With the rash of injuries on defense, the Stars needed another body on the blue line and they called up Cameron Gaunce from the Texas Stars on Tuesday. They wasted no time getting him into the lineup. Gaunce played in Tuesday night’s 3-2 win over Colorado, registering no points, an even rating and two hits in 12:52 of ice time.
“He played very well. He did very well,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “He did a great job of taking time and space away, he was on top of a lot of plays, I thought he moved his feet well and from top of the circles down, that’s how I look at the game, he made a lot of really good decisions for us.”
Gaunce played with Kevin Connauton, who was his playing partner with the Texas Stars late last season after Dallas acquired both players just prior to the NHL trade deadline. Gaunce came into the game with 11 NHL games under his belt, but all of those came in 2010-11 with Colorado.
“I have to be a bit better with the puck. I hate to admit it, but I was a bit nervous,” Gaunce said. “I thought the nerves would go away, but I can admit that. I was very happy with my gap, I was happy with how I defended. I thought Connauton and I played well in our zone tonight. When we did have a miscue or two, we were able to battle and get it out of the zone. Overall, I was happy with it.”
Colorado selected Gaunce in the second round (50th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. The Stars acquired him last season for forward Tomas Vincour.
Defenseman Aaron Rome, who suffered a lower body injury in Monday’s game against Colorado, could be out a week to ten days, according to Stars coach Lindy Ruff.
Forward Vernon Fiddler, who missed his fifth straight game with an upper body injury, skated Tuesday morning.
“He’s close,” Ruff said. “But he’s not there yet.”
Fiddler was put on injured reserve Tuesday to open a roster spot for the recall of defenseman Cameron Gaunce from the AHL.
*The Stars are 4-7-3 vs. the Central Division.
*Colorado is 9-4-1 vs. the Central Division.
*The Stars were 1-3 on the power play and are now 2-50 at home this season.
*The Stars were 5-6 on the penalty kill.
*Ray Whitney’s two goals ended a 13-game goal scoring drought. His last goal came Nov. 3 in Ottawa.
*The Stars outshot the Avalanche 28-27, including 14-2 in the second period.
*Tyler Seguin led the Stars with four shots on goal.
*The Stars won 30 of 60 (50 percent) of faceoffs. Jamie Benn won 6 of 10. Shawn Horcoff won 5 of 10. Rich Peverley won 7 of 12. Cody Eakin won 8 of 18.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin-Ryan Garbutt
Erik Cole –Rich Peverley-Colton Sceviour
Ray Whitney –Shawn Horcoff – Alex Chiasson
Alex Goligoski – Brenden Dillon
Jordie Benn –Sergei Gonchar
Kevin Connauton – Cameron Gaunce
Dan Ellis (starter)
Injured: Vernon Fiddler (upper body), Aaron Rome (lower body), Trevor Daley (ankle), Stephane Robidas (leg)
Scratched: Jamie Oleksiak, Dustin Jeffrey
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