By Adam Brady
ANAHEIM – Despite a much improved effort over the first two periods than they had shown in the series opener, the Ducks still suffered the same fate in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Dallas Stars.
|The Ducks tied the game in the second, but Dallas fought back with three unanswered goals to win 5-2.
Dallas scored two goals within 55 seconds in the third period that made a memory of a tie game and put the Stars on track for a 5-2 victory and a 2-games-to-none lead in the series.
Anaheim goals by Teemu Selanne and Travis Moen in the middle session erased a 2-0 Dallas lead, but the Stars countered with back-to-back strikes from Brad Richards and Mike Modano and an insurance marker by Loui Eriksson to put the game on ice with 5:23 left.
Modano gave Dallas a 3-2 cushion at 5:47 in the third on a power play slap shot from inside the blue line that flew past the glove of screened Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere. The man advantage was created from a Bobby Ryan hooking call that had taken some momentum away from an early Anaheim effort to put pressure in the Dallas zone and had two power play opportunities of their own in the opening minutes.
"We were down 2-0 and we battled hard and came back," Giguere said. "I thought we were doing a good job and it was looking good for the third period. As soon as they scored that third goal on the power play after we had two power plays, I guess it just collapsed us. It’s just unacceptable."
It was the sixth power play goal in the series for Dallas, leading Teemu Selanne to say, "If you can’t kill the penalties, you shouldn’t take them. Six power play goals in two games in this league, your chance to win is zero, absolutely zero. There are no excuses."
Richards followed up Modano’s goal at 6:42 by taking a pass on the rush from Eriksson and guiding a wrist shot from the right wing under Giguere.
Already faced with the tall task of erasing a second two-goal deficit, things became more dire for Anaheim when Eriksson and Richards reversed roles for the fifth Dallas goal. Richards fed Eriksson from behind the cage, and Eriksson had plenty of room to squeeze in a shot from the slot, since Giguere had leaned the wrong way just before the shot.
The Ducks had originally looked buried early in the second when Giguere gave up a fat rebound on a point shot by Mike Ribeiro, and Jere Lehtinen outdueled a diving Giguere for the loose puck, sending a backhand shot into the wide open net. The goal was set up by a hooking penalty by Scott Niedermayer, giving Dallas its fifth power play strike of the series.
|Travis Moen's breakaway goal in the second pulled the Ducks even.
But the Ducks began to fight back two minutes later when they went on a power play of their own, and Niedermayer sent the puck to Selanne, who with his back to the net, redirected it over the shoulder of Turco. The Dallas goalie slammed his stick to the ice, having given up his first goal of the series.
That shot was the only one of the period for the Ducks until Niedermayer got one off with 5:41 left. Twenty seconds later, Todd Bertuzzi calmly moved the puck across the blue line before feeding it to a wide-open Travis Moen on the right wing. Moen had plenty of room to go hard to the net and make a gorgeous move to his backhand before flipping it past a sprawling Turco. That tied it 2-2 and brought the sellout Honda Center crowd to its feet.
But they found little more to cheer about in a third period in which the Ducks got nothing more going offensively despite 10 shots on goal that dwarfed the 12 they managed over the first two periods.
"We are all guilty of not playing as good as we can right now," Giguere said. "We’re not making the saves, not playing well defensively and not scoring enough goals. All together it’s pretty ugly out there. We have to do a better job."
|Selanne (third from left) gave the Ducks new life when his goal in the middle session cut the Dallas lead in half.
Mike Ribeiro had a goal and two assists for Dallas, including the opening strike of the game, a breakaway backhander 6:28 into it after Francois Beauchemin turned the puck over.
The Ducks entered the night having won their last six postseason contests that followed a loss.
Now faced with a major mountain to climb, the Ducks leave tomorrow morning for Dallas where their attempt to come back from this 2-games-to-none deficit starts Tuesday night at American Airlines Center.
"We have to realize that we still have life and two days here to regroup," said Scott Niedermayer. "Maybe that will be good. We’ll get on the road, have a little change of scenery and go from there."
