Perry, Giguere help Ducks improve to 27-4-6

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- As if the high-flying Anaheim Ducks
really needed any good news, Corey Perry is out of his slump.

Perry scored twice in Wednesday night's 4-1 victory over Dallas,
giving him six goals and three assists in his last seven games.
Before that, he had just three assists in a span of 12 games.

"The bounces are going my way right now. Before, the puck was
going one way and I was going the other way," Perry said.
"Scoring goals is my job and that's what got me here.

"So I was putting a little pressure on myself and it was
frustrating going through that stretch. My confidence is coming

When the puck bounced his way against the Stars, he took
advantage, including an outstanding shot for his second goal of the
game and 11th of the season.

"He's worked hard at getting through a valley he was in,"
Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "He's got a tremendous amount of

Anaheim's two Norris Trophy-winning defensemen, Chris Pronger
and Scott Niedermayer, also scored to help the Ducks improve their
NHL-best mark to 27-4-6.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 26 shots for his 23rd win of the
season, also a league high. He's 11-1 in his last 12 starts.

On his second goal, Perry picked up the loose puck near the
right circle, skated into the slot, stopped, whirled and flipped
the puck over goalie Marty Turco's left shoulder to give Anaheim a
3-1 lead 13 seconds into the second period.

"I knew I didn't have a backhand shot available, so I just
turned and fired it," Perry said. "I tried to get it up because I
knew there would be a lot of traffic."

Niedermayer added a power-play goal at 16:39 of the second, his
sixth goal and 30th point, to give Anaheim a three-goal advantage.

The Stars held a closed-door meeting following the game, and
coach Dave Tippett was grim afterward.

Asked about the Ducks, Tippett said, "We're concerned with what
we do, not what they do. We didn't make it a hard enough game for

"We need more from everybody. These are real strong barometer
games for us. There are some individuals who move up and some who
move down. That's the way it is."

After the Ducks jumped out to a 2-0 lead on first-period scores
by Pronger and Perry, the Stars' Stu Barnes narrowed the gap with a
goal, his fourth, at 14:41.

Perry, turning in the second two-goal performance of his career,
put Anaheim up 2-0 with his slap shot from the right circle,
beating Turco at 11:38 of the opening period.

Pronger scored his seventh goal -- and got his 38th point -- with
a 50-foot slap shot 3:22 into the game.

Anaheim got off 27 shots -- 21 at Turco before he was replaced by
Mike Smith at the start of the third period.

Dallas center Mike Modano is sidelined by a hip injury and
didn't make the trip, missing his seventh consecutive game. The
Stars also were without right wing Jere Lehtinen (flu).

Game notes
Anaheim RW Teemu Selanne assisted on Niedermayer's goal,
Selanne's 37th point in his last 25 games. ... The Stars are 11-2
against Pacific Division rivals, 1-1 against Anaheim. ... The Ducks
have sold out four of their last five home games.