Ducks vs. Stars 1st period: Stars lead thanks to Brad Staubitz

Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Yeah. These two teams hate each other.

There might only be one NHL game on tonight, but boy is it an entertaining one. The Dallas Stars lead the Anaheim Ducks 2-0 after a first period that featured plenty of roughousing between the two bitter Pacific Division rivals.

The Stars have Brad Staubitz to thank for both goals, really. He and Aaron Rome got into a bit of a shoving match after the whistle at 8:11 and Staubitz got sent off for roughing. The Stars struck quickly on the power play, as Trevor Daley's shot got through a Michael Ryder screen in front and past Jonas Hiller to make the score 1-0.

Then things started to get chippy. And odd. After Stephane Robidas messed with him off a faceoff, Corey Perry went after the veteran defenseman and the two had a rather one-sided bout.

Can you really blame Robidas, though? The guy hasn't fought since 2007.

Not to be outdone by his teammate, Staubitz was called for spearing Brendan Dillon at center ice at 12:34 and received a five minute major and a game misconduct. Quite the cameo for Mr. Staubitz. Jamie Benn scored to make it 2-0, but the Ducks killed off the rest of the major.

But the nastiness wasn't over yet! Shortly before the end of the period, the Stars and Ducks had a few "disagreements", leading to five players receiving roughing minors.

This is already turning into a typical, and perhaps classic, Anaheim-Dallas matchup of bitterness and discontent.

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