Saturday, April 6, 2013
Dallas Stars 3, Anaheim Ducks 1
New-look Stars finally break their losing streak with solid road win.
The Dallas Stars took a good first step in the post-trade deadline world Friday night in Anaheim, defeating the Ducks 3-1 to snap a four-game losing streak. The win improved Dallas to 17-17-3, good for 37 points, still five points behind the St. Louis Blues for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with just 11 games left to play. Anaheim fell to 25-8-5.
Dallas opened the scoring at 9:03 of the first when new fourth line bruiser Lane MacDermid scored his second in as many nights, taking a pass from Antoine Roussel on a 2-on-1 breakaway and backhanding it over Ducks netminder Victor Fasth for a 1-0 lead.
The Ducks evened it up just 18 seconds later after a dump-in from center ice took a weird hop off the endboards. Andrew Cogliano took advantage of it and roofed it over Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen for his 12th of the season and a 1-1 tie.
Dallas regained the lead with MacDermid in the box for a high-sticking call. After getting the puck out, Eric Nystrom raced down the puck, then shot it past Fasth as the goaltender came too far out of his net at a bad angle for Dallas' second shorthanded goal of the season at 13:54. It was Nystrom's fifth goal of the season.
Dallas got an insurance goal with just under a minute left in the period when rookie Alex Chiasson, playing in just his second NHL game, streaked into the zone with Vern Fiddler. Chiasson dished the puck to Fiddler, who then got it back to Chiasson at the mouth of the crease. Chiasson easily beat overmatched Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler for the tip-in and his first career NHL goal.
Neither team scored in the second despite a rash of penalties, and the Stars were content to sit on their two-goal lead in the third. Anaheim nearly brought it to within one with fifteen minutes remaining when Teemu Selanne's shot got through Lehtonen, but the shot deflected off the inside post and out. Jamie Benn also nearly had a goal when a dump-in from the nuetral zone made a strange bounce and went right through Fasth's five hole. Chiasson, however, was still coming back from the offensive zone and offsides, so the goal did not count.
Lehtonen had a great game, stopping 27 of the 28 shots he faced for his first win in five starts. Fasth was not quite as good, making just 22 saves on 25 shots for his fourth loss of the season.
Dallas' next game is Sunday afternoon in San Jose, where they will face the surging 20-11-6 Sharks.