The Dallas Stars power play scored Sunday evening, snapping a 0-18 drought on the team’s five-game road trip.
Tyler Seguin tallied on the team’s third power play chance of the night to give the Stars a 2-0 lead early in the second period. The Stars were 1-6 on the power play in the game and had 10 power play shots on goal.
“I think after we changed and we put Jamie [Benn] around the front and put two D out there, we spent most of the time in the zone,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “We had a lot of good looks, couple of redirections. It looked like a power play again.”
Still, the power play could have been a difference maker in the game, which the Stars lost 3-2. It missed on a brief five-on-three late in the first period and couldn’t cash in on a late power play chance in third that could have tied the game.
“We need to step up as a group, find a way to score,” said Benn. “Said in the past it could make a difference and it’s got to make a difference tonight, in a game like that when you have so many opportunities.”
Mueller recalled again, assigned to Texas again
The Stars called up forward Chris Mueller from the Texas Stars of the AHL Sunday just in case Antoine Roussel was unable to play due to the hit to the head he took in Saturday night’s game. Roussel was fine, so Mueller was then assigned back to Texas.
Sunday’s two transactions were the 13th and 14th involving Mueller in a 34-day span. He’s been recalled seven times by Dallas and reassigned to Texas seven times since March 4.
*The Stars are 11-8-1 since the Olympic break.
*The Stars went 3-2-0 during their stretch of five straight games on the road.
*The Stars outshot the Panthers 37-24. Jamie Benn led the Stars with eight shots on goal.
*The Stars were 1-6 on the power play and 1-1 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars won 30 of 67 faceoffs (45 percent). Cody Eakin won 10 of 18. Jamie Benn won 7 of 16. Vernon Fiddler and Dustin Jeffrey both won 3 of 11.
*Defenseman Patrik Nemeth led the Stars with four blocked shots.
*The Stars are 13-16-2 vs. the Eastern Conference.
*Stars forward Tyler Seguin has scored a goal in four consecutive games.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Shawn Horcoff – Vernon Fiddler – Colton Sceviour
Erik Cole – Dustin Jeffrey – Alex Chiasson
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Brenden Dillon
Patrik Nemeth – Sergei Gonchar
Injured: Ray Whitney (lower body), Aaron Rome (lower body) Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat)
Scratched: Kevin Connauton
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.