over to February, teams in the race for the NHL wild card spots are still trying to avoid that dreaded losing streak. It’s something which can play a factor and do some damage in the long run. The Stars find themselves in that position.

They take the ice Thursday night on a two-game losing streak after winning 10 of their previous 13 games. Granted that’s not too terrible of a deal but things can snowball in a hurry in the NHL.

“That’s two games in a row,” said Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock after Tuesday’s 3-0 home loss to the Los Angeles Kings. “That’s the concern for us. The game before the break a team came in and checked us hard and we had no response and today the same thing. We’re cheating all over the ice and not competing on pucks. You can beat it to death but the bigger concern is that it’s two games in a row. When you expect it to go up, and the league is going to go up now, we go the other way.”

The good news is they face the Coyotes in Arizona, a team that has struggled all season at 12-29-9. The Coyotes are also just 6-15-3 on home ice. Meanwhile, Dallas is 28-19-4 overall and 11-11-3 on the road.

The Stars currently have the top wild card spot in the Western Conference by just one point over the Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks. The Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames are two points behind the Stars. Interesting enough, former Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan is also the head coach of the Flames.

But wait- there’s more good news for the Stars going into this one. They’ve won the previous two games this season against the Coyotes with the most recent one being a 5-4 win at Gila River Arena in October. Tyler Seguin scored two-third period goals to help stave off a Coyotes comeback.

Goalie Kari Lehtonen will man the pipes for the Stars on Thursday, making just his 13th start of the season. He’s 5-2 with his last seven stars happening on the road. Lehtonen is 14-4-4 with a 2.05 goals-against average against the Coyotes.

The puck drops at 8 p.m. in Phoenix.

History for Hamhuis

Defenseman Dan Hamhuis became the 318th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000 regular season games played list when he stepped onto the ice against the Kings earlier this week in Dallas. The 35-year old is also the 106th defenseman to reach the milestone. Hamhuis has appeared in 128 games in his second season with the Stars. He’s also played for the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators.

“It’s something I’m quite proud of, but I certainly didn’t get here on my own,” Hamhuis said. “Getting to that first NHL game was, in large part, due to my parents and the sacrifices that they made to get me to game one. And then it took a whole team of people to get me from game one to a thousand. You go through a lot to get to a spot like this, but it’s been an incredible journey to meet so many great people along the way. It certainly has been a group effort.”

His achievement will be recognized prior to the Stars game against the New York Rangers on Feb. 5 with a pre-game ceremony.



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<![CDATA[Kuemper Makes 28 Saves, Kings Shut Out Stars]]>Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:23:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-520075340.jpg

Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves in his ninth career shutout, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

Paul LaDue, Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez scored as Los Angeles (27-18-5) earned its second straight win. The Kings are among a group of playoff contenders with 59 points, one point behind Dallas.

Ben Bishop made 39 saves for the Stars (28-19-4), who dropped their second straight game, but retained a tenuous one-point lead for the Western Conference's first wild card.

Dallas came up empty on each of its four power plays against the NHL's best penalty killers.

LaDue scored just 3:05 into the game. Anze Kopitar skated from behind the net almost to the left point, and passed across to LaDue in the right faceoff circle. He sent a wrist shot inside the left goalpost.

Los Angeles increased its lead to 2-0 after Dallas forward Alexander Radulov was sent off for holding in the second. Doughty's shot from above the right circle deflected in off Bishop as Stars defenseman Stephen Johns tried to prevent the puck from crossing the goal line.

The Kings were unable to score during a four-minute power play midway through the second. Los Angeles stopped two Dallas power plays in the closing minutes of the period and the first minute of the third.

Nine seconds after Dustin Brown left the penalty box, Martinez scored on a snap shot from the left circle.

NOTES: Los Angeles has successfully stopped 86 percent of opponents' power plays. ... Kuemper got the start in place of Jonathan Quick, who is on injured reserve because of an upper-body injury. ... LaDue's goal was his first in 24 career games. ... Stars D Dan Hamhuis played in his 1,000th career game.

UP NEXT

Kings: Visit Nashville on Thursday.

Stars: Travel to Arizona for a game on Thursday.



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<![CDATA[McElhinney Has 39 Saves, Kadri 2 Goals as Leafs Beat Stars]]>Thu, 25 Jan 2018 23:28:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Curtis McElhinney made 39 saves while playing for the first time in more than a month, helping the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Thursday night.

Nazem Kadri scored twice, and Zach Hyman and Auston Matthews had one each for the Maple Leafs.

McElhinney's effort turned around the recent fortunes of two teams in playoff position at the All-Star break.

Toronto, third in the Atlantic Division at 28-18-5, had been 2-3-2 in the previous seven games. Dallas, coming off a 4-0-1 stretch, still holds the first wild card in the Western Conference at 28-18-4.

The Leafs' Jake Gardiner had three assists for the second time in four games. William Nylander assisted twice.

Tyler Seguin scored to bring Dallas within 3-1 late in the second period, but Matthews restored Toronto's three-goal lead at 2:38 of the third.

Ben Bishop had 25 saves for Toronto.

Kadri scored the game's first goal at 15:50 of the first period. With three Leafs in front of the net, Mitchell Marner passed across the goal mouth to Kadri, and Bishop had little chance to stop him.

After Toronto finished a penalty kill, Hyman extended the Leafs' lead to 2-0 at 1:55 of the second. Nylander's shot from the left circle went off Bishop, over his left leg, and fell just short of the goal line. Hyman was there to put it in.

A good bounce gave Kadri his second goal, on the power play at 9:29 of the second. His pass to the top of the slot went off Dallas' Mattias Janmark, down the slot and into the net to the right of Bishop.

The Stars scored at 17:43 of the second. Jamie Benn won a faceoff in the Leafs' end. Alexander Radulov corralled the puck and sent a backhand pass to Seguin in the slot for his 23rd goal.

Nylander passed across to Matthews at the inside edge of the right faceoff circle for his team-leading 22nd goal.

NOTES: Kadri has three goals in the last two nights after a seven-game scoreless streak. ... McElhinney was playing for the first time since Dec. 20. In contrast, Bishop has started 14 of the Stars' past 16 games. He had a season-high 41 saves in shutting out Edmonton 1-0 on Dec. 10. ... Radulov has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in the last nine games. ... In three career games against Dallas, Marner has four points (one goal, three assists). ... A second-period fight between Stars LW Antoine Roussel and Toronto D Connor Carrick was the seventh in Dallas' last two games. ... The Leafs have played a league-high 51 games.

UP NEXT

Maple Leafs: Return home for a game Wednesday night against the Islanders.

Stars: Complete a three-game homestand Tuesday night vs. Los Angeles.

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<![CDATA[Radulov Has 2 Goals, Assist as Stars Beat Panthers]]>Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-909471838.jpg

Alexander Radulov had two goals and an assist to lead the Dallas Stars to a 6-1 victory over the Florida Panthers in a penalty-filled game on Tuesday night.

Devin Shore had a goal and an assist, and Jamie Benn, Mattias Janmark and Tykler Pitlick also scored for Dallas, which improved to 4-0-1 in its last five games. Ben Bishop finished with 33 saves.

Aaron Ekblad scored for the Panthers, and rookie Harri Sateri had 30 saves after James Reimer was injured just 3:48 into the game. Reimer stopped all three shots he faced before leaving.

Florida, mired in a 2-5-2 slump, lost three players during the game. In addition to Reimer, Alexander Petrovic and Micheal Haley were ejected after receiving game misconducts.

Radulov scored on the power play in the second period and on a breakaway in the third, and assisted on Benn's second-period goal. Radulov and Benn extended their points streaks to eight games. They each have 20 goals this season.

Shore scored on the power play during a first period that included four fights and 18 penalties totaling 84 minutes. Shore's goal with 4:15 remaining came after the last fight of the period. From the slot, he deflected a shot by John Klingberg past Sateri.

Benn's goal came from low in the right circle at 6:43 of the second. Radulov took a pass from Jason Spezza just to the right of the goal to beat Sateri on the power play at 9:57.

The Panthers cut their deficit to 3-1 when Ekblad scored with 4:13 left in the middle period.

Janmark and Pitlick also had third-period goals for Dallas -- with Pitlick's coming 20 seconds after Radulov's second goal. The Starshve outscored the last two opponents 13-2.

NOTES: Reimer left after he fell in the goal mouth behind Stars LW Antoine Roussel. Panthers D Keith Yandle went after Roussel, and both were assessed major penalties for fighting. Barely two minutes later, Haley fought with Faksa. They each received a major penalty, and Haley was assessed another two minutes for instigating and a 10-minute misconduct. A minor penalty and two misconducts in the second period gave Haley 39 penalty minutes in the game and increased his season total to 131, most in the NHL. The penalty parade continued with simultaneous fights at 14:25: Faksa, who had only 16 PIM in his first 47 games, against Derek MacKenzie and Dallas rookie D Dillon Heatherington vs. Petrovic. Heatherington also received a game misconduct. Two more fights during the final three minutes increased the game total to 31 penalties for 138 minutes. ... In the last eight games, Radulov has six goals and nine assists, and Benn has four goals and six assists. ... Benn reached the 20-goal mark for the eighth time in his nine seasons. It's the second time Radulov has scored 20 in his five seasons. .. Klingberg had two assists, bringing his season total to 42.

UP NEXT

Panthers: Return home to play Washington on Thursday.

Stars: Host Toronto on Thursday in the second game of a three-game homestand.

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<![CDATA[Janmark, Stars Beat Sabres to Finish Unbeaten Trip]]>Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:21:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-511490400.jpg

Mattias Janmark had two goals and an assist, Esa Lindell added a goal and two assists and the Dallas Stars defeated the Buffalo Sabres 7-1 on Saturday

Jamie Benn and Radek Faksa each had a goal and an assist, and Remi Elle also scored for the Stars, who return home after a 3-0-1 trip. Benn extended his point streak to seven games.

John Klingberg tallied three assists and Jason Spezza had two. Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves for Dallas.

The Sabres lost for the seventh time in eight games and were booed off the ice after the second and third periods in their most-lopsided defeat of the season.

Sam Reinhart scored Buffalo's goal. Robin Lehner stopped 15 shots before being replaced by Chad Johnson (10 saves) after allowing a fourth goal midway through the second period.

Elie gave the Stars a 1-0 lead five minutes into the game when he knocked in the rebound from Janmark's shot after Lehner made a diving save. Janmark scored off the rebound on a power play to make it 2-0 late in the third period.

Janmark got his second goal of the game and 12th of the season when he beat Lehner on a partial breakaway up the left side early in the second period.

Reinhart scored the Sabres' first goal on a power play midway through the second period. Jack Eichel assisted on the goal, extending his point streak to five games. Eichel, Buffalo's lone All-Star, has 10 goals and 10 assists in his last 14 games.

Benn responded for Dallas 38 seconds later, deflecting Klinberg's long shot into the net for his 19th of the year and chasing Lehner. Goals from Lindell and Faksa extended the Stars' lead late in the period. Tyler Ptlick tipped in Klingberg's shot for the seventh goal around the halfway mark of the third period.

NOTES: Stars F Martin Hanzal went to the dressing room in the second period with a lower-body injury and did not return. . The Stars scratched F Martin Hanzal after he fell into the boards during practice on Friday. . The Sabres recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from the minors on Friday. Baptiste was scratched, along with D Nathan Beaulieu (illness) and D Victor Antipin (illness). . The Stars are 9-2-1 against Buffalo since the start of the 2010-11 season.

UP NEXT

Stars: Host Florida on Tuesday to open three-game homestand.

Sabres: Start three-game road trip at Calgary on Monday night.

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<![CDATA[Panarin Scores in Shootout as Blue Jackets Beat Stars]]>Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:58:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Artemi Panarin scored in the second round of a shootout, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Thursday night.

Joonas Korpisalo had 35 saves for Columbus (26-18-3), which returned from its five-day break after losing both ends of a back-to-back last week. Jordan Schroeder scored his first goal of the season in the first period.

Korpisalo blocked a shootout try by Jason Spezza before Alexander Radulov and Tyler Seguin came up empty. Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop blocked Jussi Jokinen's shootout attempt before Panarin beat him.

Korpisalo got the start ahead of Vezina Trophy-winner Sergei Bobrovsky, who struggled in the recent losses. The 23-year-old Finn got his first win in nearly a month in his ninth game this season.

Dan Hamhuis scored for Dallas with 2:15 left in regulation. Bishop had 25 stops, including a terrific glove save on Alexander Wennberg with 30 seconds left in the third.

Dallas (26-17-4) had won two in a row.

Schroeder -- getting more ice time because of injuries to three top forwards -- put the Blue Jackets in front 12:23 into the game. Bishop skated behind the cage to retrieve the puck, but he wasn't set when Tyler Motte deflected it back out front to Schroeder, who was racing through the slot.

Dallas' Antoine Russell tapped a shot into the net early in the third period, but it was waved off because a replay showed Radulov had interfered with Korpisalo.

NOTES: Dallas D Dillon Heatherington made his NHL debut. ... Jokinen, claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, made his debut with the Blue Jackets. At 34, he is the oldest player on the roster. ... F Markus Hannikainen was a scratch for Columbus. ... Dallas scratches included D Julius Honka and F Gemel Smith.

UP NEXT

Dallas: At Buffalo on Saturday.

Columbus: At Vegas on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Spezza Scores 2 After Scratch and Stars Beat Red Wings]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:22:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-520075340.jpg

Jason Spezza made the most of an opportunity to play a day after getting benched.

Spezza scored two tiebreaking goals on power plays to help the Dallas Stars beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Tuesday night.

The 33-year-old forward was a healthy scratch on Monday when Dallas won at Boston in overtime.

"I was unhappy about it," he acknowledged. "I didn't like the decision, but we have to get through that and just move forward."

Spezza bounced back by ending his 14-game goal drought, scoring twice in a game for the first time since March 12, 2016. Spezza had 33 goals just two years ago and has 323 career goals, but he scored just five times in 44 games before breaking through against the Red Wings.

"He played like he can and played like will," Dallas' Ken Hitchcock said after coaching in his 1,500th NHL game. "That's what we expect from him and we expect that every night. He's shown it at times, but not consistent. This is what he's capable of and what he can bring to the team and we need it."

Spezza scored on a lunging, one-timer below the left circle with 5:52 left in the second period. His first goal came on a redirected shot midway through the first.

"He made two great finishes on the power play," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "He's always dangerous when you give him those chances."

Dallas' Radek Faksa and Martin Hanzal also scored. Ben Bishop stopped 13 shots for the Stars, who have won six of eight.

"We won the game because of the second-wave players," Hitchcock said. "The things we've been harping on for months, we got in the last two games. Big plays by second-tier players, exactly what we need if we're going to win. If we expect to a playoff team, that's the next step. We're not going to rely on the same two or three guys every night."

Trevor Daley put Detroit ahead in the opening minute, but Faksa redirected a shot past Jimmy Howard at 2:48 of the first. Andreas Athanasiou pulled the Red Wings into a 2-all tie midway through the second period and Spezza's second goal 2:25 later put Dallas ahead 3-2.

Blashill and his players disputed a roughing call that went against Luke Witkowski when he was also penalized for fighting Stephen Johns, giving Dallas an extra skater as Spezza scored the game-winning goal.

"I said, `Hey, do you want to go?" Witkowski recalled asking Johns. "If he doesn't want to fight, he doesn't have to drop his gloves, so I didn't make him fight."

Howard had 22 saves for the Red Wings, who had won five of seven.

Detroit rookie Tyler Bertuzzi assisted on both goals, giving him seven assists and eight points in 11 NHL games this season.

"I'm just getting more used to it every game," he said. "Playing with Larks (Dylan Larkin) and AA (Athanasiou), it's pretty easy on me."

NOTES: Dallas scratched C Gemel Smith to make room for Spezza in the lineup. ... The Red Wings were without F Justin Abdelkader (lower body) and F Darren Helm (lower body) and both are expected to miss at least another game. ... Spezza had two power-play goals in a game for the first time since he played for Ottawa against Washington on March 30, 2010.

UP NEXT

Stars: Visit Columbus on Thursday for the third stop in a four-game trip.

Red Wings: Get a three-day break before hosting Carolina on Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Seguin Scores in OT to Lead Stars to Win Over Bruins]]>Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:00:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-897258608.jpg

Tyler Seguin made a move at the left circle to get past one defender, then skated into the slot as the other two Bruins went to the ice.

He swooped wide to Anton Khudobin's glove side, inducing the goalie to leave his skates as well, and then flipped the puck into the net for the game-winner.

"I feel like everyone was just sliding at me, and the whole time I wanted to pass," Seguin said after his goal with a delayed penalty man-advantage gave the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over Boston on Monday.

"I was just kind of looking for the right play and just kept holding it," the former Bruins first-round draft pick said. "I just kind of shot it, and luckily, it went in."

Stephen Johns and Alexander Radulov also scored for Dallas, and Kari Lehtonen stopped 30 shots.

Khudobin made 29 saves. Zdeno Chara and Ryan Spooner scored as Boston rallied from a 2-0 deficit to send the game into overtime and earn a point for the 13th consecutive game.

The Bruins have not lost in regulation since Dec. 14.

"It's not easy to get a point in this league," forward Patrice Bergeron said. "So you take the points. And the character we've shown, that's a positive."

Chara scored in the second period and Spooner tied it midway through the third. It was still 2-2 with about three minutes left in the 3-on-3 overtime when Boston's Matt Grzelcyk took down Stars defenseman John Klingberg with a two-handed shove behind the Dallas net.

The referee signaled for a delayed penalty, the Stars pulled Lehtonen for an extra skater and they spent the next minute holding the puck, knowing they could maintain a 4-on-3 advantage the rest of the way.

With 2:01 left, Seguin skated across the middle and beat Khudobin with the game-winner. Fans immediately began filing out, but those who remained gave an extra "Boo!" when his name was announced as the game-winner.

Seguin said he didn't notice the reaction "but I'm sure I'll see it on Twitter later on."

The Stars took the lead about four minutes into the second period when Johns scored from the left circle to finish off a four-man rush. They made it 2-0 when Jamie Benn won a faceoff and put a shot off Khudobin's left pad. It bounced right to Radulov in the slot, who flipped it over to his backhand and put it in the net.

But Chara's slapshot made it 2-1 with less than 3 1/2 minutes left in the second. And Spooner tied it midway through the third when his slapshot got through Lehtonen and trickled toward the net; Boston's Charlie McAvoy and Dallas' Esa Lindell fought to get to the rolling puck, but it crossed the line before McAvoy's stick gave it some help.

"We definitely showed some character coming back," Bergeron said. "(But we) definitely want to stay away from that. It's the wrong way to approach games."

NOTES: Bergeron took a puck off the skate in the second period and was in obvious pain but remained in the game to take the ensuing faceoff. ... Willie O'Ree, the Bruins forward who broke the NHL's color barrier in 1958, was at the game. ... The Stars are 8-4-3 versus Eastern Conference opponents this season. ... Dallas D Marc Methot (knee) missed his third straight game. ... Seguin was drafted No. 2 overall by the Bruins in 2010 and played his first three NHL seasons with Boston before being traded to Dallas.

UP NEXT

Dallas: Visits Detroit on Tuesday.

Boston: Hosts rival Montreal on Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Kerfoot Scores, Assists on Winner as Avs Beat Stars]]>Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:31:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-849859706.jpg

When Alexander Kerfoot looks at the Central Division standings, he'll still see his Colorado Avalanche at the bottom.

On Saturday night, the rookie had a big hand in moving the Avalanche within two points of the Dallas Stars for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

Kerfoot scored in the first period and assisted on Nathan MacKinnon's winner in the third, helping Colorado win its sixth straight game, 4-1 over the Dallas Stars.

"It just seems that every night the teams in our division don't lose," Kerfoot said. "If you're following the standings day in and day out, it can get a little frustrating."

Both teams were playing for the first time in a week. The Stars had won four of their previous five games.

MacKinnon made it 2-1 with 13:27 to play on a snap shot from the inside edge of the left faceoff circle. The puck went off goalie Ben Bishop and into the net.

Blake Comeau scored with 1:40 left, and Mark Barberio added an empty-net, short-handed goal with 13 seconds to play.

Colorado's Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves for his fifth straight win while filling in for injured goalie Semyon Varlamov. Bernier has allowed only six goals in those five games.

"He's been incredible," Kerfoot said. "You can just tell from watching him how much confidence he has. He just stepped in when (Varlamov) got hurt."

Jamie Benn had tied it with a rebound goal in the second period.

Dallas had chances to score during two power plays to start the third, but Bernier and Colorado's penalty killers stopped the Stars. Eleven of his saves came during power plays.

"Game turned on the missed power play opportunities in the third period," Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said. "When you get back to back power plays like that and you have that many quality looks, you're hoping that one of those goes in."

Colorado coach Jared Bednar credited his goalie.

"(Bernier) was really good, especially in the third period when we needed him on some of those penalty kills. For our PK to come up big and kill all four of those off tonight was excellent."

Colorado took a 1-0 lead 14:09 into the first period. Kerfoot skated down the left side to low in the faceoff circle and lifted a snap shot over Bishop.

"It was just a good play by (A.J. Greer) to chip me the puck up," Kerfoot said, "and I think their D-man was a little flat-footed, so I tried to take it to the net."

Dallas outshot the Avalanche 9-6 in the first. On the Stars' best chance, Bernier stopped Benn's backhand on a breakaway.

The Stars won a challenge that disallowed an apparent Colorado goal at 7:03 of the second period. Referee Tim Peel announced that there had been "significant contact" with Bishop by Comeau. Bishop was down behind the goal when Matt Nieto appeared to tip a pass into the empty net.

"I liked our team's composure when our goal got taken away," Bednar said. "You've got to be able to stay composed through some of those calls, and find a way to get the job done."

NOTES: Colorado's Nikita Zadorov had two assists. ... During a six-game points streak, MacKinnon has 13 points (four goals, nine assists). . The Avalanche won the season series, three games to two. ... The Avalanche have successfully killed 45 of 47 power plays in 15 games. . The Stars won 68 percent of the faceoffs, including 10 of 11 taken by Benn. ... Hall of Fame goalie Ed Belfour dropped the ceremonial first puck as the Stars and their fans continued to recognize the top players during their 25 years in Dallas.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: Begin a three-game homestand on Monday night vs. Anaheim.

Stars: Play at Boston on Monday night to open a four-game trip.

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<![CDATA[Stars Cruise Past Oilers for Victory]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 02:18:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-901940846.jpg

Stars coach Ken Hitchcock played a hunch early Saturday, and it paid off quickly.

Alexander Radulov, Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin -- put together on the same line in the early going -- scored first-period goals within a span of 6 1/2 minutes, leading the Stars past the Edmonton Oilers 5-1.

Seguin also had two assists. John Klingberg had a goal and two assists, and Mattias Janmark had a goal and an assist for Dallas.

The Stars have won six of their past eight games.

Radulov assisted on the other first-period goals, giving him two goals and four assists in Dallas' past two games. He had three goals and five assists in the Stars' three games against Edmonton this season.

Radulov has 16 goals in 43 games after scoring 18 in 76 games last season for the Montreal Canadiens. He came to Dallas as a free agent last summer.

"Sometimes it's happening, sometimes it's going well, and we worked hard and got rewarded," Radulov said.

Hitchcock opened the game with Benn and Seguin playing with Brett Ritchie for the second consecutive game but quickly put Radulov back with the team's top two scorers, where he has played previously this season.

"I felt the way the rotations of the line were going that it was a better matchup if I put Rads' there," said Hitchcock, third in career NHL coaching wins at 805. "He had a bead in on the game, and I had to get him out there as much as I could early and often."

"We didn't have an answer for that line," Oilers coach Todd McLelland said. "They scored just about every way they could except for on the power play. They created a lot of havoc for us in our end on a lot of lateral plays."

"He's such a dynamic player," Benn said of Radulov. "He's taking his game to another level."

Leon Draisaitl's power-play goal for the Oilers at 2:04 of the third period denied Ben Bishop his fifth shutout of the season.

Oilers goalie Cam Talbot was pulled at 4:45 of the second period after allowing four goals on 19 shots. He was replaced by Al Montoya, who was acquired on Thursday from Montreal and had not played since Nov. 4 because of concussion symptoms.

