Tag: Anaheim Ducks

Stars trade Shore for Cogliano

Stars trade Shore for Cogliano

Jim Nill made a big move in trading for Andrew Cogliano, Shore has been fantastic for the Stars and it is sad to see him go, the major difference between Shore and Cogliano is playoff experience and leadership. Cogliano has won five division championships with the Ducks and helped them to make the playoffs for six straight seasons.

Stars score 5 and drown the Ducks

Stars score 5 and drown the Ducks

The Dallas Stars had another mighty performance against the Ducks, scoring 5 for the 2nd time this year against them at the AAC.

Tonights efforts reflected in the shots and scoreboard, the Stars did not quit and were still searching for another goal in the final seconds of the 3rd despite having a 3 goal lead. The game saw Miro Heiskenen pick up his first NHL goal on a nice feed from Spezza, Jason Dickinson picked up 2 goals and an assist for his first 2 goal game in the NHL and Roman Polak picked up his first as a Dallas Star.

1st Period

The Stars kicked things off right from the first puck drop, immediately took the lead in shots before Dickinson walked in on Gibson and dangled his way past to put the Stars up 1-0.

The Stars continued to dominate, but on a turnover in their own zone Getzlaf collected the puck and with his first of the year knotted the game at 1.

The Stars 4th line not happy with their hard work to put the Stars up being undone by Getzlaf put things right by again having a dominating shift in the Ducks zone that lead to Ritchie & Dickinson who were instrumental in the Stars fist goal this time set Polak up as he brings the puck down the boards and walks his way to the front of the net to backhand it in and put the Stars back in the lead.

2nd Period

Just a few minutes into the 2nd and Getzlaf again wants to upset the Stars party as he ties the game again after being given way too much space to the side of Bishop.

The Stars once again answer quickly as Spezza on a break brings the puck into the Ducks zone, slows things down and waits for Miro to join the 2-on-2 and feeds him with a perfect saucer pass and Miro just a minute after Getzlaf’s goal restores the Stars lead and picks up his first ever goal in the NHL, first of I am sure many!

Despite having the lead in the hockey game the Stars don’t quit, the Ducks push to try to get one back but the Stars push harder and continue to throw pucks at Gibson. The hard work pays off as Janmark also collects his first goal of the season and Jason Dickinson picks up his 2nd of the night to finish off a great effort by the boys in green.

The Stars continue to play like this and we will be playing for that Cup!


Score: 5-2 DAL
Shots: 41-25 DAL
Faceoff: 56% DAL
Power Play: 0/3 DAL
Penalty Kill: 3/3 DAL
Hits: 13-27 ANA

Next Game: Sunday Oct 28, @ Detroit Red Wings (1-6-2) 4pm CT

GAME DAY | Time for another Duck hunt

GAME DAY | Time for another Duck hunt

The Anaheim Ducks return to the AAC for the second time already this season, the Stars who fell 3-0 early in the game managed a heroic come back as they beat the Ducks 5-3 stretching their winning streak against the Ducks to 5 straight games at the AAC.

Big Val will return to the lineup for the Stars tonight, Radulov is still out and Methot will also not play tonight. Expected lines are:

Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Justin Dowling
Devin Shore – Jason Spezza – Tyler Pitlick
Mattias Janmark – Radek Faksa – Blake Comeau
Valeri Nichushkin – Jason Dickinson – Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell – John Klingberg
Miro HeiskanenConnor Carrick
Julius HonkaRoman Polak

Ben Bishop (Starter)
Anton Khudobin

Tonight’s game

Who: Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars
Where: American Airlines Center
When: 7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310-AM/96.7-FM

Stars rally to defeat Ducks

Stars rally to defeat Ducks


The Ducks come into the AAC having lost all 4 of their last 4 visits to Dallas, the Ducks have not played well to start this season, but have come away with a good record mainly due to goaltender John Gibson. Khudobin will get his first Start for Dallas tonight giving Ben Bishop the night off, will this change also spark some extra offense for the Stars forwards…

1st Period

The game is underway and its a great start for the Stars, and just what Montgomery is looking for as Janmark, Faksa & Comeau start things off with a great shift that leads to Janmark walking in on Gibson who had to make a huge save early on. This shift was quickly followed up by Ritchie, Spezza & Nichuskin keeping the puck in the Ducks zone and Ritchie wrists one of the post.

