DALLAS -- Anaheim's four-game winning streak came to an end in a 3-1 defeat in Dallas.
Nick Bonino scored the Ducks' long goal of the night, while Trevor Daley, Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson scored for the Stars.
From the opening faceoff, Dallas looked like a team on a mission. Glen Gulutzan’s club was flying, making life tough on Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller by creating a multitude of chances and traffic in front of the Anaheim net.
Dallas opened the scoring at 8:48 of the opening period when Daley one-timed a straightaway slapper from just inside the blue line over the blocker of a screened Hiller. It was Daley’s first goal since Dec. 31, 2011, a span of 56 games.
Brad Staubitz, whose roughing penalty allowed the Stars to score their first power-play goal, gave Dallas a five-minute advantage when he was called for spearing Dallas rookie Brenden Dillon at 12:34. Once again, the Stars wasted little time in making the Ducks pay – just 25 seconds into the long power play, Benn rifled a shot from the bottom of the left circle that caught the far top corner for his fourth goal of the season.
Dallas outshot Anaheim 16-7 in the opening period. Hiller did not return to the ice for the second period after suffering a lower body injury late in the first. He was replaced by rookie Viktor Fasth, who stopped 11 of 12 shots.
The Ducks dominated the second period, outshooting Dallas 13-5, but managed only one goal. Bonino scored his fourth of the season when he deflected a Luca Sbisa blast from the right circle past Lehtonen at 15:23 to make it 2-1.
The Stars added an insurance goal with 7:14 left in regulation when Eriksson beat Fasth with a short-side wrist shot for his fourth of the season. Derek Roy and Alex Goligoski each earned their second assists of the night.
Anaheim pulled Fasth with 2:55 remaining, but the Ducks managed little consistent pressure even with the extra skater.
The Ducks play again Saturday night in St. Louis while Dallas gets a few days off before playing at Edmonton on Wednesday -- the Stars’ second visit to Rexall Place in a week.