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Friday, March 4, 2011
Stars can't hold lead, fall 4-3 in OT

By Mark Stepneski



The Dallas Stars had a 3-1 lead Friday night in Anaheim but couldn’t hold it, losing 4-3 in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Stars. Jamie Benn, Adam Burish and Loui Eriksson scored for Dallas. Lubomir Visnovsky had three goals for Anaheim, including the game-winner with 3.8 seconds left in overtime.

Quotable

“It’s tough to lose one like that when you’re up 3-1 going into the third period. It’s a bad feeling when you lose, especially when you lose like this.” – Stars forward Loui Eriksson

“The first period they were all over us, we played much better in the second and in the third period we kind of sat back too much. We gave them a power play goal early in the third and gave them momentum.” – Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas

“We played a solid game through two periods and gave them a couple easy goals. Stupid penalty in OT and they have a strong PP. That’s about it.” – Stars forward Tom Wandell

“They are intense games and they are fun to play in, but unfortunately we gave up the two goal lead in the third. We had some things go against though, too. They missed a couple of calls. The head hit on [Jamie] Langenbrunner for sure. That was mystifying because that’s the one that they’re looking for. They also have the opportunity to ask the linesman. Those are kind of bad breaks. They also got extra time put on the clock, but I’m not sure if it played a part in the last goal. But on the other side of it, we made a couple of mistakes that we just have to correct. I mean that’s twice now that we’ve gotten scored on with the goaltender pulled and both have been errors on our part as opposed to good plays by the opposition. I’m not trying to take anything away from the Ducks. Obviously they battled hard and got the puck to the net.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

Notes

*The Stars are now 19-5-7 in games decided by one goal.

*The Stars are now 18-0-3 in games where they have led after two periods.

*The Stars scored a power play goal for the third straight game and are 3-13 (23.1%) during that stretch.

*Alex Goligoski led the Stars with 27:13 of ice time. Stephane Robidas was next with 27:04. Jamie Benn was tops among forwards at 22:57.

*Benn has points in nine of his last 12 games and has 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) during that stretch.

*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has points in four straight games (3 goals, 2 assists).

First period

The Ducks had a lot of jump in the first period, outshooting the Stars 12-6 and scoring the only goal at the 9:22 mark.

With the two teams playing four-on-four, Bobby Ryan set up defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, who scored off a shot from the slot.

Ryan had another good chance late in the period, but Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped his bid from the top of the crease.

The Stars were playing without center Brad Richards (concussion-like symptoms) and defenseman Nicklas Grossman (hip) for an eighth straight game. Brian Sutherby was scratched for the Stars.

Second period

The Stars dominated the second period, rattling off three unanswered goals to build a 3-1 lead.

Dallas drew even at the 2:23 mark with a goal off the rush. Jamie Benn dropped the puck off to Alex Goligoski and then redirected Goligoski’s pass into the net to tie the game at 1-1.

The Stars took the lead at the 10:35 mark when Adam Burish scored off the rush, taking a pass from Jason Williams and then beating Ducks goalie Dan Ellis with a shot from the right circle.

The Stars got back-to-back power plays late in the period and cashed in on the second one when Loui Eriksson tipped in a Stephane Robidas point shot into the net with 1:23 remaining in the period.

The Stars outshot the Ducks 14-5 in the second and have a 20-17 advantage for the game.

Third period

The Ducks scored twice in the third period to tie the game and force overtime.  The Ducks scored on their second power play chance of the night when Visnovsky scored off a one-timer from the right circle at the 5:24 mark of the period.

Anaheim pulled Ellis for the extra attacker with about 1:20 to go and the Ducks scored a short time later as Teemu Selanne redirect a Ryan Getzlaf pass into the net with 1:03 remaining.

Overtime

There was plenty of action in the overtime and the Stars had a chance to end it on a two-on-one rush, but Ellis made a great save with his glove on a shot by Trevor Daley.

The Ducks got a power play chance with 24.6 seconds left in the game when Tom Wandell was called for hooking and Visnovsky scored off a blast from the slot with 3.8 seconds left to give the Ducks a 4-3 victory.

Stars lineup

Morrow-Ribeiro-Burish
Eriksson-Benn-Vincour
Benn-Ott-Langenbrunner
Ott-Burish-Langenbrunner
Morrow-Ribeiro-Benn
Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson
Petersen-Wandell-Barch
Petersen-Wandell-Williams

Goligoski-Robidas
Woywitka-Daley
Skrastins-Fistric

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Scratched: Sutherby

Injured:  Richards (concussion-like symptoms), Grossman (hip)

Power play units

Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson-Goligoski-Robidas
Benn-Ott-Langenbrunner-Goligoski-Daley

Penalty kill units

Benn-Petersen-Skrastins-Robidas
Burish-Eriksson-Goligoski-Fistric
Morrow-Ribeiro-Skrastins-Robidas
Ott-Benn-Skrastins-Robidas
Burish-Petersen-Goligoski-Fistric