The Stars top line continue with their dominance as Benn sets Radulov up but his shot is deflected over the net, that sends us to a TV timeout, the top line comes straight back out after and again Radulov this time finds his own space and gets a great chance that Gibson stops. Spezza’s crew then comes out and he sets Nichushkin up on a mini break away but he can’t get it past Gibson either. More good pressure from the Stars but Gibson is continuing his strong start to the season. The Ducks manage to spend some rare time in the Dallas zone and the Ducks top scorer, Silfverberg wrists one on the net and with traffic in front of Khudobin the Ducks have a surprising 1-0 lead.

The Stars continue to put pressure on the Ducks and the top line gets another chance as Benn gets a good shot on net. The Stars continue to get pucks on net and to out shoot the Ducks, but on another attack from the Ducks and another wrist shot from far this time tipped in front of the net and the Ducks are up 2-0.

The Stars are right back in the Ducks zone to try to answer quickly.

Dallas continue to push and get more pucks on net, but it feels like no bounce will go their way as they can’t get anything past Gibson. The Ducks look set to take a pounding, but to counter and the Stars need to find a way to control their attacks.

Khudobin has played well in the opening 20 minutes, but it is not the Stars debut that he wanted, two hard to see shots and it has ruined his start, lets hope he is on fire for the rest of the night!

2nd Period

It’s another good Start for the Stars and a new-look Stars team as Monte has split up the top trio, and its working as Benn gets a great chance, then Spezza, Nichushkin & Radulov come out and hit the pipe, and keep the puck in the Ducks zone for a long time resulting in 5 shots on net and a power play.

The power play generates plenty of shots on goal and the first half looks dangerous, but they can’t beat Gibson, the second half of the power play doesn’t generate much but after the power play the Stars keep the puck in the Ducks zone and continue to get pucks on the net.

Montgomery reunites the top line and Benn gets a great chance with space in front of the net but once again Gibson makes the stop.

All the offensive zone time for the Stars and Radulov gets an unfortunate hooking call and the Ducks will get some time in the Stars zone.

The Stars defend the Ducks power play well, but with less than half a minute left the Ducks get another one. 3-0 Ducks.

Spezza is put back with the Russians and its Nichushkin that sets Radulov up who almost gets one past Gibson. The Stars once again are dominating on the ice and draw another penalty and will get their 2nd chance on the power play.

The Stars power play this time takes the first minute to warm up, but once in the zone it doesn’t take the Stars long and Radulov makes up for his earlier penalty and the Stars are on the board 3-1.

After the goal for the first time in the game the play seems to go end to end, after a minute the Stars are right back to dominating play and Nichushkin sets up Carrick for a one-timer and the Stars are within 1.

The Stars are alive and Benn and Seguin come straight of the center ice face off and Seguin feeds Benn who gets the game tied. Finally, all the Stars good work is paying off and the American Airlines Centre has come to its feet!

Nichushkin with an almost identical play sets Carrick up for another one timer, but it is deflected by the Ducks defense.

Gibson after letting in 3 quick goals is getting frustrated, and takes a silly penalty against Benn, so the Stars are back on the power play.

The Stars win the loss on the draw and Seguin feeds Radulov and Gibson makes a big stop.

Seguin remains out, and gets 3 great chances and Seguin can’t believe he is still yet to score tonight or against the Ducks.

The Stars power play is generating some huge scoring chances, but Gibson is making up for taking a penalty.

The Stars have kept the puck in the Ducks zone for the entire power play, Seguin is buzzing for a goal but its Klingberg who gets a perfect wrist shot from the point that goes bar down and the Stars have their first lead of the night on their 44th shot!

The Stars will take their 2nd power play of the night on another weak call against Ritchie. The call comes with just a minute and half left in the 2nd period. The power play looks exhausted and does not look dangerous until a quick wrist shot rings off the post but remains out, the Stars take a 4-3 lead to the break.

