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Texas Stars Report

Stars lose two of three as Honka, Gurianov miss time with injury

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars went 1-2-0 over the past week and are now 24-21-3 on the season, ranking fifth in the AHL's Pacific Division. The Stars were down a few players this past week, including defenseman Julius Honka and forward Denis Gurianov who are both out with injury. Goaltenders Philippe Desrosiers and Landon Bow both had strong showings in the ECHL. Here's the latest on the minor league affiliates of the Dallas Stars.

Friday, February 17: Texas 4, Chicago 3 (OT)

Nick Ebert scored on the power play with 26 seconds remaining in overtime as the Texas Stars won their fourth straight game, defeating the Chicago Wolves, 4-3, at H-E-B Center Friday night. Travis Morin, Brandon DeFazio, and Mike McMurtry also scored for Texas. Justin Peters stopped 18 of 21 shots to get the win in goal.

Saturday, February 18: Chicago 4, Texas 1

The Stars' four-game winning streak came to an end with a 4-1 loss to Chicago in Cedar Park Saturday. Ethan Werek scored the lone goal for the Stars, and Justin Peters stopped 20 shots in suffering just his second loss since joining the Stars.

Monday, February 20: San Jose 5, Texas 3

The Stars opened a stretch of six straight games on the road with a 5-3 loss at San Jose Monday. Defenseman Ludwig Bystrom scored his first two goals of the season, and Remi Elie also scored for the Stars. Justin Peters got the start in goal and was pulled early in the second period after allowing four goals on 14 shots. Max Lagace played the rest of the way, stopping 14 of 15 shots. The win was the 12th straight for San Jose.

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Dave Strader gets a win in return to broadcast booth

'For four hours I didn't feel sick at all'

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dave Strader was back in the broadcast booth Saturday, and it turned out to be a magical night. Antoine Roussel notched his first career hat trick, and Jamie Benn scored in overtime as the Stars rallied for a dramatic win over Tampa Bay at American Airlines Center. And Strader, who is battling cancer, was at the top of his game in providing the play-by-play.

"This is the first time, to be honest with you, that for four hours I didn't feel like I was sick at all," Strader said.

Strader was lifted during the night by a show of support from fans, who responded with a rousing ovation when he was shown on the scoreboard during a TV timeout in the first period. And then there was the show of support from Stars players, who saluted him at the end of the game.

"Of all the things the team has done, when they came over to salute, that was unbelievable," Strader said. "That was just unbelievable."

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Prospect Report

Goaltender Colton Point on a nice run, defenseman Joseph Cecconi scores first NCAA goal

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Goaltender Colton Point hasn't played a lot this season, but he's been getting the net more in recent weeks for Colgate University, and he's playing well. Point stopped 39 of 40 shots Saturday as the Red Raiders battled No. 17 St. Lawrence to a 1-1 tie.

Point, a freshman, has stopped 99 of 103 shots in his past four appearances for Colgate and now has a 2.29 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in nine games played this season. The fifth-round pick (128th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft has allowed two goals or fewer in his past four appearances.

After playing just five of the first 24 games this season, Point has played four of the past eight and is starting to get some regular playing time in Colgate's goaltending rotation.

Point Stats: Colgate (NCAA) | 2-4-2 | 2.29 GAA | .922 SV%

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Stars rally past Lightning

Antoine Roussel notches hat trick, Jamie Benn scores in OT as Stars enter bye week with 4-3 win

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars headed into their bye week on a positive, rallying for a dramatic 4-3 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at American Airlines Center Saturday night.

Antoine Roussel scored all three Dallas goals in regulation, and Jamie Benn scored with 1:13 remaining in overtime for the Stars, who overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits in the game and won for the first time in 23 tries when trailing after two periods this season (1-20-2).

"Nice. Nice," said Stars forward Tyler Seguin, who set up all three Roussel goals. "Especially being down going into the third, something that's been held over our heads for a while. It was obviously nice to pull it off."

"It's good to get a win," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "Obviously, coming from behind and being down a couple, I thought we battled hard to get the two points. We got some big saves in the third (from Kari Lehtonen, who made 34 saves) and a couple big ones in overtime. We got our chance and put one away."

The Stars fell behind 2-0 in the first period but bounced back to tie the game on pair of goals by Roussel before the period ended. After the Lightning scored in the second to take a 3-2 lead, Roussel struck again to tie the game early in the third. Roussel's hat trick was the first of his NHL career and the first by a Dallas Star this season. 

"It was awesome, felt pretty good," Roussel said. "It was teamwork. [Tyler Seguin] shoots really hard and that was our main focus before the game. I told him we have to work hard and everything will come to us, and that's basically what happened."

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Lehtonen in goal, Johns out tonight vs. Lightning

Dave Strader returns to broadcast booth as Stars play final game before bye week

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

There was a buzz at this morning's skate at American Airlines Center. Not so much on the ice, but off it. Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader was in the building preparing to call his first game of the season. He has been out all season as he undergoes treatment for bile duct cancer. He'll call tonight's game against the Lightning and then the four games after the Stars bye week, all of them at home.

