Special Teams Emphasized in Dallas Stars - Texas Stars Scrimmage

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Reilly Smith scored twice and Glen Gulutzan utilized the third period exclusively for special teams as team black took the scrimmage 5-1.

The Texas Stars were in town Tuesday morning to help Glen Gulutzan's bunch get some game-like action in a public black/white scrimmage. Defending Big D, thanks to our "straight gigs," was unable to attend but the following is the best account we can yet offer based on reports from Twitter and the team.

Black team forwards: Chiasson, Roussel, A. Smith, Faksa, Hedden, Roy, Eriksson, Garbutt, Eakin, R Smith, Sceviour and Jagr.
Black team d-men: Robidas, Nemeth, Benn, Fortunus, Goligoski and Oleksiak

White team forwards: Morrow, Fiddler, Nystrom, Ryder, Wandell, Morin, Whitney, Petersen, Vincour, Gazdic, Ritchie and Fraser
White team d-men: Larsen, Coyle, Baldwin, Dillon, Rome, Sloan and Trevor Daley.

The NHL style lines gleaned from today's activities at even-strength go something like this, via various Twitter reports:

Eriksson - Roy - Jagr
Whitney - Wandell - Ryder
Morrow - Fiddler - Nystrom
Garbutt - Eakin - Smith

Rome - Daley
Robidas - Goligoski
Dillon - Larsen
Benn - Oleksiak

Reilly Smith opened the scoring early in the first period for team black in combination with Cody Eakin. Just a few minutes later Smith struck again, beating Kari Lehtonen for the second time. Maxime Fortunus would add a second period goal for team black to keep the scoring all Texas Stars and put the black-shirts up 3-0.

Kari Lehtonen and Richard Bachman started the game and switched teams in the third period, playing the whole game.

The Dallas Stars official twitter account opined in the third that Glen Gulutzan was desirous of working on the power play, thus the switch to team black by Trevor Daley, Ray Whitney, Michael Ryder and Brenden Morrow to start the third period, giving team black a very NHL-look.

The imaginary penalty called on Toby Petersen to start the third and the various other penalties on team white in the frame may have also tipped everyone off.

Power play units utilized were reportedly:



J Benn-Daley

Philip Larsen had been in that spot previously but did not return to the bench for the third period. Power plays continued but futility was the name of the game until Brenden Morrow finally potted a man-advantage goal late in the third, which was dedicated entirely to special teams. Cody Eakin and Reilly Smith not only scored together, but killed penalties as well. Brenden Dillon, Tomas Vincour and Antoine Roussel also stayed with team white to kill penalties.

Glen Gulutzan pulled out the white board to design a 6-on-5 scheme to end the game. With the goaltender pulled they managed a buzzer beater by Loui Eriksson (from Jaromir Jagr, that sounds nice) and team black took it by a final score of 5-1.

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