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Stars-Ducks Game 1 Notes

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 2:49 AM / 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.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 61 41 13 7 186 143 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 60 38 18 4 188 151 80
4 CHI 61 36 20 5 180 146 77
5 VAN 60 35 22 3 171 156 73
6 WPG 62 31 20 11 173 168 73
7 LAK 59 29 18 12 162 152 70
8 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
9 MIN 60 31 22 7 169 158 69
10 SJS 61 30 23 8 171 174 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 61 20 34 7 134 206 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 61 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 61 14 37 -3 51
E. Cole 56 18 14 4 32
J. Klingberg 47 10 22 4 32
T. Daley 58 16 15 -11 31
A. Hemsky 55 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 61 2 24 4 26
C. Eakin 58 12 13 -3 25
A. Roussel 59 11 11 -11 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 9 .906 2.96
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
 
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