Gurianov scores twice, Stars hold off Ducks
- Denis Gurianov scored twice, and Ben Bishop made 29 saves for the Dallas Stars in a 2-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center on Thursday.
“I think it just shows what kind of player he could turn into with his speed,” Stars forward Andrew Cogliano said of Gurianov, who has played 30 NHL games. “Those are two high-end goals, and then they end up being the difference tonight. You need contribution down the lineup, and I thought our line was playing pretty good the last couple games, so it’s nice to get a couple goals.”
- The Stars (4-7-1) have won their past three games after a five-game losing streak (0-4-1).
“We’ve got to keep building,” Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. “It’s easier to teach and build on positives and teach on areas where you need to get better when you’re winning. The players are more receptive, and I think the coaches do it in a better fashion.”
- Max Comtois scored, and John Gibson made 27 saves for the Ducks (6-5-0), who have lost three straight.
“This is a good time to regroup and try to get back in the win column as quick as possible,” Anaheim defenseman Korbinian Holzer said. “We had some tough losses, and now we just have to keep working hard. The next few games are going to be some big tests for us with [the Colorado Avalanche] and [the Vegas Golden Knights] on a back-to-back. Those are two pretty good teams in the League, so we just have to go out and be ready to work.”
- Perry faced the Ducks for the first time.
- He played his first 14 NHL seasons with the franchise before signing with the Stars as a free agent July 1.
- He had four shots on goal, two hits and a blocked shot in 16:38. …
- Cogliano had an assist in his first game against his former team since Anaheim traded the forward to Dallas on Jan. 14. …
- Anaheim went 1-for-2 on the power play and is 2-for-27 (7.4 percent) on the season. …
- The Stars have won seven in a row against the Ducks at home. Anaheim last won at Dallas on March 1, 2015.
Sources & Credits: Josh Clark / NHL.com, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks