Friday, February 8, 2013
Dallas Stars 3, Anaheim Ducks 1
Stars defeat red-hot Ducks for their third straight win.
DALLAS The Dallas Stars finally won a game by more than one goal Friday night at the American Airlines Center, defeating the red-hot Anaheim Ducks 3-1 for their third straight victory. The win improved Dallas to 6-5-1 and 3-1-0 in the Pacific Division. It was also the first time all season that Dallas outshot their opponents, as they had a 28-21 edge. Anaheim fell to 7-2-1.
Dallas began the game on fire, outshooting the Ducks 16 to 7 in the first period and scoring two powerplay goals. The first came at 8:48 with Brad Staubitz in the box for roughing. Trevor Daley took a pass from Derek Roy, skated in and launched a slapshot that was screened by two Stars for his first goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.
Later in the period, Staubitz again put his team a man down when he speared Stars rookie defenseman Brenden Dillon. Staubitz was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Dallas immediatelly took advantage of the penalty when Jamie Benn took a loose puck from a sharp angle and rifled one past Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller for his fourth goal in the last three games and a 2-0 lead.
The Ducks turned it around in the second period, thanks largely to three consecutive penalties called on the Stars. While Dallas killed all three penalties in the period, the Ducks scored just seconds after one expired. Corey Perry took the puck back to the blue line and was flattened by Stars rookie defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, but got a pass to Lucas Sbisa first, whose shot from the line was deflected in by Nick Bonino to cut the lead to 2-1.
The Stars completely shut down the Ducks in the third period, limiting them to just one shot and few real scoring chances. Dallas got an insurance goal at 12:46 when Alex Goligoski hit a wide-open Loui Eriksson, who wristed a perfect shot into the near corner for his fourth goal of the season and a 3-1 lead. Goligoski, who was a healthy scratch the previous game against Edmonton, had two assists on the night in 21:31 of playing time.
Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen was excellent in net, stopping 20 of the 21 shots he faced to improve to 6-2-1 on the year. Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller made just 14 saves on 16 shots before he was replaced in the first intermission. Ducks rookie phenom Viktor Fasth finished out the game, allowing one goal on 12 shots.