The NHL's trade deadline came and went Wednesday and the Ducks made only a minor tweak to their roster, keeping their talented core group together for a stretch run that looked all the more promising after a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars at Honda Center.

Ducks general manager Bob Murray wanted to acquire a speedy center to add depth to a lineup with plenty of speed and depth. Murray also hoped to do it without having to part with anyone from a team that's all but sealed the franchise's second Pacific Division title.

So, he dealt left wing Brandon McMillan to the Phoenix Coyotes for center Matthew Lombardi, swapping a minor-league player who appeared in only six games this season for the Ducks for a 31-year-old who has 262 points (101 goals, 161 assists) in 529 games in the NHL.

Lombardi didn't make it to the Honda Center in time to join his new teammates for their game against the trade-depleted Stars. He is expected to participate in today's practice and to play in Friday's rematch against Dallas at Honda Center, however.

"First and foremost, I'm going to a great team and Stanley Cup contender," Lombardi said. "That's super exciting. It's a great team. To be able to be a part of that is pretty cool. I'm looking forward to it. That's all you can ask for, to be honest with you, to play and go for a Stanley Cup."

The Ducks hardly needed Lombardi's speed or experience against a team that hardly resembled the one they blanked 4-0 on Monday in Dallas. The Stars on Tuesday traded Jaromir Jagr to the Boston Bruins, Derek Roy to the Vancouver Canucks and Tomas Vincour to the Colorado Avalanche.