"It was a long road back," Montoya said. "I'm just happy to be back. I haven't had much time to skate, but I feel good, which goes a long way."

Dallas' three first-period goals were all backdoor one-timers. Radulov opened the scoring at 10:21, beating Talbot to the glove side. He was fed by Seguin, who received a cross-ice breakout pass from Klingberg.

Radulov passed to Benn less than three minutes later for an easy backhand.

Seguin tapped in a cross-crease pass from Radulov at 16:32, Klingberg getting the other assist.

Janmark scored when attempting to pass from the goal line to Brett Ritchie in the crease. The puck caromed off the skate of Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera past Talbot.

As Talbot skated off the ice toward the locker room, backup goalie Kari Lehtonen was standing in the tunnel and gave him a good-luck tap with his stick.

Edmonton has lost three of its past four and has been outscored 16-2.

"I don't think it's a lack of effort," Connor McDavid said. "We just have to get it done."

NOTES: Seguin leads Dallas with 21 goals this season. ... With Montoya activated, the Oilers waived goaltender Laurent Brossoit. Brossoit was 3-7-1 with a 3.22 goals-against average as Talbot's backup this season. ... Oilers forward Patrick Maroon served the second and last game of a suspension for a hit on Los Angeles' Drew Doughty on Tuesday. ... Dallas defenseman Marc Methot was a late scratch with a sore knee, replaced by Julius Honka. Methot had returned to the lineup Thursday after missing 26 games with a knee injury.

UP NEXT

Oilers: Play at Chicago on Sunday.

Stars: Host Colorado next Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[Stars Send Forward Jason Dickinson Down to Cedar Park]]>Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:36:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-658327196.jpg

The Dallas Stars have moved forward Jason Dickinson to the Texas Stars.

In a news release Friday the team said "Dickinson, 22, has appeared in seven games with Dallas this season, registering four shots and six penalty minutes. In 24 games played with Texas this season, he has produced 16 points (13-3=16) and and his 13 goals are second on the team."

"The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Georgetown, Ont. was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (29th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft."

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<![CDATA[Seguin, Stars Send Devils to 4th Straight Loss]]>Thu, 04 Jan 2018 23:33:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Tyler Seguin scored his team-leading 20th goal short-handed, Alexander Radulov had a goal and two assists and the Dallas Stars beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Thursday night.

Brett Ritchie had the tiebreaking goal on a power play after a second straight penalty against Sami Vatanen, and the Devils matched their season high with a fourth straight loss. The skid follows a season-best five-game winning streak that started with a win at home over the Stars.

Radulov's 15th goal got Dallas even early in the second period, and Ben Bishop stopped 39 of a season-high 42 shots faced for his fifth win in a season-high ninth straight start.

Seguin had a breakaway with Miles Wood chasing him and decided at the last second to send the puck backward to Jamie Benn. After Benn's shot went across the crease back to Seguin, his shot caromed off Wood's skate into the net as the defenseman tried to close his feet with goalie Cory Schneider out of position.

Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists for the Devils, who scored in the final minute of each of the first two periods, starting with Brian Boyle on a power play with 14 seconds left in the first.

New Jersey pulled to 3-2 with 28 seconds left in the second when Bishop stopped Hall's shot but had the puck go over him when the rebound caromed off defenseman Greg Pateryn.

Martin Hanzal assisted on Mattias Janmark's goal after missing three games with a lower-body injury. Hanzal has missed 15 games with various injuries.

New Jersey had another power-play goal when Kyle Palmieri sent a shot from the boards through the legs of Bishop late in the third period. Hall got credit for his team-leading 26th assist.

Ritchie redirected a shot from John Klingberg and the puck bounced over Schneider, who stopped 29 shots.

Vatanen touched the puck as he was coming out of the penalty box for cross-checking, and the interference call put the Stars right back on the power play midway through the second period. It was Vatanen's third straight penalty for the Devils.

There were nine penalties in the game two nights after Dallas and Columbus combined for just one in the Blue Jackets' 2-1 win that ended the Stars' four-game home winning streak.

NOTES: Three Dallas-area natives have played in the past two games against the Stars. Seth Jones, son of former Dallas Mavericks player Popeye Jones, had an assist in the Blue Jackets' 2-1 win. Plano natives Blake Coleman and Stefan Noesen are forwards for the Devils. ... Stars D Marc Methot had two shots and three hits in 16 minutes after missing 26 games following arthroscopic knee surgery.

UP NEXT

Devils: At the New York Islanders on Sunday afternoon before a weeklong break.

Stars: Home against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday afternoon before a weeklong break.

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<![CDATA[Stargazing: Stars Host Devils Thursday]]>Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:56:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-897859860.jpg

The following is a news release published by the Dallas Stars, Jan. 3, 2018.

RUNNIN' WITH THE DEVIL
The Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils meet on Thursday night in the second and final game of the 2017-18 season series. In the most recent game between Dallas and New Jersey, the Devils defeated the Stars, 5-2, on Dec. 15. Forwards Martin Hanzal (1-0=1) and Alexander Radulov (1-0=1) recorded goals for Dallas and defenseman Esa Lindell (0-2=2) tallied a season-high two assists (0-2=2). On special teams, the Stars were 1-of-3 on the power play (33%) and 4-for-5 (80%) on the penalty kill. Dallas is riding a five-game point streak (3-0-2) against the Devils on home ice and have recorded points in nine of the last 10 home games (7-1-2) against them. Last season at American Airlines Center, the Devils defeated the Stars in overtime, 2-1, on Nov. 15, 2016. Forward Patrick Eaves potted the lone goal (1-0=1) for the Stars and goaltender Antti Niemi stopped 31-of-33 shots. In 37 career games against New Jersey, forward Jason Spezza leads all Stars skaters with 34 points (8-26=34).

KLINGBERGER IN PARADISE
Defenseman John Klingberg recorded an assist (0-1=1) on Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The defenseman has points in three-straight games (1-3=4) and has inked the scoresheet in six of his last seven overall games (1-7=8). The native of Gothenburg, Sweden ranks first among League defensemen with 30 assists and 35 points (5-30=35) in 41 games this season. Klingberg's 30 assists rank first on the Stars and shares ninth among all NHL skaters in 2017-18. He has tallied 13 points (1-12=13) on the power play in 2017-18, which is tied for fifth among NHL blueliners and shares first among Stars skaters. On home ice this season, Klingberg leads all League defensemen with 22 points (3-19=22) while his 19 home assists share fourth among all NHL players. He ranks first in assists (19) and shares first in points (22) among Stars players this season at American Airlines Center. Klingberg has inked the scoresheet in a career-best seven consecutive games (1-8=9) on home ice. In six career games against the Devils, the defenseman has two assists (0-2=2).

IT'S A SHORE THING
Forward Devin Shore potted the club's lone goal (1-0=1) vs. Columbus on Tuesday and now has goals in two-straight games (2-0=2). He has also registered points in three of his last four overall games (2-1=3) and has points in three of his last five games (2-1=3) at American Airlines Center. During the 2017-18 campaign, he has skated in 41 regular-season games and has recorded 18 points (5-13=18). He ranks fifth on the Stars in assists (13) and shares seventh in goals (5). At American Airlines Center, Shore has tallied four of his five goals this season (4-6=10). The native of Ajax, Ont. has recorded one assist (0-1=1) in three career contests against the Devils.

TYLER, THE CREATOR
Forward Tyler Seguin notched a helper (0-1=1) on Devin Shore's goal on Tuesday night against the Blue Jackets. He has points in two consecutive games (1-1=2) and has inked the scoresheet in five of his last six overall contests (5-2=7). In 41 regular-season games, Seguin ranks second on the Stars with 36 points (19-17=36). His 19 goals rank seventh in the NHL and his seven tallies on the power play share seventh among all League players. Seguin is tied for the club-lead with 22 points (13-9=22) this season at American Airlines Center. His 13 goals on home ice in 2017-18 are tied for the most by any player in the NHL. Among Stars skaters, he ranks first in home goals (13) and fourth in home assists (9). Seguin has five points (4-1=5) over his last five games at home. In the first game of the season against New Jersey on Dec. 15, he recorded an assist (0-1=1) and four shots on goal. The native of Brampton, Ont. has a two-game point streak (1-1=2) against the Devils and has recorded four points (2-2=4) in four career games against them at American Airlines Center. Seguin has 12 points (5-7=12) in 20 career games against New Jersey.



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<![CDATA[Bjorkstrand's Quick Strikes Lead Blue Jackets Over Stars]]>Wed, 03 Jan 2018 05:34:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-01.jpg

Oliver Bjorkstrand and the Columbus Blue Jackets were headed in the opposite direction of the Dallas Stars even though the teams had identical records going into the halfway point of the season.

The third-year forward reversed things in a hurry.

Bjorkstrand scored twice 78 seconds apart early in the third period and the Blue Jackets stopped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Stars on Tuesday night.

Bjorkstrand's seventh and eighth goals of the season came after Devin Shore tipped in a shot from John Klingberg to break a scoreless tie for Dallas in the first minute of the third.

The Blue Jackets ended Dallas' four-game home winning streak in the 41st game for both teams.

"Once you start losing a few games you want to come back and win a game," Bjorkstrand said. "I feel like we were ready to play today and played the right way and we got the win."

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 21 shots for his 200th career victory.

On the tying goal, Bjorkstrand won a puck battle with Stephen Johns at the blue line and skated in on Ben Bishop, beating the Dallas goalie and ending his five-period scoreless streak. Bishop had 24 saves.

A little more than a minute later, Bjorkstrand skated up the same side and beat Bishop inside the post. Seth Jones, the son of former NBA player Popeye Jones playing against his hometown team, assisted on the go-ahead goal.

It was almost a replay of the most recent home loss for the Stars, when they went up 3-2 on Washington late in the third only to give up the tying goal less than a minute later and lose in overtime.

"I didn't think we played great, but we had a 1-0 lead in the third period," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "This is disappointing. Some days are perfect, and some days aren't. To have a 1-0 lead in your own building and give up the two goals in your own building is disappointing."

The Stars went ahead when Tyler Seguin got his stick caught up with Boone Jenner but managed to get the puck across the ice to Klingberg. The defenseman's wrist shot was tipped by Shore and trickled past Bobrovsky.

There was only one penalty in the game, a hooking call against Dallas captain Jamie Benn. But the best scoring chance on it was short-handed for the Stars when Dan Hamhuis had a shot stopped in transition.

Hamhuis had another great chance from much closer stopped by the pad of Bobrovsky, whose sprawling right skate knocked the net loose just as he covered the puck.

The Blue Jackets, missing key forwards Cam Atkinson (foot), Alex Wennberg (back) and Brandon Dubinsky (fractured orbital bone), were coming off a 5-0 loss to Tampa Bay.

"I feel like we knew we were playing good before," said Lukas Sedlak, who had two assists. "We got scored on (against Tampa) and then we kind of fell off. Today I felt we came right back and we scored a goal and then we scored another. The emotion was there today I think."

NOTES: Stars C Remi Elie was sidelined by the flu. ... Stars D Marc Methot could be close to a return after missing 26 games with a knee injury. Hitchcock said Methot would go through a full practice Wednesday and might play Thursday. ... Blue Jackets C Artemi Panarin tied the club record for points and assists in a month, getting 18 and 13 in December. ... The Stars were in a scoreless game in the third period for the first time since a 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Dec. 15, 2016.

UP NEXT

Blue Jackets: At the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

Stars: Host the New Jersey Devils on Thursday in fourth game of a six-game homestand, part of a stretch with nine of 10 at home.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stargazing: Stars Host Blue Jackets Tuesday]]>Mon, 01 Jan 2018 12:02:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/192*120/GettyImages-883396944.jpg

The following is a news release published by the Dallas Stars, Jan. 1, 2018.

FULL METAL JACKET
The Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets meet on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center for the first of two games during the 2017-18 campaign. Dallas recorded a 0-1-1 record last season against Columbus and posted a 0-1-0 mark on home ice. In the most recent meeting between the two clubs, Columbus defeated Dallas in overtime, 3-2, on Nov. 1, 2016 at Nationwide Arena. Forwards Tyler Seguin (1-0=1) and Jason Spezza (1-0=1) lit the lamp for the Stars and goaltender Antti Niemi turned aside 25 of the 28 shot he faced. The Blue Jackets shut out the Stars, 3-0, on Oct. 22, 2016 at American Airlines Center in the first game of the 2016-17 season series.

BISH DON'T KILL MY VIBE
Goaltender Ben Bishop recorded the victory on Sunday night vs. the Sharks and stopped all 26 shots he faced for his fourth shutout of the 2017-18 campaign. Bishop now has won four of his last five games (4-1-0) and has earned points in six of his last seven starts (4-1-2). In his first season with the Stars, the native of Denver, Colo. has registered a 17-10-2 record in 31 regular-season appearances with a 2.55 goals against average and a .914 save percentage with four shutouts. Among League leaders, he shares second in shutouts (4) and is tied for ninth in wins (17) and games played (31). On home ice, Bishop has earned points in 10 of his last 12 games (9-2-1) with three shutouts over that span. The netminder has a 13-3-1 record in 18 appearances at American Airlines Center with a 1.95 GAA and a .933 SV%. Among NHL goaltenders at home, he ranks second in shutouts (3), shares fourth in wins (13), 12th in SV% (.933), while ranking 13th in GAA (1.95). Bishop has appeared in eight career games against Columbus, posting a 5-3-0 record with a .939 SV% and 1.81 GAA with one shutout. The netminder has wins in four of his last five games (4-1-0) against the Blue Jackets, registering a 1.84 GAA and a .933 SV% with one shutout over that span.

I JUST CAN'T WAIT TO BE KLING
Defenseman John Klingberg notched two points (1-1=2) against San Jose on Sunday night. The defenseman now has recorded points in five of his last six overall games (1-6=7) and has inked the scoresheet in six consecutive games (1-7=8) at American Airlines Center. The native of Gothenburg, Sweden ranks first among League defensemen with 29 assists and 34 points (5-29=34) in 40 games this season. Klingberg's 29 assists rank first on the Stars and 10th among all NHL skaters in 2017-18. He has tallied 13 points (1-12=13) on the power play in 2017-18, which is tied for fourth among NHL blueliners and shares first among Stars skaters. On home ice this season, Klingberg leads all League defensemen with 21 points (3-18=21) while his 18 home assists share fifth among NHL players. Over his career, Klingberg has skated in five games against Columbus and has recorded three assists (0-3=3).

BENN THERE, DONE THAT
Captain Jamie Benn recorded two assists (0-2=2) on Sunday against the Sharks and is now riding a six-game point streak (3-5=8) with 16 points (5-11=16) over his last 15 games. This season, Benn leads the Stars with 37 points (16-21=37) in 40 games. He ranks second on the club in goals (16) and assists (21). Additionally, Benn shares first on the club with 13 power play points (5-8=13) this season and is tied for second on the Stars in power play goals (5) and ranks second in power play assists (8). The captain is riding an eight-game point streak (4-6=10) at American Airlines Center and has inked the scoresheet in 11 of his last 13 home games (6-8=14). In 19 games on home ice this season, Benn ranks third on the club with 18 points (8-10=18). He ranks second in home goals (8) and shares second in home assists (10). The native of Victoria, B.C. has points in three of his last four games (0-3=3) against the Blue Jackets and has 18 points (6-12=18) in 22 career games vs. Columbus.



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<![CDATA[Pitlick Scores Twice, Bishop and Stars Beat Sharks]]>Mon, 01 Jan 2018 03:36:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*140/AP_18001152887937.jpg

Ben Bishop is getting regular work, and he and the Dallas Stars have been playing some of their best hockey of the season.

Bishop made 26 saves in his fourth shutout of the season, Tyler Pitlick scored twice and the Stars beat the San Jose Sharks 6-0 on Sunday night.

Bishop's 23rd career shutout came in his seventh straight start. It was Dallas' fourth win in five games.

In the first two games of a six-game homestand, the Stars have outscored opponents 10-2. The first five games are all two days apart.

"We kind of had a real hard one there before this homestand, a lot of in-and-outs, so it's kind of nice to have this homestand," Bishop said. "We've done a good job so far. It's going to be kind of important to enjoy this one and obviously get some rest (Monday)."

Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said there are few breaks in the schedule.

"We've made a little bit of ground, and we've created no separation," he said. "This is the way it's going to be for the rest of the year. It doesn't seem like anybody's missing a beat right now, especially in the Central."

Dallas scored two goals in each period -- by John Klingberg and Pitlick in the first, Stephen Johns and Tyler Seguin in the second and Devin Shore and Pitlick 50 seconds apart in the third.

"I thought this was Pitlick's strongest game," Hitchcock said. "He stayed determined on the puck."

San Jose starter Martin Jones had 18 saves in the first two periods before giving way to Aaron Dell, who stopped eight shots.

The Sharks' three-game winning streak ended with their most lopsided loss this season. The poor road performance came as San Jose began a stretch with 14 of 18 games on the road.

"I don't look at this like we've been a poor road team. This was a poor game tonight," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "I don't think it's a symptom of something bigger. It was just a bad night."

Klingberg added an assist on Seguin's 19th goal of the season, a power-play score. Radek Faksa tied his career high with three assists and Mattias Janmark assisted twice.

The Stars had the game's first six shots on goal and cashed in on their seventh. Janmark circled behind the net and passed to Klingberg near the right faceoff dot. He sent a shot past Jones at 6:19, and then Pitlick gave Dallas a 2-0 lead at 15:07.

Dallas had 17 shots, their most in the first period this season, to five for San Jose. The Sharks had a chance with a power play to begin the second, but Bishop stopped the first six shots on goal. Logan Couture sent one shot into the right goalpost and another into the goalie's pads.

"We didn't play very well," Couture said. "Pretty simple. Left our goalies out to dry. I feel bad for those two. They battled and no one else did."

The teams were skating 4-on-4 when Johns scored at 4:25 of the second.

Seguin skated in front to deflect Klingberg's shot into the top of the net on the power play.

NOTES: Dallas RW Alexander Radulov left in the second period with an upper-body injury from a hit by Sharks D Justin Braun. ... The Stars have scored a power-play goal in six straight games, following a stretch of 14 games with only two goals with a man advantage. ... Benn has seven points (three goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak. ... Couture, who leads San Jose with 15 goals, returned after missing four games because of a concussion. ... The Sharks had not allowed more than five goals in a game before Sunday. ... The six-goal win was Dallas' largest margin of victory. ... Pitlick has seven goals this season. Three times he has scored twice in a game.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Play the second game on a five-game trip on Tuesday night at Montreal.

Stars: Host Columbus on Tuesday night.



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<![CDATA[Radulov Scores 2 Late Goals, Stars Beat Blues]]>Fri, 29 Dec 2017 23:53:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Alexander Radulov had a power-play goal and an empty-netter in the final 2:21 to lift the Dallas Stars over the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Friday night.

Radulov took in the puck off a faceoff and sent a low shot for his fourth winner of the season, then tapped in the rebound of a shot off the post with 1:39 left.

Dallas led 1-0 through two periods on a goal by Mattias Janmark, but Vladimir Tarasenko and Tage Thompson scored 1:05 apart in the third period to put St. Louis up 2-1. Jamie Benn tied it at 2 with a backhand goal at 15:10.

Ben Bishop made 35 saves for the Stars.

Blues starting goalie Jake Allen left with 18:39 to play after he was knocked back into the crossbar. Carter Hutton replaced him briefly, but Allen returned to finish the game and made 25 saves.

When Bishop failed to clear the puck and get back to the net, Tarasenko sent a shot from the left faceoff circle at 3:26 of the third for an unassisted goal. Tarasenko's goal was his 13th in 21 career games against Dallas. He had scored only one goal in the previous eight games, during which time St. Louis scored only 10 and lost six times.

Thompson followed with a shot from above the right circle at 4:31 for his second goal in nine NHL games.

After a scoreless first period, Dallas killed off a 5-on-3 power play early in the second. Bishop stopped shots by Alex Pietrangelo and Paul Stastny from the slot.

Janmark scored 45 seconds after the power play ended, at 3:49. Jason Spezza dug out the puck along the right-wing boards and passed across to Janmark in the slot. He put a short shot into the vacant left side of the net.

NOTES: Bishop was playing in his 300th NHL game. ... The Blues had won the previous five games against Dallas. ... St. Louis' penalty-killing unit came in with 25 successes in 26 tries over the last eight games, and 41 of 43 penalties killed in December. ...The Stars converted 1 of 5 power plays and have scored on the power play in four straight games and five of six.

UP NEXT

Blues: Begin a three-game homestand Saturday against Carolina.

Stars: Play the second game of a six-game homestand, their longest this season, on Sunday vs. San Jose.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Granlund Gets Game-Winner; Wild Beat Stars]]>Wed, 27 Dec 2017 23:00:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/GettyImages-879916296.jpg

Mikael Granlund scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and the Minnesota Wild beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Jared Spurgeon, Eric Staal and Jason Zucker also scored for Minnesota, which won for just the second time in six games. Charlie Coyle had two assists and Alex Stalock made 24 saves.

Tyler Seguin and Mattias Janmark scored for Dallas.

Granlund, who had a career-high 26 goals last year, has eight this season and only one in his previous 11 games.

With the Wild on the power play and the game tied 2-2, Granlund charged in from the left wall to put home a rebound after a redirect from Zucker was stopped by Ben Bishop at 13:08 of the second period.

Zucker added an empty-net goal shortly after Janmark missed on a breakaway in the final few seconds of the game.

It marked just the fourth time in 12 games Minnesota scored more than two goals.

Seguin's fourth goal in three games -- a redirect of an Esa Lindell shot -- gave the Stars a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, but Spurgeon tied the game by tapping in a cross-crease feed from Coyle with 40.4 seconds left in the frame.

Dallas lost for the fifth time in 21 games when scoring first. Staal scored 5:12 into the second before Janmark scored on the power play.

Wednesday was a step forward for a pair of previously injured Wild players.

Goaltender Devan Dubnyk served as the team's backup after missing six games with a lower body injury and left wing Zach Parise said after the team's morning skate he is going to AHL Iowa for a rehab assignment, although the team has not officially announced the move. The plan is for Parise, who had back surgery Oct. 24, to play Thursday in Iowa, return to Minnesota and decide the next step.

NOTES: Jamie Benn assisted on Janmark's goal to pass Sergei Zubov for second place in Dallas history with 550 career points. Mike Modano had 1,050. ... Wild RW Nino Niederreiter missed his second game with a foot/ankle injury. ... Minnesota's Bruce Boudreau coached his 800th career game. He is 477-232-91 in 11 NHL seasons, including stints with Washington and Anaheim. ... To make room for Dubnyk, Minnesota reassigned G Steve Michalek to Iowa.

UP NEXT

Stars: open a six-game homestand Friday vs. St. Louis.

Wild: welcomes Nashville Friday before playing Saturday in Music City.



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<![CDATA[Radulov, Seguin Score in Shootout to Lift Stars over Preds]]>Sat, 23 Dec 2017 23:43:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-897797070.jpg

Alexander Radulov and Tyler Seguin scored during the shootout, Ben Bishop had 29 saves and the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Saturday night.

Bishop was 2 for 2 in the shootout after surviving a 5-on-3 during overtime. The Predators outshot Dallas 5-1 in OT.

Nashville's Ryan Johansen made it 3-3 about five minutes into the third period on a power play. The Predators had led 2-0 on goals from Alexei Emelin and Calle Jarnkrok in the first period.

Seguin scored on a power play in the first to make it 2-1, and then Antoine Roussel and Martin Hanzal scored in the second to put Dallas up 3-2.

Nashville's Juuse Saros made 25 saves but stopped only 1 of 3 in the shootout and lost for the first time in three starts against Dallas.

John Klingberg, who leads NHL defensemen with 31 points, had two assists for Dallas. Johansen had a goal and an assist.

The Stars entered the game 0-6 against the three teams ahead of them in the Central Division, including 0-2 against the Predators.

The Predators scored on two of their first four shots on goal.

Emelin took a pass high in the slot from Viktor Arvidsson for Nashville's first goal just 34 seconds in. The wrist shot was Emelin's first goal in 68 games and only the 15th in 414 career games.

