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Stars Down Blues, Improve to 3-1-0 in Preseason

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars improved to 3-1-0 in preseason play, defeating the St. Louis Blues, 4-2, at Sprint Center in Kansas City Saturday night.

The Stars fell behind early but then rattled off three straight goals to build a 3-1 lead a little more than midway through the game.

“It was a hard game. I thought the compete level in the game was real good,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “It was physical. It was hard down low. I thought we did a lot of good things in the game.”

Kevin Connauton and Travis Morin each had one goal and one assist for the Stars. Branden Troock and Derek Meech also scored. Tyler Seguin picked up two assists. Jamie Benn, Curtis McKenzie and Jamie Oleksiak also chipped in with one assist each.

“We played pretty well. We had a little lull in the first where we let them get on us a little bit, but we responded after they scored there. That was huge for us,” said Morin. “I think we tried to play a tight game the whole way and we capitalized on some opportunities on the power play.”

The Stars officially were 1-8 on the power play, but they scored just one second after one power play expired and 12 seconds after another one had lapsed. The Stars were 5-5 on the penalty kill.

Anders Lindback went the distance in goal, stopping 27 of 29 shots.

“I thought he was excellent,” Ruff said. “He made a real good save with about two minutes left in a 4-2 game. I thought his puck handling really helped us at times, especially on special teams.”

The Blues took a 1-0 lead 3:50 into the game on a goal by Robby Fabbri. The Stars answered less than a minute later when Troock scored on an odd-man rush to tie the game at 1-1.

Stars forward Antoine Roussel picked up an instigator and a 10-minute misconduct eight minutes into the game after dropping the gloves with Blues forward Steve Ott, who had put a big hit on Dallas forward Matej Stransky.

The Stars took advantage of a couple of power plays in the second period to build a 3-1 lead. Morin tallied one second after a Dallas power play expired to put the Stars up 2-1 at the 3:56 mark of the period. Meech then scored eight seconds into a power play opportunity to put the Stars up 3-1 at the 12:13 mark.

The Blues answered less than two minutes after the Meech goal when Paul Stastny tallied off a backhand shot to make it a 3-2 game at 13:42 of the second.

The Stars couldn’t take advantage of a five-on three power play early in the third. But 12 seconds after the second penalty expired, Connauton scored to give the Stars a 4-2 lead at the 3:47 mark.

Lindback and the Stars made sure that lead held up the rest of the way.

Notes

*Since the game was played at a neutral site in Kansas City, the statistics kept were limited. As a result, numbers relating to faceoffs, individual shots on goal, ice time and other statistics were not available.

*The Blues outshot the Stars 29-25 in the game.

*The Stars were 1-8 on the power play and 5-5 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars practice Sunday morning at 11:00 in Frisco.

*The next preseason game is Monday, when the Stars host Florida at American Airlines Center.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinErik Cole
Curtis McKenzieTravis MorinPatrick Eaves
Antoine RousselRadek FaksaMatej Stransky
Derek Hulak – Justin DowlingBranden Troock

Alex GoligoskiJyrki Jokipakka
Patrik NemethKevin Connauton
Derek Meech – Jamie Oleksiak

Anders Lindback
Jussi Rynnas

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