Wednesday’s overtime loss to San Jose gave the Stars a 1-6 record in games that have been settled in four-on-four overtime this season. In a tight playoff race, those are some valuable points left on the table.
“It’s something we talked about right after the game. That’s an area we have to improve in. It’s not good enough,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Those extra points are there. We lost coverage again on the goal and they made us pay for it.”
The Stars lost Wednesday in San Jose when Sharks forward Tommy Wingels got open in the front of the Dallas net, took a pass and scored from close range.
“I think for the most part, we look at some of our losses, they’ve been coverage situations,” said Ruff. “Some of them have been penalty kill situations, 4-on-3 in overtime, but the majority have been coverage where we haven’t read our coverage and that’s exactly what this one was tonight.”
The Stars are 3-4 in shootouts this season, giving them a 4-10 record in games that have been settled beyond regulation this season.
*The Stars are 5-1-2 in their last eight games.
*The Stars have allowed 11 goals over the last eight games (1.38 per game).
*The Stars allowed 21 shots on goal and have allowed 23.4 shots per game over the last eight games.
*The Stars were 0-1 on the power play and 3-3 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars won 38 of 74 (51 percent) of faceoffs in the game. Cody Eakin won 12 of 20. Rich Peverley won 5 of 7. Jamie Benn won 8 of 16. Vernon Fiddler won 5 of 15.
*Stars forward Antoine Roussel had a game-high six hits.
*The Stars are 11-2-3 vs. the Pacific Division.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Erik Cole – Cody Eakin – Rich Peverley
Antoine Roussel – Vernon Fiddler – Ryan Garbutt
Ray Whitney – Shawn Horcoff – Alex Chiasson
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Brenden Dillon
Kevin Connauton – Sergei Gonchar
Scratched: Aaron Rome, Dustin Jeffrey
Injured: Stephane Robidas (leg)
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