The Dallas Stars lost their second straight game and fell back to the .500 (16-16-3) on the season, losing 4-0 to the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center Monday night. The Ducks scored three goals in a 4:49 span of the second period to break the game open. Anaheim goaltender Viktor Fasth stopped 26 shots for his third shutout of the season.
Turning point: Special teams
With the game still scoreless, the Stars had two power play chances early in the second period but couldn’t take advantage. A little more than a minute after the Stars second power play expired, the Ducks got their first chance with the man-advantage and Bobby Ryan scored to give them a 1-0 lead. The Ducks added two more goals in less than five minutes to take a 3-0 lead.
Stars end homestand 2-3-0
With Monday’s loss the Stars went 2-3-0 on their five game homestand. The Stars fell to 8-9-2 at American Airlines Center this season, the worst home record in the Western Conference.
There were good scoring chances for both teams early in the first. Ducks forward Bobby Ryan hit the post 25 seconds into the game. Stars forward Loui Eriksson hit a post 80 seconds into the game.
Eriksson had another good chance about four minutes in, but Ducks goaltender Viktor Fasth stopped him as he broke in all alone on net. Fasth came up with a big save on Jamie Benn late in the first period to keep it a scoreless game.
The period ended scoreless with the Ducks holding a 9-6 shots advantage.
The Stars had two power play chances early in the second period, but couldn’t cash in.
The Ducks went on their first power play of the night just under nine minutes into the period, and cashed into take a 1-0 lead. Ryan Getzlaf sent a cross-ice pass to Bobby Ryan, who ripped a shot into the net from the left faceoff circle.
The Ducks made it a 2-0 game a little more than two-and-a-half minutes later when Corey Perry put the home the rebound of a Getzlaf shot from the point at the 12:52 mark.
A little more than two minutes later it was a 3-0 Anaheim lead. Matt Beleskey had his wrap-around attempt stopped by Kari Lehtonen, but scored on the ensuing scramble in front of the net.
There was no scoring in the third until 27.1 seconds left. The Stars pulled Kari Lehtonen for an extra attacker and Teemu Selanne scored into the empty net from center ice to make it a 4-0 final.
Injured: Fiddler (charley horse), Garbutt (hand)
Scratched: Jordie Benn