Having not been in the postseason since 2008, the first game back at American Airlines Arena was one to make sure not to mess up being down 2-0 in the series against the best team in the conference. It began as a tough fight against the Ducks who were looking to sweep the series against their foes from the
Midway through, the Stars got on the right side of the puck and charged forward to put pressure on Frederik Andersen on the Ducks netminder of the first round. His attempts were as good as the first two games making a stop in the crease. More could be said about his support that ran close with the Stars as they struggled to gain any ground on sending a clean shot to Andersen.
The Stars tenacity in the first disappeared in the second, as the Ducks controlled the period, but had trouble keeping an offense above par. They couldn’t find any clean shots to the net and were making bad passes that they somehow got back to control. Anaheim’s first great chance came from Nick Bonino who fired from the stick side of Lehtonen, but couldn’t get any lift as it bounced off the pad for him to make the save. Benn helped take the game back to the
The Stars wouldn’t go empty handed as they caught a 3 on 2 play, where forward Tyler Seguin backhanded the puck to Nichuchkin, now on his right, where a wrister gave the Stars a 2-0 lead elating the crowd. Though they were still held down on shots to the net, the score was the main figure that looked to be a step in the right direction for
Fatigue began to show in the strength of both teams, but with a pair of goals by the Stars, a comeback from
Time became the second hurdle that
With game 4 scheduled for Wednesday, the chance for the Ducks to make up for the loss will depend on whether mistakes can make figured out as the game play from them was unseen in quite some time. While giving the puck away seven times through regulation the Ducks failed to convert on five power plays. Things were made worse with Devante Smith-Pelly and Patrick Maroon receiving game misconducts late in the third. The fight could be put to better use on offense or might help the Stars even the series.
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