Ducks Can't Solve Lehtonen in Game 3 Loss to Stars

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.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
19:25DAL Jamie Benn (2) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (2), Trevor Daley (2) 1 - 0 DAL
2nd Period
17:15DAL Valeri Nichushkin (1) ASST: Tyler Seguin (1), Colton Sceviour (2) 2 - 0 DAL
3rd Period
07:52DAL Ryan Garbutt (2) ASST: Cody Eakin (2), Antoine Roussel (2) 3 - 0 DAL
Three Stars of the Game
Kari Lehtonen
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 37TOI: 59:57
GA: 0EV: 28-28
PIM: 0PP: 8-8
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Jamie Benn
Jamie Benn
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 18:28
Trevor Daley
Trevor Daley
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 26:13
Penalty Summary
1st Period
09:43ANA Bryan Allen  Hi-sticking against  Colton Sceviour
17:15DAL Jamie Benn  Hooking against  Kyle Palmieri
2nd Period
01:41DAL Alex Goligoski  Hi-sticking against  Saku Koivu
06:12ANA Ben Lovejoy  Hooking against  Tyler Seguin
14:43DAL Chris Mueller  Interference against  Saku Koivu
18:14ANA Ryan Getzlaf  Roughing against  Antoine Roussel
18:14DAL Antoine Roussel  Roughing against  Ryan Getzlaf
18:14DAL Antoine Roussel  Roughing against  Ryan Getzlaf
19:29DAL Trevor Daley  Slashing against  Corey Perry
19:29ANA Corey Perry  Holding against  Trevor Daley
3rd Period
09:23DAL Kevin Connauton  Cross checking against  Nick Bonino
11:49ANA Bryan Allen  Interference against  Antoine Roussel
14:27ANA Mathieu Perreault  Slashing against  Vernon Fiddler
14:27DAL Vernon Fiddler  Roughing against  Mathieu Perreault
14:27ANA Devante Smith-Pelly  Misconduct (10 min) against  Patrik Nemeth
14:27DAL Patrik Nemeth  Misconduct (10 min) against  Devante Smith-Pelly
14:48ANA Patrick Maroon  Misconduct (10 min) against  Jamie Benn
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/50/3
Faceoff Wins2744
Blocked Shots1619
Penalty Minutes3226
4C. FowlerD00-11024:29
6B. LovejoyD00-21219:49
7A. CoglianoL00-21014:22
8T. SelanneR00-12010:16
10C. PerryR0003220:15
11S. KoivuC00-2108:28
13N. BoninoC0002016:22
15R. GetzlafC00-11221:02
19S. RobidasD000107:21
21K. PalmieriR0002013:23
22M. PerreaultC0003216:51
23F. BeaucheminD00-15027:08
33J. SilfverbergR00-22014:08
34D. WinnikL0004012:09
47H. LindholmD00-10019:23
55B. AllenD00-11417:21
62P. MaroonL00-161016:06
77D. Smith-PellyR00011014:49
31F. Andersen1922.86460:00
6T. DaleyD0121226:13
10S. HorcoffC0112017:11
12A. ChiassonR0000011:57
13R. WhitneyL000008:24
14J. BennL1013218:28
16R. GarbuttC1016016:43
18C. MuellerC000024:31
20C. EakinC0111017:49
21A. RousselL0110414:02
22C. SceviourC0112014:32
23K. ConnautonD0010211:14
24J. BennD0002023:29
33A. GoligoskiD0010227:40
37P. NemethD00101015:39
38V. FiddlerC0001216:20
43V. NichushkinR1012013:51
55S. GoncharD0010014:01
91T. SeguinC0122015:59
32K. Lehtonen37371.00059:57