The Anaheim Ducks were hoping to rebound nicely from a 4-2 defeat against the Nashville Predators, and they were unable to do so, as the Stars would hang on to a narrow victory, winning the game by a final score of
Let’s take a look at how this game broke down.
The first period got underway with some quick pressure by the Dallas Stars, immediately followed by a penalty call against Tyler Pitlick. The Ducks would go to the power play just 47 seconds into the game, but they would ultimately fail to get any dangerous chances directed towards the net.
The game quickly slowed down to become more of a neutral zone possession battle than anything, as scoring chances were rarely seen. Nobody was playing overly physically, nobody was taking bad penalties, just....nothin’.
FINALLY, SOME ACTION! Ryan Getzlaf uses a blocked shot to turn an odd-man rush with Corey Perry in the middle of the ice. Getzlaf opted to take the shot instead of pass and beat Kari Lehtonen over the shoulder to give the Ducks the lead with 2:44 left in the opening period. 1-0 Anaheim!
The first period came to a close without too much else to write home about, but hey, a lead is a lead. 1-0 Ducks after one period of play and shots on goal favored Anaheim by an 11-9 count.
The 2nd period started with a bit more excitable of a pace, with both teams skating up and down trading chances. Ryan Miller made a couple great saves in the first two or three minutes of the period to maintain the Ducks 1-0 advantage.
Antoine Roussel would be called for slashing at the 4:26 mark of the middle frame, giving the Ducks their second power play opportunity of the evening. Once again, the Ducks were unable to generate much of anything on the man advantage and the teams returned to even strength with the Ducks 0-for-2 on the power play thus far.
Throughout the middle of the period, the Stars had some absolutely dominant shifts in the Anaheim zone but still could not find a way to beat Ryan Miller. Josh Manson made a couple incredible defensive plays to knock away extremely dangerous chances from Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov.
The teams continued to lock things down defensively and limit chances on both sides after a fairly exciting start to the 2nd period. Tyler Seguin had a glorious chance once again with just under three minutes remaining in the 2nd, but Ryan Miller made an outstanding save to once again keep the one-goal lead intact.
The Stars applied one last shift of heavy pressure as time wound down in the middle frame, but Ryan Miller continued to hold strong and keep the Stars off the board. 1-0 Anaheim after two, shots on goal now heavily favoring the Stars, 26-15.
The third period began where the 2nd left off, with the Stars controlling a majority of possession in Anaheim’s half of the ice. The Stars would get a power play with just over 13 minutes remaining in regulation, as Corey Perry was sent to the sin bin for closing his hand on the puck.
The Stars would convert on their first power play opportunity of the night through a perfect deflection from Devin Shore on a Tyler Seguin assist. 1-1. 11:10 remaining in regulation.
Josh Manson would leave to the locker room with 10:04 remaining in regulation after he fell and appeared to be kicked in the face unintentionally by a skate blade as he fell. Very scary moment for the Ducks and hockey fans anywhere watching, really.
After some wild moments with Dallas fans screaming at phantom penalties, they were finally rewarded one as Marcus Pettersson took a holding call to prevent a breakaway for Antoine Roussel. Stars back to the power play.
Aaaaaand it didn’t take long for them to convert. 2-1 Stars. Yep.
With 1:19 to go in the third, Ryan Miller headed off to the Anaheim bench to give the Ducks the extra attacker and the faceoff deep in the Dallas zone.
The Ducks would get a power play with 16 seconds to go with a chance to go 6-on-4 to tie the game, but with one clear, the Stars were able to kill off the remainder of the clock and hang on for the 2-1 victory.
The Ducks will be back in action on Monday night back home at Honda Center when they host the St Louis Blues.