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Dvorak lands in perfect spot for Ducks to beat Stars

The SportsXchange

ANAHEIM -- Radek Dvorak says he couldn't have landed in a better situation.

Dvorak had spent the season plying his trade in the Swiss Elite League before the Anaheim Ducks signed him to a deal last month. In his third game with Anaheim, Dvorak made his former club pay.

Dvorak's first goal of the season and a goal and two assists by captain Ryan Getzlaf highlighted the Ducks' 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars before an announced crowd of 15,165 at Honda Center on Wednesday night.

"It's beautiful. It's been very nice," said Dvorak of playing with the Ducks, his seventh NHL club. He spent last season with the Stars, appearing in 73 games.

"Coming to a team like Anaheim and sitting on top of the league, nothing's better than that. But we know we have 11 games left and it's not going to be easy. I'm enjoying every minute to be on this team. It's just great."

Dvorak scored after fielding a pass from Getzlaf near the front of the net and slipping it past goalie Kari Lehtonen for a 1-0 lead at 11:44 of the first period.

"He's one of the best," Dvorak said of Getzlaf. "As soon as I see him with the puck, I just try to get open."

Two second-period goals broke it open for the Ducks (25-7-5), who won their third in row in four meetings with Dallas (16-17-3). Anaheim also captured a 4-0 win Monday at Dallas. The two teams meet again Friday in the series finale and third consecutive contest between the two this week.

"I thought all of the guys had a lot of energy and tried to do all of the little things right," said Dallas' Lane MacDermid, who scored one of the team's two goals in his Dallas debut. "We did that for the most part but they made some good plays."

Goalie Viktor Fasth, who blanked the Stars in Monday's victory, shut them out for two periods before giving up a goal to Erik Cole early in the third period and another one to MacDermid, his first, in the final two minutes. Fasth finished with 23 saves. Kari Lehtonen had 22 saves.

Dallas was playing for the first time since trading its leading scorer Jaromir Jagr to Boston and Derek Roy to Vancouver.

"We knew we were in for a tough game," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Experience tells me when you bring in a lot of new guys, they play with so much energy, and they did. I think scoring the first goal helped, and that power play goal really helped. "It deflated them a little bit but they came out in the third and certainly put us back on our heels."

Getzlaf, who suffered a leg injury in the third but returned to score midway through the period, has a team-high 13 goals and 30 assists. It was his fourth three-point game and gave him a club best 43 points, tied for fourth best in the league. He also is tied for the Western Conference scoring lead with Chicago's Patrick Kane.

Teemu Selanne and Kyle Palmieri also scored goals for the Ducks. Anaheim added an empty-netter by Andrew Cogliano in the game's final 10 seconds.

After Dallas defenseman Alex Goligoski was sent to the penalty box for tripping at the 11:04 mark, Selanne delivered 33 seconds later for a 2-0 Anaheim lead. It was the 10th goal for the 42-year-old Selanne.

Palmieri made it 3-0 at 16:38 of the second when he drove to the net uncontested from the left side and scored from point-blank range for his eighth goal.

"We worked. What I didn't like was our battle level on the walls," Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said. "I thought our 'D' needed to win some battles on the boards. We all did. We let them get to our net a couple of times a little too easy in my opinion. But we worked hard and we were direct. We just didn't capitalize on our opportunities."

NOTES: The Ducks traded left wing Brandon McMillan to Phoenix for center Matthew Lombardi on Wednesday. Lombardi, 31, played in 21 games for the Coyotes this season, scoring eight points (four goals, four assists). McMillian, 23, managed a point in six games with the Ducks. ... The Ducks also dealt goalie Jeff Deslauriers to Minnesota on Wednesday for future considerations. Deslauriers, 28, had appeared in eight contests for the Fort Wayne Komets of the Eastern Conference Hockey League. ... Monday's 4-0 win by the Ducks was their first shutout in Dallas in 54 games.
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