The Stars record 30 shots on net, just 2 shy of the franchise record 32 shots in a period back in the 70’s.

3rd Period

Dallas kill of the remaining time of the Ducks power play, and Gibson who made plenty of unbelievable stops in the first two periods will not start the 3rd, it is not clear if there is an injury or after letting in 4 goals.

The Stars keep the in game line changes in place and Pitlick gets the first good chance on net, but it is blocked by the Ducks defense.

The pace has slowed down in the first 5 minutes as there seems to be less urgency from either team.

It’s quick changes for the Stars, who look keen to keep their lead as they control the play and don’t want to take any risks. It makes for a much less interesting period to watch than the last, but as long as they can stay in control the clock is winding down as we are already half-way through the final period.

The period continues to wind down, the shots are slightly in the ducks favor but are low at 5-3 with 15 minutes played in the 3rd. The Stars continue to control the puck and keep chipping it down into Anaheim’s zone.

Entering the final 2 minutes of the game a face off in the Stars zone brings Miller to the Anaheim bench for the extra attacker. The Ducks get a couple of shots on net immediately but the Stars who love to shoot for the empty net Radek Faksa shoots the puck from the Dallas goal line all the way in to the empty net. 5-3 Stars.

The Stars keep a little pressure on as the Ducks look to have no energy left, the Stars pressure gets them to 51 shots and Khudobin gets his first win in his Dallas debut.


Score: 5-3 DAL
Shots: 51-25 DAL
Face off: 55% DAL
Power Play: 2/3 DAL
Penalty Kill: 1/2 DAL
Hits: 14-16 ANA

Next game: @ Ottawa Senators (2-2-1) 15th Oct

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GAME DAY: Stars vs Ducks

GAME DAY: Stars vs Ducks

The Dallas Stars take on the Anaheim Ducks for the final game of their 4 game home stand that started the season.

After their first loss of the season Coach Montgomery has decided to tinker with the lines, the top trio of Benn, Seguin & Radulov will remain intact, all three of the other lines will be shuffled around, what we expect to see:

Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Alexander Radulov

Valeri Nichushkin – Jason Spezza – Brett Ritchie

Jason Dickinson – Radek Faksa – Tyler Pitlick

Mattias Janmark – Devin Shore – Blake Comeau

Esa Lindell – John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen – Connor Carrick

Marc Methot – Julius Honka

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Stephen Johns skating in practice this morning which is a good sign, but is not expected to return against the Ducks. Anton Khudobin was the first player to leave the ice in this mornings skate, this could be a sign he will be starting tonight, but it has not been confirmed.

Anaheim has a very strong 3-0-1 record to start the 2018-19 campaign, picking up a point in every game played. However, their one loss came in overtime against the Arizona Coyotes and all but their 5-2 opening night victory against the Sharks have been one goal games, so the Stars should expect a different type of game to the one against the Maple Leafs.

Go Stars!



Ducks defeat Stars 5-3

Ducks defeat Stars 5-3

Pre Game

The Ducks are heading to the post season once again, the Stars fate has been decided and they will not appear in this years cup run.

1st Period

McKenna gets the start for the Stars as both Ben Bishop and Kari Lehtonen are out with injuries.

It is a slow start but 3 minutes in and the Ducks get a break and McKenna who was fantastic in relief in the win against the Sharks has no chance on a break by the Ducks, and Anaheim take an early lead.

McKenna gets a chance to shine seconds later as Perry is set up on a break away, but McKenna shuts the door and keeps the Stars within a shot.

The Ducks on the power play later in the period extend their lead.

The Stars get on the board with Methot who gets his first of the year. The first will end 3-1 however, as the Ducks add another with just 20 seconds left on the clock.

2nd Period

The Ducks get an early power play in the 2nd, but cannot get one past McKenna, they however get a break after the penalty has expired and on an odd man break the Ducks extend their lead to 4-1.

Faksa gets the Stars back in the game with a deflection in front of the net, bringing the score to 4-2, The Stars continue to look strong in the second but the period ends with the Stars down by 2.

