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Stars 5, Ducks 3

Wednesday, 04.5.2006 / 9:00 PM PT / 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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07


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