Added Selanne: "It’s going to be a bumpy road. We’re very disappointed that we have to go there down two games. We’re going to stick together and stay positive. Everything is still in our own hands. We can control our destiny. Obviously, it’s not going to be easy, but it’s nothing we haven’t done before."
20:00 - END OF GAME - The clock winds down and the boos rain down as the finishing touches are put on a 5-2 Ducks loss to Dallas. The Stars lead the series 2 games to none.
17:10 - Bertuzzi falls awkwardly against the boards and goes off the ice slowly while the play continues. He doesn't look good and it appears to be his leg.
14:37 - DALLAS GOAL - LOUI ERIKSSON - Richards makes it happen behind the net, getting the puck to Eriksson in the slot while Giguere looks confused. He leans to the opposite side of where Eriksson is positioned, giving Eriksson some room to shoot a wrister inside the right post. It's 5-2 Dallas and this thing is over.
13:25 - The linesman gets in the way and trips of Pahlsson as he tries to chase a dumped puck in the Dallas zone. Nice.
11:55 - Pronger gets out of the box and has the puck out in front with just one defenseman to beat. He can't do much with it though.
11:03 - As the puck is dancing in front of the Anaheim net and no one seems to want to go get it, Scott Niedermayer finally dives into Richards, taking him to the ground. No penalty.
9:43 - ANA Penalty - Chris Pronger, 2 min. holding. Pronger holds onto Hagman as they battle for the puck in the corner. Or did he? Not sure about that call.
8:59 - ANA Penalty - Todd Bertuzzi, 2 min. holding. Bertuzzi and Daley get tangled up behind the net and Bertuzzi's glove goes flying out of the pack. But he's the one who gets the punishment, and he's not happy.
8:42 - DAL Penalty - Brad Richards, 2 min. delay of game. Richards batted the puck out of the air and over the glass. After some discussion, they decide to make the call.
7:45 - Moen gives a shot to a helmetless Morrow, then he and Pahlsson team up to drill Ribeiro.
6:42 - DALLAS GOAL - BRAD RICHARDS - The Stars head into the Anaheim zone on the rush and Loui Eriksson shuttles the puck from left to right to Richards, whose wrist shot sails under Giguere. It's 4-2 Dallas.
5:47 - DALLAS GOAL (POWER PLAY) - MIKE MODANO - As the Stars move the puck well on the power play, Modano sets up and fires from just inside the blue line and it flies past Giguere's glove as Hagman screens in front. Heartbreaker for the Ducks, as they trail 3-2.
5:06 - ANA Penalty - Bobby Ryan
, 2 min. hooking. Tough one to take as the Ducks were working hard to keep it in the Dallas zone.
2:51 - Bertuzzi whiffs on a nice setup by Selanne near the net. How many of those have the Ducks had today? A lot.
2:41 - DAL Penalty - Brad Richards, 2 min. tripping. Richards blatantly takes down Selanne as he charges the net. Unfortunately, our scoreboard guy has put the penalty on 91 on the Ducks side of the scoreboard. Is Sergei Fedorov back?
2:31 - Rob Niedermayer tries to jab at the loose puck in front of Turco but can't get it done.
2:00 - Big kill for Dallas.
0:40 - Pronger slaps the puck into the corner, and as Turco goes back for it, it takes an awkward bounce off the glass and almost heads in front of the net.
0:00 - We get it going in the third, which I'm thinking might be a good one. Remember, the Ducks have two minutes of power play time and had plenty ot time to talk about what they were going to do with it.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks jump right back in this thing with goals from Selanne and Moen. We're tied 2-2, despite the fact Anaheim had just five shots int he period and 12 overall. This thing has gotten good.
20:00 - DAL Penalty - Brenden Morrow, 2 min. charging. The Ducks will have 2 minutes of power play time in period 3.
17:35 - First power play unit has Ryan, Weight and Kunitz as the forwards.
