The Anaheim Ducks were on a tear for the month of January, going 8-1-1 coming into Wednesday's match with the Dallas Stars. On the back-end of a back-to-back, however, Anaheim was due for a bad game and it came in the form of a 6-2 loss to Dallas.
The Ducks got the scoring started just over five minutes in the game, but after that it was all Stars. Dallas was able to get six different scorers on the board, especially Jamie Benn, who recorded three points including a goal of his own on the night. Eric Nystrom, Vernon Fiddler, Stephane Robidas, Sheldon Souray and Michael Ryder also got in on the scoring action. To top it off, Kari Lehtonen aided in helping his squad, taking 35 shots and stopping 33 of them.
The Stars, at their best and healthiest, began the season 11-3-0. Injuries halted their tear, but they kept hanging in there. Now that Dallas is healthy again and still near a playoff spot (just one spot behind the Minnesota Wild), they can truly take on their "pesky" persona and make a real run this second-half.
Of course, though, Anaheim was playing the second game in a back-to-back set to open their season's second half -- probably contributing to their struggle in Wednesday's game. The loss snaps a six-game home winning streak, but the Ducks will have three more games at the Honda Center -- the next game being against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Ducks are still far behind with 45 points, but in piecing things together, they, too may be able to take on a "pesky" role to close out the year.