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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 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 49 5 35 9 40
C. Perry 53 21 17 -4 38
R. Rakell 50 13 15 -3 28
R. Kesler 53 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 53 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 47 8 10 2 18
J. Silfverberg 53 6 12 -2 18
A. Cogliano 53 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 52 6 8 -6 14
C. Fowler 40 3 9 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 6 .920 2.30
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13


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