"It's obviously not the type of game we wanted to see, especially after the last couple where we thought we were making strides and starting to do some good things out on the ice," said Ducks captain Chris Pronger. "Today as a group we weren’t able to accomplish anything."
The Ducks (6-8-2) came into the game with a two-game winning streak after victories at home against
|Dallas goalie Marty Turco (shielded on this play) had 19 saves in recording his 31st career shutout.
Mike Ribeiro put Dallas on top 1-0 after one period with a power play goal with just 24 seconds left, deflecting a loose puck past J.S. Giguere.
But the Ducks played well in the first and appeared still in it until the 5-minute, 16-second flurry in the second. Jussi Jokinen scored the first one by recovering a briefly knocked away puck in the slot and wristing it in on the power play. Brendan Morrow followed that less than four minutes later by popping in a rebound. Then with just 3.6 remaining in the stanza, Jere Lehtinen one-timed a pretty Mike Ribeiro pass that slid across the painted area in front of the net.
The Ducks couldn’t get much of anything going in the period, putting just four shots on goal after getting off 11 in the first.
"I thought for about 10 or 12 minutes, we played more of a type of hockey that we needed to play," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "Then for whatever reason, we just seemed to be zapped of our energy. We couldn’t execute. Just one of those nights that didn’t go our way, for sure. We were scrambling and just trying to survive. "
The one negative for the Stars on the night was the lack of a point from forward Mike Modano. The veteran entered the game needing just one point to tie Phil Housley’s record for points by a
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks play well enough in the period, with 11 shots, but can't find the net. Dallas gets a late one on the power play to take a 1-0 lead.
19:36 - DALLAS GOAL (POWER PLAY) - MIKE RIBEIRO (SCORING CHANGE) - Sergei Zubov puts the puck on net from the top of the right circle. It hits a Ducks stick on its way and it's deflected in by Lehtinen and finally Ribeiro just outside the crease. It's 1-0 Dallas.
18:20 - Modano has a chance at a loose puck in front of Giguere that might have given him a tie for the record, but he can't put it home as it's knocked away.
17:42 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Getzlaf - 2 min. roughing. Turco makes a nice high save on a Getzlaf attempt on the power play. Getzlaf inexplicably shoves Mattias Nortstrom after Turco holds the puck and gets the whistle.
17:01 - DAL Penalty - Stephane Robidas, 2 min. cross checking. Robidas drills Mark Mowers in the back as Mowers tries to screen Turco on a Ducks shot attempt.
13:06 - Parros nails the old Ducks enforcer, Todd Fedoruk with a hit near the Dallas blue line that spins Fedoruk and send him down.
12:40 - The puck is bandied about in front of the Dallas goal and bounces virtually everywhere but the net.
11:51 - Zubov slings one from straightaway blue line and Giguere corrals it.
10:59 - Miller fires one right after the faceoff, but right in Turco's tummy.
7:03 - After the whistle, May can be seen in the box tending to his left hand.
7:03 - Perry tries to make a pas to Getzlaf in the slot, but it's knocked away. Kunitz picks up the loose one and flips a shot that Turco just saves.
6:47 - Brad May and Krys Barch drop the gloves seconds after the faceoff in the Dallas zone, taken ironically enough, by George Parros. May gets most of the shots in and appears to get the decision. They both get 5.
6:42 - Schneider makes a phenomenal long pass to Perry, who takes the puck and fires a wrister from the right wing that Turco nabs.
4:37 - Turco again plays with fire, playing the puck behind the net. Rob Niedermayer steals it, then shuttles to Pahlsson in front, but Turco gets back in time to save and hold.
I'm not crazy about Dallas' new jerseys. From far away you can barely see the logo on the front because it's in yellow.
0:57 - Marty Turco goes way out into the corner to play a puck, and Perry takes it from him, but before Perry can skate with it from behind the net, he gets drilled by a Dallas player.
0:00 - And we're underway in front of a late-arriving, or maybe not showing up at all, Honda Center crowd. Remember, Dallas' Mike Modano is 1 point away from tying the scoring record for U.S.-born players.
7:07 p.m. - A newcomer at Honda Center, baritone Robbie Britt, performs a feverish, almost angry, rendition. It's the first time in years the Ducks haven't sung an alternate anthem against Dallas, which they did in the past for fear of Stars fans yelling "Stars" twice during the song. The Ducks decided enough was enough in changing the song for a couple of Dallas fans.
Mowers, Miller and McDonald on the first line for the Ducks. We'll see if it stays that way throughout.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere; DAL Marty Turco
Starting Skaters: ANA Mathieu Schneider, Drew Miller, Andy McDonald, Francois Beauchemin. Mark Mowers; DAL Trevor Daley, Jeff Halpern, Stu Barnes, Niklas Hagman, Phillippe Boucher
Scratches: ANA Maxim Kondratiev, Joe DiPenta; DAL Antti Miettinen, Louis Eriksson
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