Thursday, December 3, 2009
Stars come from behind to silence Ducks
By Richard Durrett
The Stars scored three goals in the third period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 win. Click here to view a replay of tonight's in-game chat.
- Sometimes you're just happy to be lucky. The Stars scored two of the more fluky goals you'll see after falling behind 1-0 in the third period. James Neal deflected a puck that ended up going off a defenseman's skate and behind Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Moments later, Steve Ott threw a bad-angle shot at Giguere and it somehow went through his pads and into the net. And both Neal and Ott needed goals. They hadn't had them in awhile.
- Do you like the line of Neal-Modano-Lehtinen? It's the first time the Stars have tried that this year. Neal and Modano did play together some last year and had some chemistry. I'd like to see more of this line.
- Marty Turco didn't get much defensive help on the first Ducks goal, but he shut the door after that. He made some big saves, especially on the 3-minute power play in the first, and kept the Stars in it. Turco looked good and needed that type of performance. Maybe it's something he can build on.
- I thought Jamie Benn played very well on Thursday. He was all over the ice, making solid passes and getting back defensively. In fact, that line, which included Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow, looked good. They generated most of the Stars' scoring chances and were consistent.
- Teemu Selanne fractured bone in his left hand and did not play in the third period for Anaheim.
- The Stars could have fallen behind by more than one goal early. But Turco did his job and the penalty killers were excellent. They did it against the No. 1 power play unit in the NHL, too.
- Outside of taking the 5-minute major, Stephane Robidas played well -- and often, as usual. He was throwing pucks at the net and keeping the pressure on the Ducks.
- An empty net goal for Brenden Morrow gives him five straight games with a goal. He has six straight games with at least a point.