Colton Sissons took the puck away from Jamie Benn on Dallas' power play and set up Jarnkrok. His wrist shot from the right side clanked in off the left goalpost at 7:03 of the first period.

At 12:13, Seguin cut the lead to 2-1 with a snap shot from the middle of the right faceoff circle.

Roussel tied it when he batted in the rebound of a shot by Klingberg.

Dallas' next rebound goal was even easier. Gemel Smith shot off Saros' pads, and Hanzal had an open net to slide in a backhand at 13:18.

NOTES: Jarnkrok has two short-handed goals this season, one in each game at Dallas. ... The players on the Predators' line of Emelin, Arvidsson and Johansen had the game's first three penalties in the first 10:46. Jarnkrok scored his short-handed goal on the second of those. Seguin's goal was with Johansen in the penalty box. ... The Stars have scored on the power play in three straight games and four of the last five. ... The Predators have allowed four power-play goals in the last three games.

UP NEXT

Predators: Play their second straight road game at St. Louis on Wednesday night.

Stars: Travel to Minnesota for a game on Wednesday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stargazing: Stars Host Predators Saturday]]>Fri, 22 Dec 2017 15:21:32 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-860721026.jpg

The following is a news release published by the Dallas Stars, Dec. 22, 2017.

TO CATCH A PREDATOR
The Dallas Stars take on the Nashville Predators on Saturday night at American Airlines Center. The Stars and Predators meet for the third of four games during the 2017-18 campaign and the second and final time this season in the Lone Star State. The club holds a 0-2-0 record this season against Nashville, with a 0-1-0 record on home ice against the Predators. In the most recent game of the season series, Nashville snapped the Stars' five-game home winning streak and defeated Dallas, 5-2, on Dec. 5 at American Airlines Center. Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak led all Stars skaters with two points (1-1=2) and defenseman Stephen Johns lit the lamp (1-0=1) for his third goal of the season. The two clubs met for the first game of 2017-18 on Oct. 12 at Bridgestone Arena, with the Predators notching a 4-1 victory. Captain Jamie Benn registered the lone goal (1-0=1) for Dallas with forward Jason Spezza (0-1=1) and defenseman John Klingberg (0-1=1) adding the assists. In two games this season against the Predators, Benn leads all active Stars players with two points (1-1=2) and 11 shots on goal. On special teams against Nashville this season, the Stars are 1-for-3 (33%) on the power play and 3-of-6 (50%) on the penalty kill. 

HITCHCOCK BECOMES THIRD NHL HEAD COACH TO REACH 800 WINS
Dallas Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock recorded his 800th NHL coaching victory on Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Hitchcock joins Scotty Bowman (1,244 wins) and Joel Quenneville (868) as the only coaches in the history of the NHL to win 800 games. Earlier this season, he moved into third place on the NHL all-time coaching wins list with a victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 14, passing Al Arbour (782 wins). The native of Edmonton, Alta. holds an 800-488-202 in 1,490 regular-season games over 21 NHL seasons. Hitchcock has amassed a 296-168-75 record in 539 regular-season games over his two stints as head coach of the Dallas Stars, ranking first in franchise history in games coached (539), wins (296) and points percentage (.619). He has also accumulated wins as a head coach with St. Louis (248 wins), Philadelphia (131 wins) and Columbus (125 wins). Over his career, the bench boss guided his teams to eight division titles (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2003-04, 2011-12 and 2014-15) and two Presidents Trophies (1997-98 and 1998-99). Hitchcock was also named the Jack Adams Award winner in 2011-12. He led Dallas to two trips to the Stanley Cup Final and led the Stars to the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship in 1999.

O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!
Captain Jamie Benn recorded a goal (1-0=1) vs. Chicago on Thursday and now has goals in two consecutive games (2-0=2) with 10 points (4-6=10) over his last 11 games. Benn is riding a five-game point streak (3-2=5) at American Airlines Center and has nine points (5-4=9) over his last 10 games on home ice. The captain shares first on the Stars with 31 points (15-16=31) in 36 regular-season contests, ranking second in goals (15) and third in assists (16). Additionally, Benn shares first on the club with 10 power play points (5-5=10) this season and ranks second on the Stars in power play goals (5). On home ice this season, Benn ranks fourth on the team with 13 points (7-6=13) in 16 games and ranks second in home goals (7). The native of Victoria, B.C. has inked the scoresheet in five-straight games (3-5=8) against the Predators and has registered 19 points (9-10=19) over his last 13 overall games against them. Benn paces all current Stars with 19 assists and 32 points (13-19=32) in a team-high 35 career games against Nashville.

BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT
Stars goaltender Ben Bishop stopped all 24 shots he faced on Thursday night against the Blackhawks and now has recorded a victory in all three of his starts this season against Chicago (3-0-0). Bishop has now earned points in three-straight games (1-0-2) and in seven of his last nine overall games (5-2-2). In his first season with the Stars, the native of Denver, Colo. has registered a 14-9-2 record in 27 regular-season appearances with a 2.65 goals against average and .911 save percentage with three shutouts. Among League leaders, Bishop shares second in shutouts (3), 10th in games played (10) and 12th in wins (14). On home ice, the goaltender has points in seven of his last nine games (6-2-1) with two shutouts over that span. In 15 appearances at American Airlines Center this season, the netminder has earned a 10-3-1 record. He has registered a 2.03 GAA and a .930 SV% with two shutouts. Among NHL goaltenders at home, he shares second in shutouts (2), sixth in wins (10), 13th in GAA (2.03) and 16th in SV% (.930). Over his NHL career against the Predators, Bishop has earned a 1-5-1 record with a 3.75 GAA and a .876 SV%.



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<![CDATA[Seguin Scores Twice, Stars Blank Blackhawks Behind Bishop]]>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 23:55:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-896866896.jpg

Tyler Seguin scored two goals in the second period, Ben Bishop earned his 22nd career shutout and the Dallas Stars beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 on Thursday night.

Bishop made 24 saves for his third shutout of the season.

Dallas had lost its previous three games and Chicago arrived with a five-game winning streak, but the Stars improved to 3-0 against the Blackhawks this season.

The win was the 800th of coach Ken Hitchcock's career.

Jamie Benn scored the only goal of the first period. Antoine Roussel scored barely a minute into the second before Seguin's two goals made it 4-0.

Corey Crawford stopped 18 shots. He won all five games during the Blackhawks' streak, allowing only seven goals. Crawford hadn't lost in regulation since Nov. 12.

The Blackhawks dominated early. They had the best scoring chance at 11:44 of the first period when Connor Murphy's wrist shot hit Bishop in the chest. On the rebound, the puck sat in the paint with an easy chance for Patrick Kane, but his tap-in hit the right post.

Kane, who leads Chicago with 34 points in 34 games, had seven points in his previous four games.

Dallas scored three seconds after the only first-period power play ended. Remi Elie passed from the left side through the slot to Benn, who put a wrist shot into the open right side of the net at 17:11.

Roussel scored 1:07 into the second period when he redirected Dan Hamhuis' shot from the left point into the net off Crawford. Hamhuis had two assists.

Seguin scored on the power play at 5:55. He picked up a partially blocked shot by Jason Spezza at the left of the net and backhanded the puck past Crawford.

Seguin set up his second goal himself, at 16:14. He dug the puck out of the right corner and passed to Devin Shore. While Shore skated toward the net, Seguin crossed over to the left side and was in position for a short wrist shot when the puck came to him.

NOTES: Since ending a 12-game stretch in which they scored only one goal on the power play, the Stars have connected three times in the last four games. . The Blackhawks are 0 for 15 on the power play in the last five games. . Nashville (2-1 vs. Chicago) is the only other team with more than one win against the Blackhawks this season. . Crawford stopped Seguin's bid for a hat trick with less than six minutes to play. . Benn has seven points (four goals, three assists) in the past seven games.

UP NEXT

Blackhawks: Play on Saturday at New Jersey in the second game of a coast-to-coast-to-coast six-game trip, their longest this season.

Stars: Complete a three-game homestand vs. Nashville on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Burakovsky Gets 2nd Goal in OT, Capitals Beat Stars]]>Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:41:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Andre Burakovsky scored his second goal of the game 1:51 into overtime, lifting the Washington Capitals over the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Burakovsky had one goal in his first 14 games this season. He shot over goalie Ben Bishop from the left faceoff circle in OT, and also assisted on Brett Connolly's tying goal with 2:26 left in the third period.

The Capitals have won four straight. Braden Holtby made 33 saves for Washington. Bishop stopped 24 shots.

Both teams scored one goal in each of the three periods. Andre Burakovsky, Dmitry Orlov and Connolly scored for Washington. Jamie Benn had a power-play goal in the first period, Gemel Smith scored in the second and Alexander Radulov gave the Stars a brief 3-2 lead in the third.

Connolly and Radulov each had a goal and an assist.

Washington scored first at 10:35 of the first period. Connolly passed across the ice to Burakovsky in the right faceoff circle, and he beat Bishop with a shot into the upper left corner of the net.

The Stars tied it eight seconds into their first power play at 15:14. Benn redirected John Klingberg's bouncing shot from the top of the slot past Holtby.

Smith gave the Stars their first lead at 11:09 of the second period. In front of the net, he collected the rebound of a shot by Dan Hamhuis from the blue line, moved the puck to his forehand and sent it over Holtby's blocker.

Orlov made a move to beat Klingberg and found himself alone in front of Bishop for the goal that tied it at 2 at 13:22 of the second. It was the fourth of only five shots by the Capitals in the period.

At 15:53 of the third, Radulov took a pass from Greg Pateryn across the blue line and shot the puck into the lower left of the net from high in the slot. Just 1:41 later, Connolly put a wrist shot past Bishop from in front.

NOTES: Dallas had been 2 for 39 on the power play in the previous 14 games and went 1 for 4 on Tuesday. ... Capitals RW T.J. Oshie returned after missing six games with a concussion. ... The Stars traded D Jamie Oleksiak, a healthy scratch throughout their four-game Eastern trip, to Pittsburgh for a conditional fourth-round draft pick. ... Washington RW Tom Wilson increased his league-leading penalty minutes to 91 with eight minutes. He was in the box for roughing when Benn scored for Dallas. ... Smith has scored in consecutive games for the first time in his 40 career games.

UP NEXT

Capitals: Play the second game of a four-game trip on Friday at Arizona.

Stars: Host Chicago on Thursday in the second game of a three-game homestand.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stargazing: Stars, Capitals Play Tuesday]]>Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:12:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-648884368.jpg

The following is a news release published by the Dallas Stars, Dec. 18, 2017.

CAPITAL GAINS
The Dallas Stars return home from a four-game Eastern Conference road trip to face the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center. The Stars have collected points in 12-straight overall games against Washington (10-0-2) and have earned points in 27 of the last 28 overall games (22-1-5) against them. Dallas has also registered points in 15 consecutive games (12-0-3) at home against Washington and have not recorded a regulation loss in the Lone Star State since a 4-3 defeat on Oct. 17, 1995 at Reunion Arena. The Stars faced the Capitals twice during the 2016-17 campaign, earning a 1-0-1 record. In the most recent game between the two clubs, the Stars defeated the Capitals, 4-2, on March 6, 2017 at Verizon Center. Forwards Jason Spezza (1-0=1), Devin Shore (1-0=1) and Radek Faksa (1-0=1) lit the lamp for the Stars. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen recorded the victory, logging a season-high in both saves (42) and shots against (44). In nine career games against Washington as a member of the Dallas Stars, Lehtonen has earned an 8-0-1 record with a 2.22 goals against average and a .926 save percentage with one shutout.

"IT'S THAT HANZAL - HE'S SO HOT RIGHT NOW"
Forward Martin Hanzal recorded an assist (0-1=1) on Saturday night against the Philadelphia Flyers and now has points in two consecutive games (1-1=2). The forward is riding his first point streak as a Dallas Star and his first point streak since he inked the scoresheet in two-straight games (1-1=2) from April 2 - 4, 2017 as a member of the Minnesota Wild. On Friday against the New Jersey Devils, Hanzal lit the lamp (1-0=1) for his first point since Nov. 14 against the Florida Panthers (0-1=1). His goal came on the power play, marking his first goal on the man-advantage since April 8, 2017. The native of Pisek, Czech Republic has skated in 22 games this season and has registered five points (2-3=5). Hanzal has points in three of his last four games against Washington (1-3=4). In his most recent contest against the Capitals on March 28, 2017, he recorded two points (1-1=2). The forward has logged eight career games against the Capitals and has six points (2-4=6).

SMITTEN WITH SMITTY
Forward Gemel Smith recorded the club's lone goal (1-0=1) against the Flyers on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center. With his goal against Philadelphia, the forward now has seven points (3-4=7) in 22 games this season and has a new career-high for points (7) in a single season. Last month, Smith tied his career-long with points in three consecutive games (1-2=3) from Nov. 24 - 30. The native of Toronto, Ont. made his NHL debut last season on Oct. 22, 2016 at Columbus and registered his first NHL point with an assist (0-1=1) on Nov. 5, 2016 vs. Chicago. The forward lit the lamp with two goals (2-0=2) on Nov. 6, 2017 at Chicago for the first goals of his NHL career. In 17 games in 2016-17, he posted six points (3-3=6) with 19 shots on goal.

THE BEST THERE'S EVER BENN
Captain Jamie Benn has five points (2-3=5) over his last five games. Benn is riding a three-game point streak (1-2=3) at American Airlines Center and has eight points (4-4=8) over his last 10 games on home ice. The captain shares first on the Stars with 29 points (13-16=29) in 34 regular-season contests, ranking second in goals (13) and sharing second in assists (16). Additionally, Benn shares first on the club with nine power play points (4-5=9) this season and second in power play goals (4). On home ice this season, Benn ranks fourth on the team with 11 points (5-6=11) in 14 games and ranks second in home goals (5). The native of Victoria, B.C. has a nine-game point streak (4-7=11) against the Capitals and has recorded points in four-straight contests (3-1=4) against them at American Airlines Center.



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<![CDATA[Gostisbehere Scores 2, Flyers Beat Stars 2-1]]>Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:53:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-465851648.jpg

Shayne Gostisbehere scored two goals, including the game-winner 3:50 into overtime to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to their sixth straight victory, 2-1 over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Brian Elliott made 26 saves and Jakub Voracek had two assists for the Flyers, whose winning streak has followed a 10-game skid.

Gemel Smith scored for Dallas, which ended a four-game road trip 2-1-1. Stars coach Ken Hitchcock was denied his 800th career victory for the second straight game.

Hitchcock is vying to become the third NHL coach to reach the milestone.

Gostisbehere scored the winner on the power play after Alexander Radulov was called for hooking.

The defenseman's wrist shot through traffic got past Stars goalie Ben Bishop as Wayne Simmonds provided a screen.

Officials reviewed the goal to determine whether Simmonds interfered with Bishop, but the goal was confirmed by the replay.

Voracek, who entered tied for the NHL lead with 31 assists, has 10 helpers during the winning streak.

Bishop returned to the net after backup Kari Lehtonen played the last three games and finished with 28 saves.

Gostisbehere tied it at 1 with 10:50 left in the second period on the power play after arguably one of the Flyers' best shifts of the season.

Philadelphia peppered Bishop with shots during the shift, and Gostisbehere finally broke through with his fifth of the season.

Voracek's initial shot from the point went wide, but Gostisbehere hustled to the rebound off the boards and dived as he shot off Bishop's left arm and in.

Smith put the Stars on top after a nifty, backhanded feed from Remi Elie that Smith finished with a wrister past Elliott's blocker side.

Philadelphia hasn't allowed more than two goals in a game during its winning streak while outscoring opponents 21-9. Elliott has been in net for every contest during the streak

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Brian Boyle Scores Twice to Help Devils Beat Stars]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:21:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-894765028.jpg

Brian Boyle broke a tie with his 100th career goal and added an empty-netter and an assist to help the New Jersey Devils beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Friday night.

Steven Santini, Blake Coleman and Nick Lappin also scored for the Devils, and Corey Schneider made 28 saves.

Martin Hanzal and Alexander Radulov scored for Dallas.

Midway through Stephen Johns' double-minor for high-sticking, Devils fans booed the team's power-play effort. Boyle responded by knocking in a rebound from the crease off of Will Butcher's shot to give the Devils a 3-2 lead with 3:21 left in the period.

Boyle assisted on Lappin's goal midway through the third period and completed the scoring with the empty-net goal.

NOTES: Devils F Taylor Hall (knee contusion), F Marcus Johansson (ankle bruise) and F Kyle Palmieri (broken right foot) all skated Friday. It's the first time on the ice for Hall and Johansson since their injuries. Coach John Hynes hopes they will skate Saturday, practice with the team on Sunday and see about playing Monday night. ... The Stars couldn't complete the sweep of the metropolitan-area teams this week after beating the Islanders and Rangers.

UP NEXT

Stars: Dallas wraps up its four-game road at Philadelphia on Saturday night.

Devils: New Jersey has the weekend off before hosting Anaheim on Monday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stargazing: Stars Face Flyers Saturday]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:09:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-465851648.jpg

The following is a news release published by the Dallas Stars, Dec. 15, 2017.

IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA
The Dallas Stars travel to Philadelphia to face the Flyers in the final game of a four-game Eastern Conference road trip. The Stars and Flyers meet on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center for the first of two games during the 2017-18 campaign. Dallas posted a 1-1-0 record in 2016-17 vs. Philadelphia and have recorded points in five of the last six games (4-1-1) against them. In the most recent contest between the two clubs at Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers defeated the Stars, 4-2, on Dec. 10, 2016. Forward Devin Shore recorded both goals (2-0=2) in the contest for Dallas with defenseman Dan Hamhuis (0-1=1) and forward Antoine Roussel (0-1=1) each adding assists in the game. Dallas defeated Philadelphia, 3-1, in the first game of the 2016-17 season series on Dec. 17, 2016 at American Airlines Center. Forward Jason Spezza leads all Stars skaters with 31 points (9-22=31) in 36 career games against Philadelphia.

HITCHCOCK ONE AWAY FROM 800 WINS
Head Coach Ken Hitchcock recorded his 799th NHL coaching victory on Wednesday night against the New York Islanders and is one win away from reaching the 800-win plateau. With his next victory, Hitchcock will join Scotty Bowman (1,244) and Joel Quenneville (867) as the only coaches in the history of the NHL to win 800 games. Earlier this season, he moved into third place on the NHL all-time coaching wins list with a victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 14, 2017, passing Al Arbour (782 wins). The native of Edmonton, Alta. holds a 799-487-200 in 1,486 regular-season games over 21 NHL seasons. Hitchcock has amassed a 295-167-73 record in 535 regular-season games over his two stints as head coach of the Dallas Stars, ranking first in franchise history in games coached (535), wins (295) and points percentage (.620). He has also accumulated wins as a head coach with St. Louis (248 wins), Philadelphia (131 wins) and Columbus (125 wins). Over his career, the bench boss guided his teams to eight division titles (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2003-04, 2011-12 and 2014-15) and two Presidents Trophies (1997-98 and 1998-99). Hitchcock was also named the Jack Adams Award winner in 2011-12. He led Dallas to two trips to the Stanley Cup Final and led the Stars to the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship in 1999. 

LEHTS GO!
Goaltender Kari Lehtonen turned aside 32-of-34 shots on Wednesday night to help the Stars defeat the Islanders, 5-2, at Barclays Center and earned his 300th career NHL victory. The netminder improved his record to 4-1-1 over his last six road games, sporting a 1.79 goals against average and a .936 save percentage over that span. Lehtonen became the 33rd goaltender in NHL history to earn at least 300 career victories and is currently tied for 31st in all-time wins with Carolina's Cam Ward and Tomas Vokoun. He has recorded 206 of his 300 victories as a member of the Dallas Stars, with the additional 94 wins with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets franchise. The netminder also appeared in his 624th career NHL game on Wednesday night, passing Miikka Kiprusoff for the most games played by a Finnish-born goaltender in NHL history, and moved into 40th place all-time in games played by a goaltender. Lehtonen has earned a 300-223-65 record in 624 regular-season contests with 37 shutouts and 28 assists. The native of Helsinki, Finland has earned a 1-11-3 record with a 3.45 GAA and a .889 SV% in 15 career appearances against the Flyers.

OH CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!
Captain Jamie Benn tied his season-high with three points (1-2=3) on Wednesday night against the Islanders at Barclays Center. The captain helped the Stars snap a four-game road losing streak to the Islanders (last win: 3-2, Dec. 15, 2011 at Nassau Coliseum) and record the franchise's first win at Barclays Center. Benn has inked the scoresheet in three consecutive games (2-3=5) and has points in six of his last seven games (2-6=8). The captain leads the Stars with 29 points (13-16=29) in 32 regular-season contests, ranking second in goals (13) and is tied for second in assists (16). Additionally, Benn shares first on the club with nine power play points (4-5=9) this season and second in power play goals (4). On the road this season, Benn leads all Stars skaters with 18 points (8-10=18) in 18 games and ranks first on the club in road goals (8). The native of Victoria, B.C. has points in three of his last four games (2-2=4) against the Flyers and has four points (3-1=4) over his last four games at Wells Fargo Center. Benn has skated in 12 career games vs. Philadelphia and has registered 11 points (5-6=11).



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<![CDATA[Benn Has a Goal, 2 Assists to Lead Stars Past Islanders]]>Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:11:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-891942428.jpg

Tyler Pitlick scored twice and Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.

Alexander Radulov and Remi Elie also scored for the Stars, who won their second straight after a three-game skid. Kari Lehtonen stopped 32 shots for his 300th career victory, and John Klingberg had two assists.

Anders Lee scored twice for the Islanders, who have lost five of seven (2-4-1), and John Tavares and Josh Bailey each had two assists. Jaroslav Halak, starting for the seventh time in nine games, was pulled near the midpoint of the second period after giving up four goals on 20 shots. Thomas Greiss came on and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

Leading 2-0 after one period, the Stars added to their lead 1:01 into the second. Devin Shore got a pass from Klingberg and fired a shot from the right side that Halak stopped. However, the rebound went in front and Elie fired it in before the Islanders' goalie could recover for his fourth.

Benn made it 4-0 at 9:21 as he brought the puck up the left side, paused briefly above the left circle and fired a shot past Halak for his 13th.

Greiss came on to replace Halak after that.

Josh Bailey hit the inside of the right goalpost with 9 1/2 minutes remaining in the second for the Islanders, and Casey Cizikas also hit a post about three minutes later.

Pitlick made it 5-0 with his second of the night and fifth of the season just 21 seconds into the third, deflecting a point shot by Klingberg past Greiss. Benn had an assist on the play, giving him two goals and three assists in his last three games.

Lee put in a deflection 45 seconds later to get New York on the scoreboard, and made it 5-2 with his 19th with 4 1/2 minutes remaining.

Both teams had chances in the opening period, in which the Islanders outshot the Stars 15-14.

Halak denied a tip-in by Brett Ritche about 2 1/2 minutes in and made a right pad save on a shot by Radulov less than two minutes later.

Lehtonen had a pad save on Calvin de Haan 30 seconds earlier.

The Stars took a 1-0 lead at 7:37 as Dan Hamhuis fired a shot from above circle that bounced off the end boards and came right to Pitlick, who put it in from the left side for his fourth of the season.

Jordan Eberle fired a shot that Lehtonen knocked down and smothered with about 8 minutes left. The Stars' goalie also denied Andrew Ladd's attempt on a rebound in front less than a minute later and a deflection by Tavares in close with a little more than five minutes to go.

Radulov made it 2-0 with 4:14 remaining in the first, firing it past Halak from outside the right circle in front of the side boards for his 10th.

NOTES: Dallas improved to 15-3-0 when scoring first and 14-1-1 when leading after two periods. ... Stars F Martin Hanzal returned after missing five games with a hamstring injury. Dallas was without F Antoine Roussel for a second straight game because of an injured elbow and D Marc Methot for the 16th consecutive game with an injured knee. ... Dallas, which beat New York 5-0 at home on Nov. 10, completed a sweep of the two-game season series. ... Tavares now has 318 assists for his career, moving him past Stefan Persson into eighth place on the franchise list. ... New York lost in regulation at home for just the second time this season, falling to 9-2-2 at Barclays Center. ... New York D Johnny Boychuk returned to the lineup after missing three games with a lower-body injury.

UP NEXT:

Stars: At New Jersey in the third of a four-game trip.

