(SportsNetwork.com) - After picking up seven of a possible 10 points on their
homestand, the Dallas Stars hit the road for a handful of games beginning on
Saturday night against the Anaheim Ducks.
The Stars won the first three of a five-game residency by a 14-1 margin,
including shutout wins over Minnesota and Pittsburgh. They dropped a one-goal
decision in regulation to Colorado on Monday, then lost 3-2 in overtime versus
the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.
Tyler Seguin scored with 51.5 seconds left in regulation for the Stars, but
Jamie Benn took a tripping minor 28 seconds into overtime and the Devils did
not wait long to cash in, with Patrik Elias putting home a rebound 40 seconds
into the bonus frame.
Benn had a goal and Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on 24 shots for the
Stars, who were held to a season-low 16 shots in the game, with just four in
the first period.
"It was a bit of a roller-coaster," Seguin said of the homestand, which now
gives way to a three-game road trip. "We had some good moments, we had some
tough moments. It's about finding consistency as a group right now."
Both Benn and Seguin have done that as of late. The former has a goal in four
straight with nine points over his last five games, while Seguin has notched
three goals and eight points over his last four games.
The Ducks opened a five-game homestand with a rare loss at the Honda Center,
falling 4-2 to Minnesota on Tuesday. However, they bounced back and avoided a
losing streak by notching a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on
Playing in his 1,100th career game, Saku Koivu set up Daniel Winnik's short-
handed goal in the third period and added an empty-netter. Winnik, meanwhile,
got his first goal since Oct. 10, Corey Perry scored and Ryan Getzlaf finished
with a goal, assist and fight for the Ducks.
Rookie Frederik Andersen made 27 saves to improve to 14-2-0 this season with a
1.94 goals against average and .931 save percentage.
"We preach about it a lot, bouncing back after a loss," Anaheim head coach
Bruce Boudreau said. "When I talk about losing streaks following winning
streaks, you try to make it a point to not let it snowball. Not that it won't
happen, but that's what we talk about."
The Ducks became the first team in the NHL to reach 40 wins, having claimed a
victory in 22 of their last 26 games. They are also 22-2-2 at home.
Anaheim may be without forward Nick Bonino tonight due to an upper-body
injury, leaving the game versus the Flyers after taking a hard hit in the
The Ducks and Stars have split the first two of three meetings this season,
with each team claiming a 6-3 victory at home. Anaheim has won four of the
past six encounters overall.
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