By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer
DALLAS — One of these days, the Ducks will win a game in Dallas again. It didn’t happen on Thursday night.
Thomas Harley scored 38 seconds into overtime and the Dallas Stars beat the Ducks, 4-3, their 11th consecutive home win against the Ducks in a streak that dates to October 20215.
“Just kept skating,” said Harley, who skated hard to the middle of the right circle before unleashing his game-winner. He also had the primary assist on fellow defenseman Miro Heiskanen’s tying goal midway through the third period.
“He’s been great all year like that, his ability to skate,” Dallas coach Pete DeBoer said. “I think he blew by everybody on the ice there from goal line to goal line. So, pretty impressive for a young defenseman to skate like that.”
Heiskanen tied it midway through the third period in his return to the Dallas lineup after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury.
Ducks goalie John Gibson stopped 40 shots in regulation, but the only Stars shot in overtime was Harley’s wrister from about 30 feet. It was the 22-year-old defenseman’s 10th goal this season, and his second OT winner.
“I feel like every time we play him, he gives them a chance to win,” DeBoer said of Gibson.
Jake Oettinger made 21 saves in the Dallas net, needing only one in overtime.
The Ducks scored go-ahead goals early in both the second and third periods, though the Stars eventually answered both times.
The Ducks took a 2-1 lead on Troy Terry’s 12th goal of the season, which came 1:28 into the second period. They scored even quicker in the third, on Jakob Silfverberg’s shot from just in front of Oettinger only 12 seconds into the period for a 3-2 lead.
In between those, Dallas tied the score at 2-all on Craig Smith’s goal when he knocked in a loose puck that Gibson gloved while falling with one of his teammates in net. But a replay review determined the glove and puck had fully crossed the line for a good goal.
That ended a wild sequence in which a puck off Gibson was sitting in front of a wide-open net before teammates Jackson LaCombe and Ross Johnston got there to knock it away, but Smith was able to score with a quick wrister.
Matt Duchene’s 16th goal only 2:22 into the game put Dallas up 1-0, with Tyler Seguin getting the secondary assist. That was Seguin’s 652nd career point with the Stars, putting him alone in fifth place on the franchise list by breaking a tie with Dino Ciccarelli.
Urho Vaakanainen tied the score with about five minutes left in the first, about a minute after Dallas thought it had a 2-0 lead. A shot by Jani Hakanpaa appeared to go into and bounce out of the net, though officials immediately signaled no goal and replays showed the puck actually ricocheted off the left post.
“Well, I thought the first period was good for us. I mean, I think they had more chances, but they just took the game over in the second period with possession time,” Ducks coach Greg Cronin said. “We got caught on the ice too long. And when that happens, you get tired legs. And I think they rode momentum all the way through the third period.”
The Stars’ home streak against the Ducks matches the club’s longest active streak at the American Airlines Center versus any team. They won their 11th in a row there over the Detroit Red Wings two weeks before Christmas.
The Ducks play at Minnesota on Saturday at 6 p.m. PT, their eighth road game in a 10-game stretch.