Wednesday would be the first game for the Stars since the trade deadline, and a completely new looking lineup. They would be facing the Pacific Division leading Anaheim Ducks for the second game of three in a row. The Ducks took the first game Monday in a complete domination of Dallas.
The trading season was an eventful one for the Stars as they said goodbye to Derek Roy, Jaromir Jagr, Tomas Vincour and Brenden Morrow, all of whom were traded to different teams for prospects and draft picks. With all of these holes in the lineup now the Stars called up highly touted prospects from their AHL team to fill in these holes and a completely new lineup was rolled out by the Stars which would include the season debuts of Alex Chiasson and Lane MacDermid
Line 1: Nystrom- Benn- Cole
Line 2: Whitney- Eriksson- Chiasson
Line 3: Roussel- Eakin- Fraser
Line 4: MacDermid- Fiddler- Garbutt
The defensive pairings stayed the same for the Stars
Pair 1: Dillon- Robidas
Pair 2: Goligoski- Daley
Pair 3: Rome- Larsen
A real pace to the game developed early as the Ducks and Stars re-acquainted with each other as division rivals. A physical tone was led by Aaron Rome as he was not letting Ducks into the Dallas zone without punishing body checks, and fans got to see the skill set of Alex Chiasson who looked NHL ready even for his first game. Dallas would have to face Viktor Fasth again who shut them out on Monday and also did for this period as Fasth saved all of Dallas’ eight shots on goal in the period. Anaheim got the only goal of the first period at the 11:44 mark of the period when Ryan Getzlaf set up former Star Radek Dvorak for his first since returning from the Swiss professional league. The Ducks led 1-0 after one period.
Anaheim’s superior lineup took over this period as the Stars battled through out, but the chemistry and skillset of the Ducks overpowered the younger Stars. Dallas’ only penalty of the game resulted in a powerplay goal for the Ducks as Teemu Selanne scored his tenth goal of the season. Dallas still managed to get some looks at Viktor Fasth registering six shots, but Fasth continued his shutout streak against the Stars through two periods. Anaheim added another goal after a lapse in Dallas defense Kyle Palmieri scored goal number eight this season for him as the Ducks ended the second period up 3-0.
The period started off as a scare for the Ducks as captain Ryan Getzlaf went down the tunnel into the locker room after a collison with Jamie Benn. With Getzlaf off the ice Dallas took advantage and at the 2:48 mark of the period Eric Cole scored his fourth goal of the season as a Star and seventh of the season. Dallas was unable to build off the momentum of the early period goal and soon Getzlaf eventually returned to the game and at the 10:30 mark of the period finished a beautifully set up play by Corey Perry to score his 13th goal of the season. Dallas continued to play through despite the lead difference and their resilience paid off as Lane MacDermid scored his first career NHL goal at the 18:36 mark of the period. Andrew Cogliano would soon add an empty net goal for the Stars and finished the game off as Anaheim has taken two games of the three game set winning 5-2.
- Loui Eriksson played his first game at center in the NHL and first since he was 14 playing in Sweden
- Viktor Fasth’s shutout streak against the Stars lasted a little over 110 minutes before Cole’s goal tonight.
- Even though Anaheim scored five goals tonight, Brenden Dillon left tonight’s game a +2 rating.
- Selanne’s goal against the Stars tonight was career goal number 40 against Dallas
- Alex Chiasson looked the most impressive of the rookies tonight, using his size and skating ability, and almost scored his first goal off a tip from an Aaron Rome slapshot.
- Congratulations to Lane MacDermid on his first career NHL goal.
- Goligoski registered assist number 19 on the Eric Cole goal, if the Stars were on a regular 82 game schedule, Goligoski would be on pace for 43 assists.
- Three Stars of the game: 1.Ryan Getzlaf 2. Cam Fowler 3. Kyle Palmieri
- The Stars will finish the three game set against the Ducks Friday in Anaheim, puck drops at 9:00 pm