The Ducks shut out the Dallas Stars, 4-0 on Monday night, no fooling. It was about time they got back to doing the things they had been doing well all season. For the past week or two, it seemed like they had forgotten all the things that made them successful early on.
Somewhere, the light switched back on and so did the scoring.
"We shot," said Corey Perry simply. "You shoot the puck, you're going to get chances. We've been shooting, but we haven't been getting those second chances and opportunities. That's what makes the difference."
Both Anaheim and Dallas were tired teams, having played the night before. The Ducks lost to Columbus in overtime and Dallas had lost to the Kings in regulation. Both teams wanted to erase the previous game results.
There was no scoring in the first period, thanks to excellent goaltending from Viktor Fasth and Kari Lehtonen. The Ducks and the Stars had quality scoring chances that should have gone in the net, but did not.