It wasn’t the way he planned it, but it worked. Stars center Vernon Fiddler slipped and fell during his shootout attempt, got back up and then slipped the puck past Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne for the shootout-tying goal in Tuesday’s win over Nashville.
“I obviously had a skate issue there before, they tried to fix it,” said Fiddler. “Our trainer tried to fix it and did what he could. He told me not to turn that way, but I didn’t listen. Maybe I should have listened to him, but I am thankful I caught my other edge and I was able to get at least a move in.”
Fiddler’s goal came with the Stars down 1-0 and on their final shot. It sent the Stars to extra time in the shootout, where Tyler Seguin scored the winning goal. Kari Lehtonen did his part, stopping three of four Nashville shooters.
Turnovers an issue
Turnovers were an issue for the Dallas Stars Tuesday night. They were credited with 21 giveaways in the game, and head coach Lindy Ruff said it is an issue he is trying to address.
“There are two things that tells me. There’s some fatigue in our game and some guys are feeling the pressure,” Ruff said. “I’ve already talked to several guys about the fact that we need to make plays and trust that the guy is going to be there. If the opposition makes a great play defending us, I can live with that. I don’t want the turnovers where we throw it at the wall or into the middle of the ice. That’s something I’ve got to work and get these guys over.”
Quotable: Lindy Ruff
“I didn’t say anything [about Phoenix losing in OT to Columbus], I don’t know if the players were aware of it or not. We just focused on what we could do. The schedule is demanding and it gets a little bit worse tomorrow. I’m a little concerned that our energy was good early and the energy began just slipping away. Shifts were getting really short. These guys are giving it everything they’ve got, that’s the impressive part. These guys are going to handle this pressure differently. Some won’t handle it well, some will learn from it. I’m trying to keep them loose and tell them we’ve got to make plays. I know that’s hard when it’s under duress but it’s where we need to be as a team.”
*The Stars are 7-0-1 in their last eight games at home and 9-1-1 over the last ten at American Airlines Center.
*The Stars are 7-3-0 over their last ten games overall.
*The Stars improved to 4-5 in shootouts this season.
*The Stars were 0-2 on the power play and 1-1 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars outshot the Predators 30-29. Jamie Benn led the Stars with five shots on goal.
The Stars won 27 of 56 faceoffs (48 percent). Vernon Fiddler won 7 of 13. Cody Eakin won 7 of 15. Jamie Benn won 9 of 20.
*Stars captain Jamie Benn has scored four goals over the last three games.
*Alex Goligoski led the Stars with 28:16 of ice time.
*Jordie Benn led the Stars with six blocked shots.
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
Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Aaron Rome
Injured: Ray Whitney (lower body), Rich Peverley (irregular hearbeat)
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.