Stars coach Lindy Ruff said it was not a good night for the team’s group of defensemen, who had a couple of costly turnovers early in the game and had a hard time moving the puck throughout night in the 5-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.
“We had players that need to play better. Obviously our defense didn’t play well tonight,” Ruff said. “We had a couple of guys that were pretty good, but I thought four of the six struggled moving the puck. The strength of the way we are built is we have to move pucks. When we don’t make plays coming out of our own end it obviously makes it tough to get through the neutral zone.”
The Stars juggled things up on defense at times during the game, breaking up the Alex Goligoski-Sergei Gonchar and Brenden Dillon-Stephane Robidas pairings. Goligoski played some with Robidas and Dillon and Gonchar were paired together at times.
Jordie Benn and Trevor Daley played together most of the game and ended up leading the Stars in ice time for the game.
*Justin Fontaine’s goal 12 seconds into Saturday’s game was the second quickest goal scored against the Stars franchise. Buffalo’s Rick Martin scored the quickest, tallying at the 11 second mark on October 14, 1979.
*Minnesota outshot the Stars 36-19.
*The Stars were 1-3 on the power play. They are 3-13 (23.1 percent) this season.
*The Stars were 2-4 on the penalty kill. They are 13-17 (76.5 percent) on the season.
*The Stars won 30 of 58 faceoffs in the game against a Minnesota team that came in ranked No. 1 in faceoffs. Vernon Fiddler won 7 of 11 and Cody Eakin won 7 of 12.
*Jamie Benn, Rich Peverley and Brenden Dillon led the Stars with three shots on goal each.
*Jordie Benn led the Stars in ice time with 21:44. Trevor Daley was next with 21:02.
Jamie Benn-Tyler Seguin-Rich Peverley
Ray Whitney-Cody Eakin-Alex Chiasson
Antoine Roussel-Shawn Horcoff-Erik Cole
Ryan Garbutt-Vernon-Fiddler-Valeri Nichushkin
Alex Goligoski-Sergei Gonchar
Brenden Dillon-Stephane Robidas
Trevor Daley-Jordie Benn
Dan Ellis (starter)
Scratched: Chris Mueller, Lane MacDermid, Kevin Connauton
Injured: Kari Lehtonen (lower body), Aaron Rome (hip)
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