Robinson comes up big in relief, Stars displeased with non-call on Nilstorp’s injury

Josh Robinson picked up the win in relief. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars).

Josh Robinson picked up the win in relief. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars).

Josh Robinson said the 79 seconds at the end of the second period settled his nerves after coming in the Texas Stars 4-3 shootout win against the Iowa Wild.

“Obviously you never want to have to go in for the starter, because obviously something has gone wrong,” Robinson said. “You just have to get in there and focus as quick as you can. Try and get warm and get a little feel for the puck.”

Robinson stopped 10 of 12 shots he faced in overtime and regulation, before stopping four of five Iowa shooters in the shootout.

“I can’t imagine what that’s like to be just sitting there for an hour and a half and then have to come in,” Travis Morin said. “Especially back there as a goalie where you’re moving, getting down and going side to side. I’m pretty sure all of the muscles in my groin would tear or something.”

It was the third straight game he played in relief – once to get Cristopher Nilstorp rest, once when the Swede got pulled and Wednesday’s injury.

The injury was caused by a fluky collision by Chad Rau and Nilstorp, while it looked like incidental contact, the Stars weren’t happy with the no-call on the play.

“You’re supposed to avoid goalie at all time, right?,” Chris Mueller said. “I hope the guy wasn’t to trying take his leg out, because that’s a dangerous play. Knowing that guy, Rau, I don’t think he’s that type of player … I was taught to try and always avoid goalies at all cost, because it’s dangerous.”

Stars coach Willie Desjardins agreed with Mueller.

“I like the ref and he was decisive on the call, I might not agree with it,” Desjardins said. “I have the advantage of watching it on video. It’s a lot tougher when it happened quick.”

Desjardins didn’t have an update on Nilstorp’s health after the game. Robinson said he’s ready for this weekend and it’s possible Pat Nagle could be called up from the Idaho Steelheads to fill the backup role.

Desjardins also said Jack Campbell is still “a ways away” from playing.

While he was hurt, Nilstorp did have an assist on the Mueller’s game-winning goal in the shootout. Having played against Johan Gustaffson in Sweden, Nilstorp gave Mueller some advice before the game.

“I don’t like to deke a whole lot in shootouts,” Mueller said. “But, Nilly actually told me to go high glove any chance I got before the game. That was in the back of my mind and the he dipped the glove and I just went overtop.”

Dustin Jeffrey’s future uncertain

The Dallas Stars placed Dustin Jeffrey on waivers Wednesday, but Desjardins wouldn’t confirm he would be in the AHL this weekend if he passes waivers.

“It’s hard to say what will happen, somebody may pick him up as well,” he said. “Time will tell with that. He’s a good player and I they want to see where he’ll end up.”

Glennie returns to the lineup

Scott Glennie returned to the lineup Wednesday and looked good on the line with Brendan Ranford and Chris Mueller.

Glennie had one shot and helped set up a couple other chances for the Stars.

Mercier suits up against former team

Texas Stars training camp invitee Justin Mercier returned to the Cedar Park Center as a member of the Iowa Wild.

After training camp he had spent most of the season with the Stars’ ECHL affiliate Idaho Steelheads, serving as captain and registering 18 points in 32 games.

Against Texas, Mercier finished with one shot and had a big hit on Cameron Gaunce in the first period.

Tonight’s lines:

McKenzie-Morin-Sceviour
Hedden-Dowling-Wathier
Ranford-Mueller-Glennie
Button-Peters-Stransky

Oleksiak-Meech
Gaunce-Wrenn
Labrie-Fortunus

Nilstorp
Robinson

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