Monday, April 1, 2013
Anaheim Ducks 4, Dallas Stars 0
Stars once again embarrass themselves in front of their home fans.
DALLAS The Dallas Stars once again failed to play a competitive game Monday night at the American Airlines Center, losing 4-0 to the Anaheim Ducks for their second straight divisional loss. The loss dropped Dallas to 16-16-3, three points out of a playoff spot with just 13 games left in the lockout-shortened season. Anaheim improved to 24-7-5.
Following a game in which the Stars flatly gave up before the puck was even dropped the night before, Dallas actually came out with some energy in the first period. After nearly giving up a first-minute goal again to Bobby Ryan --Ryan's sharp-angle shot beat Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen, but clanged off the post-- Loui Eriksson got open in front of Ducks netminder Victor Fasth but had his own shot clang off the post to keep the game scoreless.
Neither team scored in the first period, but the second, like so many second periods this season, was once again a nightmare. Dallas surrendered the first goal of the night on the penalty kill, when Bobby Ryan collected a juicy rebound and shot it past Lehtonen for his 10th goal of the year and a 1-0 lead 10:13 into the second period.
The Ducks doubled their lead just two and a half minutes later when Corey Perry easily beat Stephane Robidas to the front of the net and cashed in for his 12th of the season to make it 2-0. And just 2:10 after that at the 15 minute mark, Matt Beleskey scored his 6th of the year to put the game away.
The Stars did not seriously try to score in the final 25 minutes, launching just six shots on net in the third period. Teemu Selanne scored his ninth of the season into an empty net with 30 seconds remaining.
Lehtonen had a subpar game, stopping just 26 of the 29 shots he faced in the loss. Fasth was better although rarely tested after the Ducks first scored, stopping all 26 shots he faced.
Dallas' next two games are also against the Ducks, with games in Anaheim on Wednesday and Friday nights. It is likely that veterans such as Derek Roy and possibly Robidas or Jaromir Jagr have seen their last game as a Star, as the NHL trading deadline is Wednesday.