I can’t wait for the road trip to start on Thursday in Boston! No there wasn’t a game tonight. Nope. Go away. Ugh fine.
Who let Carey Price sneak into American Airlines Center with a mustache, sunglasses, and a Stars jersey? The Stars goalie Price-uh I mean Antti Niemi was the only reason the game wasn’t 3-0 in the first as the Ducks had the lions share of shots and scoring chances.
The Ducks were gifted with a long 5 on 3 power play in the period only to be too methodical with their setup as the Stars killed it off.
The last 6 or so minutes of the first turned into a wide open pond hockey match as both sides traded off on speed-driven odd man rushes and breakaways by players like Corey Perry.
Gibson was not tested particularly often in the opening frame, but Niemi made his case for the December 13th season Vezina trophy as he held the game scoreless.
Anaheim continued its dominance with the puck by beginning the period with shots 7-1 in favor of the Ducks. It was only fair, then, by the grace of the hockey gods, for the Stars to take the lead on a seeing eye shot by defenseman Stephen Johns past a screened Gibson to make it 1-0.
However, the Ducks finally cashed in just over two minutes later when the captain Ryan Getzlaf capitalized on a Johnny Oduya turnover created by Rickard Rakell to tie the game.
The Ducks started the 3rd on their second 5 on 3 advantage of the night after Jamie Benn inexplicably tried to win the face off with his glove which gets you both 2 minutes in the box and a Lindy Ruff-mandated night sleeping in your own locker.
After the first penalty expired, Corey Perry harnessed the power of the Dallas crowd’s boos and Teemu’s ketchup metaphor to make it 2-1 and give him his 3rd goal in 4 games.
Things would quickly go downhill from there, however, as the Stars rattled off 5 straight goals on a mixture of Ducks turnovers and lack of man coverage by noted roman column Kevin Bieksa.
Jonathan Bernier came in for Gibson with 7:36 left in 3rd after the 5th Dallas goal. While Gibson didn’t play as badly as the score indicated, it was one of those games where it seemed like every Dallas shot was finding the back of the net.
Apparently the weirdness of the game got Randy Carlyle feeling like taking a page out of the Patrick Roy playbook as he pulled Bernier on a 4 on 4 to create a man advantage, but the bold (crazy? dumb?) move backfired quickly as Faska put the puck into the empty net from the defensive zone to make it 6-2 to seal the game for the Stars.
The long road trip continues Thursday as the Ducks face the Bruins for the first time this season.