Game one of the season’s three-game series with the Anaheim Ducks saw the Dallas Stars fall 4-0 at the American Airlines Center. The day after the loss, general manager Joe Nieuwendyk made three trades that sent Jaromir Jagr to Boston, Derek Roy to Vancouver and Tomas Vincour to Colorado. A day after the trade deadline, the new looked Stars went into the Honda Center to take on the Ducks and try to find their game.
Last night, the Stars once again saw the Ducks dominate the game, winning with a final score of 5-2. Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 out of the 26 shots he faced while Viktor Fasth stopped 23 out of the 25 shots he faced.
An early assault in the first period had the Stars running around in the zone as Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri and Teemu Selanne were cycling the puck around looking for a lead but goaltender Kari Lehtonen wouldn’t give up control of the net. On a delayed penalty to Loui Eriksson, Radek Dvorak got his first goal as an Anaheim Duck with the redirection of an across-the-ice pass from Ryan Getzlaf at the 11:44 mark.
It all went downhill period for the Stars in the second period. With Anaheim on the power play, Teemu Selanne launched the puck over Lehtonen to put the Ducks up 2-0 over the Stars at 11:33 after getting a pass from Ryan Getzlaf. Kyle Palmieri took the puck hard to the net and buried his own rebound past Lehtonen, giving the Ducks a 3-0 lead late in the second period.
The Stars did find their offense in the third period, breaking any chance off falling into a shutout streak at 111:14 minutes. Erik Cole squeezed the puck past Anahiem goalie Viktor Fasth off a nice feed from Vernon Fiddler at the 2:48 mark. Ryan Getzlaf returned Cole’s goal with a backhanded shot that sailed to the top of the net, giving the Ducks a 4-1 lead with 9:30 remaining in the third period.
Newcomer Lane MacDermid, who was acquired in the Jagr deal with Boston, got his first NHL goal with a nice shot from the left circle that brought the score to 4-2 with 1:24 left in the third period. After the Stars pulled Lehtonen for an empty net and extra attacker, Andrew Cogliano shot one into the net from the neutral zone, putting the Ducks up 5-2 with only 3.8 seconds left in the game.
The next game, and final one with the Anaheim Ducks in the regular season, is on Friday night with a 9:30 p.m. start time.
Stars: Erik Cole (2:48,3rd), Lane MacDermid (1:24,3rd)
Ducks: Radek Dvorak (11:44, 1st), Teemu Selanne (11:33, 2nd), Kyle Palmieri (16:38, 2nd), Ryan Getzlaf (9:30,3rd), Andrew Cogliano (EN-19:56,3rd)
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Scratches: Tom Wandell