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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Ducks soar past Stars, 5-2

By Mark Stepneski



The Dallas Stars saw their two-game winning streak come to an end with a 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center Tuesday night. The Stars rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game early in the third period, but Anaheim rattled off three unanswered goals to secure the victory. Steve Ott and Alex Goligoski scored for the Stars, who fell to 23-17-1 on the season. Kari Lehtonen stopped 21 of 25 shots and fell to 2-3-0 since returning from a groin injury. Saku Koivu scored three goals for Anaheim, which won its third straight game.

First period

The Ducks took the lead 1:30 into the game when Saku Koivu tipped a Toni Lydman shot past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.

The Stars had ample scoring chances after that. Jamie Benn hit the post with the Stars on a power play. Michael Ryder’s point blank backhand shot was turned away by Ducks goalie Jeff Deslauriers. Nicklas Grossman hit the post. Benn had an open net, but couldn’t get a shot off. Eric Nystrom had a good chance stopped by Deslauriers.

Second period

Stars forward Steve Ott, who struggled to get off the ice late in the first period, was back out on the ice for the start of the second period.

The Stars had a power play, their second of the game, early in the period, but couldn’t take advantage.

Anaheim extended its lead to 2-0 on its second shot of the period at the 9:22 mark of the second. Luca Sbisa beat Kari Lehtonen with a shot from the left wall.

Jeff Deslauriers kept the Stars off the board with a nice stop on Dallas forward Loui Eriksson, who broken in on net and got on net off a spin move.

Kari Lehtonen helped keep the Stars within a goal, stopping Teemu Selanne’s point blank bid with less than a minute to go in the period.

The Ducks had 35 seconds of five-on-three power play late in the period, but couldn’t take advantage.

Third period

After killing off 1:15 of Anaheim power play time to start the period, the Stars struck for two quick goals to tie the game at 2-2.

Ott scored off a blast from the top of the left circle at the 1:39 mark to cut the Anaheim lead to 2-1.

Just 1:04 later Alex Goligoski scored from the right circle to make it a 2-2 game.

But the Ducks got the lead back at the 9:32 mark. Off the rush,  Selanne dropped the puck to Koivu, who drove the net and scored off a backhand  shot to give Anaheim a 3-2 lead.

The Ducks extended the lead to 4-2 with 5:20 remaining when Matt Beleskey scored off the rebound of an Andrew Cogliano shot with Anaheim on an odd-man rush.

The Stars pulled Lehtonen with about 1:30 to go for the extra attacker, but the Koivu scored into the empty net with 53.7 seconds left for his third goal of the game.

Stars lineup

Ott-Benn-Ryder
Morrow-Wandell-Eriksson
Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak
Dowell-Burish

Goligoski-Robidas
Grossman-Daley
Souray-Pardy
Fistric-Pardy

Lehtonen (starter)
Bachman

Scratched: Petersen, Jordie Benn
Injured: Ribeiro (knee), Larsen (concussion-like symptoms), Vincour (knee)