While the Anaheim Ducks' season-opening string of wins is over, it appears the Dallas Stars' run is getting harder to stop.
Coming off three straight convincing wins, the unbeaten Stars look to continue their best start in a decade when they take on the Ducks at Honda Center on Sunday.
Brenden Morrow scored two power-play goals and Stephane Robidas had three assists, leading Dallas to a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday. Two nights earlier, the Stars beat the Kings by the same score.
Dallas' 4-0 start is the second-best in the franchise's 40-year history. It won six straight to open the 1996-97 season, starting a string of five consecutive division titles.
The Stars have outscored their last three opponents 11-3.
"We're all enjoying this challenge together, and so far it has been fun," said goaltender Marty Turco, who leads the league with a 1.23 goals-against average. "We're happy with the way we've played, but the best thing about this group is that we're never going to be content until it's all said and done at the end of the year."
Mike Ribeiro, acquired just before the start of the season from Montreal, had a goal and two assists and Jere Lehtinen added a goal for the defending Pacific Division champions.
Lehtinen, a three-time Selke Trophy winner as the NHL's top defensive forward, scored his first goal of the season midway through the second period for a 3-0 lead. He led Dallas with a career-high 33 goals last season.
Morrow, the Stars' new captain, leads the team with four goals and six points so far. He had four goals and five assists in eight games against Anaheim last season with Dallas winning five of them.
Turco, who has been in net for all four victories, made 24 saves Saturday and has allowed only two goals in his last 153 minutes of ice time.
Anaheim (3-0-1) was off to the best start in the franchise's 14-year history before a 5-4 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Wednesday.
Samuel Pahlsson scored his first two goals for the Ducks, who had their first 3-0 start since joining the league in 1993. They outscored their opponents 8-4 during the winning streak.
"That really hurt us and hurt our momentum," Anaheim forward Andy McDonald said "It's a learning experience. You've got to play hard for 60 minutes."
Pahlsson's only three goals in 26 career games against Dallas came last season.
Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, playing in his 300th regular-season game and coming off a shutout against St. Louis Blues on Monday, surrendered three goals in a 1:46 span of the second period. Anaheim scored three times before Giguere allowed Alexei Yashin's tally with 3:43 to play in regulation.
Giguere, the 2003 Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP, had given up just three goals on 78 shots in his previous two games. He lost four of six starts against Dallas last season despite a 2.88 GAA.
Chris Kunitz and Teemu Selanne are tied for the team lead with five points each. Kunitz had one goal in six games last season against Dallas.
Selanne played in all eight games, recording two goals and four assists.
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