Stars defenseman Jordie Benn said he leaned on experience when taking the first penalty shot of his NHL career Tuesday night. It paid off as Benn cashed in on the opportunity to round out the scoring in the Stars’ 4-0 victory over Minnesota.
“[My last penalty shot was] probably my second or third year in the minors and I did that exact move, and it worked,” Benn said. “It’s the only one I have, so I thought I would try it again.”
Benn came in on Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper, froze him by faking a shot and then put the puck past him.
Stars captain Jamie Benn was asked to break down his brother’s goal.
“I pretty much taught him everything he knows,” Jamie joked with the media after the game. “I guess I’ll give him a little bit of credit. He made a pretty good move there. He’s got some pretty soft hands and a little bit of patience. I’ve seen him before, but it’s probably the first time our fans have seen that.”
Jamie was apparently taking some credit for the goal on the ice as well.
“He came down the bench, gave me a tap and said, ‘You’re welcome. I taught you that one.’ He didn’t teach me that one. He’s taught me a lot, but not that one,” said Jordie.
Stars coach Lindy Ruff put in his two cents as well, saying that the coaching staff has considered using Jordie in shootouts and that he might be able to teach brother Jamie a thing or two.
“We’ve watched him in practice and he’s a guy that can sell a pretty good move. He’s been in consideration for us to start using him [in shootouts] a little bit more,” said Ruff. “I think that’s the move that Jordie needs to teach Jamie. I’ m being serious. We see it in practice, he does have a couple excellent moves for a defensemen.”
Nichushkin returns to lineup
Stars rookie forward Valeri Nichushkin returned to the lineup after sitting out the last two games as a healthy scratch. Nichushkin played on the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, registering no points, no shots and two hits in 13:46 of playing time.
“I liked his energy,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said of Nichushkin. “I thought he skated well again. He was in on some nice plays. He looked stronger, he looked more like himself, which was good to see.”
*Kari Lehtonen recorded his second shutout of the season and the 24th of his NHL career.
*The Stars have scored a power play goal in five straight games and are 6-19 (31.6 percent) during that stretch.
*The Stars are 8-8 on the penalty kill over the last three games.
*Vernon Fiddler’s goal Tuesday night was his first since his penalty shot tally vs. Boston on Nov. 5.
*Jordie Benn’s penalty shot was the Stars’ seventh of the season, tying an NHL record for penalty shots in a season. With Benn’s goal, the Stars are 4-7 penalty shots in 2013-14.
*The Stars outshot the Wild 36-18 in the game and had a 72-44 advantage in shots directed towards the net.
*The Stars won 36 of 58 (62 percent of faceoffs Tuesday. Jamie Benn won 7 of 9. Tyler Seguin won 9 of 13. Cody Eakin won 8 of 12. Shawn Horcoff won 5 of 7.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Ray Whitney – Vernon Fiddler – Erik Cole
Shawn Horcoff – Rich Peverley – Alex Chiasson
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Brenden Dillon
Aaron Rome – Sergei Gonchar
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