Nate Thompson lifts Ducks over Stars 2-1 in OT
DALLAS (AP) — After scoring the first goal Friday night, Corey Perry skated over to the boards and smiled at a heckler.
Perry also had the last laugh on his last shot. Anaheim teammate Nate Thompson tipped it past goalie Kari Lehtonen 2:30 into overtime to give the Ducks a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.
"I just put it on net," Perry said. "I knew somebody was going."
Perry’s goal at 16:45 of the second period briefly quieted a crowd that booed him every time he touched the puck. He leads the NHL with 10 goals in 12 games. Thompson scored his first of the season.
"Any time you go into somebody else’s building and get two points, you did something right," Perry said.
The result was similar to the previous time Anaheim played in Dallas, when the Ducks won in overtime to eliminate the Stars in the first round of the playoffs last season.
Perry has nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last eight games against the Stars.
Dallas’ Antoine Roussel, who pestered Anaheim’s forwards during the playoffs and drew a team-high 27 penalty minutes, scored the tying goal at 14:33 of the third period.
"You can see the chippiness," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Neither team likes each other too much. There was a lot of chirping going on but, hey, that’s what makes games fun."
Roussel’s goal roused a team that had only nine shots on net in the first two periods.
The Stars had one shot on goal in the second, none on their three power plays. Anaheim had five shots, including two while short-handed.
Second-year Stars coach Lindy Ruff said his team’s second period was "flatter than flat."
"I think it was the worst period of hockey we’ve played in this building since I’ve been here," he said.
Anaheim was coming off a 2-0 shutout loss in St. Louis on Thursday night.
"I thought we responded really well. We played our game right through," Perry said.
Dallas had only two shots on goal during six power plays, but Roussel scored the tying goal 3 seconds after Anaheim’s last penalty expired.
Trevor Daley passed across the ice from the right circle to Roussel. He put the puck past Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen from the left doorstep at 14:33 of the third period.
Lehtonen finished with 22 saves.
Andersen made 21 and improved to 7-1-0 this season. He is 27-6-0 in his career.
Perry broke the scoreless tie while each team had a player in the penalty box.
He skated into the right circle ahead of Daley and shot the puck past Lehtonen just inside the left post. Francois Beauchemin and Ryan Kesler assisted with the teams skating 4 on 4.
Dallas has at least a point in every home game this season, but is just 1-0-4.
"I just don’t think we were playing the right way," Stars captain Jamie Benn said. "They’re playing back-to-back. We didn’t really skate well, either."
NOTES: Anaheim D Josh Manson made his NHL debut. He’s the son of Dave Manson, who played for Dallas and six other teams. Josh put a rebound into the net in the third period but the goal was disallowed because teammate Tim Jackman made incidental contact with Lehtonen. … Another Ducks defenseman, Mark Fistric, played 257 games for the Stars. … Anaheim has only one goal while skating 5 on 5 in the last five games. … Benn and Tyler Seguin both were held off the score sheet after getting points in seven straight games. … Dallas’ penalty-killing unit has been successful in 14 of 15 opportunities during the last five games.