Ducks 4, Stars 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Corey Perry tallied twice to lead the Ducks over the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Wednesday night at Honda Center.
The victory pushed Anaheim's league-best record to 27-4-6 and 60 standings points. The Ducks finish 2006 with a 15-2-4 record on Honda Center ice with the next five games scheduled to take place away from Orange County.
Perry netted his second goal just 13 seconds into the second period.
The young Anaheim winger was robbed on a scoring chance by Dallas netminder Marty Turco eight seconds into the period. On the ensuing face off, Perry grabbed the loose puck in the slot, turned and fired a wrist shot into the top right-hand corner for his second goal of the game.
The Ducks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Chris Pronger and Perry.
Pronger tallied his seventh goal of the season with a hard slap shot from the point that found its way through traffic and past Turco at 3:22.
Perry made it 2-0 with a slap shot from the top of the right face off circle at 11:38. The goal was Perry's tenth of the season.
The Stars cut into the Anaheim lead at 14:41 of the first period on a goal by Stu Barnes. Barnes deflected a soft wrist shot by defenseman Jaroslav Modry for his fourth marker of the season.
After Perry's second tally to begin the second period, Scott Niedermayer added a power play goal at 16:39 of the second to give Anaheim a 4-1 lead.
Anaheim does not return to Honda Center until January 5 to face the Columbus Blue Jackets.
20:00 - END OF GAME - ANA 4, DAL 1 - FINAL SHOTS: ANA 27, DAL 27
9:23 - The Ducks take exception after Corey Perry is taken into the end boards after the whistle by Matthew Barnaby. After a brief scrum, the penalties are sorted out...Barnaby gets a double minor for roughing and a 10:00 misconduct. Shawn Thornton and Shane O'Brien each get a minor for roughing. Everything matches up and the teams skate 5-on-5.
6:12 - ANA PEN - Scott Niedermayer goes off for hooking. The teams will skate 4-on-4 for 1:18.
5:29 - DAL PEN - Phillipe Boucher gets the gate for tripping. Anaheim goes on their fourth power play - they are 1-for-3.
0:00 - The third period is under way at Honda Center. Mike Smith takes over in goal for the Stars to begin the period.
20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD. SHOTS: ANA 11-21, DAL 11-16
16:39 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - SCOTT NIEDERMAYER (6). Niedermayer gets a pass from Teemu Selanne in the slot and fires a one-timer past Turco to give Anaheim a 4-1 second period lead. The assists on the goal go to Selanne and Andy McDonald.
15:26 - DAL PEN - Antti Miettinen goes off for hooking. Anaheim goes on their third power play of the game - they have yet to convert with the man advantage.
13:25 - ANA PEN - Teemu Selanne gets the gate for holding. Dallas goes on their second power play - they are 0-for-1 tonight.
6:09 - DAL PEN - Jeff Halpern is called for tripping Scott Niedermayer in the neutral zone. Anaheim goes on their second power play - they are 0-for-1 tonight.
2:17 - ANA PEN - Teemu Selanne goes off for goaltender interference. Dallas goes on their first power play of the game. The Stars are operating at 16.2% with the man advantage (21st NHL) and the Ducks are killing at 86.4% (8th NHL)
0:13 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY (11). Perry picks up the puck off a face off to the left of Turco, turns and buries a wrist shot over the Dallas netminder's glove. Turco turned away a Perry bid just 5 seconds early with an amazing cross-crease save. Shawn Thornton and Ryan Getzlaf get the assists.
0:00 - The second period is under way at Honda Center.
20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD. SHOTS: ANA 10, DAL 5
14:41 - DALLAS GOAL - STU BARNES (4). Jaroslav Modry drifts a soft wrister on net that is deflected by Barnes past Giguere to cut the Anaheim lead to 2-1. Modry and Stephane Robidas pick up the assists.
11:38 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY (10). Perry gets a pass from Chris Kunitz at the top of the right hand face off circle and blasts a slap shot past Turco to give Anaheim a 2-0 lead. Assists go to Kunitz and Joe DiPenta.
6:26 - Anaheim' s Shawn Thornton and Dallas' Matthew Barnaby lock up in the first scrap of the contest. In what is a fantastic tilt, Thornton manages to get Barnaby's helmet off and his own arm free. Thornton lands several solid rights (and lefts). Both men pick up fighting majors.
3:22 - ANAHEIM GOAL - CHRIS PRONGER (7). Pronger rips a slap shot from his left point position through traffic and beats Turco to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead. The lone assist is credited to Samuel Pahlsson.
1:09 - DAL PEN - Trevor Daley flips the puck over the glass in the defensive end and goes off for delay of game. Anaheim goes on their first power play. The Ducks are operating at 23% on the season (2nd NHL) with the man advantage. The Stars are killing at 87% (6th NHL).
0:00 - The first period is under way between the Ducks and Stars.
STARTING GOALTENDERS: ANA 35 JS Giguere, DAL 35 Marty Turco
SCRATCHES: ANA - 30 G Ilya Bryzgalov, 16 RW George Parros, 39 C Travis Green; DAL - 9 C Mike Modano, 26 RW Jere Lehtinen (FLU), 42 D Jon Klemm.
The Ducks will play their last home game of 2006 tonight in front of a sold out Honda Center when they battle Pacific Division rival Dallas at 7:05 p.m.
Anaheim is coming off a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames at home on Monday. The NHL-leading Ducks are 24-4-6 on the season with 58 points and are 14-2-4 on Honda Center ice this season.
The Ducks are led offensively Teemu Selanne (19-25=44), Chris Pronger (6-31=37) and Andy McDonald (11-21=32). JS Giguere has carried the load in goal for the Ducks at 22-3-5 in 31 games played with a 2.16 GAA and .924 SV %. Giguere's 22 victories are the most by any goaltender in the NHL this season.
Tonight, Anaheim faces Dallas for the second time this season. Dallas won 4-3 in a shootout in the teams' only meeting on October 15 at Honda Center.
The Stars are coming off a 4-3 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night at Staples Center. Dallas is 21-12-0 with 42 points and is currently third in the Pacific.
Phillipe Boucher (11-13-24) leads the Stars with 24 points. His 11 goals also lead the club. Dallas netminder Marty Turco is 16-9-0 with a 2.11 GAA and .920 SV%.
After tonight's contest, the Ducks will hit the road once again with stops in Phoenix, San Jose, Carolina, Minnesota and Detroit before returning home to face Columbus on January 5.