NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Anaheim
(Wednesday, December 20th)
Final Score: Anaheim 4, Dallas 1
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 26 shots as the league-leading Anaheim Ducks continued their tear through the season with a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars at the Honda Center.
Corey Perry had a pair of goals, and Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer added markers for the Ducks, who have won two straight and seven of their last eight games.
"It was one of those games where there really wasn't any disappointment," said Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle. "We knew we would have to win our fair share of puck battles and specialty teams would have to be good."
Anaheim has a record of 27-4-6 for 60 points, 10 points ahead of Buffalo for tops in the NHL and 11 points ahead of Nashville for first in the Western Conference.
Stu Barnes scored the lone goal and Marty Turco gave up four goals on 21 shots for the Stars, who have lost three of their last four contests.
"We didn't do enough to win the game and that's the bottom line," said Dallas coach Dave Tippet. "We didn't make it a hard enough game for them. We're gonna have to play a lot better than we are right now."
The Ducks drew first blood in the contest when a shot by Pronger from the left point went through a screen and into the net just 3:22 into the contest.
Later in the first, Anaheim made it a 2-0 game when Chris Kunitz skated the puck into the Dallas end on a rush and from the left boards sent a pass across the ice to Perry, who slapped the puck into the left corner of the net with 8:22 left in the frame.
Dallas cut its deficit in half when a shot by Jaroslav Modry from the top of the left circle was tipped in by Barnes to make it a 2-1 game with 5:19 left in the first.
Anaheim scored twice in the middle stanza to assume a 4-1 lead and take control of the game.
After an offensive zone faceoff win, Perry grabbed the puck and flicked a turnaround shot from the slot that went over the glove of Turco just 13 seconds in.
On the power play, Teemu Selanne sent a pass from the deep left boards to Niedermayer, whose one-timer from the slot nicked off the skate of Darryl Sydor and into the net with 3:21 left in the middle stanza.
Giguere stopped 13 Dallas shots in the second period.
Mike Smith took over in net for Dallas to start the final period and made six saves while Giguere stopped all nine shots he faced in the frame to preserve the win.
The Ducks have off until Saturday when they visit the Coyotes...The Stars wrap up their three-game road trip at San Jose on Thursday...Dallas finished 0- for-3 on the power play while San Jose scored on one of its four chances.
12/21 01:40:19 ET