3rd Period

The Stars come out strong again in the 3rd, looking to complete another 3rd period come back.

Jamie Benn receives a pass from Klingberg and walks in and wrists one top shelf.

Dallas gets their first power play at the midway point of the 3rd, the Stars look strong but can’t solve miller.

Entering the last 5 minutes of play and McKenna makes a fantastic save keeping the Stars in the game, however, the Stars turn the puck over immediately and the Ducks this time beat McKenna and extend the lead to 5-3.

The Stars pull McKenna to try to get back in the game, but can’t get anything past Miller.

Game Stats

Score: 3-5 ANA

Shots: 26-33 ANA

PP: 0/1 DAL – 1/4 ANA

FO: 53% DAL


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Jamie Benn’s late power play goal gets Stars past Ducks

Jamie Benn’s late power play goal gets Stars past Ducks

Pre Game

The Ducks are in town for the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season, the Ducks recently won the first meeting 2-0 in Anaheim many thanks to a heroic effort by Ryan miller who posted a 41 save shutout. He will be getting the start again for the Ducks in this one.

The Stars have been struggling for offense lately but have managed to tighten up defensively after a few big losses in February and sit 4th in the league in goals against. They will need to provide some offense tonight as a win here is crucial! They will go on the road for 6 straight and picking up 2 points at home against another 80 point team in the West will be a must before starting a tricky road trip that could determine if they reach the playoffs.

Fan favorite and all time play-by-play announcer Ralph Strangis kicks things off tonight with the ceremonial puck drop with captains Jamie Benn & Ryan Getzlaf as part of the Stars 25th anniversary celebrations.

1st Period

The Stars almost immediately go on the penalty kill to start things off, this gives the Ducks a few early chances and although the Stars kill it off thanks to some big stops by Kari, it feels like it has set the tone a little, the Ducks have the edge and are getting the better of the opportunities with the stars chances coming quickly on their counter attacks.

It is good to see Jamie and Tyler setting each other up, they are looking like the dynamic due against Anaheim back in the playoffs a few years ago!

As the period progresses, the Stars start to look stronger and things seem to have evened out, this however, starts to give the Ducks the counter attacks that always seem so worrying against the Stars.

As soon as I mention counter attacks… the Stars on a rush get a shot on net that ends up sending Perry and Getzlaf on a 2-on-1, Getzlaf brings the puck down the wing and wrists one in, putting the Ducks up with a few minutes left in the first.

2nd Period

This are pretty even as we start the second, shots are 10 a piece, and the play is picking up with both teams getting chances, the Stars are getting the better of the chances and look like a goal is inevitable, however both goalies are keeping this one close.

The best chance comes towards the end of the period, it starts with a strange play that has Kesler running into Lehtonen, Kari gives him the blocker to say thank you and the Stars get a break the other way with Radulov, Seguin and Klingberg.

Radulov brings the puck in, feeds Seguin from the center of the ducks zone who quickly moves it across the ice to Klingberg, John gets a shot on net the produces a nice rebound Tyler manages to swipe at the bouncing puck and gets a shot that goes of the post, then hits Miller in the back of the head and looked to be rolling in but rolls back out just wide of the post. The Stars are starting to control the game and can’t get much closer than that!

As we approach the final minute of the 2nd, the shots that have been pretty much even all game, are now 23 – 15 in favor of Dallas.

3rd Period

The Stars get a good start to the 3rd and get more shots on net, Spezza gets a great chance in alone on Miller but is too close in on net and Miller manages to poke check the puck off Spezza’s stick otherwise we would have had a tied game.

All the chances for the Stars lead to them being awarded their first power play of the night, it starts off a little uncontrolled as things don’t seem to click. But with just 20 seconds left on the man advantage Benn has the puck in the zone, he gets it deep behind the net, brings the puck out and drops it to Tyler who feeds Shore in front of the net who tips it in off the bar with just 2 seconds remaining on the power play, we have a tied game!

They are used to coming back in games of late, but the nice thing to see tonight is the Stars have found some momentum and are keeping it going, they look like a team that wants this done in regulation and don’t fancy yet another trip to overtime.

