Stars coach Lindy Ruff indicated he could make a change to the Stars defense for Sunday’s game, but in the end he kept things the same for the most part.
He skated Kevin Connauton, who has yet to play this season, in the pregame warm-ups, but then decided to go with the same six defensemen he has used all season.
He did juggle his defensive pairs during the game. He left the Brenden Dillon-Stephane Robidas pair intact, but he broke up his other two pairs. He played Trevor Daley with Alex Goligoski and he had Jordie Benn partnered with Sergei Gonchar.
Dillon (22:54) and Robidas (21:31) led the Stars in ice time for the game.
Garbutt knocks Penner out of game
Ducks forward Dustin Penner left the game in the second period after he was hit high by Stars forward Ryan Garbutt. Penner, who was down on the ice for a while, had to be helped to the dressing room and did not return.
"It was tough seeing him groggy getting up," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "You always worry about your players when they’re knocked out, or close to being knocked out, but he seems fine."
There was no penalty on the play. Garbutt was asked about the hit after the game, but had little to say.
“I haven’t seen the hit,” he said.
*The Stars were outshot 47-36 in the game.
*The Stars were 1-4 on the power play and gave up one shorthanded goal.
*The Stars were 3-5 on the penalty kill.
*Shawn Horcoff and Ryan Garbutt scored their first goals of the season for the Stars.
*Valeri Nichushkin picked up his first NHL point, assisting on Brenden Dillon’s first period goal.
*The Stars won 42 of 74 (57 percent) of faceoffs in the game. Cody Eakin won 13 of 20 (65 percent) of his draws.
*Stars center Tyler Seguin had his six game points streak snapped.
*Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski was a minus-three in the game and is now minus-ten on the season.
*Stars captain Jamie Benn dropped the gloves with Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin late in the game. Beauchemin had leveled Stars center Vernon Fiddler earlier in the period with a big hit.
*Antoine Roussel’s fight streak ended at two games, but he did pick up a double minor for roughing when he and Corey Perry went at it in the second period.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Rich Peverley
Ray Whitney – Cody Eakin – Alex Chiasson
Valeri Nichushkin - Shawn Horcoff – Erik Cole
Antoine Roussel – Vernon Fiddler – Ryan Garbutt
Brenden Dillon – Stephane Robidas
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Sergei Gonchar
Jack Campbell (starter)
Scratched: Lane MacDermid, Kevin Connauton
Injured: Kari Lehtonen (lower body)
Conditioning assignment: Aaron Rome
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