Ducks beat Stars 3-1 to take over 1st place in Pacific

1:53 a.m. EDT April 4, 2016

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks’ NHL-leading penalty kill has left opponents stone-faced all season. After turning that special-teams domination into offense to knock off the Dallas Stars, the Ducks had plenty to smile about.

Nate Thompson and Ryan Kesler each scored a short-handed goal, John Gibson made 25 saves and the Ducks defeated the Stars 3-1 on Sunday night to return to the top of the Pacific Division.

Ryan Getzlaf added an empty-net goal as Anaheim moved one point ahead of the Los Angeles Kings. Both teams have four games remaining, including the fifth and final Freeway Faceoff of the season between the rivals Thursday night at Los Angeles.

“It was really our best game in a month and I thought we were a pretty determined group,” Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We’d like to be able to continue to play at this level for the next four games, but for sure we know we can do it when we put our mind to it.”

Radek Faksa scored with 1:29 remaining and Antti Niemi stopped 22 shots as Dallas’ four-game winning streak ended. The Stars lead St. Louis by two points for the Central Division title and…

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