Vernon Fiddler

Seguin scores twice in return, but Stars fall to Lightning

The Dallas Stars got Tyler Seguin back from a knee injury on Saturday, but his efforts weren’t enough in a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Seguin attempted to make up for lost time by netting his 30th and 31st goals of the season, tying the game at 1-1 and 2-2 respectively. This is the second straight season that Seguin has surpassed the 30-goal mark.

Vernon Fiddler scored midway through the second period to give Dallas its only lead of the game. Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn and Victor Hedman found the net less than two minutes apart early in the third frame to turn the tide. Tyler Johnson assisted on Hedman’s marker to extend his point streak to six contests and give him his 40th helper of 2014-15.

Dallas’ chances of making the playoffs looked bleak going into this contest, but the return of Seguin preceded by two narrow victories gave the Stars a glimmer of hope. Still, with a 29-27-10 record, the Stars would need to go 13-2-1 in their final 16 games just to get to 95 points.

Video: Fiddler pokes Varlamov, goalie slaps his stick across the ice


Dallas Stars forward Vernon Fiddler tried to get under Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov’s skin early in Tuesday’s contest by getting in his face. Varlamov felt Fiddler took things too far though when he poked his pad and responded by knocking Fiddler’s stick away. There was no penalty called, so Fiddler had to skate over to retrieve his stick before rejoining the action.

You can see that below:

Varlamov went on to have a great night, stopping 30 of 32 shots and finishing on top in the 11-round shootout that followed. Fiddler didn’t end up getting a point during regulation time and his one-on-one opportunity during the skills competition didn’t go his way.

Eakin scores twice as Stars double up the Blackhawks

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For the first time in four tries this season the Dallas Stars defeated the Chicago Blackhawks

Cody Eakin scored twice and Kari Lehtonen made 38 saves as the Stars doubled up the Blackhawks 6-3 Sunday night.

With the loss, Chicago has dropped back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 1 and Nov.2.

The win moves Dallas to within two points of Calgary for the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

Tyler Seguin moved into a tie for the league-lead with his 28th of the season while Vernon Fiddler and Erik Cole had the other goals for Dallas.

Shawn Horcoff added an empty netter.

Stars’ captain Jamie Benn had three assists. John Klingberg and Alex Goligoski each had two assists in the win.

Brandon Saad scored twice for the Blackhawks, including a spin-o-rama move to tie the game 3-3 in the second.

Patrick Kane had the other Blackhawks goal.

Corey Crawford made 28 saves in the loss.

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Stars injury update: ‘The one guy, it’s kind of mid-body,’ says Ruff


We know this: Vernon Fiddler (lower-body injury) is expected to play for the Dallas Stars on Saturday, according to head coach Lindy Ruff in a report on the Stars’ website.

That club is also dealing with a list of injuries to Trevor Daley and forwards Ales Hemsky and Brett Ritchie, although, as you might expect, specific details about their respective ailments were lacking.

In one case, Ruff even diverted away from the typical lower-body/upper-body descriptions.

“Well, the one guy, it’s kind of mid-body,” said Ruff, as per the Stars’ website. “I think the one guy, depends where he carries it, it could be lower or upper. The other guy is lower. We might as well get a little more detail. I give you guys mid-body now. One guy’s mid. One guy’s lower and one guy can be anyplace.”

Mid-body, eh?

Reminder: Two years ago, former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said goalie Cory Schneider was out with a “body injury.”

Minnesota meltdown: Stars chase Kuemper


Things have been looking up for the Dallas Stars and way down for the Minnesota Wild, and while it doesn’t all come down to goaltending, their netminders have experienced very different outcomes.

Kari Lehtonen has had the look of a franchise goalie as Dallas is on a hot streak. On the other hand, the Wild are stumbling, and one has to really wonder about Darcy Kuemper’s confidence at this point.

Kuemper was pulled from Saturday’s game after allowing four goals on 21 shots through a little less than 29 minutes.

The young goalie has now been pulled five times since Nov. 13, as the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo points out.

Here’s Vernon Fiddler’s 3-0 tally, which is noted in part because of theater puns.

The Stars are currently up 5-0, so it seems like both teams continue to trend in opposite directions.

The Pioneer Press’s Chad Graff illustrates an especially rough stretch for Minnesota: