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Eriksson, Morrow, Daley score early as Stars defeat Ducks 4-2

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Eriksson, Morrow, Daley score early as Stars defeat Ducks 4-2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Defenceman Trevor Daley scored his first goal of the season on a power play and James Neal set up goals by Loui Eriksson and Brenden Morrow, leading the Dallas Stars to a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.

Marty Turco made 24 saves for the Stars, who were missing Mike Modano (rib), Jere Lehtinen (abdominal soreness) and Brad Richards (groin). Steve Ott added an empty-net goal with nine seconds to play.

Ryan Getzlaf and Joffrey Lupul scored for Anaheim.

Dallas outshot Anaheim 16-5 in the first period. Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller stopped all eight shots during a pair of power plays, but Ericksson opened the scoring at 14:01 on a rebound from the edge of the crease after Hiller made a chest save on rookie Tom Wandell's wrist shot from the top of the left circle and turned aside a backhanded rebound attempt by James Neal with his left arm.

The Stars made it 2-0 at 4:17 of the second period. Hiller went behind his net to clear the puck, but it hopped off his stick and Mike Ribeiro fed it out in front and Morrow sent a quick wrist shot past Hiller's left leg just as the goalie scrambled back to the crease.

Daley scored Dallas' third goal at 8:53 of the second, beating Hiller high to the glove side with a snap shot from about 30 feet after getting a cross-ice pass from Neal.

Ott, who was activated from injured reserve after missing four games with a strained oblique muscle, also got an assist on Daley's goal. The Stars were 0 for 12 on the power play in their previous three games.

The Ducks, coming off their second shutout loss in three games, were getting outshot 27-11 before Getzlaf put them on the board at 17:52 of the second. He got a lead pass from Ryan Whitney heading into the Dallas zone, carried the puck to the top of the left circle and stickhandled around defenceman Karlis Skrastins before beating Turco to the short side. The goal ended a season-opening seven-game drought for Getzlaf, which matched his longest of 2008-09.

Anaheim scored its second goal with 11:25 remaining, after Turco made a poor clearing pass behind the net with Getzlaf on the forecheck. Perry intercepted the puck in the right corner and fed it in front to Lupul, who fanned on the one-timer, but it caromed off Skrastins' leg and trickled between Turco's legs.

Hiller finished with 34 saves, after getting pulled in the second period of last Saturday's 5-0 loss at St. Louis.

Notes: Morrow, who underwent reconstructive surgery on his right knee in December and is still playing with a brace, appeared in his 600th NHL regular-season game. Ducks C Saku Koivu played in his 800th NHL contest. ... Anaheim D James Wisniewski returned to the lineup after missing three games with a sprained right shoulder and got an assist on Getzlaf's goal. C Ryan Carter was scratched after getting hit in the foot with a shot during the morning skate. X-rays were negative. ... The Ducks recalled rookie G Justin Pogge from Bakersfield of the ECHL to serve as backup because of Jean-Sebastien Giguere's groin injury. But Giguere was able to take part in the pre-game warmup, and Pogge was sent right back to Bakersfield. ... Dallas LW Francis Wathier made his NHL debut after getting recalled from Texas of the AHL and got into a fight with Mike Brown at 3:02 of the second period. ... Anaheim has been outshot in seven of its first eight games.

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Eriksson, Morrow, Daley score early as Stars defeat Ducks 4-2