Islanders: At Columbus on Thursday night before returning for a five-game homestand.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stargazing: Stars Face Islanders Wednesday]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:38:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-457860392.jpg

The following is a news release published by the Dallas Stars, Dec. 12, 2017.


LONELY ISLAND

The Dallas Stars and the New York Islanders meet on Wednesday night at Barclays Center for the second and final contest of the 2017-18 season series. Dallas recorded a 5-0 victory in the first meeting of the 2017-18 campaign on Nov. 10 at American Airlines Center. Goaltender Ben Bishop logged his first shutout in a Stars sweater, stopping all 14 shots he faced. Defenseman John Klingberg tied his season-high with three points (1-2=3) and defenseman Esa Lindell registered a season-best two points (1-1=2). The Stars enter Wednesday's game in Brooklyn looking to record the club's first win at Barclays Center (0-2-0) and snap a four-game road losing streak (0-4-0) against the Islanders. Last season, the Islanders shut out the Stars, 3-0, on Jan. 19, 2017 at Barclays Center. Dallas last recorded a road win over New York on Dec. 15, 2011, defeating the Islanders, 3-2, at Nassau Coliseum. Forward Jason Spezza has recorded 37 points (17-20=37) in 37 career games against the Islanders and leads all Stars skaters in points, goals, assists and games played against New York.

BENN THERE, DONE THAT

Captain Jamie Benn registered an assist (0-1-=1) on Monday night against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Benn has inked the scoresheet in two consecutive games (1-1=2) and has points in five of his last six games (1-4=5). The captain ranks second on the Stars with 26 points (12-14=26) in 31 regular-season contests, ranking second in goals (12) and sharing third in assists (14). Additionally, Benn shares first on the club with nine power play points (4-5=9) this season and second in power play goals (4). On the road this season, Benn leads all Stars skaters with 15 points (7-8=15) in 17 games and ranks first on the club in road goals (7). In the first meeting of the season against the Islanders on Nov. 10, he notched an assist (0-1=1) with a +2 plus/minus rating. The native of Victoria, B.C. has recorded points in two-straight games (2-1=3) against the Islanders and has five points (3-2=5) in six career road games against them. The captain has registered 10 points (5-5=10) in 13 career games against New York.

LEHTS GO!

Goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 24-of-25 shots he faced on Monday to help lead the Stars to a 2-1 shootout victory over the New York Rangers. The netminder improved his record to 3-1-1 over his last five road games, sporting a 1.75 goals against average and a .933 save percentage over that span. Lehtonen appeared in his 623rd career NHL game on Monday night, moving him into a tie with Miikka Kiprusoff for 40th place all-time in games played by a goaltender. Lehtonen also tied Kiprusoff for most games played by a Finnish-born goaltender in NHL history. Additionally, he won his 299th career contest and now shares 32nd all-time in wins by an NHL goaltender with Carolina's Cam Ward. In 11 appearances during the 2017-18 campaign, Lehtonen has earned a 4-4-1 record with a 2.49 GAA and a .909 SV%. The native of Helsinki, Finland holds a 7-6-1 career record against the Islanders with a 3.67 GAA, a .900 SV% and two shutouts.

ORANGE JULIUS

Defenseman Julius Honka potted a goal (1-0=1) against the New York Rangers on Monday for his first point of the 2017-18 campaign and his second career NHL goal. The blueliner lit the lamp for the first time since April 4, 2017 vs. Arizona (1-0=1) and recorded the first road goal of his NHL career. In 10 regular-season games in 2017-18, Honka has one goal (1-0=1) with 12 shots on goal. He made his NHL debut last season on Nov. 21, 2016 vs. Minnesota, recording an assist (0-1=1) in 21:01 time on ice. Over 26 career NHL contests, he has recorded six points (2-4=6) with 46 shots on goal. The native of Jyvaskyla, Finland was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.



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<![CDATA[Stars Stop 3-Game Slide With 2-1 Shootout Win Over Rangers]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:55:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/458827538.jpg

Jason Spezza scored in the shootout, and the Dallas Stars snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating the New York Rangers 2-1 on Monday night.

Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves for Dallas in the opener of its four-game East Coast road trip against the Metropolitan Division. Julius Honka scored in the second period.

The Stars had a 1-0 lead before Rick Nash tied it for the Rangers when he tipped in Brady Skjei's wrist shot with 3:41 left in regulation. Nash made contact with Lehtonen but the Stars goalie was well outside the blue paint. Coach Ken Hitchcock challenged the play, but the referees ruled there was no goaltender interference.

Honka drove a slap shot past Ondrej Pavelec at 6:30 of the second for his first of the season. The 2014 first-round pick rejoined the lineup after sitting for the previous three games.

Pavelec finished with 44 saves, keeping New York in the game. The Rangers also killed off three power plays in the second period.

New York generated very little offensive pressure for most of the night. J.T. Miller had a breakaway opportunity at 8:46 of the second, but came up empty.

NOTES: Rangers C Mika Zibanejad missed his sixth consecutive game due to a concussion. Zibanejad has been skating on his own and participated in New York's morning skate, but has not been cleared for contact. ... New York D Marc Staal skated in his 719th game, tying Andy Bathgate for 11th place on the franchise's career games list. ... Stars F Jason Dickinson, who was recalled from the minors over the weekend, played on Dallas' fourth line. ... Dallas F Antoine Roussel was held out after suffering an upper-body injury against the Golden Knights on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Visit the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

Stars: Visit the New York Islanders on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Stargazing: Road Trip Begins in New York for the Stars]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:20:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/186*120/GettyImages-889125462.jpg

After a brief stay at home, the Stars now pack their bags again for a four-game Eastern Conference road trip.

Dallas will hit the ice at Madison Square Garden on Monday night to face off against the New York Rangers, with the puck dropping at 6 p.m. CST in the Big Apple. This is the first of two clashes this season; the Rangers will travel to Dallas in February.

Last season against the Rangers, the Stars were 1-1-0 with each club recording a victory on the other team's home ice. In the most recent meeting back in January, the Stars won at The Garden. In fact, the Stars have won two of the last three on the road against the Rangers.

The Stars (16-13-1) have lost three straight, including a 5-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights Saturday night in Dallas. They were actually burnt by a few of their former players. Reilly Smith had a goal in the second period to give Vegas a 3-2 lead. Cody Eakin had two assists, James Neal contributed with an assist and former Stars goalie prospect Maxime Lagace stopped 36 of 39 shots.

“There’ll be a little bit of a look in the mirror in the next 24 hours,” Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock said after the loss. “We don’t have much time to rest we’ve just got to get going. We need to process this one and move forward.”

The Stars going into this current road trip with a 6-9-1 record away from the friendly confines of the American Airlines Center.

“It will be nice to get on the road with the guys and stick together, we’re in this together,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “We’ve got to find a way to win on the road now.”

Roster Moves:

The Stars have recalled forward Jason Dickinson from the AHL’s Texas Stars. He’s appeared in four games with Dallas this season. In 20 games with the Texas Stars, Dickinson has 13 goals and 14 points.

Dickinson was a first round selection by Dallas in the 2013 NHL Draft.



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<![CDATA[Golden Knights Get 3 Quick Goals in 2nd to Beat Stars]]>Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:57:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-889125466.jpg

David Perron, Reilly Smith and Brayden McNabb scored in a span of 3:37 during the second period, and the Vegas Golden Knights held off the Dallas Stars 5-3 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

Dallas has lost three in a row following a five-game winning streak.

Perron's power-play goal at 4:58 broke a 1-all tie and McNabb scored at 8:35 for a 4-2 lead. Alex Tuch had the Golden Knights' first goal in the first period, and Erik Haula scored into an empty net with 42 seconds left.

Maxime Lagace made 35 saves for Vegas. He allowed goals by Tyler Pitlick in the first period, Jason Spezza in the second and Jamie Benn in the third.

After Benn's goal, Lagace held Dallas scoreless for the final 15:43, including a two-minute power play and nearly two minutes after Stars goalie Ben Bishop was pulled for an extra skater.

Bishop stopped 33 shots.

Tuch scored at 12:13 of the first after Brendan Leipsic and Cody Eakin dug out a loose puck behind the net. It went to Tuch at the right side for a wrist shot.

Pitlick tied the game at 14:28 by repeatedly digging at the puck and knocking it in from under Lagace.

The Stars outshot Vegas 15-14 in the first. Dallas had two other good scoring chances, but Alexander Radulov whiffed with the puck in front of the net, and Esa Lindell deflected a centering pass wide. The Stars also couldn't take advantage of 2:54 on the power play.

The second period featured three goals in 1:23. Perron scored from the inside edge of the right faceoff circle, Spezza tied the game with a one-timer from high in the slot and Smith gave the Golden Knights a 3-2 lead with a short-range backhand at 6:11.

Vegas wasn't finished. McNabb sent a wrist shot in off the crossbar from high in the left circle at 8:35. The Golden Knights outshot Dallas 14-8 in the second.

NOTES: Vegas won the season series 2-1. . Dallas LW Antoine Roussel returned after missing four games because of illness. . The Stars were 0 for 3 on the power play, dropping to 2 for 42 over the last 13 games. . The Golden Knights were 1 for 2 on the power play after going 1 for 18 in their previous six games. . Benn's goal ended a nine-game drought, his longest since October and November 2016.

UP NEXT

Golden Knights: Begin a five-game homestand Tuesday against Carolina.

Stars: Open a four-game East Coast trip Monday against the New York Rangers.

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<![CDATA[Stargazing: Stars Host Golden Knights Saturday]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:36:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-858501252.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Dallas Stars, published Dec. 8, 2017.

WHAT HAPPENS AGAINST VEGAS...

The Dallas Stars and the Vegas Golden Knights meet on Saturday night at American Airlines Center. Dallas and Vegas meet for the third and final game of the 2017-18 season series and for the second time in the Lone Star State. The Stars hold a 1-1-0 record against the Golden Knights in 2017-18, with a 0-1-0 mark against them on home ice. In the most recent game of the season series on Nov. 28 at T-Mobile Arena, Dallas shutout Vegas, 3-0. Stars goaltender Ben Bishop turned away all 34 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season and marked the first shutout loss in the history of the Vegas franchise. Forward Radek Faksa recorded a natural hat trick (3-0=3), with all three goals coming in the second period. He notched his first career hat trick and became the first NHL player to record a hat trick against the Golden Knights. In the first meeting of 2017-18 campaign, the Golden Knight defeated the Stars, 2-1, on Oct. 6 in the first regular season game in the history of the Vegas franchise. Forward Tyler Seguin potted the lone goal (1-0=1) for the Stars, with forward Devin Shore (0-1=1) and defenseman John Klingberg (0-1=1) logging the assists.

BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT

Goaltender Ben Bishop has earned a 6-2-0 record over his last eight games, with a .928 save percentage and a 2.24 goals against average with one shutout. In his last appearance against Nashville on Tuesday night, he saw his four-game overall winning streak (4-0-0) snapped along with his five-game home winning streak (5-0-0), recording only his second loss in 12 appearances on home ice this season. At American Airlines Center, the netminder has earned a 9-2-0 record in 12 games on home ice this season with a 1.85 GAA and a .935 SV% with one shutout. Among League goaltending leaders at home, he shares second in GAA (1.85), ranks third in SV% (.935) and shares fifth in wins (9). The native of Denver, Colo. has a 5-1-0 mark in his last six appearances at home, registering a 1.95 GAA and a .933 SV% with one shutout over that span. Bishop has posted a 13-8-0 record in 23 regular-season games in 2017-18, registering a 2.68 GAA and a .910 SV% with two shutouts. Among League leaders, he shares ninth in wins (13) and fourth in shutouts (2). In two career games against the Vegas franchise, Bishop has a 1-0-0 record and has stopped all 53 shots he's faced against them.

BENN THERE, DONE THAT

Stars captain Jamie Benn recorded an assist (0-1=1) on Tuesday night against the Predators and now has inked the scoresheet in three of his last four games (0-3=3). Benn shares third on the club with 24 points (11-13=24) in 29 games during the 2017-18 campaign, ranking second in goals (11) and sharing third in assists (13). On home ice at American Airlines Center, the captain has 10 points (4-6=10) in 13 games and is riding a two-game point streak (0-2=2), with points in five of his last seven games (2-4=6) in Dallas. The native of Victoria, B.C. has skated in two games this season against the Vegas Golden Knights and has registered three shots on goal.

 

KEEP ON TRUCKIN'

Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak registered two points (1-1=2) on Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators. Oleksiak recorded the third multi-point game of his NHL career and (last: Nov. 28, 2016 at St. Louis, (2-0=2)) and his first Gordie Howe Hat Trick (goal, assist and fighting major). Prior to Tuesday's game, Oleksiak had never recorded a goal and an assist in the same game. During the 2017-18 campaign, Oleksiak now has three points (1-2=3) in 20 games. He has skated in one career game against Vegas, recording two shots on goal. In parts of six NHL seasons, the defenseman has tallied 22 points (7-15=22) in 139 regular-season contests, all as a member of the Stars. The native of Toronto, Ont. was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (14th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.



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<![CDATA[Stars Send Left Wing McKenzie to Texas]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:10:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-851124348.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Dallas Stars, published Dec. 8, 2017.

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has reassigned left wing Curtis McKenzie to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

McKenzie, 26, has recorded one assist (0-1=1), a +2 plus/minus rating and nine penalty minutes in four games with Dallas this season. He has also recorded 19 points (10-9=19) in 19 games played for Texas.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Golden, British Columbia was originally selected by Dallas in the sixth round (159th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.



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<![CDATA[Allen Gets Shutout, Schenn Scores Again as Blues Beat Stars]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:38:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-01.jpg

Jake Allen made 29 saves, Brayden Schenn continued his red-hot play and the St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Thursday night.

Schenn got his team-leading 14th goal two days after netting a hat trick against Montreal. Colton Parayko and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored.

Allen got his first shutout of the season and the 16th of his career. He was briefly backed up by local vending machine worker Tyler Stewart after regular backup Carter Hutton was injured at the morning skate.

Dallas has lost two in a row since a season-high five game winning streak. Kari Lehtonen stopped 24 shots.

The Blues scored twice on the power play after connecting on just 2 of 17 chances in their previous four games. Schenn, acquired in an offseason trade with Philadelphia, pounced on a rebound from close range midway through the first period for a 1-0 lead.

Parayko blasted a shot from the just inside the blue line that eluded Lehtonen in the second period.

Tarasenko scored into an empty net with 47.6 seconds left, ending a six-game scoreless streak.

NOTES: Stewart participated in warmups and backed up during the first period while St. Louis waited for G Ville Husso to arrive from San Antonio of the AHL. Husso got to the rink late in the first period. ... Hutton has a lower-body injury. ... Dallas G Ben Bishop missed the game and remained in Dallas with a sore back. Coach Ken Hitchcock said Bishop could be ready for Saturday's home game against Vegas. ... Stars LW Antoine Roussel missed his fourth straight game with the flu.

UP NEXT

Stars: Host Vegas on Saturday night.

Blues: Play at Detroit on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars Recall Goalie Mike McKenna]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:16:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-84800665.jpg

The Dallas Stars have recalled goaltender Mike McKenna.

McKenna, 34, appeared in 13 games with Texas during the 2017-18 season, earning a 6-5-1 record with an .871 save percentage and a 3.53 goals against average.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound native of St. Louis, Mo. was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 1, 2017.

McKenna was originally selected by Nashville in the sixth round (172nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft.



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<![CDATA[Stargazing: Stars Head to St. Louis Thursday]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:34:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-858839840.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Dallas Stars, published Dec. 6, 2017.

BLUES CLUES

The Dallas Stars travel to St. Louis to take on the Blues on Thursday night in the second of five games this season between the Central Division rivals. Dallas comes into Thursday's tilt having earned points in seven of its last nine games against the Blues, going 2-2-5 against St. Louis dating back to the 2015-16 campaign. The Stars have also logged points in seven of their last 10 trips to Scottrade Center, posting a 4-3-3 record over that span. Dallas holds a 0-1-0 record this season against the Blues, losing the first meeting of the season, 4-2, on Oct. 7 at Scottrade Center. Forward Mattias Janmark (1-0=1) and defenseman John Klingberg (1-0=1) recorded goals for Dallas with assists from forwards Alexander Radulov (0-1=1), Brett Ritchie (0-1=1), Devin Shore (0-1=1) and Jason Spezza (0-1=1). Goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 17-of-21 shots he faced.

KEEP ON TRUCKIN'

Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak registered two points (1-1=2) on Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators. Oleksiak recorded the third multi-point game of his NHL career and (last: Nov. 28, 2016 at St. Louis, (2-0=2)) and his first Gordie Howe Hat Trick (goal, assist and fighting major). Prior to Tuesday's game, Oleksiak had never recorded a goal and an assist in the same game. During the 2017-18 campaign, Oleksiak now has three points (1-2=3) in 19 games. In parts of six NHL seasons, the defenseman has tallied 22 points (7-15=22) in 138 regular-season contests, all as a member of the Stars. The native of Toronto, Ont. was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (14th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

 

BENN THERE, DONE THAT

Stars captain Jamie Benn recorded an assist (0-1=1) on Tuesday night against the Predators and now has inked the scoresheet in three consecutive games (0-3=3). Benn shares third on the club with 24 points (11-13=24) in 28 games during the 2017-18 campaign, ranking second in goals (11) and sharing third in assists (13). On the road this season, the captain leads all Stars skaters with 14 points (7-7=14) in 15 games, with three of his four power play goals in 2017-18 coming away from American Airlines Center. The native of Victoria, B.C. leads all current Stars players with 29 points (12-17=29) in 31 career games against the Blues and has 10 points (5-5=10) over his 10 games at Scottrade Center.



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<![CDATA[Stars Still Confident Despite Loss at Home to Nashville]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:16:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars+benn+wed.jpg

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<![CDATA[Nashville Predators Beat Dallas Stars]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:22:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/165*120/GettyImages-877285224.jpg

Juuse Saros made a career-high 43 saves and his Nashville teammates scored four times in the second period as the Predators cooled off the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Nashville has won three in a row and is 8-1-1 in its last 10 games. The Stars had won five straight and seven of eight.

Saros has won both his career starts against Dallas, totaling 73 saves. He has played 28 NHL games over three seasons.

Stars goalie Ben Bishop allowed three goals on 15 shots before Kari Lehtonen replaced him 4:26 into the second period. Lehtonen finished with 15 saves and gave up two goals.

Kevin Fiala scored on a first-period power play for the Predators. Cody McLeod, Pontus Aberg, Kyle Turris and Calle Jarnkrok added the second-period goals.

Stephen Johns and Jamie Oleksiak scored for Dallas in the third.

Fiala put Nashville on the board at 15:49 of the first. He took a pass from Turris low in the left faceoff circle and sent the puck into the upper right corner of the net.

Fiala has a goal in three straight games after scoring only twice in his first 24 games this season.

A flurry of activity early in the second period increased Nashville's lead to 3-0.

Two fights within 13 seconds resulted in four major penalties. Five seconds after the Predators' Austin Watson and Dallas' Jamie Oleksiak settled into the penalty box, McLeod caught Bishop out of position for his first goal of the season at 2:48.

Aberg took a pass from Jarnkrok at the inside edge of the right circle and beat Bishop, chasing him from the game. It was Aberg's first goal this season and the second of his career.

Nashville's second power play led to another goal on Turris' drive from the top of the left circle past Lehtonen.

The Predators even scored on a Dallas power play. Jarnkrok's short-handed goal followed a pass at an open right side of the net as Watson skated from behind the net on the opposite side.

Dallas has scored on only two of its last 37 power plays, including two chances on Tuesday.

NOTES: Stars LW Antoine Roussel missed his third straight game because of illness. . Nashville C Ryan Johansen (upper-body injury) has missed the last two games. . The three-goal margin of victory tied the largest this season for the Predators. Dallas lost 6-1 at Tampa Bay on Nov. 16.

UP NEXT

Predators: Return home to host Vegas on Friday.

Stars: Travel to St. Louis for a game on Thursday.


Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stargazing: Stars Host Nashville Tuesday]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:12:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-860721026.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Dallas Stars, published Dec. 4, 2017.

TO CATCH A PREDATOR

The Nashville Predators travel to the Lone Star State to face the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. The Stars are riding a five-game winning streak (5-0-0) and have earned a 7-2-1 record over the last ten games. At American Airlines Center, the club has five consecutive home wins (5-0-0) and a 10-2-0 record during the 2017-18 campaign. The club's 10 wins on home ice are tied for the second-most in the NHL and tied for the most home wins among Western Conference clubs. The game marks the second of four contests this season between the Central Division rivals and the first of two games against the Predators in Dallas. The Stars enter Tuesday's game with wins in eight of the last 10 games (8-2-0) against the Predators at American Airlines Center. In the first matchup of the season series on Oct. 12 at Bridgestone Arena, the Predators defeated the Stars, 4-1. Captain Jamie Benn potted the lone goal (1-0=1) for the Stars with assists from defenseman John Klingberg (0-1=1) and forward Jason Spezza (0-1=1). Benn paces all current Stars with 18 assists and 31 points (13-18=31) in a team-high 34 career games against Nashville. The captain is riding a four-game point streak (3-4=7) against the Predators and has registered 18 points (9-9=18) over his last 12 games against them.

WHEELER, PRICE AND FAKSA NAMED NHL 'THREE STARS' OF THE WEEK

The NHL announced today that Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and Dallas Stars center Radek Faksa have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Dec. 3. Faksa registered a League-best five goals (5-2=7) and +7 plus/minus rating (tied) in four games to power the Stars (16-10-1, 33 points) to a 4-0-0 week. He scored his first career hat trick, with all three goals coming in a 6:46 span of the second period, in a 3-0 triumph over the Vegas Golden Knights on Nov. 28. Faksa then posted two points (1-1=2), his fifth multi-point outing of the season, in 4-3 overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 30. He added one goal (1-0=1) in a 3-2 shootout win over the Blackhawks on Dec. 2 and one assist (0-1=1) in a 7-2 triumph against the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 3. The 23-year-old Vitkov, Czech Republic, native ranks fifth on the Stars with (10-6=16) in 26 contests this season.

WHEN YOU BISH UPON A STAR

Goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 32-of-34 shots he faced on Saturday night against the Blackhawks to record his 13th victory of the 2017-18 campaign. The netminder is riding a four-game winning streak (4-0-0) and over his last seven games, has earned a 6-1-0 record with a .938 save percentage and a 1.93 goals against average with one shutout. Bishop comes into Tuesday's matchup having won five-straight games (5-0-0) at American Airlines Center, posting a .948 SV% and a 1.48 GAA with one shutout. In 11 total appearances on home ice during in 2017-18, Bishop has earned a 9-1-0 record with a .942 SV% and a 1.63 GAA with one shutout. Among NHL goaltenders with at least 11 appearances on home ice, Bishop ranks second in GAA (1.63) and SV% (.942), and shares third in shutouts (1) and fifth in wins (9). The native of Denver, Colo. has a 13-7-0 record in 22 overall appearances this season, with a 2.59 GAA and a .912 SV%. Among League leaders, he shares seventh in wins (13) and fourth in shutouts (2). This season, Bishop has posted a 0-1-0 record against the Predators, stopping 27-of-30 shots in the first meeting of the season on Oct. 12. In six career contests vs. the Predators, the netminder has a 1-4-1 record with a 3.48 GAA and a .883 SV%.

TYLER, THE CREATOR

Forward Tyler Seguin potted two goals (2-0=2) against the Avalanche on Sunday. He now has points in three consecutive games (2-2=4) and in four of his last five contests (5-2=7). Seguin recorded his seventh multi-point game of 2017-18 on Sunday and since joining the Stars for the 2013-14 season, his 93 multi-point games are the third-most by any player in the NHL (most: Pittsburgh's Sydney Crosby, 112). The native of Brampton, Ont. leads the Stars with 27 points (14-13=27) in 27 games this season, ranking first on the club in goals (14) and third in assists (13). Among League leaders, Seguin is tied for fifth in goals (14), ranks fifth in shots (107) and 11th in power play goals (5). Going into Tuesday's game against the Predators, he is riding a five-game point streak (4-4=8) at American Airlines Center and has inked the scoresheet in 11 of his 12 home games this season (9-7=16). His nine goals are tied for the fifth-most by any NHL player on home ice in 2017-18. In 20 career contests against the Predators, Seguin has recorded 12 points (5-7=12) and has points in three of his last four games (3-2=5) against Nashville at American Airlines Center.

