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Stars 5, Ducks 3

Thursday, 04.06.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Stars 5, Ducks 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Niko Kapanen scored the eventual game-winner in the second period and added an empty-net goal to lead the Dallas Stars over the Ducks 5-3 on Thursday night at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim.

Dallas struck for three second period goals in all, including two power play goals.

“We had the momentum before and the penalties just gave them all the momentum,” said Ducks Assistant Captain Rob Niedermayer.  “That gave them the lead and we just couldn’t come back from it. We got down to a 5-on-3 and you can’t do that with the power play they have.”

The Ducks maintained fifth place in the Western Conference despite the loss with 92 points.  Anaheim now heads to the road for five games before wrapping up the season April 17th at home against Calgary.

“It’s hard to be critical of our group because things have gone so well and they’ve worked so hard,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.  “We have a game like tonight where we weren’t as sharp as we have been. I’m not going to criticize our team for this hockey game.”

Anaheim started the scoring as Rob Niedermayer (13, Friesen, Marchant) fired a quick wrist shot over Marty Turco’s left shoulder for his 13th goal of the season at 8:01 of the first period.

Niklas Hagman (7, Unassisted) got the Stars even at 12:29 of the first period with a shorthanded breakaway goal. 

Andy McDonald (30, Lupul, Getzlaf) scored his 30th goal of the season at 19:15 of the first and gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead after one period.

In the second, with the Stars on a two-man advantage, Jussi Jokinen (17, Zubov, Modano) beat Giguere to tie the contest at 3:19.  Antti Miettinen (10, Boucher, Robidas) gave Dallas their first lead of the game at 4:43 of the second period with the Stars on the man-advantage.

“You can’t give anybody 5-on-3s like we did in the second period,” said Carlyle. “We got ourselves into penalty problems and that just turned the whole momentum of the game in their favor.”

Joffrey Lupul (26, Salei) beat Turco through the five-hole at 18:00 of the second period to cut the Dallas lead to 4-3.

In the third, Turco turned away a 15 Ducks shots to keep Dallas’ one-goal lead.

“We scored a big goal to get back within one and we still had 20 minutes to play,” said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer.  “So I think we reacted the right way after all that happened. We had good pressure in the third, but we just weren’t able to get the goal we needed.”

Kapanen (13, Barnes) added his 13th of the season with the Ducks’ net empty to seal a 5-3 win for the Stars.

The Ducks next face the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday at 3:00 PM at Staples Center.  The game can be seen on NBC's regional NHL coverage and heard locally on 1540 AM.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 


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