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Ducks Have Plenty of Chances but Fall to Stars, 3-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:15 AM
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Ducks Have Plenty of Chances but Fall to Stars, 3-2
Dallas Stars 3, Anaheim Ducks 2
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By Adam Brady (abrady@anaheimducks.com)

ANAHEIM – New players, same old story for the Anaheim Ducks.

Despite four recent acquisitions making their Honda Center debut, they Ducks suffered the same fate that has plagued them so many times this season – seemingly outplaying the opponent, only to fall short on the scoreboard. This time is resulted in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to the rival Dallas Stars.  

Nokelainen, Bodie, Wisniewski and Whitney (with Sheldon Brookbank, second from right) were all making their home debuts for the Ducks, but couldn't help them get past Dallas.

Trade deadline acquisitions Petteri Nokelainen, Erik Christensen and James Wisniewski were playing their first games as Ducks, while Ryan Whitney was in his fourth with his new team, but first at Honda Center. (Recent callup Troy Bodie was also playing his first game in a home uniform.) And while Wisniewski scored a goal, and all four helped the Ducks to an overwhelming 38-16 shot advantage, it wasn’t enough to overtake Dallas and goalie Marty Turco.

"With the team losing guys that they won a Stanley Cup with, I think the chemistry in the room is going to take awhile to adjust," said Christensen, who came over in a trade with Atlanta. "Some of the guys just don’t know the new guys here, like me. It might just take a couple of games for everything to feel somewhat normal again. I thought we played well. We put a lot of shots on goal. Turco stood on his head."

Former Blackhawk Wisniewski cut a 2-0 Dallas lead in half with a goal 7:31 into the third period, sending a wrist shot top shelf from the left wing after a drop pass from Corey Perry.

But the Stars quickly retook a two-goal lead when Loui Eriksson potted his second of the night a little more than a minute later, snapping a hard wrist shot from the left wing over the glove of a nearly frozen Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Bobby Ryan, wearing a new No. 9 for the first time tonight, gave the Ducks faint signs of life with another highlight reel goal, with just 2:32 remaining in the game. Ryan sped up the left wing, eluding Mike Modano and making a slick move around Stephane Robidas before cutting toward the net and sending the puck under Turco just before spilling to the ice.

The goal ignited the sellout Honda Center crowd, but it would mark Anaheim’s last real threat, even during the closing half-minute when the Ducks sent Giguere to the bench for an extra attacker.

Turco was very strong in net, stopping 36 of 38 Anaheim shots.

It was sweet revenge for a Dallas team that suffered a 3-2 loss at home to the Ducks in a heated affair less than a week ago. And it slightly made up for a loss they took last night in Los Angeles, when they blew a two-goal lead in the final 3:18, only to lose to the Kings in overtime.

The win also boosted the Stars two points past the Ducks in a tight race for the final Western Conference playoff spots.

"Everybody is going to beat each other and it’s going to be real tough," Giguere said. "Obviously, we want to get the points here at home. It’s not about the other team right now, it’s about us trying to win games and trying to put ourselves in a good situation. It’s up to us."

Christensen made his presence felt early in an unfortunate way, committing a hooking penalty just 29 seconds into his Ducks career.

That led directly to a Dallas power play goal 1:14 later, as Steve Ott made a nice drop pass to Mike Ribeiro, who one-timed it into the open net. That gave Ribeiro nine points in five games against the Ducks this season, the most against any team in the league.  

"It was just a bad break," Christensen said. "I was nervous for sure. You try to make a good first impression and on the first shift, you take a penalty and they score. It’s not the best feeling."

Ribeiro later added a 10th point on Dallas’ second goal, a heartbreaker for a Ducks team that thoroughly dominated most of the second period, only to go down 2-0. They outshot Dallas 19-8 in the session, but were frustrated by several big stops by Turco. Dallas took their 2-0 lead with 5:21 left in the period when Ribeiro dropped the puck to Steve Ott, who sent it across the middle to Eriksson for the payoff one-timer.

Eriksson’s two goals were his 30th and 31st of the season, and Turco came up big with 36 saves, giving them just their second win in the last eight games.

"I think with the number of chances that we did create and the pucks we directed at the net, he made some big stops," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "Some stops he didn’t even see. But that is when things are going your way as a goalie and things are hitting you. You have to take your hat off to him. He battled and had made the stops for their hockey club."

The Ducks will look to bounce back Sunday when they take on Minnesota at Honda Center .


3rd Period

20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks can't put a good shot on net in the closing seconds and they fall 3-2 in a heartbreaker.

19:30 - Ducks net is empty.

19:08 - Just as Giguere heads to the bench, Perry gets an open look and fires it way over the cage. Incidentally, he is bleeding badly from a puck that hit him in the nose earlier.

18:48 - Ducks take timeout.

