Friday, February 8, 2013

Stars Go Duck Hunting: Dallas Stars Game 12: 3-1 Win Versus the Aaheim Ducks

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The Stars continued their winning streak Friday night, beating the visiting Anaheim Ducks 3-1.

Kari Lehtonen had a strong performance in net stopping 20 of 21 shots and he received help at the end other of the ice in the form of goals by Trevor Daley, Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson. The Stars’ special teams stepped going 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 2-for-5 on the power play.

The Stars took over the game in the first period by outskating, outhitting and outshooting the Ducks. The Stars outshot the Ducks 16 to 7 and Trevor Daley opened the scoring on a slap shot from the point on the power play.

Anaheim’s Brad Staubitz took a roughing penalty after he punched Aaron Rome in the face during a scrum in front of the Stars net, and that led to Daley’s goal. Staubitz was later called for five-minute spearing major against Brenden Dillon and received a game misconduct.

Brenden Morrow’s shot in the slot went just wide of the goal to the left, but Benn was standing along the red line waiting for the puck. He ripped the puck into the net high off the far post over a sprawling Jonas Hiller.

Hiller was replaced by Viktor Fasth after the first period and the Ducks seemed to gain momentum thanks to Dallas turnovers and penalties. With 4:37 left in the second period, Corey Perry collected the puck behind the Stars net, took it up along the boards and dished it off at the point to Luca Sbisa. Sbisa ripped a shot through the crowd in front and Nick Bonino deflected the puck past Kari Lehtonen to bring Anaheim within one.

Loui Eriksson scored the last goal of the game 12:46 into the third period on a cross-ice pass from Derek Roy. He took a second to settle the puck, and then placed the puck into the top right corner of the net past Fasth.

Alex Goligsoki's turned in a strong performance after being a healthy scratch Wednesday. He was credited with two assists, two shots and three hits in 21:31 of ice time.

The Stars face another west coast road swing next week. They face the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday, the Calgary Flames Wednesday and finally the Vancouver Canucks next Friday.


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