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Forward Alexander Radulov registered two helpers (0-2=2) on Sunday night against Colorado and has five points (2-3=5) over his last five games. The forward is riding a nine-game point streak (4-7=11) on home ice and has tallied points in 10 of his 12 contests (4-8=12) at American Airlines Center this season. Radulov's nine-game streak on home ice is the second-longest active streak in the NHL behind Nashville's Filip Forsberg, who has points in all 13 games this season at Bridgestone Arena (10-9=19).The nine-game streak is also the longest by a Stars player since captain Jamie Benn posted a 13-game home point streak (9-9=18) from Jan. 14 - March 2, 2017, which was the second-longest point streak on home ice in Dallas Stars history, trailing only Mike Modano's 16-game point streak (14-12=26) from Jan. 31 - April 3, 2000. In 27 games this season, Radulov has registered 25 points (9-16=25), ranking second on the club in points (25) and assists (16). Additionally, the forward shares the team-lead with nine power-play points (4-5=9) and third with two game-winning goals. The native of Nizhny Tagil, Russia was originally selected in the first round (15th overall) by the Nashville Predators in the 2004 NHL Draft. In three total seasons with the Predators, he recorded 102 points (47-55=102) in 154 regular-season contests and 14 points (6-8=14) over 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Radulov has skated in three career games against his former club and has registered two assists (0-2=2).



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<![CDATA[Stars' Faska Named One of NHL's 'Three Stars']]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:04:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-883390830.jpg

Dallas Stars center Radek Faska was named one of the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Dec. 3

Faska was joined by Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler and Montrea Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.

"Faksa registered a League-best five goals (5-2—7) and +7 rating (tied) in four games to power the Stars (16-10-1, 33 points) to a 4-0-0 week. He scored his first career hat trick, with all three goals coming in a 6:46 span of the second period, in a 3-0 triumph over the Vegas Golden Knights Nov. 28. Faksa then posted 1-1—2, his fifth multi-point outing of the season, in 4-3 overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks Nov. 30. He added one goal in a 3-2 shootout win over the Blackhawks Dec. 2 and one assist in a 7 2 triumph against the Colorado Avalanche Dec. 3. The 23-year-old Vitkov, Czech Republic, native ranks fifth on the Stars with 10-6—16 in 26 contests this season."

Read more on Wheeler and Price here.



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<![CDATA[Stars Reassign Forward Jason Dickinson]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:53:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-658327196.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Dallas Stars.

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has reassigned forward Jason Dickinson to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Dickinson, 22, has appeared in four games with Dallas this season registering two shots and four penalty minutes. In 17 games played with Texas this season, he has produced ten points (9-1=10) and is second on the team with nine goals.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Georgetown, Ont. was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (29th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Seguin Scores Twice, Stars Beat Avalanche]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:05:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars+Seguin+Stick.jpg

Tyler Seguin sparked Dallas with two early goals and the Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-2 on Sunday night for their fifth consecutive victory.   

Brett Ritchie also had two goals, and Jason Spezza and Greg Pateryn each added one for the Stars, who haven't lost since a 3-0 setback at Colorado on Nov. 22. Devin Shore scored short-handed into an empty net at 17:24 of the third period.   

Ritchie closed out the scoring seconds later with his second of the night.   Blake Comeau and Mikko Rantanen had the goals for the Avalanche, who lost back-to-back home games for the first time this season.   

Trailing 2-0, the Avalanche got on the board 39 seconds into the second when Nathan MacKinnon sent a cross-ice pass to Rantanen, who wristed the puck over goalie Kari Lehtonen's glove from the left circle.   

But the Stars added two more goals 1:04 apart, on a shot by Spezza at 6:48 that clanged off the post, followed by Pateryn's backhand that slipped through Jonathan Bernier's pads at 7:52.   

Bernier, who made 28 saves in Colorado's shutout win over the Stars two weeks ago, was pulled after Pateryn's goal in favor of Semyon Varlamov. Bernier gave up four goals on nine shots.   

Colorado pulled to 4-2 when Comeau knocked in a rebound at 12:45 of the second, but the Stars soon answered with another goal. Ritchie put the puck into an open net after Varlamov drifted to the side to contest a shot from Curtis McKenzie, who corraled the rebound and sent it back to Ritchie for his first goal.   

Seguin got the Stars off to a great start, scoring their first two goals in the first period. He picked up a loose puck in the Dallas zone and rushed down the ice, letting loose a backhand from in close that beat Bernier.   

Seguin scored again near the end of the opening period when he deflected in John Klingberg's shot while positioned in front of the net.   

NOTES:

Officials waved off a Dallas goal on a coach's challenge by Colorado at 11:34 of the second, determining upon replay review that the Stars' Tyler Pitlick interfered with Varlamov by sliding into him.

With two assists, Klingberg increased his season total to 24 points, tops among NHL defensemen.

Stars C Martin Hanzal was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, retroactive to Tuesday.

Stars LW Antoine Roussel was ruled out because of illness.

Avalanche LW Gabriel Landeskog served the third of a four-game suspension for an illegal cross-check.

The teams next meet Jan. 13 in Dallas, the last of five games this season between the Central Division foes.   

UP NEXT:   

Stars: Return home to host Nashville on Tuesday night.   

Avalanche: Finish a five-game homestand against Buffalo on Tuesday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Radulov, Seguin Score in Shootout; Stars Beat Blackhawks 3-2]]>Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:14:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/192*120/GettyImages-8833969441.jpg

Alexander Radulov and Tyler Seguin scored in the shootout to lift the Dallas Stars over the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Saturday night.

It was Dallas' second win in three nights against Chicago, with both games extended beyond regulation.

Radulov, who also scored the game's first goal, and Seguin both skated across Anton Forsberg and put in short shots from the left side.

Ben Bishop stopped shots by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane with his pads. Bishop made 33 saves.

Radek Faksa scored his fifth goal in the last three games for Dallas, which has won four in a row.

Cody Franson and Brandon Saad each had a goal for Chicago, which is 0-1-2 in the last three games. Forsberg had 32 saves in place of injured goalie Corey Crawford.

Radulov's goal came on the power play at 5:57 of the first period. He took a pass from Seguin low in the right circle and put a shot past Forsberg while falling onto his left knee.

The Blackhawks tied it 2 1/2 minutes later when Franson sent a wrist shot from the right point into the lower right corner of the net. It was his first goal in 16 games with Chicago since signing as a free agent in October.

Faksa restored a one-goal lead for the Stars at 12:15 of the second. Remi Elie passed to Faksa in the slot, and he sent a snap shot into the net.

Chicago came back again to tie it at 2. Saad skated in front and redirected Connor Murphy's drive from above the left circle.

The Blackhawks outshot Dallas 10-5 in a scoreless third period, but the Stars had the best chance during the final minute. Mattias Janmark skated in on Forsberg but shot the puck over the crossbar.

In overtime, Chicago had a better chance when Nick Schmaltz had a breakaway, but Bishop skated out to smother the puck in the left circle.

NOTES: Crawford allowed four goals in an overtime loss to Dallas on Thursday, then went on injured reserve Friday with an undisclosed injury. Chicago recalled G J.F. Berube from Rockford of the AHL. ... The Stars had been 1 for 23 on the power play during the last eight games before Radulov scored, and they failed on their last four man advantages after that. ... Dallas is 10-2 at home, where they have won five in a row and outscored opponents by 19 goals in 12 games.

UP NEXT

Blackhawks: Return home to play Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Stars: Travel to Colorado to play the Avalanche on Sunday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[ Dallas Stars Recall Curtis McKenzie from Texas]]>Sat, 02 Dec 2017 18:06:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/curtis-new.jpg

Curtis McKenzie is back on the Dallas Stars roster.

The left winger was recalled from the Texas Stars on Saturday. McKenzie has 19 points in 19 games for the Stars’ top development affiliate. His 10 goals lead the team and are tied for 11th in the AHL, while his 19 points are second on the team. He also leads the team with 68 shots and has a +4 plus/minus rating.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Golden, British Columbia was originally selected by Dallas in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Draft. He has 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 92 career NHL games.

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<![CDATA[Janmark Scores Twice as Stars Beat Blackhawks 4-3 in OT]]>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 01:06:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/192*120/GettyImages-883396944.jpg

Mattias Janmark has good days and bad days in his return from an unusual knee injury.

This one was pretty nice.

Janmark scored his second goal of the game 51 seconds into overtime and the Dallas Stars beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday night for their third consecutive victory.

"We played 55 good minutes today, which is a good sign, and we competed," Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Competed like heck. We deserved to win and you know for me we're trying to build something, but you build it through the really tough times at the start of the year."

Janmark made his NHL debut in 2015 and had 15 goals and 14 assists in 73 games during his rookie season. But the Swedish forward missed all of last year with a joint disorder in which the bone underneath the cartilage dies because of reduced blood flow, contributing to Dallas' tumble down the standings.

He looked just fine against Chicago, stuffing home a wraparound in the first period and beating Corey Crawford with a little wrist shot over the goaltender's right shoulder in overtime.

"It's a constant struggle with all the games," Janmark said. "Sometimes you feel great and then sometimes you go through a couple games where you don't feel as great, so I think it's going to take some time and I'm probably going to go up and down a little bit more, but I think overall I've been able to play on a good level."

Radek Faksa had a goal and an assist and Remi Elie also scored for Dallas, which has won five of six overall. Ben Bishop made 19 saves in the Stars' first win against the Blackhawks since a 6-2 victory at Chicago on March 22, 2016.

The Central Division rivals play again in Dallas on Saturday night.

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who dropped to 1-1-1 in a seven-day stretch with five games. Alex DeBrincat and Artem Anisimov also scored, and Nick Schmaltz had two assists.

Chicago trailed 3-2 before Kane redirected defenseman Gustav Forsling's shot past Bishop at 4:34 of the third. Kane has at least one point in eight of his last nine games.

"Good first 10 minutes of the third," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we slowed down a bit again after we tied it up."

Elie, who replaced an ailing Martin Hanzal in the lineup, had three good looks at a potential go-ahead score with about 5 1/2 minutes left, but Crawford turned him away each time. Crawford finished with 31 saves.

The Blackhawks went 0 for 3 on the power play in the third and 1 for 7 with the man advantage overall.

"We lost momentum in the game with our power play tonight," Quenneville said.

Dallas led 2-1 after a strange first period. The Stars jumped in front on Janmark's fifth of the season at 14:46, but the Blackhawks responded nine seconds later on DeBrincat's wrist shot by Bishop on the stick side.

It was DeBrincat's fourth goal in his last three games and 10th of November, making him the first rookie in franchise history with 10 goals in a calendar month, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Chicago had four power plays in the opening period and was still outscored by Dallas with the man advantage. Faksa buried his first career penalty shot after Kane was called for hooking on a short-handed breakaway, making it 2-1 at 17:20.

Faksa has four goals in his last two games. He had a natural hat trick in Dallas' 3-0 win at Vegas on Tuesday night.

Chicago's fourth power-play opportunity carried over into the second, and it took advantage. With Elie in the box for slashing, Kane made a terrific pass to Anisimov in front for his ninth goal in November and team-leading 12th on the season.

Elie made up for the costly penalty later in the second. He went in all alone on Crawford after a nice pass from Faksa and scored his third of the season with a nifty move, making it 3-2 at 14:04.

NOTES: Hanzal was scratched with what Hitchcock called "general soreness." The 30-year-old Hanzal has been in and out of the lineup so far this season due to injuries. "We've learned to deal with it, but it's been very disappointing for him because he's been a very effective player every game he's played," Hitchcock said. ... The Blackhawks assigned forward Jordin Tootoo to Rockford of the American Hockey League.

UP NEXT

Stars: Take on Chicago on Saturday night and visit Colorado on Sunday night.

Blackhawks: Following the trip to Dallas, Chicago returns home to face the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Faksa's First Career Hat Trick Leads Stars to 3-0 Win]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:56:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-851133288.jpg

The Vegas Golden Knights were looking to make more history Tuesday night.

Instead, it was Dallas Stars center Radek Faksa hitting the jackpot in Sin City.

Faksa scored three goals and Ben Bishop registered his second shutout of the season, as the Stars defeated the Golden Knights 3-0.

"Those were huge goals for us," said Faksa, who scored all of his goals in the second period. "For sure I'm happy with the goals. The most important thing, though, is the team win."

The Knights, who had won eight straight on their home ice, tying the mark set by the Toronto Arenas in 1917-18, were looking to set the record for most consecutive home wins by a team in its inaugural season.

Vegas came into the game ranked second in the NHL in goals per game with 3.68 and fifth in goals with 81, but Bishop was stellar all night, stopping 34 shots for the Stars. He recorded his first shutout as a member of the Stars on Nov. 10 against the New York Islanders.

"It's one of our better games on the road," said Bishop, who was traded from the Los Angeles Kings in May. "You want to be better on the road. The first period was important, trying to keep the team in there, and the second period we wanted to take over. It's a big win with two important games on the road. We'll enjoy this tonight and get ready for Chicago."

The Stars snapped a four-game road losing streak, as the night belonged to both Bishop and Faksa, who hadn't scored more than a goal in a game this season.

With both teams down a man in the second period, Faksa took a pass from Dan Hamhuis and beat Vegas goalie Malcolm Subban with a one-timer, to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.

Faksa notched his second goal of the night when he took advantage of traffic in front of the net to sneak one past Subban's left skate, and off the inside of the post.

Seconds later, the Stars caught the Knights sleeping at the blue line, and using a 3-on-1 break, Faksa punched one past Subban for his first career hat trick.

Subban stopped 27 shots.

"We challenged (Faksa's) line two days ago to play against heavier groups," Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Rather than match their line with our line, we wanted to push them up and play with top players. They took the challenge head-on. We've asked them to take on added responsibility. I think they've earned it. I think we can do what we did tonight, and that's wear teams down."

Vegas missed first-line forward David Perron, who was listed as a scratch. Perron is tied for third on the Knights with 19 points.

"He's an important player for us, there's no doubt," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "He makes our team go some nights, and he's one of our top six forwards, so when you miss a guy like that it's going to hurt you. Definitely tonight we missed David Perron. I think their D did a real good job tonight, boxing us out, keeping us away from the front of the net. We had some scoring chances, but not a whole lot of great ones. We probably had six or seven minutes where we made some mistakes and it cost us."

With the loss, and the Kings' 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, Vegas and Los Angeles are tied atop the Pacific Division with 31 points.

NOTES

The Stars have designated their current two-game tour a dad's trip, as 15 players have their fathers with them. ... Vegas C Cody Eakin was selected in Expansion Draft from the Stars. ... Knights C William Karlsson had his career-high five-game goal streak snapped. ... Vegas was shutout for the first time in franchise history.

UP NEXT

Dallas: gets one day off before playing in Chicago on Thursday

Vegas: travels to play Minnesota on Thursday





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<![CDATA[Stargazing: Stars Head to Vegas Tuesday]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:30:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-858501252.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Dallas Stars, published Nov. 27, 2017.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS...
The Dallas Stars travel to Las Vegas to face the Golden Knights on Tuesday night for the second of three matchups in 2017-18. The contest marks the first regular season game in franchise history against the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. The Stars franchise has played one game at T-Mobile Arena during the 2016-17 preseason, recording a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in an exhibition matchup on Oct. 7, 2016. In the first meeting of the 2017-18 regular season, the Golden Knight defeated the Stars, 2-1, in the first regular season game in the history of the Vegas franchise. Forward Tyler Seguin potted the lone goal (1-0=1) for the Stars, with forward Devin Shore (0-1=1) and defenseman John Klingberg (0-1=1) logging the assists. Goaltender Ben Bishop stopped all 19 shots he faced before leaving the game.

TYLER, THE CREATOR
Forward Tyler Seguin recorded his first hat trick of the season (3-0=3) on Friday night against the Flames, extending his home point streak to four consecutive games (4-3=7). The forward now has registered points three of his last four overall games (4-2=6) and has 10 points (5-5=10) over his last 10 games. Seguin's hat trick against Calgary was the eighth of his NHL career and his seventh in a Dallas Stars sweater, passing Mike Modano for the most all-time by a Dallas Stars player. His outing on Friday marked his second career hat trick against the Flames and his first three-goal game since Nov. 3, 2015 at Boston (3-0=3). The native of Brampton, Ont. shares 10th in the NHL with 12 goals and leads the Stars with 23 points (12-11=23) in 23 regular-season games this season. Among League leaders, he ranks sixth with 90 shots on goal and share eighth with five power play goals. In his first-ever career game against the Golden Knights on Oct. 6, Seguin recorded a goal (1-0=1) and 10 shots on goal.

ALEXANDER THE GREAT
Forward Alexander Radulov notched two points (1-1=2) against Calgary on Friday for his fifth multi-point game of the 2017-18 campaign, extending his home point streak to eight games (3-7=10). Radulov has registered a point in 12 of his last 14 overall games (7-11=18). Radulov ranks second on the Stars with 22 points (8-14=22) in 23 games during the 2017-18 campaign. He ranks second in assists (14), third in goals (8) and is tied for first in power play points (3-5=8). Entering Tuesday's contest against the Golden Knights, 10 (5-5=10) of his 11 points (5-6=11) on the road this season have come over his last eight road games. Radulov has skated in one career regular-season contest against Vegas on Oct. 6, his first game in a Stars sweater, and recorded four shots on goal. Earlier this season, he recorded a career-long nine game point streak (5-8=13) from Oct. 26 - Nov. 14, breaking his previous best of points in eight-straight contests (8-2=10) from Jan. 21 - Feb. 7, 2008 as a member of the Nashville Predators. His streak was the longest by a Stars player since forward Patrick Sharp notched points in 12 consecutive games (6-9=15) from Dec. 19, 2015 - Jan. 9, 2016.

THE ONCE AND FUTURE KLING
Defenseman John Klingberg tallied an assist (0-1=1) on Friday night vs. the Flames and pushed his home point streak to six-straight games (1-9=10). In 23 regular-season games this season, Klingberg has 21 points (4-17=21) and shares 13th in the NHL with 17 assists. Among League defensemen, he ranks first in points (21) and assists (17) while sharing 11th in goals (4). His eight points (1-7=8) on the power play this season shares eighth among NHL defenseman and is tied for the most on the Stars. On Oct. 6 vs. Vegas, the blueliner tallied one assist (0-1=1) with one shot on goal in his game against the Vegas franchise.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Get In On Cyber Monday Sales]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:07:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars+Line+After+Goal.jpg

Monday only, the Dallas Stars are lowering the prices of some single-game tickets to $9 and others to $15.

The team is also offering 20 percent off premium and premium-plus games.

To take advantage of the offer, go to the Stars page here and click on "View Seats."

From there, it's not real easy to see at a glance which games have $9 seats -- so you'll have to hit "View Seats" for each matchup.  The lowest price available will then show up on the screen.

For example, the lowest price ticket for the upcoming game against the Blackhawks on Dec. 2 was $25.  But on Dec. 5, when the Stars play the Predators, there were $9 seats available. For the Dec. 9 game against the Golden Knights, there were $15 seats available.

The sale is Monday only -- so act fast.



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<![CDATA[Seguin's Hat Trick Lifts Stars Over Flames]]>Sat, 25 Nov 2017 09:58:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/192*120/GettyImages-877523352.jpg

Tyler Seguin scored two of his three goals in the third period and the Dallas Stars rallied to beat the Calgary Flames 6-4 on Friday night.

Seguin broke a tie with an unassisted goal, the 200th goal of his career, with 5:57 to play and added an empty-net goal with a minute to go.

After a turnover by Calgary's Michael Stone, Seguin took the puck down the slot and sent a wrist shot past goalie Mike Smith into the upper right corner of the net for the winner.

Sean Monahan's second goal of the game gave Calgary a 4-3 lead 6 minutes into the third period.

Dallas' Gemel Smith tied it at 4 at 12:12.

Antoine Roussel and Alexander Radulov also scored for Dallas, and Ben Bishop made 34 saves. Michael Ferland and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for Calgary, and Smith stopped 36 shots.

NOTES: Before the game, the Stars honored Jere Lehtinen, who played 14 seasons for Dallas, by retiring his No. 26. He joins Neal Broten (7), Bill Goldsworthy (8), Mike Modano (9) and Bill Masterton (19). Lehtinen three times won the NHL's Selke Trophy, awarded to the best defensive forward. He now is general manager of the Finnish National Team. ... Monahan's first goal was his seventh on the power play, tied for the most in the league. ... Stars D Stephen Johns (upper-body injury) left during the second period. ... Dallas had the NHL's top power play until the 1-for-20 slump in the last six games.

UP NEXT

Flames: Complete a six-game trip on Saturday night at Colorado.

Stars: Begin a two-game trip on Tuesday night at Vegas.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars Recall Julius Honka, Reassign McKenna, McKenzie to Texas]]>Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:25:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-851133304.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Dallas Stars, published Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Julius Honka from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). The team has also reassigned goaltender Mike McKenna and left wing Curtis McKenzie to Texas.

Honka, 21, has appeared in six games with Dallas during the 2017-18 season, recording six shots on goal, three hits and five blocked shots while averaging 14:58 time on ice per game. In eight games with Texas, he has produced 11 shots and four penalty minutes.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Jyvaskyla, Finland was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

McKenna, 34, has appeared in 12 games with Texas during the 2017-18 season, earning a 5-5-1 record with an .871 save percentage and a 3.51 goals against average. His five wins this season lead all Texas Stars netminders.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound native of St. Louis, Mo. was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 1, 2017. McKenna was originally selected by Nashville in the sixth round (172nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft.

McKenzie, 26, has recorded 16 points (8-8=16) in 16 games played for Texas this season. His eight goals are tied for 13th in the AHL and share first on Texas, and he is second on the team in points. He also shares third in the AHL and leads Texas with five power play goals this season.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Golden, British Columbia was originally selected by Dallas in the sixth round (159th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.



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<![CDATA[MacKinnon Assists on Every Goal as Avalanche Blank Stars 3-0]]>Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:52:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DallasStarsAP_17327182200219.jpg

Nathan MacKinnon had three assists, including one off a faceoff with a second remaining in the second period, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Wednesday night to remain nearly unbeatable at home.

Erik Johnson, Nail Yakupov and Gabriel Landeskog all scored off feeds from MacKinnon. Jonathan Bernier, starting in place of an ailing Semyon Varlamov, made 28 saves for his 15th career shutout and second against the Stars.

Bernier preserved the shutout with several key stops, including a kick save that turned away a shot by Jamie Benn in the third period.

Colorado improved to 7-1-1 at home and 7-1-0 at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche's overtime loss Nov. 10 to the Ottawa Senators in Sweden officially counted as a home game for Colorado.

Ahead 1-0, the Avalanche tacked on another goal in a remarkable sequence near the end of the second period. MacKinnon won the faceoff with Benn, gettting the puck out to Yakupov, who was alone between the circles. Yakupov got off a powerful slap shot that rocketed past goalie Ben Bishop and into the net with a fraction of a second to spare.

Colorado added one more goal early in the third when MacKinnon picked up the puck behind the net and passed it out to Landeskog, who knocked it in as he skated across the slot.

After a scoreless first period, MacKinnon led a rush down the ice and dished the puck to Johnson, who wristed a shot from the bottom of the right circle that slid benath Bishop's pads at 3:02 of the second.

NOTES: MacKinnon leads the Avalanche in points (25) and assists (18). ... Varlamov missed a second consecutive game because of illness. The Avalanche recalled G Andrew Hammond from Belleville of the AHL to serve as the backup goalie while Varlamov recovers. ... Dallas C Martin Hanzal remains day to day with a hand injury. ... Dallas G Mike McKenna was active as the backup to Bishop, with G Kari Lehtonen excused from the game due to personal reasons.

UP NEXT

Stars: Return home to host Calgary on Friday.

Avalanche: Head to Minnesota to play the Wild on Friday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars to Retire Lehtinen's No. 26 Sweater Friday]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:45:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-98503019.jpg

Former Dallas Stars forward/right wing Jere Lehtinen will be honored Friday when the team retires his No. 26 sweater.

