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Stars fall to Blues, 4-1

Spezza gives Stars early lead, but Blues rally for win

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars are now 1-2-0 in preseason play after falling 4-1 to the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center Friday night.

Jason Spezza scored the lone goal for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen got the start in goal and went the distance, stopping 18 of 22 shots. Special teams were key in the game. St. Louis was 3-5 on the power play, and the Stars were 1-7 with the man-advantage.  

Spezza gave the Stars a 1-0 lead at 8:49 with a power-play goal at 8:49 of the first period, scoring on the rebound of his own wrap-around attempt. The Blues drew even by cashing in on a power play late in the first. Colton Parayko scored on a blast from the top of the right circle with 1:02 remaining in the period.

Video: Spezza on line mates and special teams

The Blues grabbed a 3-1 lead with two goals in 55 seconds midway through the second period. Jordan Schmaltz scored from the right circle with the Blues on the power play at the 9:24 mark. Less than a minute later, Ty Rattie stole the puck in the Dallas end, drove the net and Dmitrij Jaskin scored on the rebound at 10:19 of the second and the Blues had a two-goal lead.

Petteri Lindbohm scored St. Louis' third power-play goal of the night at 12:22 of the third period to make it a 4-1 game.

The Stars practice in Frisco Saturday and then play the Florida Panthers Sunday afternoon in London, Ontario.

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*The Stars outshot the Blues 24-22 and had a 41-33 advantage in shot attempts.

*There were only 26 shots on goal during five-on-five play, 14 by the Stars and 12 by the Blues. 

*Patrick Sharp led the Stars with six shots on goal. Jason Spezza was next with four shots on goal.

*The Stars won 27 of 61 faceoffs (44 percent).

*Jason Spezza won 16 of 29 faceoffs (55 percent). Justin Dowling won 4 of 15 (27 percent). Adam Cracknell won 3 of 7 (43 percent). Gemel Smith won 3 of 8 (38 percent).

*John Klingberg led the Stars with 24:35 of ice time, including 9:54 on the power play. Stephen Johns was next in ice time with 20:20, including 3:38 on the penalty kill.

Stars Lineup

Jiri Hudler - Jason Spezza - Patrick Sharp
Brandon DeFazio - Justin Dowling - Patrick Eaves
Remi Elie - Adam Cracknell - Brett Ritchie
Curtis McKenzie - Gemel Smith - Brendan Ranford

Dan Hamhuis - John Klingberg
Jamie Oleksiak - Stephen Johns
Mattias Backman - Julius Honka

Kari Lehtonen
Maxime Lagace

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