ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Dallas Stars showed off all the talent they have been developing in the minors during three games against the Anaheim Ducks.
Alex Chiasson scored his first NHL goal, Lane MacDermid netted his second in two games since being promoted, and Eric Nystrom had a short-handed goal in the Stars' 3-1 victory on Friday night.
"It's incredible. I don't think I realize it yet," Chiasson said. "You work so hard when you're young, and you don't realize that one day this could happen. I was a Montreal Canadiens fan growing up and watching Saku Koivu — and now I'm playing against him.
"These last couple of days have been really memorable for me."
About a half-minute after the Ducks killed an interference penalty against Matt Beleskey, Chiasson converted a centering pass from Vernon Fiddler to complete the scoring.
Chiasson had 13 goals this season for the Stars' AHL affiliate.
"The reason you play in the American Hockey League is to make it up to the NHL," Chiasson said. "Luckily I've made it up here, and now I've got to work to stay here."
Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves to help end Dallas' three-game skid. The Stars, whose four-year playoff drought is the longest in franchise history, are five points behind eighth-place St. Louis in the Western Conference. But Dallas would have to overtake four other teams that are separated by one point.
Andrew Cogliano scored for Anaheim, and Viktor Fasth stopped 22 shots in his third straight start, thwarting all six Minnesota power plays.
The Pacific Division-leading Ducks beat the Stars 4-0 on Monday at Dallas and 5-2 on Wednesday at home. But they had to play this one without captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf, who sustained a lower body injury during the third period on Wednesday.
Matthew Lombardi played his first game with Anaheim following Wednesday's trade with Phoenix.
"We missed some Grade A chances," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I mean, Saku missed two or three in the first period, Teemu (Selanne) missed an open net on the power play, and Matthew Lombardi had a breakaway and didn't score. So there were a lot of plays we missed that were uncharacteristic misses.
"When you don't take advantage of your chances, it usually ends up biting you in the butt."
Nystrom and Chiasson scored less than 5 1-2 minutes apart to give Dallas a 3-1 lead with 48 seconds left in the first period.
Fiddler lifted the puck out of the Dallas zone, while the Stars were short-handed, and Fasth came far out of his net in an attempt to poke it away from the oncoming Nystrom. But the six-year veteran got position on Corey Perry and flipped it over the goalie's outstretched stick and into a wide-open net at 13:54 of the first.