Stars-Sharks Postgame Quotes

Here are some quotes following Friday’s Dallas Stars-San Jose Sharks game, which the Stars won 6-1. These quotes are provided by Dallas Stars PR.

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Stars-Sharks Postgame Quotes

Here are some quotes following Monday’s Dallas Stars-San Jose Sharks game, which the Stars won 1-0. These quotes are provided by Dallas Stars PR.

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Recap: Sharks 5, Stars 1

The Dallas Stars got off to a good start Sunday night in San Jose, but couldn’t take advantage of it and lost, 5-1, to the Sharks at SAP Center. The loss snapped a two-game road winning streak for the Stars, who fell for the seventh time in their last nine games away from home.

“They worked harder than us and obviously wanted it more,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “That showed on the scoreboard.”

The Stars rolled out a strong first period, controlling play for most of it, but found themselves down 2-1 after 20 minutes due to some excellent work by Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell at one end of the ice and the Sharks capitalizing on some great chances at the other end.

“You don’t put the puck in the net, and then you make a couple of mistakes that end up in the back of your net,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff.

After that, the Sharks controlled the rest of the game and tacked on three more goals. The Stars allowed their 11th shorthanded goal, most in the league this season. And the five goals against pushed their season total to 220, tied with Colorado for most in the league.

“It’s embarrassing,” Benn said. “It’s hard to put into words. If you are going to play like that and have those numbers, you are not going to get too far.”

“[The numbers] are just starting to pile up,” said Ruff. “You start to replace some of the veteran guys with the younger guys going in. I’ve got a job to do with the young D. I’ve got to get them to a better place. That is my responsibility. They are struggling in some areas, and I’ve got to show some patience. They can’t be scared to play, and at the same time they’ve got to grow.”

The Sharks chased Dallas starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen, from the game after scoring on three of their first eight shots. It was a league-leading 12th time this season the Stars have used two goaltenders in a game.

“It wasn’t the goals. I didn’t like the play where he could have stopped the puck behind the net,” Ruff said of pulling Lehtonen. “I want every play to mean something. It wasn’t his fault on the goals. The goals were point-blank, but every play means something in the game.”

Antti Niemi, who took over early in the second period, stopped 16 of 18 shots.

Remi Elie scored the lone goal for the Stars. It was Elie’s first NHL goal for the Stars, who fell to 27-31-10 on the season.

Joe Pavelski scored two goals, and Dell stopped 29 of 30 shots for the Sharks, who improved to 8-2-2 over their past 12 games.

“It took us a little bit to get going,” Pavelski said. “The first period we kind of hung in there and [Dell] made some big saves and kept it to the outside. We got a couple of goals out of it, too. The second period is where our game took off.”

The Stars had a 15-6 shots advantage in the first period but trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes. The Sharks opened the scoring at the 3:56 mark. Logan Couture pulled the puck free behind the Dallas net and set up Patrick Marleau, who scored from the bottom of the right circle to put the Sharks up 1-0. Dell kept it a 1-0 game with a big save on a good chance by Stars forward Ales Hemsky.

The Stars tied the game 1-1 at 12:54 of the first when Elie took a pass from Hemsky, drove the net and then scored on the rebound of his own shot for his first NHL goal. The Stars had a chance to take the lead, but Dell turned away a quality chance by Benn.

The Sharks took the lead late in the first when Pavelski scored from the bottom of the right circle with the Sharks on a two-on-one rush, making it a 2-1 game at the 17:14 mark.

The Sharks added two more goals in the second. Couture set up a wide open Joel Ward, who scored from the slot 2:46 into the period to make it a 3-1 game. That ended the night for Lehtonen, who was replaced by Niemi.

The Sharks extended the lead to 4-1 with a shorthanded goal. After Stars defenseman Esa Lindell fanned on a shot at the point, Pavelski jumped on the puck, broke in alone on goal and beat Niemi with a wrist shot at the 12:26 mark.

San Jose’s Chris Tierney scored 3:04 into the third period to make it a 5-1 game, and that’s the way it stayed.

Notes

*The Stars fell to 9-19-4 on the road this season.

*The Stars outshot the Sharks 30-26 and had a 62-47 advantage in shot attempts.

*Patrick Sharp led the Stars with four shots on goal. Esa Lindell, Brett Ritchie, Adam Cracknell, and Ales Hemsky all had six shot attempts.

*The Stars were 0-2 on the power play and 5-5 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars won 29 of 53 faceoffs (55 percent). Jason Spezza won seven of eight faceoffs.

*Esa Lindell led the Stars with 23:11 of ice time.

What’s Next

The Stars continue their four-game trip when they play at Edmonton on Tuesday. This will be the third and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Oilers. Both teams have won once in the season series. The Stars won 3-2 in Edmonton on Nov. 11, and the Oilers won 5-2 in Dallas on Nov. 19.

Stars Lineup

Jamie Benn – Jason Spezza – Tyler Seguin
Devin Shore – Radek Faksa – Patrick Sharp
Remi Elie – Cody Eakin – Ales Hemsky
Curtis McKenzie – Adam Cracknell – Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell – John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis – Stephen Johns
Jamie Oleksiak – Greg Pateryn

Kari Lehtonen
Antti Niemi

Scratched: Jiri Hudler, Patrik Nemeth
Injured: Antoine Roussel (hand), Mattias Janmark (knee)

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Stars-Senators Postgame Quotes

Here some quotes following Wednesday’s Dallas Stars-Ottawa Senators game, which the Senators won 5-2. These quotes are provided by Dallas Stars PR.

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Stars-Capitals Preview

Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals
Monday, March 6
6:30 p.m.
TV: NBCSN
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

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Stars-Panthers Preview

Dallas Stars at Florida Panthers
Saturday, March 4
6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

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Stars blow 3-1 lead, fall to Islanders; Roussel injured, could be out for season

The Dallas Stars ended their five-game homestand with a thud. The Stars blew a 3-1 lead and fell to the New York Islanders, 5-4, Thursday night at American Airlines Center.

“It hurts, it really hurts,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “There’s no excuse for the way we defended a couple of those goals.”

The Stars overcame an early 1-0 deficit and rallied to take a 3-1 lead. But the Islanders scored late in the second to get some momentum, and it carried over into the third, where New York scored three straight goals to take a 5-3 lead and control of the game.

“I thought we had a good start. I felt we were in control of the game and then they got one late in the second there. I felt like they just wanted it more than us,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn.

Benn scored two goals, and Radek Faksa and Jason Spezza also scored for the Stars, who fell to 25-29-10 on the season. Antti Niemi got the start in goal and allowed five goals on 33 shots.

Ryan Strome recorded one goal and two assists and Nick Leddy tallied one goal and one assist for the Islanders, who won for the fourth time in their past five games and improved to 30-22-10 on the season.

“In the third period we really clamped down, we played in their zone, and we did it consistently and got results,” Strome said. “Our third periods the last 20 games or so have been really good. A lot of calmness in our group. We knew if we’d get one, we’d get a couple. So it shows our leadership, our poise, and our team is growing.”

The Islanders opened the scoring midway through the first period. After New York goaltender Thomas Griess made a big save on a point-blank bid by Tyler Seguin, the Stars turned over the puck and Strome scored on a breakaway to put the Islanders up 1-0 at the 9:29 mark.

The Stars scored on the power play to tie the game with 7.4 seconds left in the first. After a great move to get to the net by Jason Spezza, Tyler Seguin gathered up the rebound and set up Benn, who scored from the slot to make it a 1-1 game heading into the first intermission.

The Stars took the lead at 7:33 of the second. Faksa evaded a hip check from Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield by jumping up and sliding along the boards, and then took a pass from Patrick Sharp and scored from about 15 out to put the Stars up 2-1.

“Their defense didn’t have interest to play the puck, just tried to hit me, so I just tried to jump around him, and I was sliding and just kept sliding,” Faksa said. “I somehow landed on my feet and scored a goal. It was a good feeling to score again, but too bad we didn’t win.”

A little less than three minutes later, the Stars had a 3-1 lead. John Klingberg made a great pass from the point to Spezza, who scored from the bottom of the left circle at the 10:14 mark.

The Islanders cut the lead to one at the 14:49 mark when Andrew Ladd scored during a scramble in front of Niemi to make it a 3-2 game and their rally was underway.

“It gave them momentum,” said Benn. “They came out in the third and got another break on their third goal. We sat back too much, and they came after us.”

New York tied the game 25 seconds into the third. Leddy shot wide from the point off the rush, the puck bounced off the end boards and then bounced in the net off Niemi’s skate to make it a 3-3 game. The Islanders then scored two goals in less than two minutes to take a 5-3 lead. Dennis Seidenberg scored on a shot from the left point to put the Islanders ahead 4-3 at the 7:46 mark and Nikolay Kulemin scored from close range at the 9:29 mark to extend the lead to two goals.

Benn cut the lead to 5-4 with 2:51 remaining in the third period, tallying on a backhand shot with the Stars shorthanded. But the Stars couldn’t get the equalizer and ended their homestand 3-2-0.

Notes: Roussel injured, will miss extended time perhaps rest of season

*The Stars lost forward Antoine Roussel to an upper-body injury and the news after the game wasn’t good. He is going to miss extended time, perhaps the rest of the season. Roussel didn’t play after blocking a Johnny Boychuk shot late in the first period.

“It’s not good news,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “I don’t have a time frame, but it’s going to be awhile. In all likelihood, the rest of the year.  That hurt us.”

*Ales Hemsky returned to the lineup for the first time since going out in late October due to hip surgery. He played 10:07 and had two shots on goal.

“As soon as we got him on the power play breakout, the speed was evident,” Ruff said. “He walked in and had a real good opportunity. He was hurting a little bit late. He got hit with a shot, and he’ll be evaluated for that tomorrow. I think that slowed him down a little bit.”

“Up and down,” Hemsky said. “The first wasn’t that bad. I thought I was skating pretty well. I took the blocked shot, and I was a little slower, but overall my legs felt pretty good. My hands are not there yet, but I’ll take it. I’m happy I can play. We will see next game.”

*Greg Pateryn, acquired Monday from Montreal, made his Stars debut. He played 14:57, picked up an assist and had three blocked shots.

“Okay,” Ruff said. “It’s tough in the first game. I’ll look at the game again, but I thought okay. Perhaps a little bit unsure of exactly what we want.”

*The Islanders outshot the Stars 33-25 and had a 69-55 advantage in shot attempts.

*The Stars were 1-1 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars won 29 of 56 faceoffs (52 percent). Jason Spezza won 12 of 17 faceoffs (71 percent).

*Esa Lindell led the Stars with 23:26 of ice time. John Klingberg was next with 23:13.

What’s Next

The Stars hit the road for two games, playing at Florida (Saturday) and Washington (Monday). Their next home game is Wednesday when they take on Ottawa.

Stars Lineup

Jamie Benn – Jason Spezza – Tyler Seguin
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Brett Ritchie
Curtis McKenzie – Radek Faksa – Patrick Sharp
Jiri Hudler – Devin Shore – Ales Hemsky

Esa Lindell – John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis – Stephen Johns
Jamie Oleksiak – Greg Pateryn

Antti Niemi
Kari Lehtonen

Scratched: Patrik Nemeth
Injured: Adam Cracknell (lower body), Mattias Janmark (knee)

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