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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

There have been plenty of things that have gone wrong for the Stars during their 1-8-1 slide. One of the issues has been giving up goals late in periods.

The Stars gave up a goal with 31.2 seconds left in the second period Monday that allowed the Predators to extend their lead from 2-1 to 3-1. It was the seventh time over the last ten games that the Stars have allowed a team to score in the final two minutes of a period.

“You don’t want to be giving those things up in a hockey game,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “They’re going to happen, that was a tough one to swallow. We only scored one anyway, so it didn’t matter.”

Benn and Seguin split up, then reunited

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin started Monday’s game on separate lines, but eventually they were reunited as the Stars fell behind and had trouble generating offense. For a while Ray Whitney played with Benn and Seguin and then Erik Cole moved up on that line.

Quotable: Nashville forward Matt Cullen on the Antoine Roussel-Kevin Klein fight in the game

“It was just a great scrap. I‘ve been in a few of those and the bottom line is that that is what takes the most courage in the whole sport. Dropping the gloves and engaging like that for your teammates and that was just some scrap and the guys responded really well from that. That’s how you get a little space out there; guys are looking around over their shoulder after you have one like that.”


*The Stars are 0-4-1 in their last five road games.

*During their 1-8-1 slide, the Stars have been outscored 39-22.

*The Stars have scored two goals or fewer in seven of their last ten games.

*The Stars have allowed four goals or more in six of their last ten games.

*The Stars have scored on the power play in four straight games for the first time this season. The Stars were 1-2 in Monday’s game and are 4-12 (33 percent) on the power play over the last four games.

*The Stars were 2-2 on the penalty kill and have not allowed a power play goal in consecutive games since going four straight games without allowing one from Dec. 19-27.

*The Stars outshot Nashville 36-23, including 19-3 in the final period.

*Jamie Benn led the Stars with five shots on goal.

*The Stars won 29 of 64 (45 percent) of faceoffs.

*Jamie Benn won 8 of 14 faceoffs. Rich Peverley won 5 of 7. Cody Eakin and Vernon Fiddler both won 5 of 11. Tyler Seguin won 2 of 10.

Stars lineup

Antoine RousselTyler SeguinRich Peverley
Jamie BennCody EakinAlex Chiasson
Erik ColeVernon FiddlerRyan Garbutt
Dustin JeffreyShawn HorcoffRay Whitney

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon
Trevor DaleyKevin Connauton
Aaron RomeSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Scratched: Valeri Nichushkin, Jordie Benn

Injured: Stephane Robidas (leg)

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 reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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