The Dallas Stars are on a nice little run, winning five of their last seven games (5-1-1) and keeping pucks out of their net has been a big part of it. In all five of those wins the Stars have allowed one goal or fewer and in three of those games they’ve allowed no goals.
“It’s just working hard in your own end. The guys are coming to play every night, everyone is working hard and it’s fun to be a part of,” Stars forward Ryan Garbutt said after Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Phoenix. “If you’re winning games every night it doesn’t matter what the score is. You just come out and battle every night. If you are in those close games you have to battle even harder. It’s pretty easy when you have a goaltender like Kari Lehtonen in net.”
The Stars have allowed nine goals over the last seven games for an average of 1.29 per game. They’ve allowed just 23.7 shots per game during that stretch. And their team save percentage is .946 over the last seven games.
“I think we’ve been skating well. We’ve been wearing the other team down with our speed and tenacity. That’s what keeps us in the game every night and made us win tonight.”
-Stars forward Antoine Roussel on the Stars’ recent play
*The Stars are 5-1-1 over their last seven games.
*The Stars have allowed one goal or fewer in five of their last seven games and have allowed a total of nine goals during that stretch.
*The Stars won for the first time this season when registering 40 or more shots in a game. They are now 1-4-3 in those games.
*The Stars outshot the Coyotes 40-28. Tyler Seguin led the Stars with seven shots on goal.
*The Stars were 1-4 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars won 29 of 57 (51 percent) of faceoffs. Cody Eakin won 9 of 15. Jamie Benn won 6 of 10. Rich Peverley won 4 of 6. Vernon Fiddler won 8 of 16.
*Tyler Seguin ran his points streak to six games (three goals, seven assists).
*The Stars improved to 12-2-2 vs. the Pacific Division.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Erik Cole – Cody Eakin – Rich Peverley
Antoine Roussel – Vernon Fiddler – Ryan Garbutt
Ray Whitney – Shawn Horcoff – Alex Chiasson
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Brenden Dillon
Aaron Rome – Sergei Gonchar
Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Dustin Jeffrey
Injured: Stephane Robidas (leg)
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