By Adam Brady
DALLAS – The momentum from their victory two nights prior didn’t incite enough goal-scoring for the Anaheim Ducks, who fell 3-1 to the Stars at American Airlines Center and now trail 3 games to 1 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
|Anaheim could only manage a late goal on Stars netminder Marty Turco, who made 27 of 28 saves in a 3-1 defeat of the Ducks.
Mathieu Schneider’s wrist shot goal from the slot with less than eight seconds left was the first to elude Dallas goalie Marty Turco all night, but it was too little too late for the Ducks. The defending Stanley Cup champs head home for tomorrow night’s Game 5 at Honda Center needing to win three straight to avoid first-round elimination.
"It's a challenge but the reality is we have got to win the next game and then focus on the next one after that," Anaheim netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere said. "We can't think about what it's going to take to win the series. We have got to think about what it's going to take to win the next game. They are outplaying us it seems and when they have a chance they seem to bury it, which is not ok. We haven't played to the level we need to be successful."
After trailing 1-0 from the latter part of the opening period, the Ducks spent most of the next two looking for an elusive tying goal. Instead, Stu Barnes and Steve Ott scored some damaging insurance for Dallas to give the Stars a three-goal lead that rendered Schneider’s late goal meaningless.
Barnes put the first dagger in the Ducks’ hearts, taking a pass from Mike Modano on a breakaway and firing a wrist shot from straightaway through Giguere with 11 minutes left in the game. Barnes then set up the goal that ultimately iced it, stealing the puck from Kent Huskins and getting room on the rush after Scott Niedermayer fell to the ice. All that was left was for Barnes to send a pass to a charging Steve Ott, who batted it through.
The win was just the second in the last nine postseason home games for Dallas, who fell 4-2 to the Ducks in Game 3 on Tuesday night, temporarily giving Anaheim new life in the series. Now the Ducks need a win in a game that starts less than 24 hours after this one ended to send the series back to the Lone Star State.
"We knew the schedule was coming and unfortunately we have to play back-to-back," Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said. "We understand the situation and we have to win the next hockey game. We have to give ourselves a chance."
Dallas originally looked like it struck first blood 8:15 into the first period, when Trevor Daley fired a wrist shot from the right circle that sailed past Giguere. But officials immediately ruled that Niklas Hagman made contact with Giguere just before the shot and Hagman served two minutes for goalie interference.
|Despite finally shutting down the Dallas power play, the Ducks could not muster enough offense of their own in the Game 4 loss.
But the Stars made one stick with 3:21 left in the period, as Ducks defenseman Sean O’Donnell gave the puck away to Loui Eriksson in the Anaheim zone, and he fed to Joel Lundqvist for the goal from the slot.
"It was an unfortunate play, and I'll have to look at it again," O'Donnell said. "I saw Teemu there, and from the read that I had the guy had his back to me. I thought I could snap it real fast to Teemu. I don't know if he turned around to hit it or maybe it was an unfortunate bounce. That first goal put us on our heels a little bit. I would like to have that one back."
The Ducks looked like they might have tied it eight minutes into the second when Todd Bertuzzi skated around the back of the net and fed it in front to Brian Sutherby, who forced the puck underneath Turco. But a lengthy video replay review determined that Sutherby kicked it in, inciting the Dallas crowd.
"We went down and I threw it at him a little bit in front of me," Sutherby said. "I tried to curl it from one foot and bring it to my stick. I didn't see what happened, and the next thing I know the puck is in the net."
The penalty problems that have plagued the Ducks all season were improved for the first 29 minutes of the game, but four Anaheim players committed minors in the second part of the middle period. The final one was a roughing penalty on Chris Kunitz that came in a scuffle with Dallas players after the horn sounded.
But those penalties didn’t hurt the Ducks on the scoreboard, as they were finally able to shut down the Dallas power play. After scoring eight goals on 20 man advantage opportunities over the first three games of the series, Dallas was 0-6 on the power play in this game. Anaheim also outshot the Stars 28-20, but Turco was solid in net in saving 27 of those.
The game marked the return of Corey Perry to the Ducks' lineup after he had missed the final 12 games of the regular season and first three games of this series with a lacerated right quad tendon. The right winger registered 12:13 of total ice time and two shots in seeing his first game action in six weeks.
"I thought he was a little rusty but I thought the more he played, he showed the ability to get back in it," Carlyle said of Perry. "You run a dangerous slope in trying to play a guy like that a bunch of minutes."
