The Stars got two defensemen back Monday night with both Trevor Daley and Sergei Gonchar returning to the lineup.
Daley returned after missing 14 games with a high-ankle sprain. He played 19:35 in the game, had three shots on goal and was a plus-one.
“I felt pretty good out there,” Daley said. “I tried to keep it as simple as possible, and felt pretty good physically.”
Gonchar was back after missing six games with concussion-like symptoms. He played 18:35, had one shot on goal and was a minus-two.
“It wasn’t that bad. Obviously the timing was off,” Gonchar said. “When you miss a few games your timing is off, gap is off. Have to work on it and be better next time.”
With Gonchar and Daley returning, Cameron Gaunce was a healthy scratch on defense. Aaron Rome also sat out with an upper body injury suffered in Saturday’s game against Detroit.
Quotable: Kari Lehtonen
“I don’t think the game changed too much (from the first period to the second). They had a couple of good chances in the first and I was able to make a couple of saves. They had similar chances in the second and they went in. As a goalie, that’s how I look at it. I don’t know or care about forechecks or backchecks or things like that. I try to react on their opportunities. It’s a long game. After a really good first period for myself, things really went bad the next two. Just need to keep working and believing in this group and myself.”
*The Stars have lost three games in a row for the first time this season.
*The seven goals against Monday were the most the Stars have allowed this season.
*The three power play goals allowed were the most the Stars have allowed in a game this season.
*The Stars were outshot 43-23 in the game.
*Valeri Nichushkin and Trevor Daley led the Stars with three shots each.
*The Stars won 27 of 72 (38 percent) of faceoffs. Cody Eakin won 8 of 17. Vernon Fiddler won 6 of 15. Rich Peverley won 5 of 14. Tyler Seguin won 4 of 10. Jamie Benn won 2 of 10.
*The Stars are now 6-6-1 vs. the Eastern Conference.
Jamie Benn –Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel - Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Erik Cole – Rich Peverley – Alex Chiasson
Shawn Horcoff – Vernon Fiddler – Ray Whitney
Alex Goligoski – Brenden Dillon
Kevin Connauton – Sergei Gonchar
Jordie Benn – Trevor Daley
Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Scratched: Cameron Gaunce, Dustin Jeffrey
Injured: Aaron Rome (upper body), Stephane Robidas (leg)
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