A memorable, franchise-record road winning streak for the Dallas Stars ended in forgettable fashion Friday night. And forget it and move on is what the Stars plan to do.
“You throw this one out,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “There’s not much more you can do than that.”
The road winning streak, along with a five-game overall winning streak and an eight-points streak ended in a 7-4 loss at Calgary.
“We’ve just got to get by it and look to the big game coming up on Monday (at Vancouver),” said Stars center Brad Richards. “It was a good streak. We played a lot of good games, pulled some stuff out but it just wasn’t meant to be tonight.”
It was a forgettable night for goalie Andrew Raycroft, who has been so superb for the Stars this season. On this night he gave up seven goals on 19 shots.
“Andrew Raycroft - who has been sensational this year - had a tough night,” said Crawford.
The Stars netminder didn’t get a lot of help at times. The Flames had only 19 shots, but the Stars gave up some quality chances. A couple of goals came off odd-man rushes. After the Stars rallied to cut a 5-2 Calgary lead to 5-4 early in the third period, a couple of Dallas turnovers put the puck on the stick of Jarome Iginla, who scored from close range to make it a 6-4 game.
By the end of the night the Stars had given up seven goals. That matched their season-high, which had also happened in a December 29 loss against Detroit.
“We know that our goalie has been terrific all year,” said Crawford. “He probably feels worse than anybody else. On the other side of it, the other thing you hope that you learn from it is that you just have to protect the puck as much as you can.”
But the Stars said they don’t want to dwell on this game, especially with a big game against Western Conference leading Vancouver looming on the horizon.
"Details of the game we didn't do well today," said Stars center Mike Ribeiro, who had three assists. "We'll be bounce back. We'll have a big game Monday."
"It’s disappointing,” Richards said of Friday’s loss. “But we’ve got to nip it quick, regroup, and it’s going to be a real tough battle on Monday, and we’ve got to clean it up a little bit and get ready for that one.”
Eriksson, Woywitka Sutherby all out for Stars
D Matt Niskanen was back in the lineup after missing six games with a hand injury. C Aaron Gagnon and LW Francis Wathier, both called up from the AHL prior to the road trip, also got into the lineup Friday.
Stars coach Marc Crawford used several different forward line combinations in the game.