Stars hold off Canucks to win 6-3

October, 21, 2014
Oct 21

DALLAS -- Erik Cole scored two goals, Kari Lehtonen made 43 saves and the Dallas Stars held off the Vancouver Canucks 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Dallas scored five goals on only 12 shots against Vancouver starting goalie Ryan Miller to drive him from the game just 1:17 into the second period. He entered the game with a 3-0-0 record and 1.95 goals against average.

Cole gave the Stars leads of 2-0 in the first period and 6-1 in the second. It was his first two-goal game since last New Year's Eve.

Lehtonen 43 saves were a season high, and six off his career high. Vancouver outshot the Stars 46-28.

Ryan Garbutt, Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn each had a goal and an assist for Dallas, and Shawn Horcoff assisted on both of Cole's goals.

Radim Vrbata, Zack Kassian and Jannik Hansen scored for the Canucks.

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From the official NHL release:


NEW YORK (Oct. 20, 2014) – Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen and Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 19.


Seguin led the NHL with eight points (4-4—8) in three games to help the Stars earn five out of a possible six standings points. He opened the week by recording his fifth career hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Oct. 14. Seguin again tallied the decisive goal, this time with 2.9 seconds left in regulation, in a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Oct. 16. He then capped by the week by posting a career-high four assists in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 18. Since joining the Stars for the 2013-14 season, the 22-year-old Brampton, Ont., native leads the League with four hat tricks. The second overall selection by the Boston Bruins in the 2010 NHL Draft, Seguin has 97-116—213 in 288 career regular-season games.


Andersen went 4-0-0 with a 1.22 goals-against average, .955 save percentage and one shutout to help the Ducks extend their winning streak to five games. He made 11 saves in a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Oct. 13, 39 saves – plus another three in the shootout – in a 4-3 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 14 and 27 saves in a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild Oct. 17. Andersen then closed the week by recording his first NHL shutout, making 28 saves in a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues Oct. 19. With the win, Andersen improved to 25-5-0 in his NHL career (33 GP), joining Boston’s Ross Brooks (25-2-3; Oct. 25, 1972 – Feb. 28, 1974) as the only goaltenders in League history to win 25 (or more) of their first 30 decisions. The 25-year-old Herning, Denmark, native also maintained his perfect record in 2014-15, improving to 5-0-0 with a 1.38 goals-against average and .950 save percentage in five appearances.


Stamkos led the NHL with five goals and tied for second in the League with six points to power the Lightning to two victories in three starts. He began the week by scoring his eighth career hat trick (including the game-winning goal) and firing a career-high 12 shots on goal in a 7-1 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens Oct. 13. After being held off the scoresheet in a 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils Oct. 14, Stamkos posted 2-1—3, including the primary assist on Ryan Callahan’s tiebreaking marker, in a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Oct. 18. The 24-year-old Markham, Ont., native is tied for second in the League with five goals this season. Since the beginning of the 2009-10 campaign, his second in the NHL, no one has scored more goals than Stamkos’ 215.

Giroux scores in OT to lift Flyers past Stars, 6-5

October, 18, 2014
Oct 18

DALLAS -- Claude Giroux scored a power-play goal at 2:49 of overtime to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-5 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Andrew MacDonald, Jakub Voracek and Michael Raffl scored in regulation for the Flyers. Giroux's game-winner came 40 seconds after Dallas' Trevor Daley was penalized for hooking, and it was the Flyers' third power-play goal in the game.

Daley scored twice, Jason Spezza had a goal and three assists, Eric Cole and Jamie Benn also scored and Tyler Seguin had four assists for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves while dropping to 0-11-2 in his career against the Flyers.

The Stars led 4-2 heading to the third period, before MacDonald and Voracek scored to tie it with 5:46 left in regulation. Spezza regained Dallas' lead 40 seconds later, but Raffl tied it again with 3:53 remaining.

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Pascal Dupuis back skating

October, 17, 2014
Oct 17

PITTSBURGH -- Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis skated on Friday morning, barely 12 hours after being taken off the ice on a stretcher during a loss to Dallas.

Coach Mike Johnston says the 35-year-old forward "looked fine" while going through some conditioning work. Dupuis did not participate in practice but Johnston said there's a chance Dupuis could return to the lineup on Saturday night when the Penguins face the New York Islanders.

"All signs are real positive this morning," Johnston said.

Dupuis was cross-checked in front of the net by Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski in the second period Thursday night and hit in the neck or upper-back area by teammate Kris Letang's shot from the point while he was down. Dupuis got up on one knee before clutching his arm and lying back on the ice.

He complained of numbness in the arm but gave a thumbs up to the crowd as he was taken to the trainer's room and was able to meet with his teammates afterward.

"It's scary when you see that, you don't know what's happening," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "I saw him after the game and knew he was good. I'm happy to hear that obviously."

Dupuis has once goal and three assists in Pittsburgh's first four games. He missed the second half of the 2013-14 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee.

