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Stars down Ducks to run winning streak to five games

The Dallas Stars ran their winning streak to five games and improved to 6-1-0 with a 3-1 victory over the Ducks in Anaheim Friday night. Kari Lehtonen had 35 saves and Loui Eriksson had two goals and one assist. Mike Ribeiro also scored a goal and Jamie Benn chipped in two assists.

First period

The Stars came out quickly, scoring a goal just 13 second into the game. After Steve Ott fired a puck in off the endboards, Loui Eriksson backhanded a shot on net from a sharp angle and the puck slipped by Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller.

Hiller kept it a 1-0 game a little more than a minute later when he made a great glove save on Jamie Benn, who broke in on net and got off a wicked wrist shot.

The Stars made it 2-0 at the 7:40 with a goal off the rush. After dropping off the puck to Alex Goligoski, Mike Ribeiro went to the front of the net and knocked home the rebound of Goligoski’s blast from the high slot.

Second period

The Ducks outshot the Stars 12-5 in the second period and scored with a tenth of a second remaining in the period to cut the Stars’ lead to 2-1.

On their third power play of the period, Corey Perry banged home the rebound of a Cam Fowler shot, which banged off the endboards.

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen came up big in the period, making eleven saves including a couple of nice stops on Teemu Selanne.

Stars forward Krys Barch was shaken up in the period when he was hit in the head by Ducks forward George Parros. Barch did return to the game later in the period.

The Ducks had a goal waved off at 4:17 of the period when Perry was called for interfering with Lehtonen and was given a minor penalty.

Third period

The Stars got their two goal lead back 1:42 into the third when Jamie Benn got to a puck behind the net and centered it to Eriksson, who popped it past Hiller to put the Stars up 3-1.

Lehtonen made 14 saves in the third, including several on an Anaheim power play late in the game.

Stars lineup

Ott-Benn-Eriksson

Morrow-Ribeiro-Ryder

Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak

Barch-Dowell-Burish

Goligoski-Fistric

Souray-Robidas

Grossman-Daley

Lehtonen (starter)

Raycroft

Scratches: Pardy, Petersen, Wandell

Injured: None