20:00 - END OF GAME - The horn sounds and green and yellow streamers fall from the rafters. The Ducks fall 3-1 and are down 3-1 in the series.
19:52 - ANAHEIM GOAL - MATHIEU SCHNEIDER - Schneider fires a wrist shot from between the circles that is the first to elude Turco. It's way too little way too late for Anaheim, who trail 3-1 with less than eight seconds left.
19:41 - ANA Penalty - Francois Beauchemin, 10 min. misconduct. Didn't see what occured, but there was obviously some frustration behind it.
19:30 - The clock hits 30 seconds and the crowd is screaming and waving the white towels. That's not a metaphor. They're white towels.
17:32 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry
, 2 min. cross checking. It just gets worse for Anaheim.
17:17 - DALLAS GOAL - STEVE OTT - Kent Huskins has the pick taken away from him by Stu Barnes, and Niedermayer falls down as Barnes races up the right wing with it. He delivers the puck to a charging Ott, who bats it past Giguere and brings this crowd to its feet. It's 3-0 Stars.
16:50 - Pronger rips a slap shot that Turco shoos away.
16:01 - We go to the last timeout with 3:59 left and the Ducks need some help.
14:25 - Selanne passes it across the top of the crease under a diving Dallas defenseman, but Kunitz whiffs on the one-timer.
12:52 - DAL Penalty - Mattias Norstrom, 2 min. holding. With the Ducks shorthanded, Kunitz picks up the puck and blazes down the left wing, getting off a shot that Turco misses with the glove, but it kicks off his leg pad. Norstrom was all over Kunitz and gets the penalty.
10:48 - ANA Penalty - Teemu Selanne
, 2 min. goaltender interference. Selanne tries to get in position for a pass with Niskanen on his back and Selanne goes slamming into Turco, who flails to the ice. The Stars don't like it and do some shoving. Worst of all, Selanne is sent to the box for it.
10:18 - The Stars release the puck out of their zone and this gets the crowd pumped, as the noise gets louder and louder and most of them rise to their feet.
9:01 - DALLAS GOAL - STU BARNES - Barnes gets the puck from Modano and heads out on the breakaway, as the crowd noise grows in anticipation. He gets between the circles and lets go of a wrist shot that gets through Giguere. It's a huge shot in the heart of the Anaheim Ducks and it's 2-0 Stars.
Interesting routine as the crowd whoo hoos along to the beginning of Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape."
7:24 - Giguere cuts off the angle on a Brad Richards slap shot toward and far post and gloves it.
6:25 - A Dallas pass to the front of the net hits into a crowd and pops out just wide of the net.
6:15 - It's a turnaround from last game, as the Ducks are outshooting Dallas, 19-12, but are trailing. Anaheim does only have two shots in the period.
A video montage of Steve Ott during the timeout uses the same music as our show, The Element.
5:35 - Getzlaf skates in deep and shoots a backhander from a bad angle that Turco just does keep out of the net. Kunitz comes up for the rebound, but he's in a bad position to sneak it inside the post.
5:07 - Getzlaf drops a pass to Selanne, who fires a slap shot that Turco takes in.
4:25 - The Stars dump it into the corner, and it takes a funny bounce, almost all the way to Giguere.
3:44 - Kunitz battles for several seconds against the boards with a couple of Dallas players, but the Stars come out with it, taking a shot on the rush that Giguere corrals.
2:00 - No shots for Dallas on that short man advantage.
I think this arena has microphones along the boards. I can heard the sounds of skates on ice coming out of the giant speakers above the scoreboard.
0:10 - Just a reminder that we're four on four, but the Stars will get about 40 seconds of power play time coming up.
0:00 - We're off and running in the third, and the Ducks need a goal.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks can't get anything on the first 38 seconds of the power play and then put themselves in a four-on-four situation when the next period starts. The Ducks get a few chances, but can't find the net for the second straight period, as they're outshooting Dallas, 17-10. But it's 1-0 Stars going into the second intermission.
20:00 - ANA Penalty - Chris Kunitz, 2 min. roughing. After the horn, the Ducks and Stars scuffle near the glass and Kunitz gets punished.
19:22 - DAL Penalty - Mike Modano, 2 min. hooking Moen tries to feed Pahlsson at the top of the crease and the puck gets lost in a crowd in the area. Modano hooks Pahlsson from behind in the scrum.