17:33 - DAL Penalty - Mike Modano, 2 min. tripping. During the delayed whistle, the goal mysteriously ends up off its moorings. Seems a little fishy since no Ducks were near it.
16:19 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TRAVIS MOEN - Bertuzzi takes his time skating with it across the blue line, waiting for his fellow black jerseys to catch up. He finally sends the puck to Moen streaking down the right wing and Moen has a lot of room to maneuever. He skates hard toward Turco and makes a slick move to the backhand before sending it under the sprawling goaltender. It's 2-2 and this place has erupted. Only the second goal for Moen since Jan. 7 and it's a beauty. He had seven in the playoffs last year.
15:25 - ANA Penalty - Francois Beauchemin, 2 min. unsportsmanlike conduct and DAL Penalty - Brenden Morrow, 2 min. unsportsmanlike conduct. Beauchemin and Morrow, who had lost his helmet about 30 seconds ago, jaw at each other as they skate toward their respective boxes. For some reasons, the PA guy calls it "unsportsmanlike behavior."
15:05 - Ribeiro makes a nice cross-ice pass to a pinching Robidas, and his one-timer is nicely saved with the blocker by Giguere.
14:00 - ANA Penalty - Todd Bertuzzi, 2 min. interference. The crowd boos this one heartily, as they probably will every Anaheim penalty from here on out. Turco had headed to the bench on the delayed whistle and after the play is blown dead with the puck behind the cage, Getzlaf still flips it into the net. Unfortunately, that one doesn't count.
13:59 - Still just one shot for Anaheim.
13:01 - Dougie Weight slams Robidas into the glass while they both go for a dumped puck. He is going hard right now.
I'm all about growing the game, but I still don't think it's okay for the Versus sideline announcers to interview guys during the game. We need to get rid of that.
We know Turco is ridiculously good with the way he handles that puck, but he's been even better today. There have been at least a dozen occasions where he's popped out of the crease and gotten the puck to a teammate. It's like playing against three defensemen. Too bad the Ducks can't check him.
10:38 - Bertuzzi gets tangled trying to make a drag move in the Dallas zone and the crowd wants a penalty. None is called.
9:15 - One shot on goal for Anaheim and one goal. Great percentage, but a bit of a concern.
8:53 - Dallas gets in tight again and tries a wraparound, but Giguere is there. A couple of scary moments in the last few minutes.
7:50 - Huskins turns the puck over, setting up a 3 on 2 for Dallas. Lehtinen has room for a one-timer, but Giguere jumps over to make the save.
7:12 - Ribeiro looks to have an open net as a pass is shipped to him from the corner, but it's just barely chipped away.
5:55 - A loud chant of "Let's Go Ducks!" rises from the crowd.
5:22 - Bertuzzi winds up and fires a wide-open backhander off a Selanne pass, but it flies wide.
4:15 - Rob Niedermayer gives Lehtinen a nice shot and the crowd notices. The Ducks checkers keep it in the Dallas zone for nearly their entire shift. Nicely done.
The workers have to come out and fix a pane of glass for about the fourth time in the two games here. Not sure why this has been a problem so often, but it certainly is killing any momentum the Ducks might have built. About a four-minute delay.
3:41 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - TEEMU SELANNE - Getzlaf moves the puck from the low corner above the circle to Scott Niedermayer. He makes a quick pass to Selanne who, with his back to the net, redirects it over the shoulder of Turco, as the goalie slams his stick on the ice in frustration. It's a huge goal for the Ducks, their first of the series, and it's 2-1 Dallas.
2:48 - Selanne slips a great pass across the paint to Bertuzzi, and Turco beautifully slides over to deny it.
2:01 - DAL Penalty - Loui Eriksson, 2 min. tripping. The Ducks go on their second power play. They've got to make something happen, and soon.
1:28 - DALLAS GOAL (POWER PLAY) - JERE LEHTINEN - Giguere gives up a juicy rebound off a point shot by Robidas, and when he tries to dive on the loose puck in front of him, Lehtinen pokes it away and is left with a wide open net. He predictably backhands it in. It's 2-0 Stars.
