On a night when the Ducks faced former longtime teammates Corey Perry and Andrew Cogliano, it was the Dallas Stars who would come away victorious tonight. The Ducks made a push late in regulation, but couldn't find the equalizer in a 2-1 loss to the Stars at American Airlines Center - their third straight loss of the season.
The Ducks were forced to play the majority of the game without defenseman Josh Manson and forward Ondrej Kase. Manson left the game in the first period after suffering a lower-body injury, while Kase sustained an upper-body injury. Manson was injured when he delivered a hit on Jason Dickinson along the glass. The 28-year-old blueliner needed assistance off the ice and didn't return after playing just 5:58 TOI. Kase, meanwhile, exited the game after colliding in open ice with Roope Hintz.
"Overall, I think we played a good game," said Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm. "We definitely had chances to win the hockey game. They score and got chances on our mistakes. If we can clean that up, it probably ends up differently tonight. We battled hard tonight. Things didn't go our way."
Max Comtois cut a two-goal deficit in half when he converted on the power play at the 4:31 mark of the third period, but first-period tallies from Denis Gurianov kept the Stars up for good.
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The major storyline leading into the game revolved around Perry facing the only club he had ever known before joining the Stars in the offseason. Perry spent 14 seasons with the Ducks and won a Cup in 2007, and still holds several franchise records. Perry finished the game tonight with four shots and two hits in 16:28 TOI. Cogliano, meanwhile, picked up an assist on Gurianov's first goal and finished with a +2 rating in 12:27 TOI.
Ben Bishop was the difference in the game, as the veteran netminder stopped 29-of-30 shots to improve his all-time record against the Ducks to 9-2-2. He was terrific in the closing minutes of regulation, denying the Ducks multiple times on point blank opportunities. John Gibson made 27 saves on 29 shots.
History repeated itself once more tonight, as the Ducks fell to 16-41-7 all time at American Airlines Center.
The Ducks will continue their road trip Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center.