The first two meetings of three in a row between the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks were not in the Stars favor as they lost 4-0 in the first game and then 5-2 in the last game. The final meeting was very different for the Stars. The team played a stronger, better game and were able to obviously frustrate the Ducks. In beating the Ducks, the Stars also snapped a three game losing streak with Kari Lehtonen stopping 27 shots out of the 28 he faced for the win. Viktor Fasth stopped 22 shots out of the 25 he faced for the loss.
Lehtonen foiled several Ducks chances, ensuring the Ducks wouldn’t capitalize in the Stars zone. The Stars kicked of scoring when trade acquisition from Boston Lane MacDermid picked up an Antoine Roussel pass for a 1-0 Stars lead at the 9:03 mark in the first period. But the lead didn’t last long as David Steckel fed Andrew Cogliano for a 1-1 tie at the 9:21 mark.
While MacDermid served a high sticking penalty, Eric Nystrom caught Viktor Fasth out of the crease to give the Stars a 2-1 lead at the 13:54 mark in the first period. Vernon Fiddler and Alex Chiasson hit the neutral zone with speed after the Ducks turned the puck over, and Chiasson scored his first NHL goal on the power play for the 3-1 lead at the 19:12 mark in the first period.
At 7:43 in the second period, the Dallas Stars went on the power play, but couldn’t find way to get past Fasth. The team did have a better middle frame than in the past few games though, especially during the Ryan Garbutt and Trevor Daley penalties in the second half of the period. Strong penalty kills held the Ducks, who were trying diligently to find easy ways to get into the zone, in neutral ice.
The Stars scrambled to keep the lead as Matthew Lombardi had a strong chance on Lehtonen and the net, but the puck went wide. After a turnover by the Stars, Teemu Selanne managed to sneak one through to Kari Lehtonen, but the puck hit the left post and bounced away. As the game came to a close, the Stars made a final push into Anaheim ice with Jamie Benn and Alex Chaisson leading the way. Despite a stunning long-distance shot by Benn that snuck behind Fasth, linesman said the Stars were offside.
The next game for the Dallas Stars is on Sunday when they face the San Jose Sharks at 3 p.m. at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
Ducks: Andrew Cogliano (09:21 – 1st)
Starting Line Up
Scratches: Tom Wandell
No injuries to report from the Stars side.