You knew it had to come to an end at some point, but could you be faulted for wanting the winning streak to continue just one game longer?
The Ducks, who were 8-0-1, with a a five game winning streak, finally stopped earning points with a 1-0 loss to Dallas. They did not play poorly. Kari Lehtonen merely played better.
The Finnish goaltender stood on his head and developed octopus arms, stopping all 27 shots that he saw. It was his first shutout of the season and it gave Dallas their first win since January 7.
The game would still be going were it not for a fluke goal for the Stars. The puck deflected off of defenseman Cam Fowler in front of the net and went in behind Jonas Hiller at 16:41 of the first period.
“I didn’t even see the shot come,” said Fowler. “I don’t know what I would have done differently to avoid it. What are you going to do? Blocked a shot right off my pants and over Hilly’s shoulder. You just shake you head and ask why sometimes. Why do those things happen? It’s a part of the game.”
The Stars did not get many chances and the Ducks held them to 16 shots. It did not matter. Without Lehtonen performing insanely well in net, Anaheim could not buy a goal.
Sort of karmic justice for being outplayed by Colorado on Sunday and still winning the game. This time, the Ducks outplayed Dallas, but came out the losers.
You win some. You lose some. Unfortunately the Ducks have lost too many this season and really would have preferred going into the All Star game break on a positive.
The Ducks have to wait until next Tuesday to get back to winning again.
Corey Perry will be the sole representative for the Ducks this weekend at the All Star game. Everyone else gets to rest, relax and heal up.
In other notes: J.F. Jacques was called up from Syracuse to serve his first game in his suspension.