0:54 - ANA Penalty - Scott Niedermayer, 2 min. hooking. Niedermayer latches on to Ribeiro as the Dallas center skates into the zone.
0:37 - Giguere has a little trouble comtrolling the puck as it comes off the wall and has to quickly dive on it.
0:30 - Weight tries to put a backhander on net. Saved.
0:00 - Here we go in the second, Anaheim down 1-0.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - It's another tough one for the Ducks, who give up the breakaway goal to Ribeiro and put seven shots on net themselves to Dallas' 10. It's 1-0 as we go to the first break.
19:40 - Bertuzzi hits Getzlaf streaking down the middle, and Getzlaf makes a nice feed to his left to Selanne, but the one-timer is knocked down by Turco.
19:01 - Getzlaf gets a little room heading down the left wing and gets off one of the few shots the Ducks have had in the last several minutes.
15:35 - Nobody comes to Lundqvist as he emerges with it from behind the net, and thankfully his backhander goes wide.
14:50 - Kunitz gets on the rush down the right wing as Lundqvist overskates the puck, and his pass across the crease slides under Marchant's stick blade.
13:39 - The crowd boos as Teemu Selanne
appears to be held down in the Dallas net by Daley as the puck heads the other way, but replays show Daley and Selanne were just tangled as each tried to get up.
13:15 - Scott Niedermayer tries to flip the puck out and turns it over, giving Dallas a shot from the slot that Giguere stops.
12:31 - Niedermayer steps out of the box as the penalty runs out and the crowd roars their approval.
11:53 - Boucher takes a slap shot with the Ducks scrambling to get back in position, and Giguere saves it despite plenty of traffic in front of him.
10:31 - ANA Penalty - Scott Niedermayer, 2 min. interference. Right as the penalty expires, Niedermayer knocks down Robidas in front of the Dallas net. With the Ducks trying to cut down on the silly penalties, you wouldn't pick this guy to be a culprit.
8:31 - DAL Penalty - Niklas Hagman, 2 min, hooking. As Selanne tries to get us, Hagman decides to push him right back to the ground. Ducks go on the power play, where they were 0-3 last game, while Dallas was 4-7.
7:28 - Getzlaf absolutely drills Mattias Norstrom into the glass as the puck goes the other way.
We go into the timeout and this crowd is sounding slightly deflated. The Ducks need one bad.
6:28 - DALLAS GOAL - MIKE RIBEIRO - Francois Beauchemin turns the puck over trying to send it to Niedermayer, sending Ribeiro on a breakaway. He's chased by Beauchemin, who can't get there before Ribeiro makes a deke to the backhand and roofs it past Giguere. It's 1-0 Dallas.
4:46 - The puck goes out of play, and the fans see this as an opportunity to get loud. Good to see.
3:55 - Huskins gives Ott a nice shot in the back.
2:48 - Bertuzzi and Getzlaf put shots on net that don't have much chance of finding glory.
1:45 - Giguere is way out of position as the puck comes to Richards off a rebound, but lucky for the Ducks, he can't handle it right away.
0:00 - We're underway at Honda Center in Game 2, as Weight wins the opening faceoff clean.
7:12 p.m. - Another nice job on the anthem by Gunnery Sgt. Juan Contreras. Last time he sang it in a playoff here was Game 5 of the Final last year. And you know what happened in that one.
Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere; DAL Marty Turco
Starting Skaters - ANA Mathieu Schneider, Kent Huskins, Chris Kunitz, Todd Marchant
, Doug Weight; DAL - Stephane Robidas, Trevor Daley, Mike Modano, Stu Barnes, Steve Ott
Scratches - ANA Marc-Andre Bergeron, Corey Perry
, George Parros
, Brian Sutherby, Joe DiPenta; DAL Tobias Stephan, Krys Barch, Brad Winchester, Antti Miettinen, Mark Fistric, Nolan Baumgartner, Sergei Zubov
Weight gets the start after being a healthy scratch in Game 1.