Turnovers ruin final game of road trip
The Sports Xchange
NHL Team Report - Dallas Stars - INSIDE SHOTS
Turnovers helped snap a three-game win streak as the Stars completed a season-long five-game road trip with Friday night's 6-3 loss at New Jersey.
The Devils did a better job of taking advantage of their chances.
"The blue lines are huge in hockey and you can't turn pucks over there, especially with (Ilya) Kovalchuk's line out and the way they are playing," Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said. "I think they had a better feel of how the game needed to be played tonight. They put pucks to our net, capitalized on our turnovers and they got some good saves from their goalie, too."
Giving away the puck isn't something the Stars have done too regularly this season, and especially not during this road trip. Playing the second half of back-to-back might have contributed to the sloppiness.
Dallas players, though, weren't making excuses when it came to the turnovers.
"It's something we always talk about," Stars captain Brenden Morrow said. "We want to win the blue lines. (The Devils) are like a lot of teams, they are good on transition.
"When you give (Zach) Parise, Kovalchuk and (Patrik) Elias time and space with those turnovers, they are going to make you pay. We didn't learn from our mistakes early, and they just kept adding up. It was too much to overcome."
Still, Dallas heads home after a 3-2-0 road trip with an overall 18-12-1 record. The next game is Monday night against Anaheim in the start of a three-game homestand.
NHL Team Report - Dallas Stars - NOTES, QUOTES
--The back-to-back hasn't been kind to the Stars all season, and that trend continued with Friday night's 6-3 setback at New Jersey. Dallas had won the previous night at the New York Islanders but couldn't keep that momentum going.
The Stars are 3-2-1 on the first night of consecutive games, putting them in position for a few sweeps. They've yet to pick one up, going 0-6-0 on the second night.
--The Stars had allowed just three goals during a three-game winning streak that ended Friday at New Jersey. The Devils scored twice that amount.
The season series between the two clubs is over. Dallas won the first game, 3-1. Despite the loss Friday, the Stars are 4-3-0 in their last seven games against New Jersey.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think we had a pretty good road trip. We're pretty excited, but tonight was a little disappointing and we've got to learn from it. We've got to move on and get ready for our next game." -- RW Michael Ryder, on the 3-2 road trip.
NHL Team Report - Dallas Stars - ROSTER REPORT
--G Richard Bachman suffered his first career NHL loss in four starts with Friday night's 6-3 setback at New Jersey. He faced 31 shots and stopped only 25.
--D Philip Larsen left Friday's game in the first period and did not return. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said he has a cramp and could be out for a few days.
--LW Eric Nystrom came into Friday leading the NHL in shooting percentage at 25 percent. Seven of his 10 goals this season have come against Eastern Conference opponents. He didn't score against New Jersey, getting two shots on goal.
--F Adam Burish (broken hand) is on the injured list. He's out 4-6 weeks, putting his return somewhere between now and early January.
--G Kari Lehtonen (groin) is on the injured list. He's out until the third week of December, at least.
--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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