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Get your game notes: Stars at Ducks

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Anaheim Ducks hosting the Dallas Stars starting at 10:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Jamie Benn scored the Stars’ first goal in Game 4 to extend his point streak to nine games dating back to the regular season. The Dallas captain is the first player in franchise history to register at least one point in each of his first four postseason games since Steve Payne and Bobby Smith posted points in five consecutive games for the Minnesota North Stars in 1980. Elias Sports Bureau

• Tyler Seguin, the Stars’ leading scorer in the regular season (37-47=84 points, 4th in the NHL), scored his lone goal of the series in Dallas’ Game 1 loss. With his next goal, the 22-year-old Seguin will eclipse his goal output from last season’s playoffs, when he scored once in 22 games in Boston’s run to the Stanley Cup Final.

• Tonight’s game marks the 17th postseason game in three all-time series between the Stars and Ducks. The previous two series ended in six games (Anaheim won in 2003, Dallas won in 2008). This is the first time the teams enter Game 5 tied at two games apiece. Each team has won five home games and eight total games.

• Jonas Hiller started every game in net for the Ducks during their postseason appearances in 2009 (13 games) and 2013 (seven games). When the Swiss goalie took over for Frederik Andersen in Game 4, it was the first time that Hiller had come on in relief in a playoff game. Since the start of the 2011 playoffs, which Hiller missed due to vertigo, Anaheim has used four different starting goaltenders: Ray Emery, Dan Ellis, Hiller and Andersen. Only Philadelphia (5) has used more during that span.

• Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf missed the first playoff game of his nine-year NHL career in Anaheim’s Game 4 loss. In the past two seasons, the Ducks have played 141 games, regular season and playoffs. Their captain has multi-point games in 39 of those. Anaheim went 35-2-2 in those games, including 2-0 this series (Games 1 and 2).

• In Game 4, Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen scored his first goal in 139 games (128 regular season, 11 postseason) and first-ever in the playoffs. (His previous goal came on Feb. 28, 2012, as a member of Carolina.) That ended the NHL’s longest active goal drought by a non-goalie. With Allen’s goal, the longest active goalless drought among 2014 Stanley Cup playoff participants (skaters only) belongs to Pittsburgh’s Rob Scuderi (122 games – 100 regular season, 22 postseason).

• The Stars and Ducks combined for 140 penalty minutes in Games 3 and 4, with the Ducks picking up 79 of them. The Ducks, who were middle of the pack (T-14th) during the regular season with 10.9 penalty minutes/game, have committed 29 penalties for 101 minutes (25.2 PIMs/game) in four games, not including two bench minors for four more minutes. In Game 4, Anaheim fell to 3-9 all-time when committing 30 or more penalty minutes in a playoff game (0-7 on the road).

• The Anaheim-Dallas series is one of two series that have not featured overtime. (N.Y. Rangers-Philadelphia is the other.) Despite the lack of extra playing time, two Stars defensemen are among the NHL leaders this postseason in average time on ice. Alex Goligoski (29:08, 7th in the NHL) and Trevor Daley (26:13, 16th) are the only skaters who have played 25+ minutes per game, all in regulation.

Luongo (upper body) unable to play on Tuesday

Calgary Flames v Florida Panthers

It’s unclear if the Florida Panthers have been an occasional upset threat by design or by acquiring Roberto Luongo, but the bottom line is that they’ve been more of a threat than their sad record might indicate (just ask the desperate Dallas Stars). One could argue that the Philadelphia Flyers may breathe a little easier on Tuesday, then, as the Miami Herald’s George Richards reports that Luongo is missing the game because of a lower-body injury.

In 12 games with the Panthers, the 35-year-old goalie might not have the greatest record (5-6-1), yet his individual stats are nice, as he has a .923 save percentage and 2.45 GAA.

Florida is trotting out solid journeyman goalie Dan Ellis tonight, so it’s not like it should be a total cakewalk for Philly.

Any form of win would clinch a playoff berth for the Flyers.

