DALLAS -- Bad luck and bad play have marked the Ducks' most recent trips to the American Airlines Center. But when you're a team on a big roll, anything and everything seems to break your way.
The Ducks rode Jonas Hiller's hot goaltending and some good fortune for 65 minutes before Bobby Ryan and Ryan Getzlaf delivered in the shootout for a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.
Only one victory -- a 4-3 overtime affair March 23, 2011 -- had been achieved by the Ducks (20-3-3) in their past seven trips to Dallas. Demons weren't exactly exorcised but ...
"This is a tough building," Getzlaf said. "They've got a good hockey team over there and we know that. We came in and we've got our two points. We'll move on to St. Louis."
The numbers are staggering even if the triumph wasn't. The Ducks have won five in a row and are 7-0-2 since their last loss in regulation, a 5-2 defeat against the Kings at Staples Center.
They're also 11-2-1 when the other team scores first and have 13 comeback victories in all. Both win totals in those categories are the most by any NHL team through 26 games since 1987-88, according to STATS, Inc.
"We've allowed one (regulation) loss in 16 games," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "No matter how you cut it, it's pretty good."
It was the Ducks' first game without Corey Perry, who began serving his four-game suspension for his hit on Minnesota rookie Jason Zucker. To compensate, the NHL's second-best team took to playing tight defense and relying on Hiller.
Hiller made 33 saves to outduel the Stars' Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 29 shots in another sharp effort against the Ducks. There were also some big breaks that the Swiss netminder gladly accepted.
Dallas appeared to have taken a 2-1 lead when Derek Roy scored after Hiller muffed a chance to secure a puck, but referee Marc Joannette blew the play dead as the puck squirted free and Roy took the shot.
A short time later, Reilly Smith flipped a shot past Hiller but the puck hit the post and crossbar before bouncing away. Jaromir Jagr did the same thing with 2:52 left in regulation.
"I always say if you work hard and fight hard, you're going to get lucky," Hiller said. "I felt I was doing everything (I could) tonight. That's when you get those bounces or things hit you, hit the post and go out and instead of hit you, hit the post and go in.
"It definitely makes you feel bigger. I felt pretty good out there."
All that got by Hiller was Ray Whitney's backhand goal at 12:35 of the first period. The Ducks responded in the early part of the second, with Andrew Cogliano scoring on his own rebound after a setup by Peter Holland and Daniel Winnik.
"(Winnik) made a great play in the neutral zone and Holly made a good play," Cogliano said.
In the shootout, the Stars opted to go second. So Ryan led off for the Ducks by putting a backhand by Lehtonen. Loui Eriksson misfired for Dallas and Whitney couldn't score on the Stars' second try.
Getzlaf then clinched the victory by flipping a backhand try by the Finnish goalie.
"We're working," he said. "When you work, you get breaks. Guys are working hard and battling. We got a little depleted lineup right now. Guys are doing a great job stepping into those roles."
Viktor Fasth appears to be responding well to the upper-body injury suffered on Tuesday that kept him from starting against Minnesota. Fasth took shots throughout the morning workout but Jeff Deslauriers backed up Hiller.
"It's good to be back on the ice out there," said Fasth, who should be ready Saturday in St. Louis. "Except for not stopping any pucks, I felt pretty good. It was nothing serious. A bit sore. Just decided it was best to rest that night." ...
Kyle Palmieri (upper body) returned from a five-game absence. Brad Staubitz (facial cut) resumed practicing while wearing a visor. Nick Bonino (lower body) missed his third consecutive game.
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