18:48 - The Ducks try to get on a rush, but a hesitation by Christensen leads Selanne to jump offside.

Chants of "Bobby! Bobby!" and "Let's Go Ducks!" from the home crowd.

17:28 - ANAHEIM GOAL - BOBBY RYAN - New number, same old magic for Ryan, who decides to take matters into his own hands. Ryan races up the left wing and skates past Mike Modano, then makes a slick move around Stephane Robidas before cutting back in front of Turco and sending it under him just before falling to the ice. Yet another highlight-reel goal for Ryan, who celebrates emphatically as he rises to his feet. It's 3-2 Dallas.

15:41 - There's 4:19 left and the Ducks are down two. Not looking good, although Dallas lost a two-goal lead with less time left in L.A. last night.

12:20 - Getzlaf gets deep with some room, but doesn't take the shot, trying to center to Perry, but it's knocked away. Big kill for Dallas.

10:20 - DAL Penalty - Matt Niskanen, 2 min. tripping If the Ducks want to tie this game, they need one now.

8:48 - DALLAS GOAL - LOUI ERIKSSON - Eriksson hurries up the left wing with Scott Niedermayer chasing him and unleashes a high wrist shot that Giguere hardly moves on as it sails over his glove. He's not happy and it's 3-1 Stars.

TV cameras show a fan in an old Kariya No. 9 Mighty Ducks jersey in which he's whited out the K and the A and added his own N to spell the word RYAN. Pretty clever.

7:31 - ANAHEIM GOAL - JAMES WISNIEWSKI - Selanne skates up the right wing and crosses it to Perry, who touch-passes back to Wisniewski. He holds it for a second before wristing it through traffic top shelf, celebrating with a Pronger-like uppercut. Huge goal for Anaheim, and Wisniewski's first as a Duck. It's 2-1 Dallas.

5:23 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry, 2 min. tripping. Perry takes down Daley in the Dallas end and after a long delay, the Ducks finally get the whistle. The crowd chants, "Ref, you suck!" but this time they're wrong. At least not in this case.

4:45 - After a couple of hard shots on Turco, the crowd gets excited when the puck is flipped over the glass, but officials rule it was deflected. And they are wrong.

0:00 - Here we go in the third.

2nd Period

19:02 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Getzlaf, 2 min. high sticking and DAL Penalty Steve Begin, 2 min. high sticking.

18:55 - Dallas almost gets another on yet another bad bounce out of the corner that kicks right in front of Giguere. But he adjusts at the last minute to make the stop.

Kiss Cam stays for a long time on an elderly couple who finally realize they're on camera and lock lips. Old people kissing. Not my favorite thing in the world.

15:36 - ANA Penalty - Chris Pronger, 2 min. cross checking. Easy one to call as Pronger mugs James Neal.

14:39 - DALLAS GOAL - LOUI ERIKSSON - Ribeiro curls from the right wing toward the slot and leaves the puck for Ott, who sends it across the middle to Eriksson for the one-timer. Devastating blow to the Ducks, who are outplaying the Stars right now, but trail 2-0.

13:03 - After a shot from the wing, Perry gets thrown down like a ragdoll by Fistric. Second time that's happened tonight.

12:49 - Big crowd around the net as Marchant and Brown try to poke in a loose puck after a Rob Niedermayer shot and it erupts into a little scuffle. No penalties handed out. Seriously, no penalties given to Ducks on the play. In related news, a unicorn just walked across the rink.

12:40 - Whitney throws the puck on net between the circles and Parros makes a perfect redirect that Turco saves. That's exactly the kind of break the Ducks need right now and it didn't happen. Nevertheless, the crowd is pumped at the chances they've had in the last few minutes.

11:35 - Sutherby chips the puck to himself around Whitney and he's got just Giguere to beat, but he fires it over the net, slightly off the pipe. Guess he's still got a little Duck in him when it comes to the breakaways.

10:28 - Turco takes another chance chasing a puck behind the net and almost pays for it.

7:36 - Perry tries to jam the puck under Turco, and it pops up off the goalie toward Scott Niedermayer, who tries to bat it at the net to no avail.

6:46 - Petteri Nokelainen is 4 for 5 on faceoffs. Sammy who?

6:12 - DAL Penalty - Mark Fistric, 2 min. interference. The Ducks get one second of 5-on-3 time. Make the most of it.

5:35 - Pronger gets beaten down the ice chasing a puck bouncing toward the Anaheim net. It's chipped by Modano to Eriksson, who catches, puts the puck down and shoots from point blank. Giguere makes a big save.

4:13 - DAL Penalty - Mike Ribeiro, 2 min. slashing. Ribeiro takes a swipe at Getzlaf as Getzy skates toward the Dallas net.

3:17 - Krys Barch, who fought Brad May about 67 times last year, takes on Sheldon Brookbank. The fight is kind of like "The English Patient." Long and not that exciting.

