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2013-2014 Season Wrap-Up and Round One Matchup
April 3, 2014

The 2013-2014 Dallas Stars have broken the Stars record for most wins with 52

The Dallas Stars have become the best team in the league earning the President's Trophy with a record of 52-16-14 good enough for 118 points! This lineup has earned the most points in one season in Stars history surpassing the 1998-1999 lineup's 114 points. "This has been the best year for this team that I have ever seen," said head coach Glen Gulutzan, "Honestly, I wasn't sure how would fair this year since only last year we were fighting for 8th, but now I have no doubts for this team." The key to this team was their new third line all formed by free agents signed this summer. The previous year, the team tried to make it more of an offensively based line but that was the problem. It was never meant to be like that. That is why over the summer GM Dan Murray made bold moves signing free agents Mike Santorelli, Oskar Osala, and Bud Holloway. These three men had never played together in their lives and some how found a good balance of offense and defense on that line becoming one of the most defensively productive lines in the NHL.

There were also some breakout performances this season in goal. Kari Lehtonen had the best year of his career earning the team 34 wins and posting a 2.29 GAA, .923 Save Percentage, and 6 shutouts. Mr. Rookie of the Year 2013 did amazingly also, showing why he was awarded the Calder earning the half of those wins with 18 and posting a 1.73 GAA, .943 Save Percentage, and 3 shutouts. These two star goalies with be important to the Stars winning in the playoffs.

Forwards wise it was a career-year also with many star forwards especially Loui Eriksson. For the first time in his career, Eriksson became points per game where in 79 games he totaled 81 points (35 goals, 46 assists). In points this was a career-high for him and he also tied his most assists. He also ranked 6th in the league in points and 9th in goals. Michael Ryder had a career year also shutting up all his critics with 77 points (35 goals, 42 assists) in 81 games while also having a +/- of +43, a +7 stranglehold on the next in line. Ryder also finished in top 10 in points coming in 8th and leading all right wingers in points. Lastly, Jamie Benn had a breakout season with 74 points (27 goals, 47 assists) in a full 82 games. He came in 10th in the league in points finishing off one of the most deadly lines in the league. Defensively Alex Goligoskkept up the scoring with 45 points (9 goals, 36 assists), in lack of scoring defensmen Ryan Murray and Philip Larsen who both sustained serious injuries this season letting them only play a total of 64 games. But they will be ready for Round One against the Calgary Flames, and this will be one of the few times this season the lineup has had everyone healthy.

The Round One Matchup is listed below:

Dallas Stars

Loui Eriksson "C" (86) - Jamie Benn "A" (88) - Michael Ryder (81)
Ray Whitney (79) - Derek Roy (86) - James Neal (84)
Jaromir Jagr (81) - Mike Santorelli (78) - Bud Holloway (79)
Oskar Osala (79) - Vernon Fiddler (75) - Cody Eakin (75)

Alex Goligoski
"A" (83) - Stephane Robidas (83)
Trevor Daley (84) - Philip Larsen (78)
Ryan Murray (80) - Kevin Klein (78)

Kari Lehtonen (85)
Richard Bachman (81)

Calgary Flames

Alex Tanguay (83) - Mike Cammalleri (84) - Curtis Glencross "C" (81)
Dustin Penner (80) - Jiri Hudler (80) - Lee Stempniak (80)
Blake Comeau (79) - Max Reinhart (81) - Matt Stajan (80)
Sven Bartschi (71) - Gilbert Brule (79) - Tim Jackman (71)

Jay Bouwmeester
"A" (86) - Cody Sarich (79)
Mark Giordano
"A" (85) - Dennis Wideman (87)
T.J. Brodie (77) - Anton Babchuk (79)

Miikka Kiprusoff (87)
Luke Siemens (69)

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