Stars center Cody Eakin left Thursday’s game early in the third period after taking a hit to the head from Maple Leafs forward Colton Orr. Eakin did not return to the game, but Stars coach Lindy Ruff said early indications were that Eakin would be fine.
“I think he’s going to be okay,” Ruff said. “We’ll see tomorrow.”
Orr’s shoulder appeared to catch Eakin in the head. Orr was not penalized for the hit, but he was given a ten-minute misconduct during a scrum that came after the play.
“I watched the hit and I feel from the angle I saw that primary contact was to the head,” Ruff said. “I don’t think he got his elbow up but I think his shoulder went right into Eakin’s head. It’s the type of play we’re trying to remove from the game.”
Quotable: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on what he says on the bench during a game like this
“Well, there’s a lot of things I say under my breath, but it’s not really something that you’d want to print or hear for the public to hear it. It gets past a point of mad and frustration. It just gets to a point of disappointment and what the heck is going on? Those are the things that bring you back to earth in a hurry. This is the thud.”
*The seven goals scored Thursday matched the Stars’ season-high. They also scored seven at Calgary on Nov. 14.
*The Stars have scored on the power play in six straight games and are 7-21 (33.3 percent) during that stretch.
*The Stars are 11-11 on the penalty kill over the last four games.
*The Stars outshot Toronto 28-25. Jamie Benn and Rich Peverley led the Stars with four shots each.
*The Stars won 34 of 59 (58 percent) of faceoffs. Jamie Benn won 6 of 7. Rich Peverley won 6 of 8. Tyler Seguin won 6 of 10. Vernon Fiddler won 10 of 18.
*Jamie Benn’s goal on Thursday was the 100th of his NHL career.
*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen won his 200th career game.
*Stars forward Erik Cole played in his 800th NHL game Thursday.
*Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon played in his 100th NHL game.
*Stars forward Ryan Garbutt played in his 100th NHL Game.
*In Thursday’s game, the Stars scored a power play goal, a shorthanded goal, a goal at four-on-four and a goal at even strength. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time Dallas scored goals in each of these situations in a single game was Feb. 2, 1998 in a 5-1 win at Toronto.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Erik Cole – Vernon Fiddler –Ray Whitney
Rich Peverley – Shawn Horcoff – Alex Chiasson
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Brenden Dillon – Jordie Benn
Aaron Rome – Sergei Gonchar
Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Dustin Jeffrey
Injured: Stephane Robidas (leg)
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