By Adam Tenenbaum
The Ducks hit the road riding a three-game win streak as they took on the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Ducks come in 15-9-5, good for 35 points and leaders of the Pacific Division. The Stars are 11-13-6, good for 28 points and sixth in the Central. The Stars won the first meeting of the season 4-2. The goaltenders for the game were John Gibson for the Ducks and Antii Niemi for the Stars.
In the first, the Ducks controlled the early play as they out-shot the Stars in the early going. Later in the period, the Stars would get the game’s first penalty was Adam Cracknell went to the box for hooking. Then about a minute later, Esa Lindell went to the box for slashing, as the Ducks went on a two man advantage. The Ducks did not score as Niemi came up big on the penalty kill for the Stars. Late in the period, the Stars would get their first power play as Ryan Kesler would be called for holding. The Ducks would kill off the penalty and at the end of the kill, the Ducks would get a 3 on 1 chance but Niemi would stop it and then also the ensuing break-away to keep the game scoreless. The game would end scoreless after one period of play. Shots in the first were 11 to 6 in favor of the Ducks.
In the second, the Stars would get an early power play chance as Ondrej Kase was called for interference. The Stars did not score as we remained scoreless. Later in the period, Antoine Vermette was called for hooking, as the Stars would go on the power play for their third time of the night. They did not score but one second after their power play expired Stephen Johns scored to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. The lead did not last long as Ryan Getzlaf picks up a loose puck and scores to tie up the game at one. Late in the period, the Stars would give the Ducks another two man advantage but only for 12 seconds as time expired. The score was 1-1 after two periods. Shots in the second were 14 to 10 in favor of Anaheim.
To start the third, the Ducks had a two-man advantage and would score on the power play, as Corey Perry scores on the backhand to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead. Minutes later, Stefan Noesen would go the box for interference, as the Stars got their fourth power play of the night. On the power play, the Stars would tie it up as Dan Hamhuis gets loose in front and shoots it past Gibson for the 2-2 tie. Following the power play, Adam Cracknell would give the Stars the lead as he barges into Gibson for the goal, giving the Stars a 3-2 lead. The play would be reviewed for a possible high-stick but it appeared to go off Perry’s glove and the call on the stood as a good goal. Later in the period, Patrick Eaves would beat Gibson short side to give the Stars a 4-2 lead. Two minutes later, Stars captain Jamie Benn tip in a pass from his brother for a 5-2 lead and chasing Gibson from the net as Jonathan Bernier entered the game. The Stars would add an empty net goal courtesy of Radek Faksa as they now lead the Ducks 6-2. The final horn sounded minutes later, as the Stars defeated the Ducks 6-2 behind a five goal third period. Shots in the third were even at 11.
The Ducks continue the road trip to Boston on Thursday at 4 PM PT.
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December 14, 2016