The Dallas Stars snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Friday night at Honda Center. Lane MacDermid, Eric Nystrom and Alex Chiasson scored goals for the Stars, who received a 27-save performance from goaltender Kari Lehtonen. The Stars, who are 17-17-3 on the season, remain in 13th place in the Western Conference, five points out of eight place.
Chiasson scores first NHL goal, MacDermid tallies again
Stars forward Alex Chiasson scored his first NHL goal, tallying off a give-and-go with Vernon Fiddler late in the first period to give the Stars a 3-1 lead. Chiasson’s goal came in his second NHL game.
Lane MacDermid, who scored his first NHL goal in Wednesday’s game, scored again Friday. He scored off a two-on-rush to give the Stars a 1-0 lead 9:03 into the game.
The Stars lost MacDermid to an upper body injury in the game. He left the game early in the second period and did not return. There was no immediate word on his status.
The Stars and Ducks exchanged goals in an 18-second span just before the midway point of the first period.
After a flurry of activity in the Dallas zone, the Stars got a two-on-one break and Antoine Roussel set up Lane MacDermid, who backhanded the puck past Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth at the 9:03 mark.
The Ducks quickly answered when a dump in took a strange bounce and David Steckel got the puck to Andrew Cogliano, who roofed the puck over Kari Lehtonen at 9:21 of the first.
Roussel and Ducks forward Emerson Etem dropped the gloves in a lengthy and spirited fight at 13:41 of the 13:41 mark of the first.
Just 13 seconds later the Stars took a 2-1 lead with a shorthanded goal. Fasth came out of the net to play the puck, got caught way out of position and Eric Nystrom won the race to the loose puck and put it into an open net.
The Stars came close to scoring a short time later on a two-on-zero rush, but Jamie Benn missed on a one-timer off a Loui Eriksson pass.
The Stars made it a 3-1 lead late in the third with a goal off the rush. Alex Chiasson passed the puck to Vernon Fiddler, drove the net and knocked home Fiddler’s return pass for his first NHL goal.
The Stars had 1:12 of power play time to open the second period, but couldn’t take advantage.
The went on a four-minute power play at the 7:43 mark when Ducks forward Matt Beleskey took a minor for cross-checking and an unsportsmanlike conduct minor as well.
The Stars didn’t score and Trevor Daley took a penalty for holding with 33 seconds left on the second penalty, giving Anaheim 1:27 of power play time. But the Stars were able to kill off the Anaheim PP.
Chiasson had a couple more good scoring chances, tipping a Daley shot off the post and then having another tip off a pass by Philip Larsen stopped by Fasth.
The Ducks went on another power play with just under five minutes left in the period, but the Stars were able to kill it to keep their 3-1 lead.
The Stars announced at the beginning of the third that MacDermid was out for the rest of the game with an upper body injury.
The Ducks came out with a lot of a pressure to start the third period and had some good chances. Lehtonen stopped Matthew Lombardi as broke in on alone on goal. Teemu Selanne fired a puck past Lehtonen, put it hit the post and stayed out of the net.
The Stars almost took a 4-1 lead when Jamie Benn dumped a puck in the Anaheim zone in off the glass from the neutral zone and it took a strange bounce and slipped by Fasth. But the Stars were offside and the goal was negated.