The Dallas Stars ran their winning streak to five games and their points streak to 10 games (9-0-1) with a 2-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center Saturday night. Kari Lehtonen stopped 21 shots for his third shutout of the season and Brenden Morrow and Michael Ryder scored goals.
The Ducks had an 8-6 shots advantage in the first period, but the Stars had some good chances. An Adam Burish backhand chance was turned away by Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller. The Anaheim goalie also made a nice stop on a point blank chance by Loui Eriksson. Steve Ott had a great chance from the left circle late in the period, but his shot hit the post.
There were no power plays in the period.
Special teams were big in the second period. The Stars went 1-3 on the power play and the Ducks went -0-2.
The Stars opened the scoring early in the second period, taking advantage of back-to-back penalties on the Ducks. Just as a 35 second five-on-three power play expired, Jamie Benn sent a cross-crease pass to Brenden Morrow who put the puck into the open side of the net at the 2:37 mark.
The Ducks had a couple of power play chances, but were unable to take advantage.
The Stars outshot the Ducks 9-6 in the second and had a 15-14 advantage going into the second intermission.
The Ducks had their third power play chance of the night five minutes into the third, but got only one shot on goal.
Lehtonen had a nice stop later in the period on a Niklas Hagman close range bid with the two teams playing at even-strength.
The Ducks went on a fourth power play with 5:16 remaining, but it lasted only five seconds as Teemu Selanne was called for holding on the right off the faceoff.
Hiller kept the Ducks close, making great stops on Loui Eriksson, Vernon Fiddler and Eric Nystrom, but with Hiller out for the extra attacker Michael Ryder scored into the empty net with 46 seconds left to give the Stars a 2-0 lead.
Injured: Souray (lower body)
Scratched: Petersen, Dowell, Garbutt