The Dallas Stars were already without four defensemen due to injury for Monday night’s game in Los Angeles, and the last thing they needed was another injury on the blue line.
They got a scare in the first period when defenseman Brenden Dillon went down after a hit from Kings forward Dwight King.
“I wanted to cry,” Stars forward Tyler Seguin said about seeing Dillon go down.
Dillon struggled to get to the bench, headed down the tunnel but was back on the ice a few minutes later and finished the game. He played a team-high 25:32.
“We weren’t sure what it was, but it was nice to see him come back into the game,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn.
“Maybe a little bit of a charley horse, but he was able to get through it and he played well the rest of the night,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff.
Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar sat out Monday’s game due to concussion-like symptoms. He was injured in Saturday’s game in San Jose when he was hit in the head by a puck.
“He’ll be re-evaluated when he gets back,” said Ruff. “It is maybe a five to seven day window. You don’t know with concussions or symptoms. As soon as they’re gone, you start exercising and get going.”
*The Stars are 11-8-2 on the road, including 9-3-2 over the last 14 games away from American Airlines Center.
*The Stars are 8-2-2 vs. the Pacific Division.
*Stars center Tyler Seguin has ten points (four goals, six assists) over the last six games.
*Stars captain Jamie Benn has four goals over the last six games.
*Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin has three goals over the last six games.
*Kings goaltender Martin Jones was touched up for more than two goals for the first time in nine NHL starts.
*The Kings allowed more than two goals for only the second time in the last 23 games.
*The Kings outshot the Stars 32-23.
*Nichushkin and Cody Eakin led the Stars with four shots on goal each.
*The Stars were 1-4 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars won 24 of 51 (47 percent) of faceoffs. Vernon Fiddler won 6 of 9. Eakin won 7 of 14. Rich Peverley won 5 of 11.
*Stars forward Alex Chiasson missed Monday’s game due to illness.
*Kings captain Dustin Brown missed Monday’s game due to illness.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Erik Cole – Rich Peverley – Colton Sceviour
Shawn Horcoff – Vernon Fiddler – Ray Whitney
Alex Goligoski – Brenden Dillon
Jordie Benn – Maxime Fortunus
Kevin Connauton – Cameron Gaunce
Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Injured: Alex Chiasson (illness), Sergei Gonchar (concussion-like symptoms), Aaron Rome (lower body), Trevor Daley (lower body), Stephane Robidas (leg)
Scratched: Dustin Jeffrey
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