"You're thinking to yourself it's never good to see that but especially a guy who's been what he's been through lately," Crosby said.

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PITTSBURGH -- Tyler Seguin scored a power-play goal with 2.9 seconds remaining to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

Seguin's goal capped a furious comeback as Dallas scored twice in the final 2:57 to win its second straight and snap a six-game losing streak in Pittsburgh. Jamie Benn and Antoine Roussel also scored for the Stars, who won in Pittsburgh for the first time since Dec. 23, 2000.

Sidney Crosby had his fourth goal of the season and Chris Kunitz also scored -- both on power plays in the first 10 minutes of the game -- for the Penguins.

Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis left the game on a stretcher in the second period.

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Pascal Dupuis of Penguins injured

October, 16, 2014
Oct 16

PITTSBURGH -- Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis appears to be OK after leaving the ice on a stretcher in the second period of Pittsburgh's 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

Dupuis was cross-checked in front of the net by Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski and hit in the neck or upper-back area by Kris Letang's shot from the point while he was down.

Dupuis remained on his knees in discomfort and threw off his gloves, shaking his hands before play was stopped with 6:58 remaining in the period.

"He had some numbness in his arm and it was coming back, so that's a real positive sign, but I haven't heard anything more," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said.

Dupuis was tended to while on his back for several minutes and gave a 'thumbs-up' to the crowd while leaving the ice.

"You never want to see that happen," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "There was a lot of concern on both benches. We've been around some tough situations and that one scared us as much as it scared the Penguins."

Dallas scored two goals in the final 2:57, the game-winner from Tyler Seguin to carry the Stars to their second straight win.

"As difficult as it is, you have to go out and play," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "I don't think we let down necessarily because of that. They picked it up."

Dupuis tore the ACL in his right knee last December, costing him the final 43 games of the regular season. He had four points in the Penguins' opener last Thursday.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tyler Seguin scored three goals, including the tiebreaker with 7:44 left in the third, lifting the Dallas Stars a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night for their first win of the season.

Seguin redirected Jamie Benn's shot to give the Stars the lead then added an empty-netter.

Benn scored and three assists for the Stars, who matched their goal total while starting 0-1-1. Kari Lehtonen had 33 saves, including several in the closing minutes.

Ryan Johansen scored both goals for the Blue Jackets, who were trying to get to 3-0 for the first time in the franchise's 14 seasons. Jack Johnson added two assists and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots.

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John Buccigross and Barry Melrose count down the top three goals of the week from across the NHL.

Nystrom, Rinne lead Predators past Stars, 4-1

October, 11, 2014
Oct 11

The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eric Nystrom had a goal and two assists to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Shea Weber, Paul Gaustad, and Roman Josi also scored for Nashville and Pekka Rinne stopped 17 shots to help the Predators open the season with their second straight win.

Antoine Roussel scored for Dallas, and which has lost their first two.

Gaustad and Nystrom scored 1:21 apart midway through the third period to put the Predators ahead 3-1.

Gaustad to the tiebreaking goal at 8:33 on a wraparound from the right side. Then, with the teams skating 4-on-4, Nystrom took a cross-ice pass from Gaustad before lifting a backhand past Dallas goalie Anders Lindback from the right side.

Josi added an empty-netter with 3 seconds remaining.

Lindback finished with 29 saves.

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Perry, Fleury and their noteworthy numbers

October, 10, 2014
Oct 10
videoPenguins 6, Ducks 4
* Corey Perry (ANA): 6th career hat trick (2 PP goals); 1st since 2011-2012 season.
* Sidney Crosby (PIT); 2 goals; 57th career multi-goal game (3rd most in franchise history).
* Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT): 34th career win with 4 goals allowed; most among active players .
* From Elias: Perry is only the third NHL player in the last 33 years to produce a hat trick in a season-opening game that his team lost. The other players to do that since 1981 were Buffalo’s Alexander Mogilny in October 1992 (vs. Quebec) and Washington’s Mikhail Grabovski last year (at Chicago).

Rangers 3, Blues 2
* Rick Nash (NYR): 2 goals; 10th multi-goal game since 2012-13 (no other Ranger has more than 4).
* From Elias: Rick Nash snapped a 2-2 tie with 1:50 left to play in regulation time by scoring his second goal of the game. The Rangers scored only two tiebreaking goals in the final two minutes of a third period all last season, and both of those late go-ahead goals were scored by Nash: on January 10 against Dallas (18:02) and April 10 against Buffalo (18:18).

Blackhawks 3, Stars 2
* Blackhawks: 9-1-0 in last 10 games vs Dallas (7-0-0 in Dallas).
* From Elias: Corey Crawford made 32 saves and stopped all three shots he faced in a shootout. Crawford has now won his last six games in Dallas dating back to March 2012, and he held the Stars to only one or two goals in each game while fashioning a 1.45 goals-against average

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford comments on the team's 3-2 victory over the Stars.