Stars forward Ryan Garbutt is on a little roll in the points department. Garbutt, who had three points (one goal, two assists) in Tuesday’s win over Edmonton, now has five points (two goals, three assists) over the last three games.
“I’ve been trying to use my speed to create chances and I’ve been fortunate to get some bounces,” Garbutt said. “I’ve been playing with some good linemates and our whole team is working hard. Anytime I can help the team out it’s a bonus.”
Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Garbutt, who has been playing on a line with Antoine Roussel and Cody Eakin, may have played his best game of the season on Tuesday, and it came after Ruff gave Garbutt some direction prior to the game.
“Obviously he’s a difference maker, he’s an energy guy for us and it was nice to see him get rewarded because that line has worked hard, he’s worked real hard,” Ruff said. “I’m pushing him for a better level of discipline inside his game and he’s getting rewarded for it. I had a conversation with him again before the game tonight about some of the plays in the previous game that I didn’t like. I said ‘I just want you to improve in a couple of those areas’ and tonight I thought might have been one of his best games.”
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“Better. Better. We need them to be difference makers. I thought their energy was better, even the beginning of the third period, getting pucks deep and getting after them. They had a couple of great looks in the second period that they could have converted on. But for the most part, a lot better for us.”
*The Stars snapped a six-game losing streak and a three-game home losing streak.
*Ryan Garbutt matched a season high with three points (one goal, two assists). Garbutt has two multi-point games over the Stars’ last three contests.
*The Oilers outshot the Stars 33-30. Jamie Benn led the Stars with six shots on goal.
*The Stars were 1-1 on the power play and 1-2 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars won 28 of 52 (54 percent) faceoffs in the game. Vernon Fiddler won 7 of 11. Tyler Seguin won 8 of 14. Rich Peverley won 5 of 8. Cody Eakin won 4 of 12.
*The Stars are 10-2-2 vs. the Pacific Division.
*Stars forward Ray Whitney played in his 1,300th NHL game.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin –Erik Cole
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Ray Whitney – Vernon Fiddler – Alex Chiasson
Shawn Horcoff – Rich Peverley – Valeri Nichushkin
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Brenden Dillon – Jordie Benn
Kevin Connauton – Sergei Gonchar
Scratched: Dustin Jeffrey
Injured: Aaron Rome (lower body), Stephane Robidas (leg)
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