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Previous Game: Ducks Shutout for First Time This Year by Ellis and the Stars, 2-0

Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 1:23 AM / News
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Previous Game: Ducks Shutout for First Time This Year by Ellis and the Stars, 2-0
ANAHEIM \u2013 Dan Ellis was able to sting his former team, holding the Ducks scoreless for their first time since last March 27 in a frustrating 2-0 defeat for Anaheim at Honda Center.
ANAHEIM – Dan Ellis was able to sting his former team, holding the Ducks scoreless for their first time since last March 27 in a frustrating 2-0 defeat for Anaheim at Honda Center.

It was just the third loss in regulation at home all season for the NHL-leading Ducks (40-12-5), but all three have come in the last five games there.

Trevor Daley’s goal five minutes into the second was the only scoring by either team until the Stars put the game away with an empty-netter from Jamie Benn with 28.8 seconds left in the game.

Just moments earlier, Corey Perry pounced on a rebound with an open right half of the net in front of him, but couldn’t get an angle on the shot and sent it off the side of the cage. That was one of the few near-misses for the Ducks, who didn’t generate a lot offensively at even strength or on their four power play opportunities (27 shots overall).

Ellis was inserted in net to provide rest for No. 1 netminder Kari Lehtonen, who had missed just one game in the last 21 and had started nine in a row. Ellis played 23 games in two seasons in Anaheim (2010 through 2012), posting a 9-8-1 record during that stint. He beat the Ducks 6-3 in Dallas back on November 26, when the Stars scored three times in 53 seconds on their way to a convincing victory.

"When things aren't going your way, you might lose confidence," said Jonas Hiller, who played a solid game with 26 saves. "We need to get another streak going."

The only score on Hiller came when Daley punched in a rebound off a Cody Eakin shot at 5:03 of the second period, and that was all the Stars would need tonight as Ellis improved to 5-5-0.

The Ducks will have a chance to bounce back two nights from now, when they take on the Blue Jackets at Honda Center, the fourth contest in their current five-game homestand.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 33 21 7 5 97 89 47
2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 31 21 8 2 94 72 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
6 SJS 32 17 11 4 90 82 38
7 WPG 32 16 10 6 78 75 38
8 LAK 32 15 11 6 84 78 36
9 CGY 33 17 14 2 97 90 36
10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
11 DAL 30 12 13 5 87 103 29
12 COL 30 10 13 7 78 98 27
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
14 EDM 32 7 19 6 66 106 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 32 10 24 6 34
R. Kesler 33 11 15 0 26
S. Vatanen 33 9 15 2 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 33 14 3 11 17
C. Fowler 32 3 14 0 17
J. Silfverberg 33 4 12 6 16
H. Lindholm 33 3 11 10 14
P. Maroon 25 2 12 -6 14
D. Smith-Pelly 30 4 7 1 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 17 5 4 .912 2.46

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