5:23 AM EST, December 16, 2011
The Sports Xchange
NHL Team Report - Dallas Stars - INSIDE SHOTS
A successful road trip continued with the Stars' third straight victory Thursday night at New Jersey. Dallas rallied to win 3-2 on third-period goals from Brenden Morrow and Jamie Benn.
The Stars also improved to a league best 11-2-1 in games decided by one goal this season. Close games are becoming a habit.
"That's all we've known so far," Morrow said. "They've all been down to the wire. You just learn from them. Going into the third (period), we were still pretty comfortable where we were at."
Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said the success in nail-biters is a matter of having faith in the system.
"Mentally, we know we are at a point where we know if we come if we come to work and play our game, we can hang with anyone," he said. "I think it's just a matter of us having that mindset come every night.
"Mentally, they are confident they can win if they play a certain way. That's always a good thing. To think it and to do it are two different things."
Dallas leads the Pacific Division at 18-11-1 and finishes out its five-game road trip shooting for a 4-1-0 record Friday at New Jersey.
NHL Team Report - Dallas Stars - NOTES, QUOTES
--Mark Fistric was available Thursday night after serving his three-game suspension for his hit on Islanders forward Nino Niederreiter, but the defenseman was a healthy scratch against the Islanders.
Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan didn't want to change things up for a club that had won its last two. The winning streak stretched to the three with the 3-2 victory over the Islanders.
"We've got decisions to make on our roster," Gulutzan said. "As long as we're winning, we are going to keep that lineup in and then see where it goes from there."
--The Stars and Islanders are done for the season, having split two one-goal games. That's been the norm, as five of the last six meetings between the clubs have also been decided by one score. Dallas is 5-1-0 record in those contests.
With their win Thursday night on the road, the Stars still haven't lost a game on Long Island since Nov. 6, 2003. Since then, the Stars have played in four games at Nassau Memorial Coliseum (all wins), with two of the victories coming via overtime or shootout.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "The confidence is growing the more and more you play up here. I think (on Thursday) the (defense) really did a great job helping me out. I didn't feel like I had control of all the rebounds, I left a few laying out there, but they did a great job clearing out in front of me. It was one of those nights where you have to battle through it." -- G Richard Bachman, on his third straight win.
NHL Team Report - Dallas Stars - ROSTER REPORT
--G Richard Bachman made his third start of the season Thursday night. He stopped 25 of 27 shots in the 3-2 win. Bachman came into the game having allowed just one goal at the NHL level in his career, earning a .987 save percentage and a 0.40 GAA in four NHL appearances (75/76 saves, 150 minutes, 2-0-0 record).
--LW Eric Nystrom came into Thursday having not scored a goal since the last meeting between the Stars and Islanders, but was tied for the team leads with 10 goals. Eric Nystrom is the son of Bob Nystrom, who scored the series-deciding goal to secure the 1980 Stanley Cup for the New York Islanders.
--D Trevor Daley came into Thursday having scored the game-winning goal in the past two games. He's the only Dallas defenseman since Oct. 25 that has earned a game-deciding goal.
--F Adam Burish (broken hand) is on the injured list. He's out 4-6 weeks, putting his return somewhere between mid-December and early January.
--G Kari Lehtonen (groin) is on the injured list. He's out until the third week of December, at least.
--F Tomas Vincour (knee) was injured Thursday at the New York Islanders. He'll be out Friday at New Jersey.
--Stephane Robidas, Sheldon Souray
--Trevor Daley, Nicklas Grossman
--Philip Larsen, Alex Goligoski
--LW Loui Eriksson, C Jamie Benn, RW Michael Ryder
--LW Brenden Morrow, C Mike Ribeiro, RW Steve Ott
--LW Eric Nystrom, C Vernon Fiddler, RW Radek Dvorak
--LW Jake Dowell, C Tom Wandell, RW Tomas Vincour
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