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Stars-Wild Notes

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

The league could end up taking a look at a hit by Stars captain Jamie Benn on Minnesota forward Matt Cooke early in overtime.

As Benn was carrying the puck into the Minnesota zone, he appeared to catch Cooke up high with an elbow. There was no penalty called on the play.

Neither team was saying much, claiming they hadn’t seen a replay of the hit.

“No,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said when asked if he had looked at the play. “I saw a quick one on the clock, but it happened so fast and he is trying to dish the puck.”

Said Minnesota coach Mike Yeo, “I haven’t had a chance to watch a replay, but when I watched it live certainly it looked like he came up high on him. But, like I said, I haven’t seen a replay.”

Chiasson snaps drought

Alex Chiasson’s third period power play goal was his first goal since Dec. 3. Chiasson had gone 19 games without scoring before knocking home the rebound of an Alex Goligoski shot Saturday night in Minnesota.

“It’s been a while,” Chiasson said. “You go through a phase where maybe you think too much and they a lot of it has to do with confidence. I’ll be the first one to admit that. After that goal, I felt so much more comfortable on the ice, just playing and finding the spots I am used to getting. It would have been better if we ended up with two points.”

Line juggling

Stars coach Lindy Ruff juggled his lines coming into the game, and he juggled them again during the game. He eventually split up Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin in the third period. Benn played on a line with Cody Eakin and Alex Chiasson. Seguin played on a line with Antoine Roussel and Rich Peverley.

Rome returns

Defenseman Aaron Rome returned to the lineup after missing three games with a knee injury.

“It was kind of a freak fluid in my knee and I had to give it a couple days to get it out,” Rome said. “It feels good.”

The game was only the tenth of the season for Rome, who missed the start of the season due to hip surgeries. The hip has forced him to sit out a couple of other times this season.


*The Stars fell to 1-7-1 over their last nine games overall and to 1-4-2 in their last seven road games.

*The Stars are 1-4 in games settled in four-on-four overtime. They are 4-8 in all games settled beyond regulation, including both four-on-four overtime and shootouts.

*The Stars are 5-7-5 vs. the Central Division.

*Stars forward Ryan Garbutt has six points (three goals, three assists) over the last five games.

*The Stars outshot the Wild 35-19. Garbutt led the Stars with five shots on goal.

*The Stars were 1-3 on the power play and 3-3 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars won 33 of 64 (52 percent) of faceoffs. Cody Eakin won 7 of 13. Vernon Fiddler won 11 of 22. Shawn Horcoff won 5 of 11.

*Minnesota blocked 22 shots in the game. Defenseman Ryan Suter was tops with six blocks.

*Minnesota’s Nate Prosser, who has three career goals, has scored the game-winner in two straight games.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinRich Peverley
Antoine RousselCody EakinAlex Chiasson
Erik ColeVernon FiddlerRyan Garbutt
Dustin JeffreyShawn HorcoffRay Whitney

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon
Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn
Aaron RomeSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

Scratched: Valeri Nichushkin, Kevin Connauton

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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