Stars-Ducks Game 1 Notes

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 1:49 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Ducks Game 1 Notes
The Dallas Stars played well at times Wednesday night, but 30 minutes into the game they found themselves down 4-0.

The Dallas Stars played well at times Wednesday night, but 30 minutes into the game they found themselves down 4-0. The Ducks scored their first two goals off transition, tallying 1:53 into the game on their first shot and then added another at the 12:49 mark.

The Ducks then cashed in on a couple of power play chances to extend that lead to 4-0.

“First maybe 12 minutes, I felt we were playing well. They seemed to get the tougher scoring chances or the better scoring chances. Some days it goes like that,” said Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen. “They’re a great team and have skilled guys. When they got good opportunities, they used it. It was a tough battle after being down 4-0.”

For the Ducks, it a perfect start to Game 1 of the series.

"I think it was us just being excited," Ducks forward Corey Perry said. "Back on a big stage, and everybody wants to play and everybody wants to win.”

Quotable: Stars forward Tyler Seguin on the next game

“I think we were working hard. It is going to be a long series. That was definitely the message throughout the room. Now we have to bounce back and get ready for the next game.”

Quotable: Ducks forward Corey Perry on giving up three unanswered goals to the Stars

“A little adversity isn’t going to hurt us. We’ve got to learn how to play with the lead, especially down to the wire. All those things are going to help us.”

Ducks lose Beleskey, Getzlaf takes puck to face

Ducks forward Matt Beleskey left Wednesday’s game midway through the third period with a lower body injury and did not return. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said he’s hopeful Beleskey can play Friday.

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf left the game late in the third period after getting hit in the face with a puck off the stick of Stars forward Tyler Seguin. Boudreau said Getzlaf should be OK.

“I just know he’s getting stitched up right now,” Boudreau said. “That’s the only thing I’ve heard. I think he’s going to be OK, but he’ll probably have a nasty cut on the side of his mouth. I’ll know more tomorrow or later tonight.”

Dillon sits for Stars

Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon sat out Wednesday’s playoff opener with a lower body injury. Dillon, who was injured in Friday’s game against St. Louis, did not skate Wednesday.

“He's just not able to skate,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “He's not comfortable enough to skate.”

Dillon is listed as day to day.

Statistical tidbits

*Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour both scored goals in their NHL playoff debuts.

*Both teams had 35 shots on goal. Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin led the Stars with five shots apiece. Corey Perry led the Ducks with six shots.

*The Stars were 1-5 on the power play. The Ducks were 2-5 on the power play.

*The Stars goal came on a five-on-three power play. They were 0-14 on five-on-three power plays during the regular season.

*The Stars won 37 of 83 faceoffs (45 percent). Vernon Fiddler won 13 of 19. Jamie Benn won 10 of 22. Cody Eakin won 5 of 20. Anaheim’s Saku Koivu won 14 of 19 and Ducks’ center Mathieu Perreault won 10 of 16.

*Anaheim blocked 21 shots in the game. Defenseman Ben Lovejoy had five blocked shots for the Ducks.

*Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski played a game-high 28:39 of ice time.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Antoine Rousse- Cody EakinRyan Garbutt
Erik ColeVernon FiddlerAlex Chiasson
Ray WhitneyShawn HorcoffColton Sceviour

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Patrik NemethJordie Benn
Aaron RomeSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Tim Thomas

Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Dustin Jeffrey, Chris Mueller

Injured: Brenden Dillon (lower body), Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat)

Ducks lineup

Matt Beleskey – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Jakob Silfverberg – Saku Koivu – Andrew Cogliano
Daniel Winnik – Nick Bonino – Kyle Palmieri
Patrick Maroon – Mathieu Perreault – Teemu Selanne

Hampus Lindholm – Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler – Ben Lovejoy
Bryan Allen – Stephane Robidas

Frederik Andersen
Jonas Hiller

Scratched: Luca Sbisa, Sami Vatanen, Rickard Rakell, Devante Smith-Pelly, John Gibson

Injured: Tim Jackman (hand)

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 76 28 44 -4 72
T. Seguin 66 34 35 -1 69
J. Spezza 76 16 41 -3 57
J. Klingberg 59 11 27 6 38
C. Eakin 72 17 19 -2 36
T. Daley 62 16 19 -9 35
A. Goligoski 76 4 31 0 35
A. Hemsky 70 11 21 -6 32
S. Horcoff 72 11 17 8 28
V. Fiddler 74 12 14 -6 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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