The second games of back-to-backs haven’t been kind to the Stars in recent seasons and they are off to a slow start in that department this season.
After Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss in Montreal, the Stars are now 0-3 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. They are 4-20-2 in those games dating back to 2011-12.
Even though they lost Tuesday night, Stars coach Lindy Ruff didn’t seem to have a problem with his team’s effort in this back-to-back.
“It was a tight game,” said Ruff. “We didn’t make the mistakes we’ve made in road games, didn’t give the opposition the opportunities. They got a bounce on their first (goal) and you’ve got to fight through those. The third period, we had four of five point blank (chances). If you don’t score, you don’t get anything.”
The Stars’ two previous losses in the second games of back-to-backs this season were a 5-1 loss at Minnesota and a 6-3 loss at Anaheim, where they blew a 3-1 lead and were outscored 5-0 over the final two periods.
Canadiens a tough nut to crack
The Canadiens blocked 28 shots in their 2-0 victory at Madison Square Garden Monday night. Tuesday night they blocked 29 of the 64 shots the Stars attempted on net. Sixteen of the 18 Montreal skaters in the game had at least one blocked shot. Defenseman Andrei Markov led the way with four. Markov and teammate Josh Gorges rank in the top ten in the NHL in blocked shots this season.
“It was a dream come true for me, being from here and being a fan growing up. It was a great experience. My legs were shaking for quite a bit there. I used that as motivation throughout the game, but it’s going to be a sour taste.”
-Stars forward Alex Chiasson, a Montreal native, after playing his first NHL game in Montreal
*Stars coach Lindy Ruff started Quebec natives Stephane Robidas and Alex Chiasson in Tuesday’s game. Antoine Roussel, who was born in France and grew up in Quebec, also started.
*The Stars outshot Montreal 27-24 in the game.
*Alex Chiasson led the Stars with five shots on goal. Sergei Gonchar had four.
*The Stars won 33 of 67 (49 percent) of faceoffs. Tyler Seguin won 10 of 17 (59 percent). Jamie Benn won 6 of 9 (67 percent). Cody Eakin won 5 of 15 (33 percent).
*The Stars were 0-1 on the power play and 3-3 on the penalty kill.
*Stars forward Antoine Roussel picked up his fourth fighting major of the season, dropping the gloves with Montreal defenseman Francois Bouillon in the first period.
*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen picked up a roughing minor after taking a shot at Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher, who was penalized for goaltender interference on the play.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Erik Cole
Ray Whitney – Cody Eakin – Alex Chiasson
Valeri Nichushkin – Shawn Horcoff – Rich Peverley
Lane MacDermid – Vernon Fiddler – Antoine Roussel
Brenden Dillon – Stephane Robidas
Trevor Daley – Sergei Gonchar
Alex Goligoski – Jordie Benn
Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Travis Morin
Suspended: Ryan Garbutt
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