- Mark Stepneski, ESPNDallas.com
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DALLAS -- When the Anaheim Ducks rolled out their top line of Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry to start Tuesday’s game, Stars coach Glen Gulutzan answered with his checking line of Eric Nystrom, Vernon Fiddler and Radek Dvorak.
It was a matchup that tilted in the Stars favor on this night. Ryan, Getzlaf and Perry were held off the scoresheet and combined for two shots on goal in Dallas 1-0 victory over Anaheim. Keeping the Getzlaf line off the scoresheet was big for the Stars. The The Ducks came into the game on a roll and that line had been leading the offensive charge.
“That’s a tough job. That’s a really tough job,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “That line, not only are they one of the best, if not the best the line in the league, they are playing like it right now. Maybe they weren’t at the beginning, but you can’t hold those great players down. I thought Fiddler’s line did a good job on them tonight. I thought (Sheldon) Souray and (Stephane) Robidas did a good job on the back with them as well. Sheldon was physical and wasn’t going to give them an inch.”
The Stars work against the Ducks’ top line was effective enough that Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau broke up the trio at one point during the game.
“That’s one of the best lines in the league and if you have a good night defensively against them, you are going to have a lot better chance of winning,” said Nystrom. “If we go into a game know that’s going to be our job, we just go in focused on that. That was a big part tonight. We kept those guys off the board. You know you’re doing a good job when notice how the other team is trying to shuffle the lines around to get them away from us because they haven’t done anything. That was huge for us.”