19:00 - Carter gets with Selanne on a rush, but Trevor Daley does a heck of a job to poke it away from Carter before he can send it over. Then Daley busts Carter into the wall for good measure.
17:40 - Brad May outraces Mattias Nortstrom for the puck to avoid an icing call. Nice work by May.
16:38 - Another big kill for the Ducks.
16:05 - Scott Niedermayer gets in perfect position to block a shot from the point by the Stars. Does he do the little things or what?
14:38 - ANA Penalty - Todd Bertuzzi, 2 min. interference. Three penalties in a little more than four minutes for Anaheim. Not good.
During the timeout, Stephane Robidas is shown on the video board during a segment in which the Dallas announcer asks him questions like "Sushi or steak?" or "Seinfeld or The Simpsons" and he picks one choice. When he's asked "Jen or Angelina" a buzz picks up in the crowd, and when he says "Jen" they actually groan in unison. I would have gone with Jen too.
12:11 - ANA Penalty - Teemu Selanne
, 2 min. hooking and DAL Penalty - Mike Ribeiro, 2 min. holding the stick. We're four on four.
12:06 - Kunitz makes a nice pass to Selanne and the shot is kick-saved. That's two that Selanne could have buried in the last few minutes.
11:25 - Great kill by the Ducks, who don't give Dallas anything resembling a shot on goal. Anaheim is outshooting the Stars, 15-7, but the Stars lead in a more important category.
11:20 - The Ducks get it again on a shorthanded rush, and a charing O'Donnell tries a one-timer that flies wide. Not a goal-scorer that O'Donnell.
10:50 - Moen heads down the left wing on a shorthanded rush, and his pass to Kunitz is knocked away as Kunitz tries to one-time.
9:25 - ANA Penalty - Brad May, 2 min. interference. It's the second power play for Dallas, and they're 0-1.
9:18 - As Perry tries to crash the net with Turco bobbling the puck, he's laid out by Mark Fistric. Welcome back, Corey.
9:10 - Schneider makes a nice play to dive to the ice and block a pass by Stu Barnes.
8:00 - Bertuzzi cruises around the net and feeds Sutherby right on the doorstep. The pass hits Sutherby in his right skate and he tries to kick it to his stick before forcing it through Turco. They look at the replay for awhile to see if he kicked it in (with the referee accidentally leaving his mic on briefly as he speaks on the phone), as Sutherby eyes them intently from the bench. Eventually, they say he kicked it and wave it off, as the crowd goes nuts. Poor Brian Sutherby just cannot buy a goal since he joined the Ducks in November. That's two goals waved off already in this game, one for each side.
7:37 - Pronger holds the puck behind the Ducks net and surveys the scene, drawing boos.
Tonight's Kiss Cam leads off with a woman sporting the largest fake breasts you've ever seen spilling out of her top, and she's siitting next to a guy who looks like his parents were brother and sister. They don't kiss. Three shots later it's a guy kissing his girl while holding up a sign with the Ducks logo on it, but the "D" has been replaced by an "S." Clever.
6:15 - We get a whistle and go into the timeout with this crowd making more noise.
5:20 - Kunitz takes an open shot in the slot that hits off Turco, rolls up his arm and flies just wide. This gets the crowd pumped up. I, on the other hand, didn't like it all that much.
4:13 - Moen tries to redirect from the slot and Turco snatches it. And Pahlsson ends up trading shoves with Morrow and others.
3:20 - Schneider takes a shot that bounces off Turco and the puck is loose as Bertuzzi chases but can't get to it in time.
3:55 - With no one to pass to on the rush, Perry fires a shot from the right wing that Turco easily gloves and puts back in play.
1:35 - DAL Penalty - Trevor Daley, 2 min. holding. Daley grabs onto Sammy Pahlsson behind the net.
0:53 - Kunitz glides around the back of the net and slips a pass in front of Turco to Selanne, who somehow misses the net on the one-timer. Looked like a sure goal.
0:00 - Here we go in the second, Ducks down 1-0.
During the intermission, the Stars pull a little trick in which they convince a female fan she's part of a contest, but instead she's being proposed to by her boyfriend. (Never a good idea doing that at a sporting event, by the way.) We can't hear anything, but it looks like she says yes. She and the dude hug and then the guy gets, of all things, a high five from one of the Ice Girls. I've never been a fan of the male-female high five and especially in this scenario.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - It's a completely different scene than the end of the first period in Game 3 when the Stars were booed off the ice. This time the crowd roars their approval at the 1-0 lead after one. We'll be back.
