The Texas Stars went 1-0-2 over the past week and are now 19-15-11 on the season. They are in 10th place in the Western Conference, but just one point out of a playoff spot and three points out of sixth place. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Thursday January 29: San Antonio 3, Texas 2 (OT)
The Stars squandered a 2-0 lead and fell 3-2 in overtime to San Antonio at Cedar Park Center Thursday night. The Stars, who led 2-1 after two periods, were outshot 25-6 in the third period as San Antonio scored the game-tying goal.
“I think we came out flat, plain and simple,” Texas captain Maxime Fortunus told media about the third period. “We have to find a way to come out and stick with our plan when we have the lead. It’s been kind of an issue we’ve been working on this year.”
Rampage forward Rocco Grimaldi scored the game-winner 5:03 into overtime. Julius Honka and Travis Morin scored goals for Texas. Jussi Rynnas stopped 42 of 45 shots.
Saturday January 31: Texas 4, Charlotte 0
Jussi Rynnas stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season as the Stars defeated Charlotte 4-0 at Cedar Park Center Saturday. After falling flat in the third period on Thursday, the Stars extended a 2-0 lead to 4-0 in the final 20 minutes Saturday night.
“After the second period we talked to the guys about playing on our toes and playing with some energy and with some passion,” Texas coach Derek Laxdal told media. “I thought the guys did a really good job. We strung about four or five shifts together and then we created a goal. I liked the way we defended our building in the third period. I liked the way we came with some energy. I thought it was one of our better third periods.”
Derek Hulak scored two goals and Branden Troock and Derek Meech also scored for the Stars, who outshot the Checkers 50-34 in the game.
Tuesday February 3: San Antonio 3, Texas 2 (SO)
The Stars had 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the game, but ended up falling 3-2 in a shootout to San Antonio at Cedar Park Center Tuesday night. Anders Lindback, on a conditioning assignment from Dallas, stopped 40 of 42 shots in regulation and overtime, but gave up two goals on two shots in the shootout. Gemel Smith and Justin Dowling scored in regulation for Texas. Julius Honka had two assists. Tuesday’s game was the first time this season that Texas has gone to a shootout.
The week ahead
Thursday February 5, Texas at San Antonio, 7 p.m.
Sunday February 8, Oklahoma City at Texas, 5 p.m.
*In six games with Texas, goaltender Anders Lindback is 3-2-1 with a 1.62 goals against average and .948 save percentage.
*Rookie defenseman Julius Honka, Dallas’ first round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games.
*The Stars are 2-10 in games settled beyond regulation. They are 2-9 in overtime and 0-1 in a shootout.
Here is where Texas ranks in some key statistical categories.
Goals for: 2.87 (10th)
Goals against: 3.02 (23rd)
Shots for: 32.5 (6th)
Shots against: 31.8 (23rd)
Power play: 17.9 (11th)
Penalty kill: 87.4 (4th)
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Brett Ritchie
Derek Hulak – Justin Dowling – Brendan Ranford
Scott Glennie – Eric Faille – Greg Rallo
Matej Stransky – Gemel Smith – Branden Troock
Derek Meech – Maxime Fortunus
Jamie Oleksiak – Cameron Gaunce
Scott Valentine – Julius Honka
2/3: G Anders Lindback loaned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL) on conditioning assignment.
2/3: G Jussi Rynnas recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL).
2/3: C Jesse Root assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL).
2/2: D Jyrki Jokipakka recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL).
2/2: G Maxime Lagace assigned to Texas (AHL) from Missouri (ECHL).
2/1: RW Brett Ritchie assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL).
2/1: D Jamie Oleksiak assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL).
1/29: C Taylor Peters assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL).
1/28: D Jyrki Jokipakka assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL).
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 1-2-0 last week. The Steelheads are 27-14-4 and rank second in the Pacific Division.
Taylor Peters, assigned to Idaho from Texas last week, had one goal, one assist and a plus-four rating in a 4-1 win over Ontario on Friday.
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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 DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.