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NHL Playoffs: Ducks survive comeback scare against resilient Stars

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Tyler Seguin (left) and the Stars battled back before falling short against Anaheim. (Debora Robinson/Getty Images)

Tyler Seguin (91) and the Stars battled back before falling short against the Ducks. (Debora Robinson/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

If ever there was a playoff game where both teams could say they got what they needed, the Ducks’ 4-3 win over the Stars was it. Anaheim dominated early and held serve at home to take a 1-0 series lead, but Dallas shook off some early jitters and nearly clawed back from a four-goal deficit. The Stars are still in a 1-0 hole, but by establishing their game over the final 25 minutes they proved that they can hang with the higher-seeded Ducks in this series.

Some observations after the opener:

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  • Published On Apr 17, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars

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    Goalie Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks against the Dallas Stars

    The struggles of goalie Jonas Hiller (1) and the Ducks’ lack of a reliable No. 1 may prove fatal. (Tim Sharp/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Regular season recaps

    Oct. 20: Ducks 6, Stars 3

    Nov. 26: Stars 6, Ducks 3

    Feb. 1: Stars 2, Ducks 0

    Notable injuries

    Ducks: RW Tim Jackman (broken right hand, out indefinitely)

    Stars: RW Rich Peverley (heart surgery, out for season), LW Ray Whitney (lower body, day-to-day), D Brenden Dillon (lower body, day-to-day)

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • VIDEO: Kari Lehtonen forced to leave game after crease collision vs. Wild

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    By Mike McMahon

    Dallas Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen was forced to leave the game after he was crashed into by Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula.

    The scary moment came in the 3rd period when Haula came charging up the right side with Dallas forward Cody Eakin back-checking him. Haula got off a backhand shot before colliding with Lehtonen, knocking his mask off and causing him to bleed after knocking his head against the crossbar.

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  • Published On Mar 09, 2014
  • Best of Western Conference already leaving stragglers in their wake

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    Goalie Kari Lehtonen and the Stars have been playing well in the NHL's new Central Division.

    Goalie Kari Lehtonen and the Stars have been hot, but not hot enough to catch powerhouses like the Blackhawks. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    All the Stars wanted out of the NHL’s realignment this season was a chance to get away from the heavy travel and late starts that came with playing two time zones away from their competition in the old Pacific Division. It might also not have been a bad idea if Dallas had asked to tag along with the Red Wings and the Blue Jackets when they departed the Western Conference. But you can’t have everything.

    Still, the revamped Stars are enjoying a renaissance this season in the new-look Central Division, playing their most entertaining and competitive hockey in years. Dallas is coming off a 7-3-2 November that was powered by a quick-strike offense — led by Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn — and the brilliant play of goalie Kari Lehtonen. The Stars earned 16 out of a possible 24 points during the run, and looked impressive in victories over the Bruins, the Ducks and Detroit.

    In the East, that kind of success would have them in the thick of a playoff race, battling for position with the Rangers, the Capitals and the resurgent Flyers. But for an upstart team such as Dallas — or, for that matter, for the Predators and the Jets — climbing into contention in the West isn’t as easy.

    The fact is, the Stars’ surge left them treading water at a point when the conference’s playoff invites are seemingly already in stone, if recent history is any indication. Dallas entered November in 13th place in the West, five points out of the eighth and final playoff berth. The Stars’ solid November helped them jumped up to 11th … but they’re now six points out of eighth place. It doesn’t matter how hot you are if the teams in front of you don’t lose.

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  • Published On Dec 02, 2013
  • Top Line: Ben Scrivens NHL’s top goalie; Olympic roster news; more links

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    Ben Scrivens of the Los Angeles Kings

    Ben Scrivens is making the most of his chance to show what he can do for the Kings. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • He’s not about to Wally Pipp Jonathan Quick or anything, but Ben Scrivens has been lights out since taking over for the injured star in Los Angeles. He hasn’t been beaten in more than 150 minutes and now leads the league in goals-against and save percentage. Nice way to make an impression on the new bosses.

