Stars blank undisciplined Ducks
Anaheim's parade to the penalty box led to four power-play goals in a surprisingly easy Game 1 series win for the Dallas Stars.
Brenden Morrow scored and added two assists in the 4-0 road win over the defending Stanley Cup champions. Jere Lehtinen had a goal and an assist, while Steve Ott and Loui Eriksson also scored.
"I can't remember the last time we have won a Game 1, so it was huge," Morrow said. "The way we finished the year off and to come out and have everyone contribute and play their roles was huge for us and gave us a little confidence."
Overall, Dallas converted on all but three of their power-play opportunities.
Marty Turco recorded his fourth career playoff shutout with 23 saves.
"For me, getting the shutout means little," Turco said. "It's always been about how I play and how I am moving and my patience.
"It was there tonight at times. There were a couple of fortunate tips that hit me that I didn't see."
Jean-Sebastien Giguere was forced to make 33 saves in the Anaheim net.
The Ducks are looking to become the first NHL club to repeat as champions since Detroit in 1997-98.
Anaheim, which ranked third last in goals this season, was shut out just once in last year's entire playoff run.
Turco gave his team an early lift with saves on Teemu Selanne and Chris Kunitz, paving the way for an onslaught.
With Anaheim's Travis Moen in the penalty box on an elbowing call, Stephane Robidas's shot from near the right-wing boards was tipped by Ott past Giguere at the 11:25 mark.
Just over six minutes later, Eriksson's first career playoff goal also came on the power play. The Swede picked the top left corner with a wristshot.
Ryan Getzlaf and Todd Bertuzzi each took roughing penalties in the second and Dallas capitalized.
Mike Ribeiro, who had two assists, worked hard behind the net to feed Lehtinen in the slot for a goal at 3:58 of the second.
Late in the second, Morrow finished off a pretty passing play started by Ribeiro and Lehtinen.
In between, Turco and the Stars survived a mad scramble on an Anaheim power play, with Ryan Carter foiled on his shot.
Kunitz had the best chance to end the shutout in the third, but Turco resisted.
Dallas won five of eight games between the clubs this season, with one Anaheim victory via shootout.
As a franchise the Stars haven't made it past the first round of the playoffs since 2003, when they were ousted in the second round by Anaheim.
Game 2 of the series will take place Saturday night in Anaheim.
With files from Associated Press