A courageous performance from the Dallas Stars gave them a big win against the Anaheim Ducks at the American Airlines Center in Texas.
The Stars came out of the blocks fast, firing several attempts on Jonas Hiller but the Swiss goalie stood strong.
With just under ten minutes gone in the first period, Dallas deservedly took the lead. Brad Staubitz received a two-minute roughing penalty and Trevor Daley took advantage on the powerplay with a slapshot from the point.
A big moment came in the game with 12 minutes gone, as Staubitz was penalised for a spear on Brenden Dillon, leading to a five-minute major and a game misconduct. For the second time in the game, the Stars scored on the powerplay, but
this time through Jamie Benn. He fired past Hiller from a very tight angle to give the Stars a 2-0 lead.
It was an awesome first period for the Stars, which ended with them on the penalty kill. Their domination showed with the shot count being 16 to 7 in their favour.
The second frame was a complete contrast of the first, with the Ducks dominating throughout the 20 minutes. Kari Lehtonen stood strong, but couldn’t prevent the Ducks from cutting the Stars’ lead in half. Nick Bonino deflected a shot from Luca Sbisa with five minutes remaning in the period.
Dallas absorbed more pressure from Anaheim but managed to hold out to set up a tense final period with the score nicely poised at 2-1.
Anaheim continued to pile pressure on the Stars early in the third, but Dallas managed to find their feet and the period started to become more even. Both sides exchanged decent goal-scoring opportunities, but the crucial moment came with seven minutes remaining in the game. Loui Eriksson ended his goal drought by firing home an explosive wrist shot.
Dallas played out a solid final five minutes and recorded an impressive win against a very good Ducks outfit. The boys will take a lot of confidence from this game as they look to keep pushing their way up the Standings.
The Stars are back in action on Tuesday, when they take on the Oilers on the road. Puck drop is at 8.30pm.