“If you look at it, both goals were unassisted,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “So it wasn’t like they had to make great plays. We handed both those players those opportunities.”
And the Stars didn’t take advantage of their own chances. They outshot the Ducks 36-19, but couldn’t pull even after Ryan Garbutt got them within a goal in the third period.
Dallas pulled goalie Kari Lehtonen on a power play for a 6-on-4 advantage in the last 3 minutes, creating plenty of havoc but never getting one past Anaheim rookie Frederik Andersen, who has outplayed Lehtonen by stopping 66 of 71 shots.
“We’ve got to find a way to get a little bit more traffic on him, make life tough for him,” said Benn, who had a goal on five shots in his playoff debut but just one shot Friday. “He’s been making some pretty big saves and we’ve got to find a way to bury our chances.”
If the Stars are going to get back in the series, home ice is the likely place to do it. They were 23-11-7 during the regular season, including 8-1-1 in their last 10. The home finale was a dominating 3-0 win over St. Louis to clinch a playoff spot.
“It’s pretty hard to go on the road,” Seguin said. “It’s an opportunity here at home to do the same thing they did to us.”
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