Lehtinen, hailing from Espoo, Finland, joined the Stars in 1995 and spent his entire 14-year NHL career in Dallas and was a member of the 1999 squad that brought the Stanley Cup to Dallas.

His sweater will be the fifth to be retired by the franchise and the third since the team moved to Texas from Minnesota in 1992. Lehtinen joins Neal Broten (No. 7), Bill Goldsworthy (No. 8), teammate Mike Modano (No. 9) and Bill Masterton (No. 19).

"It's kind of a humbling feeling to get noticed like that," Lehtinen told DallasStars.com. "It's one of the biggest things you can get as a player, individually, through hockey. I am proud."

The celebration will kick off at 5 p.m. with a walk down a "victory green" carpet in Victory Plaza at the American Airlines Center. Lehtinen and his family will be joined by Stars legends Brett Hull, Joe Nieuwendyk, Ed Belfour, Guy Carbonneau, Craig Ludwig, Neal Broten, the family of Bill Masterton, Brenden Morrow, Marty Turco, Bob Gainey, Dave Tippett, Doug Armstrong, Tom Hicks, Norm Green and other guests.

Inside the AAC, the ceremony will begin on the ice at about 6:30 p.m. and will last about 45 minutes -- leading up to the current team's game with the Calgary Flames.

Lehtinen is a three-time Frank J. Selke Trophy winner -- an award given to the NHL's top defensive forward "who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." The winner is selected at the end of the season in a poll by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. Lehtinen became the third player in NHL history to win the trophy in consecutive years, taking home the trophy in 1998, 1999 and 2003.

During his career in Dallas, Lehtinen played in 875 regular season games where he scored 243 goals, 271 assists and 514 points. He played in 108 playoff games where he notched 27 goals, 22 assists and 49 points.

He was a member of the 1999 team that won the Stanley Cup and the 2000 team that reached the NHL finals.

In addition to his lengthy NHL resume, Lehtinen is a four-time Olympic medalist earning a silver and three bronze medals for his native Finland in five Olympic games.

For more information about Lehtinen's career, please visit DallasStars.com/Lehtinen.



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<![CDATA[Shore, Spezza Score, Stars Rally to Beat Canadiens 3-1]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:51:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-01.jpg

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Devin Shore and Jason Spezza scored 59 seconds apart late in the second period to lift the Dallas Stars over the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Shore had no goals in the first 19 games this season, but scored for the second straight game to tie it 1-all at 18:22 of the second. Spezza, who also has scored in consecutive games after netting only one goal in the first 19, put in a rebound just less than a minute later.

Shore had an assist on Spezza's goal. So did Tyler Seguin, who scored into an empty net with 27 seconds to play.

Ben Bishop made 29 saves for Dallas on his 31st birthday. He allowed only a power-play goal by Brendan Gallagher at 12:04 of the second. Gallagher scored on a rebound after Charles Hudon sent a slap shot from the blue line.

After that, the Stars killed off all three Montreal power plays in the third period.

Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindgren had 26 saves.

Neither team scored in the first period. The best chance came with 2:15 remaining, when Mattias Janmark skated in alone on Lindgren, who stopped the shot with his glove and smothered the puck on the ice.

Montreal had a 4-on-3 power play to end the first period and start the second. The Stars killed off that penalty and finished 4 for 5 on the penalty kill.

The Canadiens had a scoring chance 4 1/2 minutes into the second when Brandon Davidson's wrist shot trickled past Bishop. Gemel Smith knocked the loose puck out of the crease for the Stars.

Gallagher had two close-in chances on rebounds after Hudon's shot and poked the second into the net for the game's first goal.

Dallas had been outshot in the period 12-3 at that point, but applied pressure and added 12 shots on goal in the final 7:56.

Shore scored after taking a pass from John Klingberg and sending a wrist shot from the inside edge of the left faceoff circle into the net. At 19:21, Spezza reached out to put in the rebound of a wrist shot by Seguin.

NOTES: Jordie Benn played at Dallas for the first time since being traded to the Canadiens last season. His first 302 career games were with the Stars on the same team as his brother, Jamie Benn. A tribute to Jordie Been played on the video board during the first period. Their parents attended the game and saw their sons in a brotherly tussle along the boards later in the period. ... Gallagher's goal was his 199th career point. . Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen was inactive following the birth of his son, Remi, on Monday.

UP NEXT

Canadiens: Complete a quick two-game trip on Wednesday at Nashville.

Stars: Travel to Colorado for a game on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars GM Says After 20 Games, 'It's Time to Get Rolling']]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:19:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/225*120/dallas-stars-jim-nill.JPG

Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill sits down with the team's senior digital correspondent Scott Burnside to discuss what he's seen in the team through the first 20 games and his approach to the remainder of the season.

Nill said at this point in the season, it's time for the Stars to get rolling. The team is currently sixth in the Central Division with a record of 10-9-1.

He also talks about head coach Ken Hitchcock, who at 65 is still trying to get better and adapt to a changing game.

The interview is embedded below.

See more exclusive video from the team at DallasStars.com.



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<![CDATA[Stargazing: Stars Host Canadiens Tuesday]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:16:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630994000.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Dallas Stars, published Nov. 20, 2017.

CANADIEN BACON
The Dallas Stars host the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night in the first of two contests between the clubs during the 2017-18 regular season and the only meeting in the Lone Star State. Dallas comes into Tuesday's game having earned points in four of the last six overall games (2-2-2) against Montreal. The Stars have recorded points in three-straight games (2-0-1) on home ice against the Canadiens and since moving into American Airlines Center for the 2001-02 season, have points in seven of the nine games (5-2-2) against the Habs. During the 2016-17 campaign, the Stars earned a 0-1-1 record against Montreal with a 0-0-1 record at American Airlines Center. In the most recent game between Dallas and Montreal, the Canadiens defeated the Stars, 4-1, on March 28, 2017 at Bell Centre. Forward Curtis McKenzie potted the lone unassisted goal (1-0=1) for the Stars in the first period and goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 32-of-36 shots he faced.

THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Forward Antoine Roussel tied his career-high with three points (1-2=3) in Saturday's matchup with the Oilers. He recorded the third three-point game of his NHL career and his first since recording a hat trick (3-0=3) on Feb. 18, 2017 vs. Tampa Bay, when he became the first French player in NHL history to record a hat trick. The Roubaix, France native has six points (2-4=6) in 20 games this season, ranking eighth in the NHL and leading the squad with 43 penalty minutes. He posted 27 points (12-15=27) last season in 60 regular-season games, and finished eighth in the NHL and paced Dallas with 115 penalty minutes. Roussel was one of only six NHLers to post at least 10 goals, 25 points and 100 penalty minutes in the 2016-17 campaign, while he is the only active player in the NHL to have done so in each of the last four seasons. The forward has skated in seven career games against Montreal and has recorded nine shots on goal.

ALEXANDER THE GREAT
Forward Alexander Radulov posted two points (1-1=2) vs. Edmonton on Saturday and has inked the scoresheet in 10 of his last 11 games (6-9=15). Radulov saw his nine game point streak (5-8=13) snapped on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was riding the longest point streak of his NHL career, breaking his previous best of points in eight-straight contests (8-2=10) from Jan. 21 - Feb. 7, 2008 as a member of the Nashville Predators. His streak was the longest by a Stars player since forward Patrick Sharp notched points in 12 consecutive games (6-9=15) from Dec. 19, 2015 - Jan. 9, 2016. This season, Radulov shares second on the Stars with 19 points (7-12=19) while ranking second in assists (12) and ranking third in goals (7). His eight points (3-5=8) on the power play this season shares 18th among League skaters and is tied for first on the Stars. Additionally, he has scored two game-winning goals this season, which is tied for 19th in the NHL and first on Dallas. The native of Nizhny Tagil, Russia spent the 2016-17 campaign as a member of the Canadiens, recording 54 points (18-36=54) in 76 regular-season games. Additionally, he skated in six postseason contests and recorded seven points (2-5=7). In parts of three seasons as a member of the Predators, he has recorded two assists (0-2=2) in two career games against Montreal.

WHEN YOU BISH UPON A STAR
Goaltender Ben Bishop turned aside all 18 shots he faced on Saturday afternoon vs. Edmonton in relief of goaltender Kari Lehtonen for his eighth win of the season. Bishop also tallied his first assist (0-1=1) as a member of the Stars on Jason Spezza's power play tally. On home ice this season, Bishop owns a 6-1-0 record with a .948 save percentage and a 1.36 goals against average and one shutout in eight appearances. Among NHL goaltenders with at least eight appearances on home ice, Bishop ranks first in GAA (1.36), shares first in assists (1), second in SV% (.948), shares third in shutouts (1) and is tied for fifth in wins (6). The Denver, Colo. native has earned an 8-6-0 record in 16 appearances this season, recording a 2.78 GAA with a .903 SV%. He appeared in one game last season against the Canadiens as a member of the Lightning, recording a 0-1-0 record and stopping 23-of-25 shots on goal. Bishop boasts a 10-4-3 record with a 1.81 GAA and a .931 SV% in 18 career appearances against Montreal.



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<![CDATA[Stamkos Scores Twice, Lightning Top Stars in Bishop's Return]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:13:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Steven Stamkos did his part to ruin a former teammate's return.

Stamkos had two goals and two assists, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves to beat his mentor Ben Bishop, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 6-1 Thursday night.

Vasilevskiy was Bishop's backup in Tampa Bay for parts of three seasons until Bishop was dealt to Los Angeles last February. Bishop holds the Lightning career wins record with 131, while Vasilevskiy has gone 26-5-3 since taking over the starting role.

This was Bishop's first game against Tampa Bay since the trade.

"We are very disappointed right now," Bishop said. "We have to take a look in the mirror pretty quick because this is not good enough. It starts with me in net and works the way out. We all have to be better here and find ways to get wins. We just have to find a way."

Stamkos has 10 goals and an NHL-best 35 points after missing most of last season with a lateral meniscus tear.

"I'm sure that once the dust settles here, I'll give Bish a little text," Stamkos said. "Maybe thank him for letting me grab a few tonight. It was a little weird seeing him over there."

Mikhail Sergachev, Brayden Point, Jake Dotchin and Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Lightning, who have the NHL's best record at 15-2-2.

Dallas, which went 0-2-1 on a three-city, four-day trip, got a goal from Radek Faksa. Bishop stopped 22 shots.

"Embarrassing," Stars left wing Jamie Benn said. "They took it to us."

Stamkos opened the scoring 47 seconds into the second with a power-play goal from the top of the left circle. Both Stamkos and Kucherov, who had two assists, have points in 17 of 19 games.

Vasilevskiy made a pair of strong saves on right-circle shots by Tyler Seguin.

After Faksa scored on the breakaway at 3:34 of the second, Sergachev made it 2-1 just 1:17 later.

Tampa Bay went up 3-1 with 8:20 left in the second when Point had a short-handed goal. Bishop went behind the net to stop the puck for John Klingberg, who had a turnover that Point wrapped home before Bishop got back into position.

"The third goal really took the momentum out of us and then it seemed like every mistake went into our net," Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Stamkos, Dotchin and Kucherov had third-period goal. Stamkos picked up two assists during the period.

Dallas (0 for 3) and Tampa Bay (1 for 4) entered with the top NHL power plays.

NOTES: There was a video tribute for Bishop midway through the first. "It was a great thing," Bishop said. "I really appreciate that from the Lightning organization. These fans mean a lot to me. I had some great years here and they hold a big place in my heart." ... U.S. Army veteran Cliff Zalay performed the National Anthem on his harmonica. Zalay, 92, served in World War II and the Korean War. ... Dallas RW Alexander Radulov ended a nine-game point streak. ... Tampa Bay had the previous three days off after going 3-0 on a West Coast trip. ... Seven of Stamkos' 10 goals have come on the power play.

UP NEXT

Stars: Host Edmonton Saturday night.

Lightning: Play again at home Saturday night against the New York Islanders.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[While Improving on Defense, Stars Struggling on Offense ]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:33:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars+Seguin+Stick.jpg

Balance.

That’s the mission for the Stars and they will need to find it soon.

Going into the 2017-18 season, the Stars wanted to fix the question marks on defense that plagued the team over the last couple of seasons. The goalie position was high on the priority list. The answer was bringing in Ben Bishop to man the pipes while moving Kari Lehtonen to second-string.

Improving the blueline was also essential in Dallas. So, the Stars went out and grabbed Marc Methot from Vegas, along with adding center Martin Hanzal. The final move was bringing back head coach Ken Hitchcock, who helped the Star win their only Stanley Cup in 1999. As Jared Clinton of The Hockey News points out, Hitchcock is “one of the most revered bench bosses in the league who has a mind for defense.”

Going into tonight’s road game against the Florida Panthers, the Stars sit at 9-8-0, good enough for fourth in the Central division.  As of right now, although it’s still early in the season, the Stars are fighting for a wild card spot instead of the division title, where many believed they would be going into the season.

However, this time around you can’t blame the defense.

The Stars are only allowing opponents 28.7 shots per outing. The 2.82 goals against per game ranks in the middle of the pack league-wise.  Bishop is keeping the team in the game minding the net on a more consistent level, which is a step above the way things were working in the past.

So if the defense has stepped up, why do the Stars seem to be underachieving early on in the season?

Well, as Clinton explained, the Stars are struggling in the one area that was their strength over the last couple of seasons- offense.

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn continue to light up the lamp as usual. Both have eight goals, nine assists and 17 points on the stat sheet. However, outside of John Klingberg and Alexander Radulov, there hasn’t been much support from the rest of crew. Jason Spezza has one goal on 38 shots, Manzel has one on 28 shots and Devin Shore has yet to find the back of the net. The Stars rank No. 19 in the league with 2.82 goals per game. 16 of the team’s 48 total goals are off the power play.

While it may not be time to panic just yet, the division is slowly starting to slip away as the St. Louis Blues continue to stay hot on the ice. If the Stars can find that balance between offense and defense, they could be a dangerous team around playoff time.



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<![CDATA[Scheifele Nets 2, Wheeler has 4 Assists, Jets top Stars 4-1]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 23:56:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-869222432.jpg

Mark Scheifele scored in the opening minute and final seconds, and Blake Wheeler had four assists to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Monday night.

Patrik Laine scored on the power play and Kyle Connor also had a goal for the soaring Jets, who are 8-1-3 in their last 12 games. Connor Hellebuyck (8-0-2) made 33 saves for the win.

Scheifele has five goals in two games against Dallas, including a hat trick in Winnipeg last Thursday. He has a 10-game point streak vs. the Stars, with 12 goals and 11 assists during that span.

Dallas captain Jamie Benn scored on a power play at 4:13 of the second. Despite dominating the period with a 14-7 advantage in shots on goal, the Stars didn't score again.

Scheifele sent a wrist shot past goalie Ben Bishop just 26 seconds into the game and added a short-handed goal into an empty net with 13 seconds to play.

Winnipeg took a 3-0 lead after one period. Laine scored at 5:12, and Connor added his goal at 19:04.

Wheeler set up Scheifele's first goal, which went in off the right post from the right faceoff circle.

Two of the NHL's best power plays succeeded once each.

The Jets have scored seven power-play goals in 15 chances over the last five games. Laine's shot from the top of the left circle went between Bishop and the right post.

Benn put in Dallas's eighth power-play goal in the last six games. He retrieved a pass that bounced off the boards behind the net and slid the puck under Hellebuyck.

Late in the first period, Winnipeg had a 2-on-1 break after Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis fell. Wheeler passed across to Connor on the left side for a 3-0 lead.

NOTES: In 24 career games against Dallas, Wheeler has 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists). . Benn finished with 11 shots on goal. . Stars RW Alexander Radulov extended his scoring streak to six games (four goals, five assists). . Dallas played with only 11 forwards because of injuries to Radek Faksa, Tyler Pitlick and Brett Ritchie.

UP NEXT

Jets: Play at Vegas on Friday in the second stop of a three-game trip.

Stars: Finish a three-game homestand Friday vs. the New York Islanders.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Uses 4-Goal 1st Period to Beat Buffalo 5-1]]>Sat, 04 Nov 2017 23:54:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-862779662.jpg

It was business as usual for Tyler Seguin. A little different for Remi Elie, Antoine Roussel and Gemel Smith.

Seguin scored his fifth power-play goal of the season in Dallas' four-goal first period, and Stars beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Saturday night.

Elie and Roussel each scored their first goal of the season, and Smith had his first two assists.

"Hard-working players got rewarded for their hard work," Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Guys that had been snake-bitten all the first part of the year, hadn't scored, all of a sudden they're feeling good about themselves and they're contributing. So the whole bench was excited."

Seguin's goal on a slap shot from the left faceoff circle made it 4-0 just 12:51 into the game.

The Stars' league-leading power play scored on their only man advantage of the night. Dallas has scored on 13 of 40 opportunities (33 percent) in 14 games.

"It probably came a bit too easy to them," Buffalo center Jack Eichel said. "They've got a good power play."

Elie, Radek Faksa and Stephen Johns also scored in the first, and Roussel added a second-period goal. Defenseman John Klingberg had a season-high three assists.

"That's what we need," Klingberg said. "Seguin's line is probably going to play a lot of heavy minutes against the tough line every home game and I think they're winning that battle right now, but we need other guys to score on the team."

Johns' goal chased goaltender Robin Lehner at 10:27. Lehner made only four saves before Chad Johnson came in and stopped 13 shots.

Kari Lehtonen had 27 saves to win his second straight start after three losses to start the season.

"When it gets to four goals or five goals, just go shot after shot," Lehtonen said. "Don't think too much."

Hitchcock said Lehtonen will receive more playing time behind Ben Bishop.

"I've got two starting goalies, so I ought to use them," he said. "That's a real bonus for us. It's a strength of the organization."

Ryan O'Reilly broke up Lehtonen's shutout bid by winning a faceoff and sending a shot between the goalie's legs late in the second.

Elie opened the scoring at 3:09 of the first. Roussel intercepted Lehner's clearing pass on the left-wing boards and sent a slap shot at the goal. Elie took the rebound in front for a short wrist shot into the net.

Faksa scored at 7:07. Lehner deflected Smith's cross-ice pass in front of the net and on to Faksa's stick for a tip-in.

"I thought we had the start we wanted," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "We were forcing the issue, and just a couple bad bounces. It's unfortunate they capitalized on their chances. I give (the Stars) credit. They went to the net hard."

Smith also assisted on Johns' goal, dropping a pass back into the slot for the defenseman. Johns put a wrist shot past Lehner.

NOTES: The Stars have won five straight home games. They have defeated Buffalo the last six times the Sabres have visited Dallas. ... The Stars were without C Martin Hanzal (lower-body injury) and RW Brett Ritchie (upper body). Neither is expected to play Monday vs. Winnipeg. ... Faksa (lower body) and C Tyler Pitlick (undisclosed injury) left the game, and are considered day to day. . O'Reilly has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his last nine games. ... Elie's goal was his second in 29 career games.

UP NEXT

Sabres: Host Washington on Tuesday.

Stars: Host Winnipeg on Monday in the second of a three-game homestand.

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<![CDATA[Mark Scheifele Has Hat Trick, Jets Beat Stars 5-2]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 23:16:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-01.jpg

Mark Scheifele had a hat trick, Patrik Laine scored his first goal in five games and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Thursday night to extend their points streak to six games.

Laine's goal came after he told reporters at the morning skate that he didn't have a lot of confidence and felt he couldn't do many "positive things" on the ice. He has five goals and two assists in 12 games.

The Jets have won three straight to improve to 6-3-2. They are 4-0-2 on the points streak.

Tylers Myers also scored, Blake Wheeler added three assists and Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves to improve to 7-0-1.

Alexander Radulov scored for Dallas, extending his goals streak to four games. Mattias Janmark also scored, and Ben Bishop stopped 22 shots.

Winnipeg scored three goals in a 4:18 span in the first period, including a pair on the power play.

Scheifele scored once during the first period and twice in the third, sending the hats raining down with an empty-netter with a minute left. He has seven goals this season.

The second period included an early fight between Stars captain Jamie Benn and Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, after Benn took issue with Byfuglien's hard check of Radulov into the boards.

NOTES: Jets forward Kyle Connor had a penalty shot with 4:59 left in the game, but got in close to Bishop and couldn't get off a shot. .... Dallas dropped to 7-6-0, The Stars had won two straight.

UP NEXT:

Stars: Host Buffalo on Saturday night.

Jets: Host Montreal on Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[Stars Edge Canucks 2-1]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 06:21:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-528473042.jpg

Despite firing 39 shots on net and generating multiple scoring chances late in the game, the Vancouver Canucks couldn't quite break through against a Dallas team that's dominated them lately.

Alexander Radulov scored 2:28 into overtime and the Stars defeated the Canucks 2-1 on Monday night.

Ben Bishop made 38 saves and Tyler Seguin had a second-period goal for Dallas, which improved to 13-0-1 against Vancouver in their last 14 meetings.

The Stars are 3-1 on a five-game road trip that concludes Thursday in Winnipeg. Radulov has three goals and six points in his last three games.

"He's a wild-card player," Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He's going to do things on the ice that are creative and you are going to have to live with it, but he competes on the puck and that's a big part of it. He's a very competitive player and I think he elevates the rest of our competitiveness."

Sam Gagner scored a power-play goal in the third for the Canucks, who had won four straight.

"I thought we played really well," Gagner said after netting his first goal for Vancouver. "If we scored on that 2-on-1 in overtime or some of our chances in the third, it's obviously a different story.

"If we play like that, most nights in this league you win. We have to keep playing that way. We're going in the right direction and playing good hockey."

Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves for the Canucks and was especially impressive in the first and third. He spent the previous two games on the bench while Anders Nilsson started in goal.

"It was a really good game, but you want to win hockey games," Markstrom said. "I hate losing."

Radulov won it when he carried the puck the length of the ice and fired a shot over Markstrom's blocker-side shoulder.

Markstrom helped keep the first period scoreless when he made several impressive saves during a Stars power play midway through the period, including off a point-blank shot by Jamie Benn. Markstrom also stopped a short-handed breakaway by Gemel Smith in the waning seconds.

Seguin opened the scoring in the second with Canucks forward Thomas Vanek in the penalty box for the second time in the first three minutes of the period. Seguin one-timed his seventh goal of the season with an Alex Ovechkin-like shot while down on one knee at 3:11. The goal broke Vancouver's streak of 14 consecutive penalties killed.

"It was a great shot. He put it right in the corner. Only a couple guys can do that and he's one of them," Bishop said.

Vancouver's unlikely leading goal scorer, Derek Dorsett, had a chance all alone in the slot against Bishop in the final minutes of the second, but couldn't convert.

At the other end, Markstrom ended the period with another big save, this time off a 2-on-1 with Smith and Radulov. The Canucks outshot Dallas 27-19 through two.

Vancouver tied the game six minutes into the third while on the power play. After Markstrom chased down a puck to diffuse a short-handed breakaway, Vanek took a quick pass from Daniel Sedin in the slot at the other end and fired a hard shot that rebounded to Gagner. The center netted his first goal with the Canucks at 13:51, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

That ended a run of seven straight games without giving up a power-play goal for the Stars.

"We were in a battle," Canucks coach Travis Green said. "That was a great hockey game. I thought they played a hell of a game on the road; I thought we played a hell of a game at home. I liked the way our team stuck with it."

NOTES: The Canucks were without rookie wing Brock Boeser, who injured his foot blocking a shot in a 6-2 win over Washington. Vancouver called up forwards Jayson Megna and Anton Rodin from Utica of the AHL. ... Dallas was without Martin Hanzal (lower body) and Stephen Johns (concussion).

UP NEXT

Stars: At the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

Canucks: Host the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.

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<![CDATA[Radulov's Third-Period Goal Lifts Stars Over Flames 2-1]]>Sat, 28 Oct 2017 17:06:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-867249956+%281%29.jpg

Kari Lehtonen had a rough beginning as a backup goalie with the Dallas Stars this season.

In just his second start of the season, Lehtonen made 29 saves to backstop the Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

"I hadn't played much and now I was able to get a chance and, of course, you want to do well and help the team," said the 33-year-old veteran from Finland, who was selected second overall by the Atlanta Thrashers at the 2002 NHL Draft. "Everything's hard. It's hard to play every night. It's hard to play once in two weeks. You just have to go out there with a fresh mind and believe in your abilities as a goalie."

