The Dallas Stars brought a physical game to American Airlines arena and although they fell behind 2-0 in the first period, they fought their way back into the game and when the dust settled they held serve and beat the Ducks 4-2 to tie the series at 2 games each.
Playing without Captain Ryan Getzlaf, who was a surprise scratch with an upper body injury, the Ducks got out to a quick start, taking the play to the Stars early on. They were rewarded with a pair of goals, first on Bryan Allen‘s blast from the point for his first career playoff goal. They got their second one with less than 2 minutes left as Mathieu Perreault banked one in of teammate Patrick Maroon.
The Stars came out in the second and responded quickly, on a great individual effort by captain Jamie Benn. Off a faceoff just outside the Anaheim blue line, Benn won the draw forward and stepped around Perreault and fired a wrist shot from between the circles that beat Frederik Andersen clean just 23 seconds into the frame.
Six minutes later Vernon Fiddler tucked a shot over the shoulder of Andersen from a bad angle to tie it up, which is where is stayed despite Dallas outshooting the Ducks 16-3 in the period.
Dallas got just 3 shots in the third period, but made two of them count. First Cody Eakin made a tremendous rush through the neutral zone and then put a nice delay shot that beat Andersen low glove side to give the Stars the lead. Just over a minute later, Fiddler carried the puck into the Ducks zone and found Alex Goligoski trailing the play, and his shot beat Andersen low stick side. That was 2 goals on 2 shots and spelled the end of the night for the rookie goaltender, and he was replaced by Jonas Hiller.
The Ducks will get back to home ice for game 5 on Friday night.