The Dallas Stars aren’t on many radars when it comes to sleepers that could sneak into the playoffs and do some damage, but tonight they showed why they could do just that as they downed the Anaheim Ducks by a 6-3 final on national television.
Anaheim was able to ice a mostly healthy lineup, and had the trio of Dustin Penner, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf going as well. The Stars might not have the ability to answer with the same big names, but it was the depth guys getting it done for Dallas all night long. Heading into the third period, the teams had played to a 2-2 deadlock.
Cody Eakin broke the tie and opened the flood gates for the Stars. They’d score two more goals in quick succession, giving them a total of three markers in less than a minute. Stephane Robidas scored 25 seconds after Eakin, which paved the way for Ryan Garbutt’s spectacular effort 28 seconds later.
Dallas would eventually charge out to a 5-2 lead before Dustin Penner found the back of the net for his seventh goal of the season. Alex Chiasson snapped his 11-game scoring drought by hitting the open net with less than a minute to go, sealing the win for the Stars.
Worth of note is that Dallas manged to handle the league-leading Ducks despite rolling out their backup goalie in Dan Ellis at the last minute. He made 28 saves, which proved to be more than good enough to get Dallas the W. This was a big bounce back win for the Stars, who had just received a 6-1 beat down at the hands of the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.