Lehtonen lost his only other start of the season on Oct. 7 and was also tagged with two other losses in relief appearances of Ben Bishop, who the Stars acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on May 5 for a fourth-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft.

"He was huge at some points in the game," said Dallas forward Alexander Radulov, who scored the game-winning goal on a power play for the Stars in the third period. "Thank you to him. We all know he's a good goalie. Doesn't matter who is playing. You've just got to be strong for the team and strong for the group and just try to find a way to win the hockey game. That's the bottom line."

Defenseman Esa Lindell also scored for the Stars (6-5-0), who had lost two straight games including a 5-4 decision to the Oilers on Thursday in Edmonton.

Johnny Gaudreau scored for Calgary (5-6-0), while Mike Smith finished with 22 saves.

The Flames failed to score on two chances with the man advantage, while they surrendered two goals in three power-play opportunities for the Stars.

"Five-on-five in our last three games, we've given up two goals so our penalty kill and power play needs to start helping us," Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan said. "We are a little passive. That's what happens when you get scored on, you become unsure of yourself. We have to find that mojo back here to kill penalties."

Gaudreau notched his third goal of the season at 10:18 of the second when he wired a perfect shot to the top corner, glove side past Lehtonen.

Shortly after Lehtonen stopped Mikael Backlund's short-handed breakaway attempt, Lindell blasted a point shot through traffic past Smith during the same power play for the Stars at 16:51 of the second.

"I'm just trying to get the shot to the net," said Lindell, who scored his second goal in as many games and third of the season. "That's all that I'm trying to do and it worked out."

Radulov then took a pass from Devin Shore and snapped a shot to the top corner over Smith's outstretched glove hand for the game-winning goal at 12:50 of the third.

Lehtonen made a shoulder save to stop a shot off the stick of Matthew Tkachuk with 3.3 seconds left in the game to preserve the victory.

"I thought it was a pretty even game tonight," Calgary captain Mark Giordano said. "Both teams had their moments. The bottom line is we are getting our looks, we just have to put them in."

NOTES: Jaromir Jagr, who missed his third straight game for the Flames with a lower-body injury, could be ready to return to the lineup for Calgary's home game against the Washington Capitals on Sunday. . While the Flames played the first of seven straight games at the Saddledome (their longest homestand of the season), the Stars still have two games to go on their trip.

UP NEXT:

Stars: Are at Vancouver on Monday.

Flames: Host Washington on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Benning's Late Goal Lifts Oilers to 5-4 Win Over Stars]]>Fri, 27 Oct 2017 05:00:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-860723250.jpg

The offense finally came through for the Edmonton Oilers.

Matt Benning scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:27 remaining and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals as the Oilers beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 on Thursday night.

Connor McDavid and Patrick Maroon also scored for the Oilers, who had an NHL-low 15 goals through the first eight games.

"Just getting the two points right now is big for the morale of the group," Nugent-Hopkins said. "We are a pretty mentally solid team in here no matter what we go through. For us, we needed the confidence at some point so this was a big step for us."

On the winning goal, Benning's point shot hit Radulov and got past Bishop to break the fourth and final tie.

"It was a good sign for our team," Benning said. "It was a close game going into the third and those are the kind of games you need to win to be there in the playoffs. It's a step in the right direction to get some confidence in this locker room."

Cam Talbot stopped 28 shots for the Oilers.

Jamie Benn struck twice for the Stars, and Alexander Radulov and Esa Lindell also scored for Dallas in its second straight loss. Ben Bishop finished with 30 saves.

"Once you get the lead, you expect to win that game, we have to learn to win that game," Benn said. "It's a disappointing result. I think we're all upset about this game tonight."  

The Stars went ahead 4-3 with their first lead of the game midway through the third as Lindell waited for Talbot to commit before lifting a shot into the net with Dallas' third power-play goal of the game.

The Oilers bounced with 7:44 remaining as a Stars turnover led to Nugent-Hopkins scoring on a shot that deflected off a defender and in to tie at 4-all.

"I could talk about the negatives that we have to fix [special teams], but I'm going to focus on us having the ability to outscore that team 5-1 at even strength," Oilers head coach Todd McLellan sai. "That's a good sign."

Edmonton started the scoring midway through the opening period as Ryan Strome came out of the penalty box and sent McDavid on a partial breakaway and the Oilers star scored his fifth of the season up high on Bishop.

It took just over a minute for Dallas to tie it up as Radulov dropped a puck to Benn in front of the net, and he put his sixth past Talbot.

Maroon helped Edmonton regain the lead with 24 seconds left in the first as he put his shot off a Dallas skate and into the net.

Radulov beat Talbot with a one-timer as the Stars tied the game back up on the power play three minutes into the second period.

Edmonton made it 3-2 with six minutes left in the middle period when Nugent-Hopkins picked up a rebound on a wide shot and hooked it in from behind the net.

The Stars evened it up once more a couple of minutes later with another power-play goal as Benn picked up his second of the night by chipping in a rebound from the doorstep.

Up Next
Stars: At Calgary on Friday for the third game of a five-game trip.

Oilers: Host Washington on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Nieto's Hat Trick Lifts Avalanche to 5-3 Win Over Stars]]>Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:52:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-860723250.jpg

A deluge of injuries got Matt Nieto back into the lineup. More games like this will certainly keep him in there.

Nieto capped off his first career hat trick on an empty-netter in the closing seconds, Semyon Varlamov stopped 34 shots and the banged-up Colorado Avalanche ended a three-game skid with a 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

Seeing all those hats thrown onto the ice was a welcomed sight for Nieto.

"It's definitely a hard thing to accomplish in this league so I'll definitely remember this night," said Nieto, who didn't play in the last two games. "It was awesome coming back through the line and seeing all the guys happy for me."

The fans were, too, as Colorado kept up its resurgent play. The Avalanche are 3-1 at home this season. They were 13-26-2 at the Pepsi Center season ago.

"We owe [the fans] a good home record," Nathan MacKinnon said. "We weren't very good last year."

Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist, and Mark Barberio contributed another tally in his 200th career NHL game.

Jamie Benn, Brett Ritchie and John Klingberg scored for the Stars, whose four-game winning streak was halted. Starting goaltender Ben Bishop was less than pleased about being replaced by Kari Lehtonen early in the second period with the Avs leading 3-2.

"There was no reason for me to come out," said Bishop, who allowed three goals on 17 shots. "It's a 3-2 hockey game with more than half the game left. I'm not very happy with the decision."

Stars coach Ken Hitchcock was looking for a spark.

"We were slow and dozy across the board, everybody, the whole team," Hitchcock said. "Needed a wake-up call. So, we got it.

"It has nothing to do with Ben. I'll do the same with any other goaltender. If I think it's going to help the team to change their mindset, I've got to do whatever it takes. So that's what I did."

The Avalanche looked refreshed after a few days off from action. They controlled the tempo until the third period, when the Stars began to take charge. Klingberg's tip-in off a Benn shot made it 4-3 with 9:48 remaining.

Mattias Janmark nearly tied it moments later, only to have Varlamov slide over and stop the shot with his right shoulder.

Lehtonen was pulled for an extra skater with around 30 seconds left. Nieto sealed the win on his goal with 3.1 seconds remaining.

The ailing Avalanche were missing J.T. Compher (hand), Tyson Jost (lower body), Colin Wilson (hip) and Patrik Nemeth (lower body). Nieto made the most of his increased ice time after not playing the last two games.

Nieto was all over the place, including near the goal in the second period when Blake Comeau wrestled the puck away from Bishop behind the net. Comeau's feed bounded in front before coming Nieto's way.

"Matt Nieto ... that was a great performance," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said.

Colorado withstood a four-minute power play late in the first period after Alexander Kerfoot hit Tyler Pitlick in the face with his stick and drew blood.

"We could have grabbed the hockey game there," Bishop said.

The Stars dressing room was closed for a while after the game for a little chat.

"We talked about being better," Bishop said. "We want to get off to a better start. We expect better in this locker room, I expect better from myself tonight. We have to hold ourselves accountable."

Notes
Benn finished with two assists after his third period goal was changed to Klingberg following the game. ... Stars D Stephen Johns went to the locker room with an upper body injury in the first period. He took a hit from Avs F Matt Duchene, who drew a penalty for boarding.  ... F Tyler Seguin finished with two assists. He now has four goals and four assists over the last five games. ... Colorado D Tyson Barrie had an assist to extend his point streak to a career-high six straight games. ... Comeau had three assists.

Up Next
Stars: Travel to Edmonton on Thursday for the second contest in a five-game trip.

Avalanche: A back-to-back — at Vegas on Friday and home against Chicago the next night.



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<![CDATA[Stars to Hold Alumni Fantasy Camp in February]]>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:12:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars+Line+After+Goal.jpg

The Stars are providing an opportunity to take the ice and feel what it’s like to be a professional hockey player in the NHL.

Plans have been announced for the Dallas Stars Alumni Fantasy Camp, which will allow participants the opportunity to live like an NHL player for four days. They will also be able to skate alongside hockey legends and Hall of Famers including Mike Modano, Eddie Belfour, Marty Turco, Craig Ludwig, Bob Bassen, Brad Lukowich and Gerald Diduck.

Participants will take part in on-ice practice and receive instruction from current Stars coaches, along with wearing the official Stars uniform and gear. The camp format will be divided into teams and play in four guaranteed games with the championship game taking place at the American Airlines Center.

As part of the Fantasy Camp, attendees can mingle with former players, along with this year’s Stars team, at the 2018 Dallas Stars Park Place Lexus Casino Night. Participants will also have the opportunity to watch the Stars face off against the St. Louis Blues on Friday, Feb. 16 from the Stars Alumni Suite at the AAC.

The camp will be held from Feb. 13-16, 2018 at Dr. Pepper StarCenter Frisco and Dr. Pepper Arena.



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<![CDATA[Pitlick Scores 2, Stars Hold on to Beat Hurricanes 4-3]]>Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:24:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-862594110.jpg

Tyler Pitlick scored two goals for the first time in his career, leading the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin also scored to help Dallas win its fourth straight. Ben Bishop stopped 36 shots.

Jeff Skinner scored twice for Carolina and Jordan Staal also had a goal to pull the Hurricanes within one with 4 1/2 minutes remaining. Scott Darling finished with 22 saves.

The Hurricanes pulled Darling for an extra skater for the final 2:49, including a 6-on-4 for two minutes after a penalty to Dallas' Martin Hanzal, but couldn't tie it.

Benn opened the scoring 7:58 into the game. Alexander Radulov dropped the puck back to Benn in the slot, and he sent a wrist shot past Darling and in off the left goalpost.

Pitlick made it 2-0 with 1:53 left in the first as he flew into the goalmouth to knock in the rebound of Radek Faksa's shot from the left point.

Seguin scored coming out of the penalty box, taking a led pass from Mattias Janmark and skating in a two-man rush to beat Darling at 5:24 of the second. Pitlick followed with his second goal less than 2 1/2 minutes later, redirecting Antoine Roussel's pass from behind the net for Dallas' largest lead this season.

Skinner scored Carolina's first goal on his own rebound just 10 seconds before the period ended. He added another at 5:32 of the third period, tipping in a shot by Noah Hanifin.

NOTES: Commemorating 25 years in the NHL, Dallas honored retired former captain Brenden Morrow. He dropped the ceremonial first puck for Stars captain Benn and Carolina rookie Haydn Fleury. When Fleury was a boy, Morrow babysat for him in their hometown of Carlyle, Saskatchewan. ... Pitlick has 13 goals in 66 games over four seasons. ... Dallas was outshot for only the second time this season, 39-26.

UP NEXT

Hurricanes: Host Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

Stars: At Colorado on Tuesday night to open a five-game trip.

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<![CDATA[Seguin Scores Twice in 3rd, Stars Beat Winless Coyotes 5-4]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:30:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-658326908.jpg

In a close game on the road, the Dallas Stars turned to a pair of playmakers on their top line.

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn came through.

Seguin scored two third-period goals and the Stars held off Arizona 5-4 on Thursday night, sending the winless Coyotes to their seventh straight defeat to begin the season.

Seguin put in the rebound of Benn's shot at 8:20 of the third, less than 90 seconds after the Coyotes had pulled even. He added his fifth of the season with 2:54 left to make it 5-3.

Clayton Keller scored his second goal of the game with 22 seconds left to trim the margin to one. Derek Stepan also scored twice for Arizona (0-6-1), the only NHL team without a victory.

Benn had a goal and two assists, both in the final 20 minutes, as Dallas beat the Coyotes for the second time in three days.

"We knew it was going to be greasy. The early road games to start a season in this league always are," Seguin said. "Almost like playoff hockey until everyone in the league settles in. No one's settled in yet. Sloppy game at times, but found a way to win."

Stepan scored his first two goals for Arizona. The veteran center arrived in an offseason trade with the New York Rangers and scored in each of the first two periods.

The Stars defeated the Coyotes 3-1 on Tuesday night in Dallas, with goalie Ben Bishop stopping 27 of 28 shots. Bishop wasn't as effective on Thursday, though he made a few quality saves and stopped 27 shots in all.

"You just have to be happy with your big guys stepping up in an important moment like that," Bishop said. "Some big shots by some great players. .... We don't want to be giving up those chances when we get the lead in the third period."

Adin Hill, playing his second straight game in net for Arizona, made 25 saves. Hill is the third goalie the Coyotes have started this season.

The Coyotes got off to a promising start when Stepan redirected a shot from Oliver Ekman-Larsson into the net at 5:50 of the first period.

Dallas answered quickly when Benn was left alone in front on a power play, and after a deke deposited the puck past Hill to tie the score at the 6:23 mark. The goal was Benn's third of the season.

"The Seguin line was a killer," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "They are elite players. Our top line produced for us."

Then came a play that encapsulated the Coyotes' start to this season. Tyler Pitlick centered a pass that Hill stopped. The rebound came out to Arizona defenseman Luke Schenn, whose attempt to clear turned into an accidental own-goal.

Radek Faksa was credited with the goal because he was nearest to Schenn. It was Faksa's second goal in two games.

Keller, who had an assist on Stepan's first goal, hit the post with a shot in the first period. Keller blocked a shot on defense, then beat Bishop on a breakaway at 6:41 of the third to make it 3-all.

Stepan was in the right spot early in the second period when Max Domi's shot went between his legs. The rebound off Bishop's save came back to Stepan, who scored from close range to tie it at 2.

"We've just got to find a way to outscore the other team one time, and just kind of relieve the pressure of not getting a win," Stepan said.

Bishop kept it tied when he stopped shots from Domi and Stepan in the final minute of the second.

Notes
Keller's five goals lead NHL rookies. ... Arizona C Brad Richardson missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. ... No. 1 goalie Antti Raanta missed his third consecutive game with a lower-body injury. ... Dallas D Julius Honka was scratched for the third time in seven games this season, with D Jamie Oleksiak on the ice for the first time in three games. ... Stars Hall of Famer Mike Modano attended the game.

Up Next
Stars: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

Coyotes: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday in the first of three meetings this season.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars Welcome Back Brenden Morrow Saturday]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:49:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/166*120/brenden+morrow.jpg

Longtime Dallas Stars left wing Brenden Morrow will return to the American Airlines Center Saturday for Reunion Nights.

Morrow played with the Stars for 13 seasons, from 1997 to 2013, before short stints with the Pens, Blues and Lightning. He played in two Stanley Cup finals -- in 2000 with the Stars and in 2015 with Tampa Bay -- before retiring in 2016.

Throughout the 2017-2018 season the Stars will periodically host Reunion Nights welcoming home select Stars legends.

Morrow will attend a special pre-game ceremony and an autograph session -- the Stars said limited edition merchandise will be available at The Hangar Team Stores. Season ticket holders and corporate partners will have the opportunity to participate in special meet and greets with Dallas Stars legends before and after games.

This year's Reunion Nights schedule is below (subject to change).

  • Oct. 21 - Brenden Morrow
  • Nov. 4 - Shane Churla
  • Nov. 18 - Vernon Fiddler
  • Dec. 2 - Guy Carbonneau
  • Dec. 23 - Todd Harvey
  • Jan. 6 - Marty Turco
  • Jan. 13 - Ed Belfour
  • Feb. 3 - Retro Night (Dave Gagner, Andy Moog, Neal Broten, Russ Courtnall and Craig Ludwig will be in attendance)
  • Feb. 9 - Bill Guerin
  • March 23 - Jamie Langenbrunner

More Stars alumni could be added to the schedule -- see the most current list at DallasStars.com.



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<![CDATA[Bishop Makes 27 Saves, Stars Beat Winless Coyotes 3-1]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:11:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-862569814.jpg

Ken Hitchcock had been looking for scoring from somewhere besides the Dallas Stars' top line.

The third-winningest coach in NHL history got what he wanted Tuesday night, when Radek Faksa, Dan Hamhuis and Alexander Radulov each scored their first goal of the season in a 3-1 victory over the winless Arizona Coyotes.

The first two goals came with the line centered by Faksa on the ice.

"Faksa's line was great," Hitchcock said. "They created a lot of scoring chances. Faksa's line was on the same page from start to finish."

Coming into the game, Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn from the first line had scored five of Dallas' 11 goals.

Arizona (0-5-1) remained the only NHL team without a win. The Coyotes tried to rally from a 2-0 deficit, beginning with a second-period goal by Jason Demers. They outshot Dallas 15-9 in the third, but goalie Ben Bishop stopped all 15 shots for his third win.

Three of those saves came during the Coyotes' only two power plays, early in the third. They had a 5-on-3 advantage for 17 seconds, but Bishop saved both shots on goal during that stretch.

"The penalty kill was huge there in the third period," Bishop said. "The guys did a good job, and obviously you can't rest after killing off the 5-on-3. We killed off the 5-on-4 after that."

Adin Hill made his NHL debut in goal for the Coyotes and had 31 saves to keep them in the game.

"I thought Adin Hill did a nice job for us, was solid in the net," coach Rick Tocchet said. "The guys worked hard and just couldn't score."

Radulov, who skates with Seguin and Benn, scored into an empty net with 52 seconds left. It was Dallas' third empty-net goal of the season.

The Stars (3-3) have won two straight for the first time this season. They can equal their longest winning streak of 2016-17 with a victory Thursday at Arizona.

Bishop finished with 27 saves.

Faksa scored 5:17 into the first period. Mattias Janmark skated from the left side around the net and tried for a wraparound goal. Hill stopped the shot, but Faksa backhanded the rebound over the prone goalie.

"It's a goal in the NHL, right?" Hill said. "There are goals nearly every game. Just got to focus on the next shot. That's all it is, wipe it from your memory."

Dallas' lead grew to 2-0 at 10:48 of the second, when Tyler Pitlick found Hamhuis low in the left circle and fed him a pass from the right corner. Hill couldn't react fast enough to stop the defenseman's slap shot. Faksa received an assist on the play.

"We wanted to be strong on the puck," Faksa said. "We had the rebound, and a great pass by [Pitlick] and an even better shot by [Hamhuis]. It was a nice goal."

Demers scored for Arizona at 14:40. He picked up the puck from teammate Max Domi, skated to the middle of the left circle and lifted a wrist shot inside the right post.

Notes
With goalie Antti Raanta out because of a lower-body injury, the 21-year-old Hill was recalled from Tucson of the AHL. His parents and 9-year-old brother traveled from Western Canada for the game. ... The Stars have won their last 10 home games against Arizona dating to Feb. 7, 2012. ... Coyotes D Oliver Ekman-Larsson played in his 500th NHL game. ... Dallas' Antoine Roussel and Arizona's Luke Schenn fought just 1:26 into the game. ... The Stars have not been outshot in a game this season. ... Demers is one of three Coyotes defensemen, along with Alex Goligoski and Kevin Connauton, who played for Dallas.

Up Next
Stars: Complete the home-and-home set at Arizona on Thursday night.

Coyotes: Return home for another game against Dallas on Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Seguin, Benn Score in 2nd, Stars Beat Avalanche]]>Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:15:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-658326908.jpg

Tyler Seguin completed his first Gordie Howe hat trick -- a goal, an assist and a fight -- with an unaccustomed round against former teammate Patrik Nemeth in the third period.

Seguin and Jamie Benn each had a goal and an assist in the second period, and the Dallas Stars held off the surprising Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Saturday night.

It was Seguin's fight that had his teammates talking. After all, even with the 5-minute major, he still has only 149 penalty minutes in his eight seasons.

"I know on our bench, we were fired up to see (Seguin) do that," Devin Shore said. "It gave us a boost. The kind of culture we're trying to build is people who care for each other and go through the wall for each other."

Stars coach Ken Hitchcock was impressed by the total game of top-line center Seguin, which included killing penalties.

"This is what a 1 has to do," Hitchcock said. "The big thing for me was he did all of those things, but he did it against the other team's best players. He was a plus player in the game, he stood up and fought, he did everything we wanted him to do."

Seguin himself was surprised by the reference to Hall of Famer Howe.

"That's a first," Seguin said. "Might hashtag it tonight. Probably never happen again."

He assisted on the first goal of the game, by Benn 24 seconds into the second period. Then Seguin scored on the power play a second before the period ended. He took a cross-ice pass from Shore, who had two assists.

"When (Shore) was coming to me I was trying to get it off as quick as I could," Seguin said. "Heck of a pass, especially when he knows it's about to end."

The goal, the only one out of five power plays, gave Dallas a 2-0 lead entering the third period.

"The one they scored was when we had it stopped but we couldn't clear the puck off the boards, and Seguin one-timed it in," said Colorado coach Jared Bednar.

Ben Bishop made 21 saves and allowed only a third-period goal by Matt Duchene. Bishop has been in goal for both Dallas victories this season.

Esa Lindell added an empty-net goal with 39 seconds remaining.

Colorado, last in the Central Division last season, entered the game atop the division standings after five games.

"We're happy with the start, but we're not satisfied," Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon said. "We're still 4-2. We're not going to think we're terrible after tonight's loss."

Seguin and Benn each played 1:51 on the Dallas unit that killed all four Avalanche power plays.

Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves for the Avalanche.

The Stars had 36 shots on goal to Colorado's 22. Dallas has not been outshot in any of the first five games.

Colorado's best scoring chance in the second came with 7 1/2 minutes left, but Bishop saved a short-range shot by J.T. Compher following a Dallas giveaway.

NOTES: Benn's goal was only the fourth for Dallas while skating 5-on-5 this season, and the third Colorado had allowed with both teams at full strength. ... The Stars have scored one power-play goal in each game, including all three of Seguin's goals this season. ... Avalanche C Tyson Jost missed his second game because of a bone bruise on his left knee. ... Stars D Dan Hamhuis returned after sitting out two games with a groin injury. . One of the loudest cheers came when the video board showed Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott in attendance during his bye week and wearing a personalized No. 4 Stars sweater.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: Complete a two-game trip on Tuesday at St. Louis.

Stars: Stay at home to play Arizona on Tuesday.

Copyright The Associated Press



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<![CDATA[Girard's First NHL Goal Leads Predators Over Stars 4-1]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 05:13:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-860703820.jpg

Samuel Girard is making a big first impression.

Girard scored his first NHL goal and added an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

The 19-year-old Girard was playing his second NHL game. The 2016 second-round pick had an assist in his debut Tuesday night.

"Everybody's happy for him," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "All the guys are pulling for him. He's a young kid, he's only in his second game. He's delivering big plays at big moments."

Filip Forsberg and P.K. Subban also had a goal and an assist, and Viktor Arvidsson also scored for the Predators, winners of two straight. Pekka Rinne made 30 saves.

Jamie Benn had Dallas' lone goal. The Stars have lost three of four to open the season.

"I'm concerned that we're missing a number of glorious opportunities," Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We're letting goalies outwork us. That's the bigger concern for me right now. We've had three games that we've lost where we've made the goalie the first star or the best player on the other team. We're going to have to figure that out quick."

Benn scored the game's first goal at 8:04 of the opening period. With Dallas on a power play, Rinne stopped John Klingberg's shot from the left point, but Benn was able to swat in the rebound from just outside the crease on the right side.

