The Dallas Stars made it three straight wins, defeating the Anaheim Ducks, 3-1, at American Airlines Center Friday night. Trevor Daley, Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson scored goals for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 20 of 21 shots for Dallas, which improved to 6-5-1 overall and 3-1-1 at home. Anaheim had a four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 7-2-1 on the season.
A tale of two periods
The Stars played probably their best period of the season, outshooting the Ducks, 16-7, and scoring two power play goals in the first period to take a 2-0 lead in the game. The second period was a much different story. The Stars got into some penalty trouble, the Ducks got some momentum and cut into the lead with goal late in the second to make it a 2-1 game heading into the third.
Stars clamp it down the third period
The Stars didn’t give the Ducks much in the third period, allowing Anaheim just one shot on goal. The Stars extended their lead to 3-1 in the game when Loui Eriksson scored from the right circle with 7:14 left.
Benn stays hot
Stars forward Jamie Benn continues to rack up the points. He scored on the power play to give the Stars a 2-0 lead in the first period. Benn now has 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) over the past three games.
Daley, Goligoski chip in
Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Wednesday’s game at Edmonton. Goligoski picked up two assists and three hits in 21:35 of playing time.
Trevor Daley, who hadn’t registered a point in the first 11 games of the season, scored the Stars first goal of the night, tallying off a point shot with the Stars on the power play.
The Stars came out with a strong push early, outshooting the Ducks 8-1 over the first seven minutes of the game.
The Stars went on the power play just over eight minutes into the period when Brad Staubitz took a roughing minor in the offensive zone. The Stars took advantage, taking a 1-0 lead when Trevor Daley scored at the 8:48 mark.
Staubitz put the Ducks in a big hole later in the period, spearing Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon and picking up a major and a game misconduct. The Stars, who went on a 5:00 power play, scored 25 seconds into it when Jamie Benn roofed the rebound of a Brenden Morrow shot.
Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas and Ducks forward Corey Perry dropped the gloves in the first period. There were five roughing minors handed out during a scrum late in the first. The extra minor went to the Stars, giving the Ducks their first power play, which carried over into the second.
The Ducks opened the second with a new goaltender. Viktor Fasth took over for Jonas Hiller, who left the game with a lower body injury.
Just after the Ducks’ power play expired, the Stars got a three-on-one rush, but couldn’t cash in.
The Ducks went on their second power play of the game 2:44 into the second, but the Ducks couldn’t take advantage of that opportunity.
The Ducks looked like they were going to have a great chance with just under 14 minutes left in the period, but Trevor Daley tracked down and poked the puck away from Kyle Palmieri as he tried to break in net.
The Ducks had the Stars pinned down in their own end for about four minutes, but couldn’t take advantage.
The Ducks went on their third power play with 6:52 left in the period, but Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen came up big, making nice stops on Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne.
The Ducks finally broke thorugh when Nick Bonino tipped a Luca Sbisa point shot past Lehtonen at 15:23 of the second.
The Ducks came close to tying the game a short time later, but Lehtonen made a sharp glove save on Daniel Winnik with Anaheim on an odd-man rush.
The Stars had a chance to extend their lead with a couple of power play chances early in the third period, but couldn’t generate much.
The Stars were able to extend the lead with 7:14 remaining when Loui Eriksson roofed a shot from the right circle to make it a 3-1 game.
The Stars held the Ducks to just one shot in the third period.
The Stars don’t play again until Tuesday, when they play at Edmonton to open a three-game road trip that will take them to Calgary and Vancouver as well.
Scratched: Larsen, Garbutt, Wandell