Dallas continues to put points on the board, making it 9-0-1 in the last 10 games after shutting out the Anaheim Ducks 2-0. Brenden Morrow got the game winner in the second period on a PP goal and Michael Ryder got his 30th goal of the season with an empty netter to salt the game away.
The Stars were never really in any danger during this game as the Ducks couldn’t get any offense going. Anaheim only managed 21 shots on goal and only three or four of those gave Kari Lehtonen any trouble. Kari stopped all 21 of those shots and got his third shutout of the season.
Dallas could have had four or five goals but Ducks’ goalie Jonas Hiller was solid as well. He stopped 21 of 22 shots that he saw.
The win puts Dallas at 81 points on the season, still one point ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes, who beat the San Jose Sharks today 3-0. The Stars return to the ice on Tuesday in Minnesota to face the Wild.
Dallas got a goal early in the period as the Ducks took two penalties to go down two men. The Stars would be able to capitalize on tic-tac-toe passing from Steve Ott to Jamie Benn to Brenden Morrow. Morrow had an open net and didn’t waste his chance to score the first goal of the game just 2:37 into the period. Morrow’s goal tied him with Jere Lehtinen for 8th all time on the Stars point list.
Dallas had a multitude of chances to get more goals but couldn’t get the puck past Hiller again. Michaey Ryder and Loui Eriksson had point-blank shots that they couldn’t capitalize on.
The referees got more involved in this period as the Stars had four power plays while the Ducks had two.
Ducks forward Corey Perry was dinged up around the 10 minute mark when Stephane Robidas checked him into the boards. Perry fell face first and seemed to hurt his shoulder. He went to the locker room in considerable pain.
Dallas was the aggressor again in this period. They’re looking good on offense and have been solid on defense. Kari Lehtonen has been stopping the few shots that have reached him. He only faced six shots this period.
The first period was pretty uneventful all around. There were only brief spurts of scoring chances in the opening and closing minutes of the period.
Adam Burish couldn’t score on an open net and Loui Eriksson was stopped by Hiller on a breakaway. Jamie Benn also had a great chance up close that was stopped by Hiller.
The Stars were outshot 8-6 in the period but had better chances to score. Kari Lehtonen only had to make one difficult save all period.
Steve Ott and Brenden Morrow returned from injuries in this game. Ott had 5:41 of ice time, had one shot block and one shot on goal. Surprisingly, he only took one face-off, which he lost. Morrow had 4:58 of ice time and recorded two hits.
Overall, the Stars looked like the better team. They had a little more energy and were more determined to get to the puck. Scoring chances were there but the Stars just couldn’t finish.