2:10 - Christensen makes a nice move around a Star and feeds Perry, whose shot from a tough angle is saved.

0:00 - We're back with the Ducks a man down to start the second.

1st Period

20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks outshoot Dallas, 9-6, but Dallas gets a big early one on the power play following a Christensen hook. It's 1-0 bad guys.

19:13 - ANA Penalty - Teemu Selanne, 2 min. tripping. Selanne comes from behind Robidas playing the puck in the corner and throws his stick into the back of the little guy's legs.

From looking at the overhead replay, I'm still not sure how Perry's wraparound didn't cross the stripe. Actually, I think it might have.

18:11 - Perry comes from behind the net and tries a wraparound that Turco stops. After Perry tries one poke at it, Mark Fistric gives him such a shove, Perry goes flying to the ice.

Can't believe that when Erik Christensen was playing here with Atlanta this year, I made a joke that "she was really good in 'Swimfan' and 'Traffic'" and now we have him.

16:09 - First timeout of the game comes with 3:51 left in the period. Not sure how that happened. The Power Players fell asleep.

5:10 - Christensen gives a nice feed to Getzlaf for a backhand he can't quite get a lot on. Still, nice feed.

Kinda weird seeing Bobby Ryan wearing 9. I guess I'll get used to it.

10:40 - Perry dumps it into the corner and it takes a crazy hope off the seem in the glass and heads toward the net. Turco isn't really paying attention and it almost sneaks inside the near post.

8:30 - The Ducks aren't doing much in the Dallas zone, while the Stars put some pressure on in the other end.

Before the game I gave a talk to a group of Girl Scouts that are here for the game. I gave a brief opening speech, and then asked if they had any questions. After a couple of questions like, “Why do you like your job?” and “Are you friends with any players?” I got one from a girl in a white Ducks jersey with the number 14 on it. She raised her hand and asked, “Why did you trade Kunitz?” How do you explain that to a 10-year-old?

1:45 - DALLAS GOAL (POWER PLAY) - MIKE RIBEIRO - Ribeiro kills the Ducks yet again. He sends the puck down low to Steve Ott, who has the presence of mind to pass it behind him to Ribeiro after heading toward the net. Giguere already made a move toward Ott, so the left half of the net is open for Ribeiro to one-time it through. Bad start for Anaheim and they're down 1-0.

0:29 - ANA Penalty - Erik Christensen, 2 min. hooking. Not a great way to make himself welcome in Anaheim right away. Not only does he have Pahlsson's number, but he takes a penalty in his first 29 seconds as a Duck.

0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center in what feels like the first time in months. It's almost like a home opener, considering all the new faces.


7:08 p.m. - Adorable little Jenny Swoish, in a rather sharp-looking coat, does another phenomenal job with the anthem after not being at Honda Center for some time. The idiot Dallas fans yelling "Stars!" during the song don't faze her.

Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere; DAL Marty Turco

Starting Skaters - ANA Scott Niedermayer, James Wisniewski, Erik Christensen, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry; DAL Stephane Robidas, Trevor Daley, Loui Eriksson, Steve Ott, Mike Ribeiro

Scratches - ANA Ryan Carter, Bret Hedican; DAL Jere Lehtinen, Andrew Hutchinson, Mark Parrish, Joel Lundqvist

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Mike Ribeiro (17) ASST: Steve Ott (19), Darryl Sydor (11)
1 - 0 DAL
2nd Period
Loui Eriksson (30) ASST: Steve Ott (20), Mike Ribeiro (44)
2 - 0 DAL
3rd Period
James Wisniewski (3) ASST: Corey Perry (34), Teemu Selanne (20)
2 - 1 DAL
Loui Eriksson (31) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 DAL
Bobby Ryan (23) ASST: Ryan Whitney (12), Chris Pronger (29)
3 - 2 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
Erik Christensen  Hooking against  Stephane Robidas
Teemu Selanne  Tripping against  Stephane Robidas
2nd Period
Sheldon Brookbank  Fighting (maj) against  Krys Barch
Krys Barch  Fighting (maj) against  Sheldon Brookbank
Mike Ribeiro  Slashing against  Ryan Getzlaf
Mark Fistric  Interference against  Bobby Ryan
Chris Pronger  Cross checking against  Mark Fistric
Steve Begin  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Whitney
Ryan Getzlaf  Hi-sticking against  Loui Eriksson
3rd Period
Corey Perry  Tripping against  Trevor Daley
Matt Niskanen  Tripping against  Corey Perry
goalie stats
Marty Turco
Marty Turco
SA: 38TOI: 59:53
Saves: 36EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .947SH: 3 - 3
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 16TOI: 58:58
Saves: 13EV: 10 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .813SH: 1 - 1

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