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Ducks skate past Stars

by Brian Compton
Nick Bonino will never forget what transpired at the Honda Center on Monday night.

The Boston University product scored his first NHL goal on a pass from future Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne, and Curtis McElhinney stopped 30 shots as the Anaheim Ducks earned a 3-1 win against the Dallas Stars.

"It's incredible," Bonino said of the goal. "I'm happy I did at home and happy we got a win."

Corey Perry and Kyle Chipchura scored 49 seconds apart in the second period as the Ducks -- who honored Selanne before the game for reaching the 600-goal plateau -- won for the sixth time in eight games to move even with Dallas and Minnesota in 11th place in the Western Conference standings. All three clubs trail Colorado by nine points for the final playoff spot.

Loui Eriksson scored his 28th goal and Kari Lehtonen made 43 saves for the Stars, who lost two of three in California to end a four-game road trip. Dallas played without center Mike Ribeiro, who was scratched for missing a team meeting, according to coach Marc Crawford.

"We made a couple of mistakes and had a couple of things go against us, but we had a great goaltending performance throughout the game," Crawford said. "I thought we did a lot of great things at the end of the game. There's always going to be points in the game where you don't have your best stuff."

Lehtonen kept the Ducks off the scoreboard in the first period, despite having to face 13 shots. But Bonino solved the Stars' goalie during a power play 8:11 into the second, when he tapped Selanne's rebound past Lehtonen for his first goal in his second NHL game.

"When I get on this ice with Perry, Selanne, (Scott) Niedermayer and (Lubomir) Visnovsky out there, you really can't do any wrong," Bonino, 21, said. "The puck just bounced to me. I was in the right place at the right time."

Perry doubled Anaheim's lead at 12:41 on his 27th tally before Chipchura made it 3-0 when he smacked Visnovsky's rebound past Lehtonen for his fifth goal of the season.

Eriksson finally broke through for Dallas on a slick behind-the-net pass from Brad Richards just 1:18 later, but Anaheim dominated puck possession for the rest of the night, getting its 40th shot early in the third period.

"It's a tough situation, but I think we have lots of young guys here and lots of older guys who have really good character," Lehtonen said. "We'll try to do our best."

Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.

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