The Dallas Stars fell to 0-1-1 on their current homestand, falling 2-1 to the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout at American Airlines Center Thursday night.
Ray Whitney scored in regulation for the Stars. Andrew Cogliano scored the lone regulation goal for the Ducks.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 29 of 30 shots in the game and one of three in the shootout. Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller stopped 33 of 34 shots in the game and both shots he faced in the shootout.
The Stars fell to 12-11-3 on the season, while the Ducks, who won their fifth straight game, improved to 20-3-3.
Quick whistle costs Stars a goal
The Stars appeared to take a 2-1 lead midway through the game, when Jonas Hiller lost control of a Ray Whitney shot and Derek Roy grabbed the loose puck and put into the net. But referee Marc Joannette prematurely blew the whistle, apparently believing that Hiller had the puck under control, and the goal did not count.
Game of inches
The Stars had two shots hit the post and crossbar and stay out of the net. One was off the stick of Reilly Smith in the second period and the other came off the stick of Jaromir Jagr late in the game with the Stars on the power play.
The Stars had five power plays in the game, but were unable to take advantage. The Stars had a total of the five shots on the five power plays.
There were good chances for both sides in the first, but the Stars finally cashed in on one at the 12:35 mark to take a 1-0 lead. After an Alex Goligoski shot off the rush hit Loui Eriksson, Ray Whitney grabbed the loose puck and roofed it past Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller.
The Stars had the game’s first power play, but couldn’t cash in. They got a second, but it was cut short when Jaromir Jagr took an interference penalty.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen came up big late in the period, stopping an Andrew Cogliano breakaway after a Dallas turnover.
Hiller came up with a big save early in the second, stopping an Eriksson bid from the right circle with the Stars on a two-on-one rush.
The Ducks went on the power play a short time later when Vernon Fiddler picked up an extra minor during a fight with Luca Sbisa.
Lehtonen was superb during the penalty kill, stopping six shots.
The Stars had a couple of chances right after the PK, but Reilly Smith missed the net on a breakaway and Hiller got a glove on a Derek Roy shot from the slot.
The Ducks drew even at 7:28 when Andrew Cogliano scored off the rebound of his own shot off the rush to make it a1-1 game.
The Stars lost a goal midway through the period when Whitney put a shot on net, Hiller lost control of the rebound and Roy put the puck in the net. But the referee blew the whistle prematurely and the goal didn’t count.
A short time later, the Stars came close again but a Reilly Smith shot hit the post and crossbar.
The Starts had another great chance with 6:21 left in the period, but Hiller stopped Eric Nystrom from close range.
The Ducks got a power play late in the period. Lehtonen had a big save on Francois Beauchemin. Eriksson had shorthanded breakaway that was broken up by Ryan Getzlaf.
The Stars went on a power play with one second left in the second and had 1:59 of it carry over into the third period.
The Stars weren’t able to take advantage of the power play to open the third, and Lehtonen made a big save on a shorthanded chance by Ducks forward Emerson Etem to keep it a 1-1 game.
The Stars had their fourth power play of the night midway through the period, but couldn’t get anything going on it and gave up a couple of good shorthanded chances.
The Stars went on a fifth power play and it appeared Jaromir Jagr may have scored. The goal horn sounded, the lights came on but replays showed the puck hit the post and crossbar, but never crossed the goal line.
The Stars outshot the Ducks, 4-1, in overtime but there was no scoring and the game headed to the shootout.
Bobby Ryan and Ryan Getzlaf scored in the shootout for the Stars. Loui Eriksson and Ray Whitney were stopped by Hiller.
Injured: Benn (wrist), Rome (foot)
Scratched: Oleksiak, Vincour