19:52 - Richards skates around the net and feeds Eriksson right on the doorstep, with Giguere way
out of position, but his shot hits off Pahlsson's foot, which he kicked out just in time. That was a close one.
16:39 - DALLAS GOAL - JOEL LUNDQVIST - Ducks defenseman Sean O'Donnell tries to send the puck out of the Anaheim zone to Selanne and it's picked off by Loui Eriksson. He quickly feeds it to Lundqvist who snaps off a shot from the slot that eludes Giguere. That all-important first strike goes to the Stars. It's 1-0.
16:04 - Huskins tries a shot, saved, and May tries to poke in the rebound. Turco saves and covers it, but doesn't seem to realize he has it. Sutherby tries to jump in there and he and Mattias Norstrom push and shove a bit.
15:00 - Giguere and Morrow race for the puck behind the net and Morrow knocks the stick out of Giguere hand. Giguere wants a call, but doesn't get one, as he picks the stick up with the puck heading the other way.
14:20 - The Ducks get little generated on their power play time and it's swept out by the Stars as the time expires.
13:10 - Kunitz puts a nice his on Matt Niskanen, sending him to the sheet.
12:25 - DAL Penalty - Brenden Morrow, 2 min. cross checking. That wipes out the power play for Dallas. After the whistle, Beauchemin and Morrow have words, and then Ribeiro comes up, so Beauchemin socks him in the chest.
11:36 - ANA Penalty - Chris Pronger, 2 min. hooking. Pronger latches onto Mike Ribeiro behind the net. The crowd is excited, and even more exciting when they realize it's Pronger heading to the box.
During the timeout, the video board shows a scene from "Dodgeball" where Ben Stiller's character says "We will, we will rock you!" Coincidentally, the Ducks watched that movie on the plane on the flight out here.
10:10 - Perry waits for the Dallas defenseman to go down before throwing a pass across the crease to Bertuzzi, but Turco knocks it away before it can get there.
8:15 - DAL Penalty - Niklas Hagman, 2 min. goaltender interference. Trevor Daley fires a wrist shot from the right circle that gets through Giguere, but it's waved off by the officials, who rule that Niklas Hagman ran into Giguere, possibly hitting his helmet. I'm not sure about the call, but the Dallas fans definitely hate it. So much for the usual policy of not showing replays of controversial calls so as to not incite the crowd. They boo even louder when the penalty is officially announced.
8:00 - Weight, Bertuzzi and Sutherby on the fourth line.
7:30 - Perry is already getting a ton of minutes, out there with Getzlaf and May right now.
6:50 - May takes a shot into the boards from Ott, which delights the crowd.
6:13 - Marchant is still on the checking line with Moen and Pahlsson, with Rob Niedermayer still at home with the head injury.
5:02 - Kunitz gets in deep and tries to slide it to Selanne, but Teemu doesn't get his stick on it.
3:40 - Giguere makes a nice stop on a puck deflected right at him. We need ya, Jiggy. We need ya.
1:12 - Eriksson tries a backhander from in deep with a screen in front of him, but it doesn't get through.
0:30 - It's Pronger and Scott Niedermayer in the defensive pairing.
0:00 - And we're underway in Game 4 (finally).
Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere; DAL Marty Turco
Starting Skaters - ANA Corey Perry
, Chris Kunitz, Ryan Getzlaf
, Mathieu Schneider, Chris Pronger; DAL - Stephane Robidas, Trevor Daley, Brenden Morrow, Jere Lehtinen, Mike Ribeiro
Scratches - ANA Marc-Andre Bergeron, George Parros
, Joe DiPenta, Rob Niedermayer, Bobby Ryan
, J.P. Levasseur; DAL Krys Barch, Brad Winchester, James Neal, Antti Miettinen, Konstantin Pushkarev, Chris Conner, Nolan Baumgartner, Mark Fistric, Dan Jancevski, Francis Wathier, Tobias Stephan
Corey Perry gets the start in his first game in six weeks after that thigh laceration. Pronger and Schneider start together on defense, in complete contrast to the pairing with Scott Niedermayer that Pronger had last game. That will probably change as the game goes on.