    • With Evgeni Nabokov rumored to be out for at least four weeks, Kevin Poulin is another backup with a chance to prove he’s ready for prime time. The kid’s played well of late, and with Nabokov’s time running out, this is a great opportunity for him to show he’s capable of eventually assuming the No. 1 job on Long Island.

    • Interesting news this morning out of Russia, where Olympic team boss Vladislav Tretiak has told the media that only a 15-man Olympic roster needs to be announced by Dec. 31, allowing for additional time before the full Sochi rosters need to be finalized. Very interesting if true as it allows teams more time to evaluate injuries (hello, Steven Stamkos) and fill in spots with players who are peaking at the right time.

    Changing up his equipment hasn’t helped Evgeni Malkin look any better around the net.

    • Jim Matheson says this young gun is an Olympic lock, and explains the necessity of six outdoor games this season in his Monday morning column.

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  • Published On Nov 18, 2013
  • Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov victorious over Stars in return after arrest

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    Semyon Varlamov let in two goals while helping the Avalanche top Dallas in overtime. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

    Semyon Varlamov let in two goals while helping the Avalanche top Dallas in overtime. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    DALLAS — Some thoughts after Colorado’s 3-2 overtime win over the Stars here in Dallas, featuring the first appearance of Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov since his arrest on Wednesday:

    • For a guy who had to be mentally exhausted after two days of dealing with the criminal justice system — and probably physically drained after spending Wednesday night in jail — Varlamov looked composed, relaxed and completely in control while stopping 27-of-29 shots.

    It likely helped that his teammates took it to the Stars early, building up a 13-1 shot advantage in the first before letting Varlamov get a couple touches late in the period. After that, he got into a nice rhythm in the second, getting a good look at each Dallas attempt — mostly from distance — and took care of his rebounds.

    The 25-year-old Russian was completely fooled on Dallas’ two third period goals, but both were high-end chances. Tyler Seguin’s wrister to tie it up was world-class — not many guys would have gotten a piece of that one. Still, this had to be his best frame of the night as the Stars took control of the game and the space down low. He rejected several premium chances from in tight, showing off his lateral movement to rob Jamie Benn late and then stoning Antoine Roussel on two bids from the slot in the final minute to keep the score knotted at two.

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  • Published On Nov 02, 2013
  • First look: New goalie masks for Kari Lehtonen, Jonathan Bernier

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    Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen's new mask

    Kari Lehtonen’s new lid has a distinct Texas flavor. (InGoal Magazine)

    By Allan Muir

    Changing colors and a change of teams provided the inspiration for a pair of new goalie mask designs that are set to debut this season. Courtesy of InGoal Magazine, here’s a sneak peek at the fresh lids that will be rocked by Kari Lehtonen of the Stars and Jonathan Bernier of the Maple Leafs.

    Lehtonen will sport home and road variations of a similar design that emphasizes the Dallas’s new colors and logos. The masks, designed and painted by Lehtonen’s ex-teammate, Joni “Bona” Hallikainen, feature some sweet touches like the longhorns morphing into two points of the star on the chin section and a detail to honor Lehtonen’s off-ice passion: “Kari is a car enthusiast, so he came up with the idea to fade some car tire marks on the design,” Hallikainen told InGoal. “I thought it would be a great idea to add a personal touch and at the same time honor a local Gas Monkey Garage.”

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  • Published On Sep 04, 2013
  • Top Line: Bryzgalov “doesn’t care” if he’s bought out, Kovalchuk back soon, more links

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    Ilya Bryzgalov's latest comments won't still well with Flyers fans.

    Ilya Bryzgalov’s comments to the Courier-Post on Tuesday may not sit well in Philadelphia, but they were misconstrued. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Ilya Bryzgalov says he has no control over the future and isn’t giving a lot of thought to remaining with the Flyers after this season. Note: this initially drew heavily on the Courier-Post headline, which suggested that Bryz “didn’t care” about staying in Philly. Read the story and you’ll see why that wasn’t a fair characterization.