Both teams get good chances, the Ducks need point here too and are not backing down without a fight, and Fowler gets very close to restoring the Ducks lead with a slapper that goes off the post. A good break for Kari who has been fantastic again tonight.

The Stars with just 6 minutes left in the game get another power play, and this time set up in the Anaheim zone early on and look good, Klingberg controls the puck at the blue line, gets it down to Seguin who feeds it back to Klingberg who now has more space, he steps into the center of the ice, gets a shot away and Jamie Benn in front of the net gets his stick on it and deflects it past Miller, the Stars are 2 for 2 on the power play and have a 2-1 lead.

The Ducks have a little push to try to tie the game again in the last five minutes but the Stars hold tight, they end up taking a penalty in the last minute, and the Ducks pull their net minder so they have a 6-4 man advantage on the ice, but the Stars manage to kill it off and collect the all important 2 points, and equally important to not give any points to the teams they are fighting in this playoff race!

Game Stats:

Score: 1-2 DAL

Shots: 27-37 DAL

PP: 0/3 ANA – 2/2 DAL

FO: 50%

Next up: Pittsburgh Penguins (39-25-4) In Pittsburgh

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Stars can’t get past Miller and the Ducks

Stars can’t get past Miller and the Ducks

Full Game Review

Pre Game

The Stars and Ducks are ready to go at the Honda Centre, it is the first meeting between the two teams this year, the clubs have plenty of history so expect it to be an exciting match up tonight.

The Stars are coming of a loss against the Sharks, at this time of year it is important to keep the wins coming, the Stars have been good all year at coming back after a loss, so expect to see them come out focused to start this one.

The Ducks are on a big push at the moment and are just a point back from the Stars and playoff hockey.

The Stars have not won a game at the Honda center in the last 2 seasons, the stats leading into the last few games for the Stars on paper have suggested some really easy wins for the Stars and yet the opposite has occurred, with this in mind hopefully a mix up of the lines tonight and a mix up of the stats will bring a win for the Stars.

1st Period

Here we go, the first thing to notice is how empty the arena is, strange considering the position the Ducks find themselves in. It’s good for the Stars, but I imagine the building will fill up as the period goes on.

It’s a good start for the Stars who get a good chance early on for Janmark on a rebound and Miller makes a good stop.

The Starting goalies are Miller and Bishop 4 minutes in and Miller has stopped 3 shots and Bishop has had just the 1 to deal with.

Now over 7 minutes in neither team has had a really good opportunity to score, but its been a fast paced game, and time seems to be going by fast. The shots are now 5-2 Stars.

With 7 minutes left in the period Ritchie gets the puck with some space in front of the net and hammers one of the post. It was one of the better chances of the first.

The Stars penalty leader, Roussel, then holds Fowler and puts the Ducks on the power play, just 7 seconds in to the man advantage and Lindholm gets a wide open net on a rebound and the Ducks are up 1-0.

The Stars come back with Benn and Radulov, Radulov gets a shot on net but Miller answers it with the glove. Johns was wide open and winding up, but it is good to see Radulov looking to shoot, he has been dry in the goal scoring column lately and it starts with he and Benn not registering many shots on goal.

Shots are 8-4 Dallas, and the Stars look like they want to answer the Ducks goal quickly.

A turnover leads to Pitlick being in close, but perhaps a little to close as he can’t elevate it past Miller.

Despite the mix up of center’s it is good to see Dallas back on top on the face-offs, they are starting the play with the puck 65% of the time, and are starting to control possession in the game.

The puck has been in Anaheim’s zone for over a minute, the Stars get a change and Ritchie comes on and makes 2 big hits in the offensive zone. The hitting and intensity seems to be ramping up.

The period comes to an end in the Anaheim zone, the game is looking good and the Stars are looking good.

Period Stats

Score: 0-1 ANA

Shots: 10-4 DAL

PP: 0/1 DAL – 1/1 ANA

FO: 58% DAL

Hits: 10-15 ANA

2nd Period

The period stars off with an attack from the Stars, but the Ducks counter with several attacks and plenty of zone time as the Stars suddenly look like they are standing still.

