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Gonchar Leaves Game After Taking Puck to Face

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars have lost yet another defenseman. Sergei Gonchar left Saturday night’s game in San Jose after getting hit in the head with a puck.

It happened 12 minutes into the second period. As Gonchar was trying to clear Sharks forward Joe Pavelski from the front of the net, a shot from San Jose defenseman Justin Braun hit Gonchar in the head. The Stars defenseman left the game and did not return.

“He’s alright,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “He just took that puck to the face and isn’t feeling well, so he has to stay out for a while probably.”

With Gonchar out for the night, the Stars had to go with five defenseman for almost half the game. Brenden Dillon logged 32:15 of ice time and Alex Goligoski played 31:58.

The Stars are already missing Stephane Robidas (leg), Trevor Daley (ankle) and Aaron Rome (lower body). Robidas is out for several months and Daley is expected to be out for several weeks.

The Stars do have an extra defenseman on the roster in Maxime Fortunus, who was signed to a one-year contract and added to the roster earlier in the week.

Quotable: Lindy Ruff

"I think we could have won it in the second. Just put the game away. We had them right where we wanted them and we probably had five or six Grade-A opportunities to get the third one. I think it's going to be tough to make that battle and we didn't quite put the foot on the head of the snake."


*The Stars are now 4-6 in games that have gone beyond regulation. They are 3-4 in shootouts and 1-2 in four-on-four overtime.

*The Stars are 2-3-2 in their last seven road games.

*The Stars are 7-2-2 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The 46 shots on goal were the second highest total for the Stars this season.

*The Stars are 0-2-3 when registering 40 shots or more on goal this season.

*Antoine Roussel and Ray Whitney led the Stars with six shots each.

*Whitney has three goals in the last four games.

*The Stars were 3-3 on the penalty kill and 0-2 on the power play.

*The Stars won 33 of 59 (56 percent) of faceoffs. Rich Peverley won 11 of 17. Cody Eakin won 8 of 13.

*Stars center Vernon Fiddler returned to the lineup after missing six games with an upper body injury.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Antoine RousselCody EakinAlex Chiasson
Erik ColeRich PeverleyColton Sceviour
Shawn HorcoffVernon FiddlerRay Whitney

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon
Jordie BennSergei Gonchar
Kevin ConnautonCameron Gaunce

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

Scratched: Ryan Garbutt, Dustin Jeffrey, Maxime Fortunus

Injured: Aaron Rome (lower body), Trevor Daley (ankle), Stephane Robidas (leg)

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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