    • The Devils are 0-3-4 and have scored just 12 goals since Ilya Kovalchuk went on IR, so the news that he’s skating and will be back soon gives a boost to their sagging playoff hopes.

    • Remember that pic of Rihanna rocking a Senators jersey like it was a Betsey Johnson mini? Yeah, apparently that’s a thing now in Ottawa. It would be a lot less disturbing if it weren’t leading to the revelation of so many pasty man-thighs.

    • The Penguins clinched the Atlantic Division title with a 5-3 win over Carolina. They also got word that All-Star defenseman Kris Letang could return to the lineup later this week.

    • The return of Justin Faulk couldn’t stop the Hurricanes from dropping to 1-8 since signing Alex Semin to a long-term deal.

    • Ben Bishop stuck it to his former teammates, but let’s be honest: the big story out of the Lightning’s win was the first NHL goal for the wildly-coiffed enforcer Pierre-Cedric Labrie, right?

    • The Isles earned a gut-check win over the Flyers. This looks like a playoff team, doesn’t it?

    • They also announced plans for a preseason game in Brooklyn next fall against the Devils.

    • Sergei Bobrovsky posted his fourth shutout in his last 15 starts and the Blue Jackets snapped a two-game skid with a 4-0 win over the Sharks that puts them right back into the Western Conference playoff picture.

    • The Washington Capitals continued their late-season surge with a 3-2 win over the Habs. That’s five straight for the Caps and nine in their last 11, but here’s a reality check for the team’s fans: this was the first regulation win for Washington against a team currently in a playoff position. Wow.

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  • Published On Apr 10, 2013
  • Top Line: Sedin smashes record, Toews sets it straight on fight, more links

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    Henrik Sedin received a standing ovation after becoming the Canucks' all-time scoring leader. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

    Henrik Sedin received a standing ovation after becoming Vancouver’s all-time scoring leader. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    •Henrik Sedin chipped in a pair of assists to pass Markus Naslund as Vancouver’s all-time leading scorer but Cory Schneider gave up a couple of softies as Dallas staged a 4-3 comeback win. Kari Lehtonen left the game in the first, but early reports are this is a short-term injury.

    • Yeah, the Hawks are good and they won again. And now we know why Jonathan Toews started that fight with Joe Thornton.

    • Jaroslav Halak may be ready to play by Sunday, but the Blues are in no rush after a solid performance from Jake Allen. Look below in the blog for the rookie’s Save of the Year candidate.

    • Here’s an outsider’s perspective on Calgary’s search for relevancy.

    • The Flyers lost a 3-1 lead and defenseman Kimmo Timonen last night. If he’s out for any length, Paul Holmgren may look to the trade market.

    • The surging Ducks snapped an eight-game losing streak in Detroit with a 5-2 win over the Wings. A large primate is looking for a new home after Corey Perry scored for the first time in 11 games.

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  • Published On Feb 16, 2013
  • Top Line: New GM for Blue Jackets, ex-Flame slags Iginla, more links

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    Columbus Blue Jackets fans at Nationwide Arena

    Blue Jackets have something to cheer: a promising team in the front office. (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • John Davidson’s former right hand man in St. Louis is expected to be named the new GM of the Jackets today. Before we bury Scott Howson, here’s the reaction from Columbus and proof that not every one of his moves involved trading superstars for bags of pucks.

    • The Anaheim Ducks proved something to themselves and to the rest of the league in their 3-2 shootout win over the Blackhawks in Chicago.

    • Nina Falcone breaks down Brandon Saad’s controversial goal from the Chicago perspective.

    • Jarome Iginla has lost his speed and his will to compete says a former teammate…and probably former thunder buddy.

    • Craig Anderson put on another clinic, making 42 saves in a 2-0 shutout of the Sabres. Meanwhile, Daniel Alfredsson thinks the answer to Ottawa’s scoring woes is right there in the room. What, did they kidnap Thomas Vanek after the game?

    • Try to mix in a Dallas Stars game sometime, if only to bask in the nightly brilliance of Kari Lehtonen.

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  • Published On Feb 13, 2013


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