Saturday, April 6, 2013

Roasted Ducks. Dallas Stars Game 37: 3-1 Win at the Anaheim Ducks.

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The Dallas Stars ended their season series against the Anaheim Ducks with a 3-1 victory Friday night.

Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves and Alex Chiasson scored his first NHL goal in the win. Eric Nystrom scored a short-handed goal for the game-winner and Lane MacDermid scored his second goal in as many games before leaving with an upper-body injury.

All four goals were scored in the first period. MacDermid opened the scoring 9:03 into the first period. Ryan Garbutt made a behind-the-back pass to Antoine Roussel as he entered the offensive zone. Roussel sent a saucer pass up to MacDermid who was headed straight for the goal. MacDermid received the pass, shielded a defender from the puck and backhanded it over Viktor Fasth’s right shoulder.

Anaheim answered with a goal of their own just 18 seconds later. Bryan Allen shot the puck into the Stars’ zone, and it took a weird bounce off the glass right on net. Lehtonen made the save, but the rebound sat to the right of the goal. David Steckel skated behind the net and passed the puck to Andrew Cogliano in front for the one-timer goal.

Vernon Fiddler cleared the puck on a penalty kill and Nystrom outhustled everyone to the puck. Fasth came out to play it and was caught out of position when Nystrom reached the puck first. Nystrom moved to his left and put the puck into the gaping net for a 2-1 lead 13:54 into the first period.

With under a minute left in the first period, Chiasson entered the Anaheim zone with the puck and made a pass to Fiddler on the left-wing boards. Chiasson drove to the net and Fiddler centered the puck for him. Chiasson got in position behind Cam Fowler, shielded him off and tipped the puck into the net.

The Stars were 0-for-6 on the power play, but looked very dangerous and had numerous chances. They ended the game 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

The Stars’ next game is Sunday afternoon at the San Jose 

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