Lehtonen, Stars down Ducks

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Updated: February 9, 2013

Kari Lehtonen stopped 20 shots and the Dallas
Stars got goals from three different players in a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim
Ducks.

Trevor Daley, Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson lit the lamp for Dallas, which
earned its 758th win since moving to Texas 19 seasons ago. That equals the
victory total the team had in 26 seasons as the Minnesota North Stars.

The Stars have earned points in seven consecutive home games against the
Ducks, compiling a 6-0-1 record in that span. Anaheim has not won in
regulation at American Airlines Center since Oct. 26, 2010.

Jonas Hiller stopped 14-of-16 shots in the opening period for the Stars, but
was lifted after suffering a lower body injury. Rookie Viktor Fasth allowed a
goal on 12 shots the rest of the way.

Nick Bonino scored the lone goal for the Ducks, who had a four-game winning
streak broken.

The Stars, who won their third in a row overall, capitalized on a roughing
penalty to Brad Staubitz and scored on the power play 8:48 into the contest on
Daley’s blast from the high slot.

Dallas expanded to a 2-0 lead thanks to another man-advantage goal, this one
resulting from a 5-minute major and game misconduct from Staubitz after a
spearing penalty was called.

“It wasn’t a penalty,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “What do you want me
to say. Good refs have bad games. Like good hockey players have bad games,
good refs have bad games. He didn’t do anything. A spear, as far as I know, is
when you take the butt of the stick or the blade of the stick and you stick it
in someone’s gut. It hit him (Brenden Dillon) three quarters of the way up the
shaft.”

Benn netted the goal at the 12:59 mark when his tight-angle shot from below
the left circle clanked off the far post and into the net.

“We wanted to get on them early,” Benn said. “They’re obviously a good team
and they’re on a bit of a hot streak so we wanted to go right after them and
not give them any confidence. We used our home building to an advantage.”

Bonino cut the deficit in half with 4:37 left in the second period on a
deflection in front off a blue line shot from Luca Sbisa.

Eriksson moved the Stars ahead by two again with 7:14 left in regulation.
Alex Goligoski passed the puck from the left boards across the ice to the
right circle where Ericksson let go a successful wrist shot that beat Fasth
to the glove side.

The Ducks had just one shot on goal in the last period and suffered their
first regulation road loss of the season.

Game Notes

Benn has earned points in seven consecutive games against Anaheim … These
teams will meet four more times this season, including three games in five
days at the start of April … The Stars have not lost a game in regulation
when leading after two periods since Oct. 31, 2009 (at Nashville). They have
earned points in 79 consecutive games when leading after the second period and
sport a 71-0-8 record in those games … Anaheim continues its season-high
six-game road trip Saturday at St. Louis, while Dallas visits Edmonton Tuesday
to open a three-game trek.