Stars forward Ryan Garbutt’s night ended early when he was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for spearing Ducks forward Corey Perry.
It happened at 9:11 of the first period as Garbutt was heading to the Dallas bench and Perry was coming off the Anaheim bench.
“I was going back to the bench and I got careless with my stick,” Garbutt said. “It was definitely something I didn’t want to do, and put the team in that position. I am definitely going to learn from it.”
Perry was down on the ice for a while before being helped to the locker room. He did return to the game a short time later.
The Stars scored shorthanded on the Anaheim power play and then the Ducks scored before a penalty on Anaheim negated the final two minutes of the five-minute man-advantage.
“It put us on the PK and they scored, so it wasn’t good,” Garbutt said.
Stars coach Lindy Ruff was asked about Garbutt’s penalty after the game.
“It was something we obviously didn’t want to see,” Ruff said. “I didn’t think it was as bad as it was made out to be. I don’t think it was as bad as the spearing of Jamie Benn (by Perry earlier in the series) in my eyes. It’s still definitely a penalty. It’s something I don’t want to see as a coach. It tells me I haven’t done a good enough job with Ryan Garbutt yet. He’s come a long ways. There are some nights we act like a young team. We were a young team tonight.”
Dillon returns, Nemeth sits out
Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon, who missed the first four games of the playoffs with a lower body injury, was in the lineup for Friday’s game against the Ducks. It was his first NHL playoff game.
“I was worried about Dillon because it was his first playoff game and he made some young mistakes,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “His effort was great, but it’s a learning experience. I thought there was a lot of good in his game, but there were a couple mistakes.”
Defenseman Patrik Nemeth, who left Wednesday’s game with an upper body injury and was questionable for Friday, did not play.
*Home teams are 16-2 in this year’s Western Conference playoffs.
*The Stars outshot the Ducks 36-23. Tyler Seguin led the Stars with eight shots on goal.
*The Stars were 0-7 on the power play. The Ducks were 4-6 on the power play.
*The Stars won 30 of 63 faceoffs (48 percent). Vernon Fiddler won 9 of 16. Chris Mueller won 5 of 9. Cody Eakin won 7 of 15. Tyler Seguin won 2 of 7.
*Jamie Benn scored his fourth goal of the playoffs and his tied for the league lead.
*Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is tied for second in playoff scoring with seven points (three goals, four assists).
*Stars forward Shawn Horcoff has points in four straight games (one goal, four assists).
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin- Alex Chiasson
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Shawn Horcoff – Vernon Fiddler – Colton Sceviour
Ray Whitney – Chris Mueller – Valeri Nichushkin
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Brenden Dillon – Jordie Benn
Kevin Connauton – Sergei Gonchar
Scratched: Erik Cole, Dustin Jeffrey, Aaron Rome
Injured: Patrik Nemeth (upper body), Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat)
Nick Bonino – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano – Saku Koivu – Jakob Silfverberg
Patrick Maroon – Mathieu Perreault – Teemu Selanne
Devante Smith-Pelly – Rickard Rakell – Emerson Etem
Luca Sbisa – Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler – Ben Lovejoy
Bryan Allen – Mark Fistric
Scratched: Daniel Winnik, Kyle Palmieri
Injured: Hampus Lindholm (neck), Matt Beleskey (lower body), Stephane Robidas (leg),Tim Jackman (hand)
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