Goalie nods: Bryzgalov back in for Wild, Brodeur goes for Devils


News and notes from around the crease…

Minnesota sticks with Bryz

Ilya Bryzgalov will make his second straight start for the Wild tonight, putting Darcy Kuemper in a back-up role once again.

Bryzgalov earned tonight’s start on the strength of 23 saves in a big 3-1 win in Phoenix over the weekend. The victory came after Kuemper struggled in consecutive losses to Vancouver at St. Louis — following the Blues loss, Wild head coach Mike Yeo said he felt bad for Kuemper, noting the club put the 23-year-old in a difficult spot by handing him the No. 1 gig after he entered the year as the No. 3 behind Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding.

Bryzgalov and the Wild will face the Kings tonight, and Jonathan Quick will get the start for L.A.

Devils roll with Marty

Desperate to keep its flickering playoff hopes alive, New Jersey will give Martin Brodeur the nod tonight against Florida.

Brodeur has been splitting games with Cory Schneider for the last two weeks — on Saturday, Schneider was in goal for a 2-1 shootout loss to the Islanders, marking the 10th time the Devils have lost in 10 shootouts this season. As a result, the Devils head into tonight’s game five points back of Columbus for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

For Florida, Dan Ellis will get the nod again as Roberto Luongo remains sidelined after getting run over by Carolina’s Radek Dvorak last week.


‘Canes at Sens: Craig Anderson for Ottawa; Cam Ward likely for Carolina.

Jets at Ducks: Frederik Andersen for Anaheim; Ondrej Pavelec likely for Winnipeg.

Luongo ruled out after getting bowled over vs. ‘Canes

Vancouver Canucks v Florida Panthers

The injury Roberto Luongo suffered during Thursday’s loss to Carolina will keep him out of Saturday’s game against Montreal, the Panthers have announced.

Dan Ellis will start in goal versus the Habs, while Scott Clemmensen was called up from AHL San Antonio under emergency conditions.

Luongo was bowled over by Carolina forward Radek Dvorak just 12:48 into Florida’s eventual 3-0 loss last night, sending Luongo into the net while knocking it of its moorings. Luongo finished the period but left during the intermission, finishing with 11 saves on 12 shots.

Here’s the collision:


Dvorak was given a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct for the incident, but said afterward the collision wasn’t intentional.

Goalie nods: Kuemper goes for Wild, Ellis makes Florida debut

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News and notes from around the crease…

Kuemper in for Minnesota

Darcy Kuemper will look to snap the Wild’s three-game losing skid on Thursday, as he gets the start against the Rangers at Xcel.

Minnesota heads into tonight’s game holding the first of two wild card spots in the Western Conference, but on the precipice of a tough stretch of games. As such, it’ll be interesting to see if Kuemper can reverse his recent fortunes — he’s allowed seven goals on his last 64 shot faced, a .890 save percentage — or if the Wild will be forced to turn to Ilya Bryzgalov, acquired at the trade deadline from Edmonton.

For the Rangers, Cam Talbot will get the nod tonight.

Ellis goes for Panthers

Dan Ellis will play his first game for Florida tonight when it takes on the Lightning in Tampa Bay.

Ellis, acquired from Dallas at the deadline, was 5-6-0 with a 3.04 GAA and .900 save percentage with the Stars before moving to the Eastern Conference. Playing him tonight puts Roberto Luongo on the bench tonight but on a collision course with ex-Canucks teammate Cory Schneider for tomorrow, as the Panthers and Devils will do battle in Florida on Friday.

For Tampa Bay, Ben Bishop will be in goal this evening.


Coyotes at Bruins: Mike Smith in for Phoenix; Chad Johnson likely for Boston.

Sabres at ‘Canes: Michal Neuvirth for Buffalo, no word yet on a Carolina starter.

Sharks at Blue Jackets: Alex Stalock vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Oilers at Blues: Ben Scrivens vs. Ryan Miller

Leafs at Kings: No confirmations either way yet but, given the history at play, it’s highly likely Jonathan Bernier will be taking on Jonathan Quick.