Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he wanted to get Dan Ellis a start soon, and that start came Tuesday night against the Ducks. Ellis said he found out he was in goal just prior to the game.
“I found out shortly before the game, last minute decision that caused a change,” Ellis said. “That’s just one of those things you’ve got to be ready, I guess, every day.”
Asked about the decision to go with Ellis on Tuesday night, Ruff kept the explanation short.
“I just decided he needed to play. That’s it,” Ruff said.
It worked out well for Ellis and the Stars. Ellis stopped 28 of 31 shots in the Stars’ 6-3 victory over the Ducks. It was Ellis’ first start since October 19.
“It was good,” Ellis said. “I hadn’t had a start in a little while, so to get in there and have a chance to contribute, help us win after a couple of losses and play against my old team for the first time, there were a lot of good things there. It takes a little while to get your flow and your rhythm when you’ve been out a while, you’re just battling. We battled and the guys contributed enough on the scoreboard that we got the win.”
*The Dallas Stars scored five goals in the third period Tuesday night, marking the first time since Feb. 6, 2009 vs. the New York Rangers (six goals in the third period) that the club scored five or more goals in a single period.
*The Stars scored three goals in a span of 53-seconds in game. That is the fastest three goals scored in that span for the team since Oct. 14, 1995 when Dallas scored three times in 44-seconds against Boston.
*Ryan Garbutt registered a career-high three points (one goal, two assists) in Tuesday’s game.
*Antoine Roussel scored a career-high two goals in the game.
*The Stars improved to 4-3-2 at home.
*The Stars improved to 2-6-1 against teams that currently qualify for the playoffs in the Western Conference.
*The Stars outshot the Ducks 33-31. Brenden Dillon, Jamie Benn and Alex Goligoski led the Stars with four shots each.
The Stars won 41 of 67 (61 percent) of faceoffs. Vernon Fiddler won 12 of 17. Cody Eakin won 9 of 14. Jamie Benn won 8 of 11.
*The Stars were 0-3 on the power play and 1-2 on the penalty kill.
*Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar played in his 1,200th NHL game Tuesday.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Ray Whitney – Cody Eakin – Alex Chiasson
Erik Cole – Shawn Horcoff – Rich Peverley
Antoine Roussel – Vernon Fiddler – Ryan Garbutt
Brenden Dillon – Stephane Robidas
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Sergei Gonchar
Dan Ellis (starter)
Scratched: Dustin Jeffrey; Kevin Connauton; Aaron Rome
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