Ducks vs. Stars – take three. The first two went to the Ducks, but for the Stars, the third time was the charm. Having rested three full days between games helped.
Things started off pretty even, despite a more physical game from the Dallas. After a great short handed scoring chance by Todd Marchant late in the first period, the Stars came back on the next shift to make it 1-0 on a power play goal from Steve Ott at 14:43.
The Ducks were able to tie up the game at 8:29 of the second period on a power play goal of their own from Corey Perry. It was the only shot that got past Kari Lehtonen, who had 26 saves on the evening.
The game remained tied until a fluke goal in the third period. Cam Fowler, sporting the new #4 (yes, he’s arrived), made a rookie error and turned over the puck to the Stars. Brad Richards popped the puck over Jonas Hiller’s shoulder and it crossed the line, just barely, to give Dallas the lead at 8:24. While originally ruled no goal, the review clearly showed a little glint of white ice, indicating all of the rubber disk had crossed the line. Whether by a millimeter or clearly in the back of the net, a goal is a goal.
The Stars broke a three game losing streak. The Ducks got their first regulation loss in eight games.
The team now goes back north again (who scheduled this wacky geographical road trip?), this time to play Minnesota. A win there would give them three points out of six on the road trip. A loss would indicate yet another unsuccessful jaunt on the road.
At 20 games into the season, the Ducks need all the points they can get at this juncture. Other teams have played far fewer games (again, who scheduled this?!) and will certainly take advantage later on to catch up in the standings. The points do matter.
In other notes: Troy Bodie was put on waivers on Monday morning and was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes. Bodie had not played since October 29 and had been a healthy scratch for the Ducks since then.