DALLAS -- After taking the first two games on home ice at Honda Center, the Ducks couldn't solve Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen in Dallas as the Stars took Game 3, 3-0, in front of a sold out crowd at American Airlines Center.
Jamie Benn, rookie Valeri Nichushkin and Ryan Garbutt scored for Dallas, which cut the series deficit to 2-1. Game 4 is set for Wednesday (5 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket).
Dallas, which hadn't hosted a playoff game since May 2008 when it lost in the Western Conference Finals in six games to the Detroit Red Wings, led 1-0 after one period and 2-0 after two.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped all 37 shots to earn his first career playoff shutout and victory.
"Tomorrow is a new day," said Ducks forward Patrick Maroon. "We'll practice and get ready to come back Wednesday."
Benn's goal came late in the first period when he tapped in a rebound 35 seconds before the first intermission.
Nichushkin then scored late in the second when he blasted a wrister through the five-hole of Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen, who stopped 19 of 22 shots after winning the first two playoff starts of his career to help give Anaheim a 2-0 series lead.
Garbutt gave Dallas an insurance goal at 7:52 of the third when he scored his second of the playoffs off a rebound. Garbutt's initial effort and a rebound chance from Cody Eakin were turned away by Andersen, but Garbutt dashed in to poke in the carom and the Stars had a three-goal edge.
Anaheim was dealt a blow early in the second when veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas had to be helped off the ice with a fractured right leg 42 seconds into the period. Garbutt upended Robidas, his former Dallas teammate, in front of the Stars net. Robidas was unable to put any weight on his right foot, leaving the Ducks with five healthy defensemen. Robidas fractured the same leg in late November and had surgery soon after. He made his return with the Ducks after being dealt by Dallas just prior to the trade deadline, and appeared in 14 games with Anaheim, earning five points (1g/5a) and a plus-3 rating.
"My heart breaks for him," said defenseman Cam Fowler. "He worked so hard to come back and he was a big part of this team. His leadership and intangibles, those are the things we'll miss most."
Lehtonen was rock solid for the entire 60 minutes, making several big saves, including a diving stop on Anaheim center Saku Koivu early in the second period.
The Stars' penalty kill was especially effective, killing off all five Ducks opportunities.
Anaheim outshot Dallas 37-22.