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Garbutt Will Have Player Safety Hearing

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for kneeing Edmonton’s Taylor Hall in Tuesday night’s game at American Airlines Center.

The play happened in the third period as Hall was carrying the puck in the neutral zone. Garbutt was given a tripping minor on the play.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff talked about the play Wednesday before the league announced the hearing. He was not happy with Garbutt taking the penalty because it put the Oilers on the power play with the Stars clinging to a 3-2 lead in the game.

“[I talked to him] again,” Ruff said. “It’s something we are trying really hard to work through. It’s something he really has a tough time with. We had a tough time with it last year. I thought we were making some headway, but I feel like I am losing some ground again. We had a great discussion the day before yesterday about penalties and at a tough time in a game like that we take a penalty that could have cost us dearly.

“He sat out the next shift and I talked to him. It’s important I get to him, and he controls those emotions. You see a lot of players in different sports where it is part of their makeup. As coaches, you continue to try and try and try.”

Hall wasn’t injured on the play. The Oilers took the diplomatic route after the game.

“Like always the guys that look at the game there in Toronto or New York, they’re all over that stuff. If it deserves more, he’ll get more and if he doesn’t deserve more, then he won’t,” said Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins. “I never have much to say about those because the league always looks at them.”

The league did take a look and will talk to Garbutt on Thursday.

Jamie Benn, Lehtonen, Goligoski sit out practice

The Dallas Stars practiced before a good crowd at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Farmers Branch Wednesday morning. But the Stars were missing a few players. Captain Jamie Benn, goaltender Kari Lehtonen and defenseman Alex Goligoski did not practice.

“Goose was sick,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “We don’t know how long that will last. The good news is we have a couple days. He wasn’t feeling real good yesterday but played.”

It was a maintenance day for both Benn and Lehtonen.

“Those two are kind of maintenance,” said Ruff. “They are nicked up a little bit.”

Seguin shooting, scoring

With his two goals Tuesday night, Stars forward Tyler Seguin has now scored 10 goals in his last nine games and has 17 in 22 games for the season. He leads the NHL in goal scoring and is on a pace for a 63-goal season.

“I think my teammates and linemates have been setting me up well. We’ve been moving guys around a lot, and things have been clicking,” Seguin said. “I feel like I have been shooting the puck more than in previous years. I have been doing more of a shoot-first mentality than always trying to pass. It’s been working out as of late, but it’s a long season.”

Ruff is on board with that shoot-first mentality.

“He is shooting the puck more. I love guys shooting the puck,” Ruff said. “I have a hard time when somebody says to me that I am more of a passer, and you’re not scoring. I want you to shoot it. When you get in that key area, shoot it. Give yourself a chance. We can use the [John] Klingberg goal (Tuesday night). He shot a waffling puck from center ice, and you see some crappy goals go in. You look at Patty Eaves’ goal in New Jersey. Quick shot from a tough angle where goalie wasn’t ready, and it will eventually find a hole. I’d like more guys to do it. We hang on sometimes and look for better plays, but on Tyler’s (second goal Tuesday) he came down slot, took one step and shot it. There wasn’t much to shoot at, but he found a hole.”

Thanksgiving practice

The Stars will practice Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the team’s practice facility in Frisco. The session is open to the public.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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