Posted January 09, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Dallas Stars' defense carried the club to its best start in five seasons. After a rough patch, the Stars' defensive unit appears to be clicking once more. The lowly Anaheim Ducks, meanwhile, hope their season is turning around following a rare set of back-to-back wins. Dallas looks to extend its point streak to seven games over Anaheim in this Pacific Division matchup Tuesday night. After giving up more than two goals just three times during its 11-3-0 start, Dallas (23-16-1) surrendered three or more 16 times during a 10-13-1 stretch from Nov. 11- Jan. 3. The Stars, though, have won their last two games by 4-1 margins, successfully killing all five penalties in the victories. "I thought defensively, we were a little bit better today over the Nashville game (on Thursday) and that's the way we need to trend, that's what this team has to do," coach Glen Gulutzan said following Saturday's victory over Edmonton. It's uncertain who will be in goal for Dallas as it goes for its third straight victory over the Ducks this season and third in a row in Anaheim. The Stars are 4-0-2 in the last six meetings. Kari Lehtonen, a late scratch Saturday with the flu, missed the previous matchup against the Ducks - a 5-3 home win Dec. 19 with a groin injury. He made 35 saves in a 3-1 victory at Anaheim on Oct. 21. Rookie Richard Bachman, who stopped 25 shots against the Oilers, made the same number of saves last month versus Anaheim in his first home start. Whoever is in net will face a Ducks team that's scored 11 times in its last two contests. Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne lead Anaheim (12-22-6) with three apiece during this stretch. Perry notched his fourth career hat trick, and Selanne found the back of the net twice Sunday in a 7-4 victory over league-worst Columbus that prevented the Ducks from falling into the NHL cellar. Anaheim is 14th in the Western Conference, 17 points behind the Stars. "Where we are is unacceptable," said Perry, who has three goals and 10 points in his last nine games versus Dallas. "... We've had two great games, but we have to keep pushing and doing the right things.'' The Ducks' last three-game winning streak was a 4-0-0 run from Oct. 8-17 that gave the club its best start (4-1-0) since its Stanley Cup-winning season of 2006-07. The Stars ended that streak Oct. 21 behind two goals from Loui Eriksson and one from Mike Ribeiro. Eriksson and Ribeiro share the team lead with two goals versus Anaheim this season, but no Star is playing better than Jamie Benn right now. The third-year forward, named the NHL's first star of the week Monday, has four consecutive multi-point games after scoring twice Saturday. The Ducks would like to have Jonas Hiller in net after backup Dan Ellis suffered a groin injury in practice on Saturday, but it's uncertain if Hiller be ready after leaving in the first period Sunday with an undisclosed lower-body injury. If Hiller can't go, Finnish rookie Iiro Tarkki could make his first NHL start after stopping seven of 10 shots against the Blue Jackets to win his debut. Coach Bruce Boudreau told the Ducks' official Twitter account Monday that Jeff Deslauriers is a possible call-up if Hiller doesn't respond well to treatment. Selanne, who has 38 goals and 80 points in 89 games versus Dallas, will become the 52nd player in NHL history to appear in 1,300 games.

Ducks' Jacques suspended 3 games for illegal check

Anaheim Ducks forward Jean-Francois Jacques has been suspended for three games by the NHL after he illegally checked an opponent in the head during a game Sunday. Jacques will also forfeit more than $23,780 in salary for the suspension, the league announced Monday. He elbowed Columbus' R.J. Umberger in the head in Anaheim's 7-4 win Sunday night after the Blue Jackets forward...

Ducks G Hiller exits with injury

Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller left Sunday's game against Columbus with a lower-body injury.Hiller was hurt was making a save and was replaced by Iiro Tarkki, who was making his NHL debut.Hiller has a 10-17-6 record with 3.14 goals-against average this season.Ducks backup Dan Ellis is also sidelined with a lower-body injury.

Benn, Lupul, Anderson named NHL's Three Stars

Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul and Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson were named the NHL's Three Stars for the past week on Monday. Benn collected three multiple-point efforts in a five-day span, capped by a pair of goals - including the game-winner - against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Lupul recorded two goals and five...

Jean-Francois Jacques Elbow Worth A Suspension?

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog, Ducks winger Jean-Francois Jacques could face a hearing with Shanahan after a questionable hit on Columbus forward R.J. Umberger in the third period of a 7-4 victory over the Blue Jackets on Sunday night. Jacques appeared to go high with an elbow that drew a five-minute major penalty. Umberger called the hit “very dirty” and said “he’ll...

Stars' Ribeiro gets MRI on knee, to miss game

Dallas Stars center Mike Ribeiro had an MRI on his injured right knee Monday and will miss at least one game.

Stars activate Sheldon Souray from IR; Place Philip Larsen on IR

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Video- Tomas Kubalik Boarding Hit On Bobby Ryan

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GameDay: Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks

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Ducks fans ejected for Blue Jackets penalty box incident claim innocence, slur from players

Fans and players squawk at the penalty box. It's a fact of hockey life. Sometimes the language crosses whatever line either party seeks to establish in the moment. Sometimes a player will give a little water bottle dousing to a taunting spectator. So with that established, we're really not trying to make a federal case out of the incident between a few Anaheim Ducks fans...

Jean-Francois Jacques Gone For Three Games

The Ducks also sent him th Syracuse on Monday.

Perry's hat trick lifts Ducks over Blue Jackets

Corey Perry completed his fourth NHL hat trick by scoring into an empty net in the final minute, Teemu Selanne had two goals, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-4 on Sunday night despite losing goalie Jonas Hiller in the first period.

Ducks Assign Fraser to Syracuse

Fraser The Ducks have assigned defenseman Mark Fraser to the Syracuse Crunch, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). F...

Stars defeated by Ducks

Alex Goligoski scores one of Stars' two goals in loss to Anaheim.

Saku Koivu's hat trick drives Ducks past Stars

Saku Koivu scored two of his three goals on slick setups by Teemu Selanne in the third period, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak in nearly three months.

Eric Smith: Ducks Attack Jackets Early And Often To Get Win

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