The Stars finally get a break and get the puck out and on an entering feed from Pitlick that takes a strange bounce Miller has to make a big stop.

The Ducks immediately counter and its Perry who ends up all alone in front of the net and is robbed by Bishop who makes a huge glove stop.

On another push by the Ducks the play is behind the Stars net and Seguin trips Corey Perry and Anaheim are back on the power play.

The Stars penalty kill this time looks unbeatable, and don’t give the Ducks any chances, as the penalty is coming to an end Janmark gets a break down the side of the ice and slaps one in on Miller who turns it aside.

The play continues to go end to end, the Stars are getting more sustained zone time, however the Ducks are getting more odd man rushes. Both Bishop and Miller are keeping this game close.

Shots are now 14-9 in favor of Dallas.

With a little over 6 minutes to play in the second, the Stars win an end zone face-off, and Richie, Ellie and Spezza each get a good chance on net, the ducks get the next break and its Perry again lurking at the Stars blue line and goes 1-on-1 with Lindell who blocks his first shot, and Bishop makes the stop on his second attempt.

It’s picking up a little as teams are finding a little more open ice.

The Stars with more good zone time end up taking a tripping call against Roussel, the Ducks are back on the power play.

The Stars have another tremendous kill, keeping the Ducks from any serious scoring chances.

Back at full strength and Benn gets the puck up to Radulov who undresses the Ducks defense, twice, but on the third deke is taken down, there is no call on the play as the Ducks recover the puck and go the other way.

End of period.

Period Stats

Score: 0-1 ANA

Shots: 7-8 ANA

FO: 54% DAL

PP: 0/0 DAL – 1/3 ANA

Hits: 17-24 ANA

3rd Period

The period stars and with all the talk being focused on how long it has been since the Stars have been on the man advantage it only seems fit that in the first minute of the period Fowler slashes Radulov and the Stars finally get a power play.

The top unit is out and looking good, they have the Ducks are under a lot of pressure and with 42 seconds left in their penalty kill, Getzlaf shoots the puck out of play and the Stars now get a 5 on 3 power play.

Just 5 seconds in to the 5 on 3 and the Ducks gain possession and on another clearing attempt shoot the puck again over the boards, and Manson is in the box too.

The Stars come out with Benn, Seguin, Radulov, Spezza & Klingberg and immediately get a great opportunity that Benn rips of the post.

As you would expect on a 5 on 3 the Stars are all over the Ducks, several chances but Miller is standing strong so far.

With the time on the penalties running out, the Stars get a couple more really good looks, Getzlaf returns to the ice and on a chip play to clear the puck, Bishop comes out race for a loose puck, but Gatzlaf beats him to it and gets a shorty.

The Ducks then take a slashing call while still killing off the final delay of game call so the Stars are going back on a 5-on-3.

The 5-on-3 doesn’t last long and the stars have 1:30 left on a 5-on-4 power play.

With just over a minute left on the power play, and the shots now 29-14 DAL, the Stars are down 2 nothing and need a goal to stay in this game.

The penalty expires and the Stars are yet to find a way to get one past Miller.

The Stars keep the pressure on after all the penalties. As with 8 minutes to go the Ducks are just trying to wait this one out.

As we head to the final TV timeout the Stars now lead in shots 34-16, but still trail by 2.

With 3:36 left in the game Ben Bishop heads to the Stars bench and the Stars get the extra man out.

The Stars get yet again more good shots on Miller.

Just 2 minutes left, the shots are now 36-17. The Stars spend the entirety of the next minute in the Ducks zone, they now have 41 shots on Miller who has stopped them all.

The final seconds run down in the period, again all spent in front of the Ducks net but Miller is the hero of the night and fall 2-0 against the Ducks.

After the buzzer goes, both teams come together and Benn takes on Perry and a line brawl breaks out to end a frustrating game for the Stars.

End of game

Game Stats

Score: 0-2 ANA

Shots 41-17 DAL

PP: 0/4 DAL – 1/3 ANA

FO: 53% DAL

Hits: 20-28 ANA

Next: Tomorrow night at LAK (33-22-5)

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