"It's indescribable as far as the level of excitement I feel," Strader said of his return to the broadcast booth. "There were quite a few times I thought I would never do another game."

Strader, who was diagnosed with the cancer in June, was back in his usual routine this morning, watching the pregame skate and taking notes, talking to players and coaches. Those were among the things he missed the most while away from the rink.

"I've missed all the little things," Strader said. "Obviously, I've missed doing the games, executing the game plan we put together with the production staff. You miss the people and being around everybody that is a part of your everyday routine."

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Stars-Lightning Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars
Saturday, February 18
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (22-27-10) lost 3-1 at Minnesota Thursday despite a 35-26 advantage in shots on goal and 80-47 edge in shot attempts. The loss was the seventh in the past eight games for the Stars.

"At a loss for words right now," said Stars forward Patrick Eaves. "We've been playing some pretty good hockey and not getting results. It's just the way it's going, but we'll work our way out of it."

The Stars, who went 0-3-0 on their just concluded road trip, have dropped six straight games away from home. The Stars are seven points out of a playoff spot with 23 games remaining.

After Saturday's game, the Stars will take their five-day "bye week." They will then play four straight games at home, starting next Friday against Arizona.

Injuries: D Stephen Johns (illness) is day to day. D Johnny Oduya (ankle), RW Ales Hemsky (hip) and C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) are on injured reserve.

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Stars end road trip with 3-1 loss to Wild

Cody Eakin scores lone goal as Stars head home after 0-3-0 trip

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars lost their third straight game and seventh in their past eight, falling 3-1 to the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center Thursday night.

It's becoming a broken record, but the Stars played well enough to win, but they couldn't cash in on their chances, and the opposition made the most of theirs. The Stars had 36 shots on goal, 80 shot attempts but could only manage one goal.

"At a loss for words right now," said Stars forward Patrick Eaves. "We've been playing some pretty good hockey and not getting results. It's just the way it's going, but we'll work our way out of it."

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Stephen Johns (illness) doubtful tonight vs. Wild

Kari Lehtonen in goal as Stars try to close out road trip with win

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

It looks like the Dallas Stars will make some lineup changes when they close out a three-game road trip against the Minnesota Wild tonight at Xcel Energy Center.

Defenseman Stephen Johns is ill and is a question mark for tonight's game.

"He is not feeling well, and we will see what tonight brings," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "We've got a couple question marks. We'll just wait until game time."

If Johns doesn't play, then Patrik Nemeth, who has been a scratch the past three games, will step in on the blueline. 

At forward, Adam Cracknell is expected back in the lineup. He was a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game at Winnipeg.

"It will allow me to move Devin Shore up the lineup and play him on the wing. [Cracknell] is a fourth-line center option," Ruff said. "The concern for me is the too many men on the ice penalties and [Cracknell] was involved in the one in Nashville and [Brett] Ritchie was involved in one. For me, it's just lack of discipline on their part. I've talked to both players about it, and it's an area I want to clean up."

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Stars-Wild Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild
Thursday, February 16
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (22-26-10) lost 5-2 at Winnipeg Tuesday. The Stars rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the second period, but Winnipeg's Patrik Laine scored the game-winning goal with 5:07 remaining in the third period.

"I have to stand here and tell the same story too many times," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "I thought we did a heck of a job, we didn't spend a lot of time in our end, and we made a few mistakes here and there. But I thought our guys played a hell of a game. I can't criticize them for that game."

The loss was the sixth in the past seven games (1-6-0) for the Stars.

John Klingberg, Patrick Sharp, and Jason Spezza did not practice on Wednesday.

"We'll see," Ruff said. "More maintenance but we've got a few banged up guys. We'll wait and see what tomorrow brings. "

Thursday's game concludes a three-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: D Johnny Oduya (ankle), RW Ales Hemsky (hip) and C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) are on injured reserve.

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Stars fall to Jets, 5-2

Jamie Benn registers 500th career point, but Stars fall for sixth time in past seven games

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

It was a familiar story for the Dallas Stars Tuesday in Winnipeg. They played well, and they had their chances, but it didn't translate into success as they lost, 5-2, to the Jets at MTS Centre.

"I have to stand here and tell the same story too many times," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "I thought we did a heck of a job, we didn't spend a lot of time in our end, and we made a few mistakes here and there. But I thought our guys played a hell of a game. I can't criticize them for that game."

The Stars, who had a 77-51 advantage in shot attempts, overcame a 2-0 deficit to tie the game 2-2 in the second period, but Jets forward Patrik Laine snapped the tie with 5:07 remaining and then the Jets tacked on two empty-net goals.

The loss was the sixth in the past seven games for the Stars (22-26-10) and the fifth straight on the road. The Stars dropped to 12th place in the West, two points behind the Jets and six points out of the final playoff spot.

"It's been extremely frustrating," said Spezza. "I thought we did some things today that deserved us a better result. We had lots of looks at the end. It's obviously not good enough. We know where it puts us in the standings, and we know we have to do a better job."

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