Raycroft, Stars shut out Sabres 4-0

Andrew Raycroft made his first start for the Dallas Stars an impressive one, stopping all 34 shots he faced as the Dallas Stars snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 at American Airlines Center Saturday night.

James Neal, Brenden Morrow, Steve Ott and Trevor Daley scored goals for the Stars, who scored twice on the power play and once shorthanded. Brad Richards had two assists.

Third period

The Stars made it a 3-0 game at the 5:05 mark with a shorthanded goal. Jamie Benn stole the puck in the neutral zone, drove the net and Steve Ott followed up the play and scored on the rebound of Benn’s shot on net.

The Stars extended their lead to 4-0, scoring just after their sixth power play of the game expired. Trevor Daley beat Buffalo goalie Patrick Lalime with a shot from the left circle.

Second period

The Dallas Stars lead the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 after two periods at American Airlines Center. The Stars haves scored twice on the power play game.

The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 with a power play goal with 1:40 remaining in the second. Brad Richards’ shot from the left point was tipped into the net by Brenden Morrow.

Andrew Raycroft was solid in net again, stopping 14 shots. He has stopped 21 for the game and the first 29 shots he has faced this season.

Some notes after two periods.

  • The Sabres outshot the Stars 14-13 in the second. The Stars have a 26-21 advantage for the game.

  • The Stars are 2-5 on the power play in the game. Buffalo is 0-1.

  • Brad Richards has two assists in the game.

  • James Neal has seven shots on goal through two periods.

  • The Stars have won 19 of 39 faceoffs in the game.

First period

The Dallas Stars lead the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 after one period at American Airlines Center.

The Stars scored the only goal at the 7:34 mark, cashing in on a 1:15 five-on-three power play chance. James Neal, playing the point on the power play, scored on a snap shot from the top of the right circle.

Andrew Raycroft, making his first start of the season, looked sharp in net. He stopped all seven shots he faced and made some nice stops on plays around the net.

Some notes from the first.

  • The Stars outshot Buffalo 13-7 in the period.

  • James Neal led the Stars with four shots on goal.

  • The Stars were 1-4 on the power play and Buffalo was 0-1.

  • The Stars won 10 of 22 faceoffs in the period.