Jamie Benn and the young Dallas Stars are definitely a more confident group, though it took the captain a long time to get over how last season ended.
The young Dallas Stars began this season hoping to make the playoffs and end a franchise-record postseason drought.
Getzlaf had a goal and two assists in his return from injury, and the Ducks scored four power-play goals in a 6-2 victory over the Stars on Friday night to take a 3-2 series lead.
The slick-skating Stars used their speed to outplay Anaheim on Wednesday at the American Airlines Center. But a little fight was required to survive.
Kari Lehtonen had 37 saves, with some tremendous stops, for his first career postseason victory, and the Stars beat Anaheim 3-0 Monday in their first home playoff game in six years.
Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut, and the Anaheim Ducks opened the postseason with a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.
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Tyler Seguin tied a team record with his third hat trick of the season, joining Mike Modano and Bill Guerin. Seguin also had two assists Thursday as the Stars beat the Canucks 6-1.
Jamie Benn brought his golden touch to the ice for the Stars. The Canadian Olympian had a goal and two assists to lead Dallas to a 4-1 victory over the Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn scored, leading Canada to a 1-0 win over the United States Friday night in the semifinals of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament.
In his first Olympic game, Benn scored in the second period on Thursday to help Canada shake off a sluggish start, propelling the defending Olympic champions to a 3-1 win over Norway.
Patrik Elias scored a power-play goal 40 seconds into overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.