Stars Drop Another At Anaheim

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Center Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and added an assist, and the Anaheim Ducks recorded a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference quarterfinals Friday night at Honda Center.

The victory gave the top-seeded Ducks a 2-0 lead over the eighth-seeded Stars in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 is Monday at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Anaheim rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen stopped 34 shots in his second outing of the series, while Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen finished with 16 saves.

The Ducks made the Stars pay on a short-handed goal in the third period and it turned out to be the difference. After a sloppy exchange on Anaheim’s end of the ice, center Andrew Cogliano gained possession, passed the puck to Getzlaf and then scored off a return pass for a 3-1 advantage at 5:09.

The Stars cut the gap to one, however, when left winger Ryan Garbutt gathered a pass from center Shawn Horcoff just outside the crease and fired it over the right shoulder of Andersen at 9:58 of the third. But Andersen and

the Ducks prevailed by preventing Dallas from scoring again.

The Stars scored first. After Ducks right winger Corey Perry was sent to the box for slashing, right winger Alex Chiasson converted a pass from left winger Jamie Benn for a power-play goal and a 1-0 Dallas lead at 7:40 of the first period.

Getzlaf, who suffered a deep facial laceration that required multiple stitches after being nailed by a shot by center Tyler Seguin with 16 seconds remaining in Game 1, tied the score by picking the pocket of left winger Eric Cole and hitting a wrist shot for an unassisted goal with 2:46 remaining in the first. For Getzlaf, who wore a football-style faceguard, it was his second goal of the series.

Perry, who failed to find the net in last year’s first-round series’ loss to the Detroit Red Wings, gave Anaheim a 2-1 lead, smoking an unassisted goal past Lehtonen for his first goal of the postseason with 3:45 left in the second period.