The Dallas Stars opened a three-game homestand with a 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks Monday night at American Airlines Center. After squandering a 3-0 lead in the second period, the Stars bounced back with goals from Michael Ryder and Eric Nystrom in the third period. Brenden Morrow, Alex Goligoski and Mike Ribeiro also scored for the Stars. Richard Bachman stopped 25 of 28 shots for his fourth victory since being called up from the AHL.
The Stars came out sluggish early in the game and were outshot 8-3 over the first nine minutes, but they took advantage of an odd-man rush to take a 1-0 lead in the game at the 9:06 mark. Brenden Morrow finished off a give-and-go with Mike Ribeiro for his third goal in the last three games.
The Stars came close to making it a 2-0 game with just over four minutes left in the period, but Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller made great pad save on point blank chance by Eric Nystrom.
The Stars got a 38 second five-on-three power play – their first of the season – at the end of the period and had 11 seconds remaining on the two-man advantage when the first period ended.
After 11 seconds of remaining of five-on-three time at the beginning of the second period expired, the Stars got another brief five-on-three and cashed in on this one.
Alex Goligoski’s shot from the right point found its way through traffic and past Hiller to give the Stars a 2-0 lead.
Just 24 seconds later, with the Stars still on the power play, Ribeiro beat Hiller from the left circle to put the Stars up 3-0.
Anaheim scored on its second power play of the game at the 4:30 mark to cut the Dallas lead to 3-1. Teemu Selanne took a pass from Corey Perry, skated into the left circle and beat Stars goaltender Richard Bachman with a snap shot.
The Ducks cut the lead to 3-2 with a power play goal at the 14:49 mark when Lubomir Visnovsky scored on a shot from the point with Anaheim on the power play.
The Ducks tied the game 1:33 left in the period when a Cam Fowler shot from the point was deflected into the net from the high slot by Nick Bonino.
The Stars got the lead back at the 6:42 mark when Loui Eriksson centered the puck from behind the net to Michael Ryder, who ripped a shot past Hiller from the slot.
The Stars extended the lead to 5-3 at 14:19 of the third. Eric Nystrom, who had forced a turnover in the Anaheim zone just moments earlier, took a pass from Vernon Fiddler and scored from the from the left circle.
Injured: Larsen (quad contusion), Vincour (MCL), Burish (hand), Lehtonen (groin)