After the first 40 minutes were played, the Stars were down by one goal, but they received a huge spark in the final period where they scored five goals on their way to a much-needed 6-3 win in front of their fans at the American Airlines Arena.
After dropping two consecutive games against the New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues, the Stars needed to bounce back in front of their fans and while it took them a while to settle into the game, the team’s performance in the third period was definitely worth the wait.
After goals from Emerson Etem in the first period and Nick Bonino in the second for the Ducks – after Antoine Roussel tied previously in the second period – Anaheim had a one-goal lead that quickly faded away in the final 20 minutes. The speed of the Stars offensively was too much to handle for the visitors and the Stars had a sensational minute between 5:25 and 6:18 as they found the back of the net three times.
Cody Eakin, Stephane Robidas and Ryan Garbutt all scored in a one-minute span and Roussel added his second goal of the game to give the Stars a three-game lead late in the third period where they showcased the offensive ability they can achieve if all things click together. Dustin Penner pulled one back for the Ducks, but they couldn’t come back as the Stars ended up scoring an empty-netter by Alex Chiasson on their route to a huge victory that stopped their losing streak.
The Stars have a lot of work to do if they want to improve their position in the standings. But winning at home and scoring a lot of goals in the best recipe to turn things around after a slow start to the campaign.