Stars forward Antoine Roussel came into Thursday’s game ranked second in the NHL in penalty minutes with 138. He added 20 more in the game, including a five minute major for charging and a game misconduct after he ran into Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin in the third period.
It happened as Roussel drove the Carolina net with the puck.
“I tried to get to the net, get position on the D and get a move going. I didn’t have time to do it. He (Carolina defenseman John-Michael Liles) pushed me into the goalie. I knew something was wrong,” said Roussel.
Khudobin was shaken up on the play, but stayed in the game.
“I haven’t looked at the replay. It was a pretty severe collision. I know he got bumped,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “I think he had his head down at the time, you’ve got to make an effort –even when you are bumped – and I know he got knocked off balance, you’ve got to try your best not to make contact. He was coming in full speed and he was thinking score. I don’t know if he knew the guy was there that was going to bump him.”
Roussel also picked up a fighting major as well after Carolina’s Ron Hainsey went after him for the hit on Khudobin.
*The Stars are 7-1-2 over their last ten games and have outscored their opposition 31-13.
*The Stars scored two shorthanded goals in Thursday’s game, marking the first time since March 16, 2010 that Dallas has recorded two shorthanded tallies in a single game. Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow scored the two goals in an 8-2 win over San Jose.
*The Stars were 0-7 on the power play and 5-5 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars outshot the Hurricanes 33-30.
*The Stars have scored seven shorthanded goals this season, third most in the NHL.
*Tyler Seguin led the Stars with six shots on goal.
*The Stars blocked 18 shots Thursday. Alex Goligoski led the Stars with five blocked shots. Trevor Daley had four.
*The Stars won 28 of 55 (51 percent) of faceoffs. Shawn Horcoff won five of six. Rich Peverley won five of eight. Jamie Benn won five of nine. Cody Eakin won six of 11. Seguin won one of eight.
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
Kevin Connauton – Sergei Gonchar
Scratched: Aaron Rome
Injured: Stephane Robidas (leg)
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