Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Ducks rally, top Stars in OT
By Mark Stepneski
The Dallas Stars lost 4-3 in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night at American Airlines Center. The loss kept the Stars in ninth place in the Western Conference, one point behind the Ducks. The Ducks tied the game with 5.4 seconds left in the regulation on a goal by Teemu Selanne and then won it 1:42 into overtime on a goal by Cam Fowler. Alex Goligoski, Loui Eriksson and Trevor Daley scored for the Stars.
“As hard as it is –and that’s what we told the guys in there – as hard as it is and as much as this sucks, and believe me it does, you ‘ve got to look at the positive side of it. We played a real strong game. We battled, we battled a hard team. By all rights we should have won the game and we got a point out of it. All is not lost. We will survive to fight a better day and we move forward.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford
“We’re not going anywhere. It’s a tough one, but we look at the next one as just as important as this one. Win that and we’re back here smiling and going into another game.” – Stars center Brad Richards
“It shows the resiliency of our team and how there’s no quit no matter what the circumstances are. You can always rely on some of the veterans to step up when the game is on the line. Teemu did that for us tonight. Bobby gave me a great pass in overtime. I didn’t really have much work left to do. You put the game on those guys’ sticks and 99 percent of the time, they’re going to come up with a result for you.” – Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler
*The Stars ended their seven-game homestand with a 2-2-3 record.
*The Stars are 4-5-4 in their last 13 home games.
*The Stars are now 5-4 in overtime.
*Jamie Benn had his ten-game points streak come to an end.
*Brad Lukowich played 9:36 was a plus-one in his first game with the Dallas since April 2002.
*The Stars are 1-2-2 in the season series against the Ducks this season.
The Stars outshot the Ducks in the period 9-7. The Stars had one power play in the period. The Ducks had two power plays, including one that will have 1:14 remaining when the second period begins.
Stars forward Loui Eriksson returned to the lineup after missing two games with a concussion. He played left wing on a line with Brad Richards and Jamie Langenbrunner.
Krys Barch was the scratch for the Stars. Nicklas Grossman (knee), Karlis Skrastins (leg), Adam Burish (leg) and Brian Sutherby (back) were all out for the Stars.
The Ducks opened the second period with 1:14 of power play time and cashed in to take a 1-0 lead. Ryan Getzlaf sent a cross-ice pass to Lubomir Visnovsky, who scored off a blast from the left faceoff circle 56 seconds into the period.
The Stars tied the game by taking advantage of their second power play of the night. After the Stars entered the Anaheim zone, Alex Goligoski beat Ducks goalie Ray Emery with a blast from the right point at the 9:17 mark.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen had a big save to keep it a 1-1 game, stopping Corey Perry on a breakaway.
The intensity and hitting picked up in the second period. Stars defenseman Mark Fistric had a big hit on Ducks forward Dan Sexton and Stars center Mike Ribeiro nailed Jason Blake. Anaheim’s Brad Winchester leveled Stars center Tom Wandell in the neutral zone.
The Stars took the lead 4:29 into the third period. After faceoff in the Anaheim zone, Jamie Langenbrunner got the puck in the corner and centered it to Loui Eriksson tapped it past Emery.
But the Ducks answered just 11 seconds later when Bobby Ryan set up Corey Perry, who broke in on net and beat Lehtonen with a backhand shot to make it a 2-2 game.
The Stars took the lead with the two teams playing four-on-four. Trevor Daley scored off the rebound of his own from the right circle with 6:39 remaining in the game.
The Ducks pulled Emery with about a minute remaining and got the equalizer with 5.4 seconds left when Teemu Selanne scored from close range to tie the game and send it into overtime.
The Ducks 1:42 into overtime when Cam Fowler poked the puck away from Brad Richards at the Anaheim blue let to set up a two-on-one and Fowler scored after taking a pass from Ryan.
Injured: Grossman (knee), Skrastins (leg), Burish (leg), Sutherby (back)
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