"I think we're playing the way we need to offensively," Klingberg said. "We just have to get more people to the net. If they goalie sees too many pucks, it's hard to get those good quality chances."

Nashville has surrendered the first goal in three of its four games.

Girard evened the game at 1 at 3:27 of the second. From above the left faceoff circle, Subban slid a pass to the 19-year-old rookie at the right point, where he beat goaltender Ben Bishop with a one-timer high to the stick side.

"It was my goal before the game to bring some more pucks at the net," Girard said. "It was a great shot, so it [went] in."

Bishop made 27 saves.

Forsberg made it 2-1 at 6:21 of the second. With Nashville on a power play, Bishop got his glove on Girard's slap shot from atop the left circle. Skating through the right circle, Forsberg tapped the rebound past the fallen Bishop and defenseman Esa Lindell, who tried to knock Forsberg's shot away.

At 15:09 of the third, Forsberg's pass from the left point sent Arvidsson through the slot on a breakaway, and he beat Bishop with a wrist shot.

Subban added an empty-net goal at 18:06.

Predators defenseman Yannick Weber left the game at 9:21 of the first after being checked by Martin Hanzal. With Weber reaching for a puck inside the Nashville blue line, Hanzal's shoulder made contact with Weber's head. Hanzal was assessed a major penalty for interference. Weber did not return to the game.

Notes
Predators captain Roman Josi missed his second consecutive game with a lower-body injury. ... Benn has points in four straight games against Nashville. ... Former Predators captain Kimmo Timonen attended the game. ... Rinne made his 500th career NHL start.

Up Next
Stars: Hosts Colorado on Saturday.

Predators: At Chicago on Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Klingberg, Seguin Score Early, Stars Hold Off Red Wings 4-2]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:18:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-859946024.jpg

The first win for the Dallas Stars this season was No. 782 of Ken Hitchcock's career. And that's a significant figure for NHL coaches.

Now in his second stint with Dallas, Hitchcock tied Al Arbour for third place on the all-time wins list Tuesday night. John Klingberg and Tyler Seguin scored first-period goals, and the Stars never trailed in a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Anthony Mantha's goal with 4:49 remaining pulled Detroit (2-1) within one, but the Red Wings couldn't tie the game even with goalie Petr Mrazek pulled for the final 2:56.

"I was thinking on the bench that we've played three great hockey games, and it would have felt poorly to not finish this off," Hitchcock said. "I thought this was the best balance we've had. This looked like something you could really build on."

Mattias Janmark scored in the second period for the Stars (1-2), and Martin Hanzal put the puck into an empty net with 2 seconds remaining.

Ben Bishop made 23 saves. In two starts, Bishop has allowed only two goals in 103:58 of ice time.

"We've got some work to improve in the third period, and just be a little bit more composed," Bishop said.

Klingberg also thought the Stars could play better.

"I felt like we sat back a little bit too much. We got away with a win today," he said.

Justin Abdelkader scored in the second period for the Red Wings. Mrazek finished with 29 saves.

The Stars have totaled 119 shots in their first three games but managed only seven goals — including two each by Klingberg, Seguin and Janmark.

Dallas dominated the first period, winning 17 of 22 faceoffs. Jason Spezza won six of seven draws, including one that set up Klingberg's goal at 9:15.

For the game, Dallas won 58 percent of the faceoffs, led by Spezza going 13 for 16.

"We've got to do a better job in the faceoff circle," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "The one thing I'd say with that is we're very worried about taking the penalty. I guess I've got to wait for the league and see if they've called any yet."

On Seguin's power-play goal at 19:29, Klingberg passed cross-ice to Seguin at the top of the left circle. His shot banked in off the right post.

Abdelkader scored at 3:50 of the second on a 4-on-3 advantage. He camped at the left of the net, took a pass from Henrik Zetterberg and put the puck past Bishop.

Mantha's goal came when his shot from a low angle on the left side went inside the right post.

"We still felt that we had the tying goal in us," Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said, "but didn't really get much out of the 6-on-5. Got to win some more draws there; I lost three in a row."

Notes
Jamie Benn got his 300th career assist on the first-period goal by Seguin. . Klingberg has scored a goal in each of the last two games and has at least one point in all three Dallas has played. . Both of Seguin's goals have come on the power play. . Detroit's Mike Green had two assists, giving him six in three games. . Red Wings D Danny DeKeyser left with a lower-body injury. . The video board showed a tribute to Detroit defenseman Trevor Daley, who played 756 games for Dallas.

Up Next
Stars: Will visit Nashville on Thursday.

Red Wings: Play at Arizona on Thursday for the third of four road games in a row.

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<![CDATA[Neal Lifts Golden Knights Over Stars in Franchise Debut]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 22:59:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-858478150.jpg

James Neal scored twice in the third period Friday night, rallying the Golden Knights to a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars in the debut of the first major pro sports franchise in Las Vegas.

The expansion team was playing five days after the shooting that killed 58 people in Las Vegas, and the Dallas players honored the desert city by forming a line next to their Vegas counterparts before the national anthem.

With the video board reading "Viva Las Vegas" above the players, the public address announcer said "Dallas stands with Vegas and those affected by the horrifying tragedy."

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 45 of 46 shots to help the Golden Knights become the first expansion to open with a victory since the Ottawa Senators in 1992. They also spoiled coach Ken Hitchcock's return to Dallas 18 years after he directed the franchise's only Stanley Cup title.

Both of Neal's goals came against Kari Lehtonen after Ben Bishop left with an apparent facial injury after taking a puck to the mask. Bishop had stopped all 19 shots in his Dallas debut after coming over in a trade with Los Angeles and signing a long-term contract with the Stars.

A former Dallas player and expected to be a top offensive threat for the Golden Knights, Neal beat a screened Lehtonen between the legs midway through the third period for the tying goal.

The go-ahead goal came in transition when Neal got the puck past from Lehtonen from his knees with 2:44 remaining. Lehtonen shared the job with Antti Niemi the past two seasons, and the Stars made it clear in the offseason they were going a new direction at goalie.

Tyler Seguin opened the scoring late in the second period when he redirected a pass from Devin Shore past Marc-Andre Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup winner with Pittsburgh before being unprotected in the expansion draft.

The Stars had plenty to celebrate as well, marking 25 seasons since moving from Minnesota with plenty of highlights while three-time golf major winner Jordan Spieth and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback-turned-broadcaster Tony Romo watched from a suite.

The biggest pregame roar came when Hitchcock was introduced, right after a highlight reel that included Brett Hull's Stanley Cup-winning goal when Hitchcock was behind the bench in 1999.

Technically, it's the 24th season for the Dallas Stars because of the lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season. They moved from Minnesota for the 1993-94 season.

UP NEXT

Golden Knights: At Arizona on Saturday night.

Stars: Hitchcock's return to St. Louis on Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[Stars' Jamie Benn Talks Training Camp, Loss of Dave Strader]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:44:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jamie_Benn_Says_Ken_Hitchcocks_Camp_Was_Tough_1200x675_1061158979573.jpg

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn says training camp with new coach Ken Hitchcock was tough but also a breath of fresh air. He also talks about the loss of Stars broadcaster Dave Strader, who died Sunday after a battle with cancer.]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Announce Opening Night Roster]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 17:23:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-01.jpg

The Dallas Stars open their regular season Friday against the Las Vegas Golden Knights, hosting the team at the American Airlines Center in their NHL debut.

Stars general manager Jim Nill announced the team's regular season 23-man roster Tuesday; the team is made up of 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goalies.

"Additionally the club has loaned left wing Curtis McKenzie to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League, and defenseman Patrik Nemeth was claimed off waivers by the Colorado Avalanche," the Stars said in a news release.

For the first time ever, the Dallas Stars team will take part in the KIA Victory Green Carpet Walk through Victory Plaza as part of the team's 25th Anniversary in Texas. The current roster, coaches, front office and Stars dignitaries will walk the carpet beginning at 4:00 p.m. and fans will have the opportunity to welcome them into the arena.

In honor of the 25th Anniversary Celebration, Stars Day One Season Ticket Holders that have been with the organization continuously since the 1993-94 season will also have the opportunity to walk down the KIA Victory Green carpet beginning at 6:00 p.m. The pre-game event is free and open to the public, with fans able to start lining up to watch the carpet walk beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Dallas' full opening night roster can be found below:
No. - Player - Pos. - HT - WT - Shoots - D.O.B. - Birthplace
2 - Dan Hamhuis - D - 6'1" - 209 - L - 12/13/1982 - Smithers, B.C.
3 - John Klingberg - D - 6'2'' - 180 - R - 8/14/1992 - Gothenburg, Sweden
5 - Jamie Oleksiak - D - 6'7'' - 260 - L - 12/21/1992 - Toronto, Ont.
6 - Julius Honka - D - 5'11'' - 185 - R - 12/3/1995 - Jyvaskyla, Finland
10 - Martin Hanzal - C - 6'6" - 226 - L - 2/20/1987 - Pisek, Czech Rep.
12 - Radek Faksa - C - 6'3'' - 210 - L - 1/9/1994 - Vitkov, Czech Rep.
13 - Mattias Janmark - C - 6'1" - 195 - L - 12/8/1992 - Stockholm, Sweden
14 - Jamie Benn - LW - 6'2'' - 210 - L - 7/18/1989 - Victoria, B.C.
17 - Devin Shore - C - 6'1'' - 205 - L - 7/19/1994 - Ajax, Ont.
18 - Tyler Pitlick - C - 6'2" - 202 - R - 11/1/1991 - Minneapolis, Minn.
21 - Antoine Roussel - LW - 6'0'' - 200 - L - 11/21/1989 - Roubaix, France
23 - Esa Lindell - D - 6'3'' - 215 - L - 5/23/1994 - Vantaa, Finland
25 - Brett Ritchie - RW - 6'3'' - 220 - R - 7/1/1993 - Orangeville, Ont.
27 - Adam Cracknell - RW - 6'2" - 210 - R - 7/15/1985 - Prince Albert, Sask.
28 - Stephen Johns - D - 6'4" - 225 - R - 4/18/1992 - Ellwood City, Penn.
29 - Greg Pateryn - D - 6'3" - 221 - R - 6/20/1990 - Sterling Heights, Mich.
33 - Marc Methot - D - 6'3" - 220 - L - 6/21/1985 - Ottawa, Ont.
46 - Gemel Smith - C - 5'10'' - 195 - L - 4/16/1994 - Toronto, Ont.
47 - Alexander Radulov RW - 6'2" - 205 - L - 7/5/1986 - Nizhny Tagil, Russia
90 - Jason Spezza - C - 6'3'' - 220 - R - 6/13/1983 - Toronto, Ont.
91 - Tyler Seguin - C - 6'1'' - 200 - R - 1/31/1992 - Brampton, Ont.
30 - Ben Bishop - G - 6'7" - 216 - L - 11/21/1986 - Denver, Colo.
32 - Kari Lehtonen - G - 6'4'' - 205 - L - 11/16/1983 - Helsinki, Finland



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<![CDATA[Talking Hockey with Stars Captain Jamie Benn ]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:01:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_hockey_talk_jamie_benn_1200x675_1061006915949.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney talks with Jamie Benn about training camp with new head coach Ken Hitchcock, impact of Tyler Seguin and the passing of TV announcer Dave Strader. ]]>
<![CDATA[Players, Friends React to Death of Dave Strader]]>Mon, 02 Oct 2017 05:29:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dave_Strader_Obit_2017_10_01_17_02_59.jpg

Dallas Stars announced Sunday morning play-by-play announcer Dave Strader has died.

Strader was 62 years old.

Dallas Stars players and friends have been reacting to the news on social media.



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<![CDATA[Stars Play-by-Play Announcer Dave Strader Dies]]>Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:30:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/straderstars-e1465846139371.jpg

Dallas Stars announced Sunday morning play-by-play announcer Dave Strader has died. He was 62.

Strader joined the Stars in the 2015-16 season. Following that season, he was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a form of bile duct cancer.

He was only able to call five games for the team during the following season. He returned to the booth in February, where the team saluted him following the Stars overtime win. The broadcast of the game and Strader's return to the booth was honored by two Lone Star Emmy nominations announced this week.

"Everyone who knew him, and everyone who was able to listen to him call games, is saddened to learn about the passing of Dave Strader," said Stars President and CEO Jim Lites. "His voice is synonymous with hockey to fans all over the globe and he built a connection for so many fans to this game. More importantly, he was a tremendous husband, father, grandfather and friend and we will miss him deeply. Our sincerest prayers and condolences are directed to his wife Colleen and their entire family."

At the Dr. Pepper Stars Center in Richardson, hockey fans were stunned to hear the news.

"His voice was distinctive," said Rick Sloane. "It was a big shock waking up and seeing it on the Stars Facebook feed. It was a shock to see that he had passed."

Plano East head hockey coach Corey Clarks said Strader's play-by-play would be missed.

"It really transplanted you from sitting at home in your living room, or listening to the game on radio or what have you, righ there into the game and into the action," Clarks said. "It just felt like you were right there."

Strader was also part of the NBC Sports team during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where he called several games for the network. Prior to joining the Stars, he called games for NBCSN and the NBC Sports Group. His resume went beyond hockey, including broadcasts in the 2006 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. 

He was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame in April as the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award. He will be honored for that award in November in Toronto.



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<![CDATA[Play Like 1999: Cup-Winning Coach Hitchcock Back With Stars]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:40:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

The Dallas Stars would be just fine if it becomes like 1999 all over again.

Ken Hitchcock, the coach who led the Stars to their only Stanley Cup championship nearly two decades ago, is back on their bench.

"He's got a big voice and when he talks the guys are listening," team captain Jamie Benn said. "And we've got to stay sharp. He does everything quick and draws it up once, so you've got to be paying attention at all times and the details are a big part of practice."

General manager Jim Nill replaced Lindy Ruff with another grizzled veteran coach after Dallas missed the playoffs for the fifth time in seven seasons, going from the Western Conference's top seed with 109 points in 2015-16 to 79 points last season.

"He's different. Obviously more stricter, but it's where we want to play the game," left wing Antoine Roussel said of Hitchcock. "Making sure the mistakes get fixed and making sure we don't do it again. And it's detailed and it's what we need."

Nill brought Ruff to Dallas when he took over as GM four years ago, but he made the coaching change this offseason and followed it up with some high-profile player additions.

Big goalie Ben Bishop was signed to a six-year contract in hopes of solving one of the team's pressing issues, along with top free agents in center Martin Hanzal and right wing Alexander Radulov. Defenseman Marc Methot was acquired from expansion team Vegas, whose franchise opener is Oct. 6 at Dallas.

"Ben signing really got the ball rolling for us," Nill said. "To go get a goalie like that, he's one of the best in the league, that's the type of move our players and coaches were excited about."

Dallas also still has young elite scorers in Benn and Tyler Seguin , along with veteran center Jason Spezza.

Some things to know as the Stars mark their 25th season in Dallas:

Top Line
Radulov, who played for Montreal last season after returning from Russia, is likely to spend a lot of time in a top line with Benn and Seguin, who have combined for 630 points (269 goals, 361 assists) over the past four seasons.

"There's some certain chemistry that you can see," Hitchcock said. "The next dynamic is to trust your work and it's a group that's learning to trust its work rather than skill. When they do that, they have a chance to be very dynamic."

In Net
Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi both won 25 regular-season games during the 2015-16 season, but the Stars last season had a 3.17 goals-against average that ranked 29th in the NHL. Lehtonen is Bishop's primary backup and Niemi is in Pittsburgh after Dallas bought out the final year of his contract.

Make His Mark
Forward Mattias Janmark missed all of last season because of an unusual knee injury, a joint disorder in which the bone underneath the cartilage dies because of reduced blood flow. Nill has said the Stars missed Janmark "as much as anyone last season." The 24-year-old Janmark had 15 goals and 14 assists as an NHL rookie in 2015-16.

Hitch Marks
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. Hitchcock later coached the Philadelphia Flyers (2002-06), Columbus Blue Jackets (2006-10) and St. Louis (2011-17). The Blues made the playoffs five times under the 65-year-old Hitchcock, who was fired Feb. 1, cutting short what was already going to be his last season in St. Louis. With 781 regular-season victories, he is one shy of tying for third on the all-time list.

Never Really a Knight
Methot said he never planned to leave Ottawa, but after five seasons with the Senators was selected by Vegas in the expansion draft. The Golden Knights then traded him to the Stars for a goaltender drafted in June and a second-round pick in 2020.

"I'm really happy to end up in Dallas," Methot said. "The management has done a nice job building a team that can win now."

Last Season
34-37-11, 79 points. Sixth in Central Division.

Added
F Alexander Radulov, G Ben Bishop, D Marc Methot, C Martin Hanzal.

Lost
G Antti Niemi, F Patrick Sharp, F Alex Hemsky, C Cody Eakin

Player to Watch
Ben Bishop. The 6-foot-7 goalie with Stanley Cup Final experience signed a six-year, $29.5 million deal with the Stars, whose two-goalie system faltered last season in missing the playoffs after working so well in 2015-16 when the Stars were the Western Conference's top team. The Stars had a 3.17 goals-against average last season that was 29th among 30 NHL teams. The Stars acquired Bishop's rights from Los Angeles, which had acquired him from Tampa Bay in a trade.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Lead Way With Major Moves in NHL Offseason]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:16:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ben-bishop-alexander-radulov.jpg

The Dallas Stars led the league in significant moves in the offseason, hoping to turn around a franchise that seemed to be headed in the right direction a year ago.

The team plummeted to a sixth-place finish last season in the Central Division a year after ending a decade-long division championship drought and earning top seeding in the Western Conference playoffs.

Dallas desperately needed to make changes and general manager Jim Nill delivered.

Nill began the reshaping project in April by bringing back coach Ken Hitchcock, who guided the franchise to its only Stanley Cup championship in 1999. A month later, Nill acquired the rights to Ben Bishop from the Los Angeles Kings for a fourth-round pick and gave the goaltender a $29.5 million, six-year deal to deal to address a glaring need.

To help the other end of the ice, the Stars signed high-scoring winger Alexander Radulov in July.

"We think this offseason has taken us to being a full-fledged Stanley Cup contender," Stars president Jim Lites told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Hitchcock certainly knows what it takes to win. He's getting another shot to prove it after losing his job during what was scheduled to be his final season before retirement. The St. Louis Blues fired him 50 games into last season, with a winning record, and he was thrilled to have another opportunity to end his career on his terms in a return to Dallas.

And, it helps that he's taking over a team built to win.

"We had a lot of discussions about the types of players and positions we needed," Hitchcock said in a telephone interview. "We found what we were looking for, especially with some highly competitive guys."

In addition to Bishop and Radulov, the Stars acquired 32-year-old defenseman Marc Methot, signed center Martin Hanzal  and retained center Radek Faksa. They also had some good fortune in the draft lottery, moving up to third from eighth and using the selection to take defenseman Miro Heiskanen and trading up to take goaltender Jake Oettinger No. 26 overall to groom Bishop's replacement.

"We've really transformed our franchise," Lites said.

Here's a look at some other major moves this offseason in the NHL:

Trade Winds
The Chicago Blackhawks, coming off the wrong end of a first-round sweep, shook up their roster dealing Artemi Panarin in a trade with Columbus to bring back Brandon Saad. While it was jarring at first glance to see Chicago give up the 2015 rookie of the year, it was a move the franchise wanted to make to reunite with a 24-year-old winger.

"We've always said we wanted to get him back here at some point," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said.

Coaching Changes
While Hitchcock has won 781 NHL games, a win away from tying Hall of Famer Al Arbour for third all-time, some new coaches are making their debut this season. The Buffalo Sabres (Phil Housley), Florida Panthers (Bob Boughner) and Vancouver Canucks (Travis Green) are all giving coaches their first shot to lead a team in the league. The Los Angeles Kings extended another chance to John Stevens, a decade after he helped the Philadelphia Flyers reach the conference finals.

All In
The New York Rangers were able to sign the top player in free agency, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, in the hopes of contending for a Stanley Cup as they did in 2014 following playoff exits in the first or second round the past two years.

Staying on Top
The Nashville Predators are defending conference champions for the first time in franchise history. They hope to take the next step with forward Nick Bonino, a gritty forward who helped the Pittsburgh Penguins beat Nashville to hoist the Cup.

Keep One, Lose One
The San Jose Sharks were able to keep Joe Thornton, but they're without Patrick Marleau for the first time since 1996. He left for a $18.75 million, three-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs in free agency.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Make Cuts to Roster During 2017 Training Camp]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:58:53 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632801480.jpg

The Dallas Stars have cut seven players from their training camp roster, leaving 53 players.

The following players were part of the seven cut from the team today:

  • Shaw Boomhower
  • Brett Davis
  • Zachary Roberts
  • Jason Robertson
  • Tomas Soustal
  • Cole Tymkin
  • Ondrej Vala

The Dallas Stars started preseason play against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. Regular season play starts on Friday October 6 at home against the Vegas Golden Knights.



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<![CDATA[Stars Become Latest to Speak Out Against 'Bathroom Bill']]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 22:59:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-01.jpg

The Dallas Stars have officially come out in opposition of the proposed bathroom legislation currently up for debate in the Texas Legislature's Special Session, joining a long list of companies and government officials to speak out.

The Dallas Stars became the first major Texas sports franchise to formally oppose such legislation; however, NBCSports reported the Dallas Cowboys have been working behind the scenes to stop the bill as well, and the NBA's league office has already proven they will not stand behind similar bills.

The commissioner pulled last year's NBA All-Star game from Charlotte after the state of North Carolina passed its own bathroom bill, before later repealing it, in part, in due to pressure from big businesses.

Just two weeks ago, dozens of experts convened on the south steps of the Texas Capitol building to fight a bill that Austin Mayor Steve Adler called, "discriminatory, plain and simple."

Companies that employ hundreds of Texans have also spoken out; including IBM, which paid for full-page advertisements in major state newspapers and sent executives to the capital to lobby against the bill. Many fear the bill might stop big businesses from expanding their operations in Texas, halting growth in the country's second-largest state economy.

Proponents of the bill argue it protects women and children from potential predators, but several law enforcement officials and school administrators from around the state have called this a solution in search of a problem.

The opposition from activists, big businesses, economists, officials and now the Stars leave the bill's fate in doubt. The bill, which passed in the Senate, is still in committee in the House. No vote is currently scheduled, and it is uncertain whether there will be one, with just one week left in the state's special session.

NBC 5's Julie Fine reported Tuesday night that the Speaker of the House Joe Straus is hoping the bill does not get to the floor, but Gov. Greg Abbott still wants to get something passed.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Sign Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to 1-Year Deal]]>Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:17:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/458011402.jpg

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced Friday that the club has re-signed defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to a one-year, $964,688 contract.

Oleksiak, who scored seven points for the Stars last season, appeared in 41 regular season games. Oleksiak, the 24-year-old Canadian, was the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. He has played in 119 regular season contests since 2012.

Oleksiak has played internationally for both Canada and the United States.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars to Host 2018 NHL Draft]]>Sat, 29 Jul 2017 22:59:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-502308802.jpg

The Dallas Stars will host the 2018 NHL Draft next June at the American Airlines Center.

The announcement was made by the NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly during a Reunion Lawn Party on Saturday.

“It’s amazing I can’t believe they’re bringing the draft here to Dallas. It’s going to be phenomenal for our city,” said fan Laura Stingfellow.

The draft will be held on June 22 and 23, 2018.

Mayor Mike Rawlings was also on hand for the announcement saying "The city will roll out the red carpet for everyone involved in the draft."

Saturdays Reunion Lawn Party was the kick off to the Dallas Stars 25th season.

“It’s a tough event to get and so we’re very proud because it makes for tens of millions of dollars in economic development,” said Rawlings. “It makes a community come together and have fun. 6,000 rooms are going to be booked by executives and it’s not just a few people from these organizations. They bring their whole teams down here.”



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<![CDATA[Heiskanen Hits the Ice at Stars Development Camp]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:51:51 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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[Stars Re-sign Radek Faksa to $6.6 Million, 3-Year Deal]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:21:52 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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.

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<![CDATA[The Latest on the First Day of NHL Free Agency]]>Sat, 01 Jul 2017 16:59:13 -0500https://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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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.

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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Why Ken Hitchcock is the Correct Hire for the Stars]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:47:47 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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 -0500https://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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