Overcoming a 2-0 series deficit will be a tall order, but the Dallas Stars remain confident as they head home for the next two games of their playoff series with the Anaheim Ducks.
“It’s frustrating but we get to go home,” said Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen. “We’ve done well there lately. We’re confident that we can get those next two.”
The Stars have gone 8-1-1 over their last ten at American Airlines Center and 10-2-1 over the last 13 there.
“We’re going back to our building which we’ve played great hockey in,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff, “and it takes one game to turn the series.”
Lehtonen still looking for first playoff win
Friday’s game was Kari Lehtonen’s fourth playoff start and he is still looking for his first playoff win. Lehtonen stopped 16 of 19 shots in the 3-2 loss and felt he took a step forward from Wednesday’s game in which he allowed four goals on 35 shots.
“I think it’s fine. There’s some good saves,” Lehtonen said. “I think it was a step forward for me and for the whole team, but it still didn’t get us the win.”
The three goals against Friday all came on good looks for Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Andrew Cogliano.
“Every guy is walking in alone, it’s the shooter and the goaltender,” Ruff said. “It wasn’t like he gave up squeakers or anything.”
Dillon sits out again
Stars forward Brenden Dillon missed his third straight game, including the first two of the playoffs, with a lower body injury. He did not skate Friday and continues to be listed as day to day.
Anaheim forward Matt Beleskey missed Friday’s game with a lower body injury.
Quotable: Lindy Ruff on the power play, which went 1-6
“I thought our power play was better than theirs. They got us one. They had some good opportunities. They had a couple good looks. We had a couple bad ones. We had a couple really good we didn’t score on. I thought our puck patience, even on the last one, we didn’t show enough puck patience but that’ll come. It will come.”
*The Stars outshot the Ducks 36-19 in the game.
*Trevor Daley led the Stars with 6 shots on goal. Ryan Garbutt had 5 shots.
*The Stars also were credited with 25 missed shots and they had 12 shots blocked.
*The Stars were 1-6 on the power play and 3-3 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars won 31 of 61 faceoffs (51 percent). Vernon Fiddler won 7 of 9. Tyler Seguin won 7 of 10. Jamie Benn won 9 of 16. Cody Eakin won 6 of 20.
*Stars forward Alex Chiasson scored his first NHL Playoff goal in the game.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Alex Chiasson
Erik Cole – Cody Eakin – Valeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel –Vernon Fiddler – Ryan Garbutt
Ray Whitney – Shawn Horcoff – Colton Sceviour
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Patrik Nemeth – Jordie Benn
Kevin Connauton – Sergei Gonchar
Scratched: Aaron Rome, Dustin Jeffrey, Chris Mueller
Injured: Brenden Dillon (lower body), Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat)
Devante Smith-Pelly – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Jakob Silfverberg – Saku Koivu – Andrew Cogliano
Patrick Maroon – Mathieu Perreault – Teemu Selanne
Daniel Winnik – Nick Bonino – Kyle Palmieri
Hampus Lindholm – Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler – Ben Lovejoy
Bryan Allen – Stephane Robidas
Scratched: Rickard Rakell, Sami Vatanen, Luca Sbisa, John Gibson
Injured: Matt Beleskey (lower body), Tim Jackman (hand)
Conditioning: Mark Fistric
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