Thursday, April 4, 2013

Quacked and Broken. Dallas Stars Game 36: 5-2 Loss at the Anaheim Ducks

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A new look, new philosophy Dallas Stars team ran into the same problems in a 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night. 

With Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy and Tomas Vincour traded away the day before the deadline, the Stars had a few new players in the lineup Wednesday night. Alex Chiasson and Lane MacDermid made their Stars debut and Matt Fraser was called back up for the game. Ryan Garbutt and Vernon Fiddler both returned from injuries to boost the bottom six of the lineup. 

Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves on 26 shots, but the Ducks were too much for the young Stars to overcome. Anaheim opened the scoring 11:44 into the first period. A delayed penalty on Loui Eriksson allowed Ryan Getzlaf to jump on the ice as the extra attacker. He centered the puck from the left wing boards and Radek Dvorak was left open in the slot to put it past Lehtonen. 

Getzlaf earned another assist 11:33 into the second period to put the Ducks up 2-0. During the only power play of the night, he attempted a pass through the slot. It was broken up by Brenden Dillon, but Dillon couldn't control it and Teemu Selanne rifled it into the net.

Anaheim took a 3-0 lead nearly five minutes later when Kyle Palmeiri took the puck out of a five-player scrum behind the Stars' net, crashed the crease and stuffed it home.

The Stars ended the shutout bid 2:48 into the third period when Erik Cole buried a feed from Vernon Fiddler behind the Anaheim net. Getzlaf recorded his third point of the night when he scored on a backhand shot 10:30 into the third period. 

Newly acquired Lane MacDermid scored his first NHL goal to pull the Stars within two with less than 90 seconds left in regulation. Garbutt stole the puck deep in the Anaheim zone before he passed it to MacDermid, who snapped it between Viktor Fasth's legs from the right circle.

Andrew Cogliano sealed the game with an empty net goal near center ice with about four seconds left.

The Stars will stay in Anaheim to face the Ducks for the third time this week Friday night.

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