By Adam Brady (email@example.com)
ANAHEIM – If for the entire game the Ducks had looked as brilliant as they did in the third period, things might have gone differently for the home team tonight at Honda Center. But as it was, Anaheim’s charge over the final 20 minutes fell just short in a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the visiting Dallas Stars.
|Getzlaf scored his first of the season in the second and Lupul added one in the third, but it wasn't enough for the Ducks.
The Ducks threw countless chances at and around the Dallas net in the final period, and got to within 3-2 thanks to a Joffrey Lupul
goal a little less than halfway through. But despite a flurry of chances from that point on, the Ducks couldn’t get the equalizer, and a Steve Ott empty-netter with 8.2 seconds left iced it for the Stars.
"Nobody wants to be in this situation where we’re not getting involved and not doing certain things," said Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf
. "We didn’t start playing until the third period and that is not acceptable in this league. We’re not going to accept it as a group. We have to get ready to go ready to go tomorrow and get back on our horse."
Lupul got his second goal of the season 8:35 into the period on a bit of a lucky break. Corey Perry
sent the puck to Lupul from the corner, and Lupul nearly whiffed the one-timer, having it carom off his skate, then off defenseman Karlis Skrastins and under goalie Marty Turco.
But that would be the last time Anaheim would find the net, as they dropped their second straight game at the halfway point of a six-game homestand.
"It was us executing at a higher level," Lupul said of the third period. "It’s up to everyone to take control of the puck, settle it down and give it to other people on the tape. In the third period, we started doing that. It seemed like everyone to make a difference, whereas the first two periods we were real tentative and our execution was very poor."
’s goal late in the second period was the first for the Ducks in a little over 122 minutes (dating back to a 3-2 win over Minnesota Wednesday night) and the first of the season for the Ducks center. Getzlaf looked like he was ready to pass as he held the puck on the left wing, but turned on the speed and sprinted by Skrastins toward the net before shooting a wrist shot over Turco.
Unfortunately for the Ducks, that only cut into a 3-0 Dallas lead courtesy of one goal in the first and two in the second. Loui Eriksson got the Stars on the board 13:01 into the game by tapping in a rebound following a James Neal backhander from the circle, as the Ducks again got off to a slow start.
"It’s the mental part of the game that is tough," Getzlaf said. "You have 82 games and you have to learn to get up for all of them. It doesn’t have to be yelling at each other. Everybody gets ready in their own way, but either way, we have to be ready when that puck drops and we weren’t tonight."
The 1-0 lead Dallas took into the first intermission could have been worse for the Ducks, and it got worse in the second. A little more than four minutes in, Jonas Hiller
turned the puck over behind his own net and Mike Ribeiro made a blind feed in front, where Brenden Morrow hammered it home before Hiller could get back in front.
Then at 8:53, Trevor Daley connected on the man advantage, one-timing a Neal pass off the inside of the far post and in to build a three-goal cushion.
The Ducks managed 14 shots in the third period after getting off just 12 in the first two periods combined.
Anaheim will look to turn things around on Saturday night when they face Columbus at Honda Center. "It starts right now, changing the focus to the next game and knowing that that first 20 minutes is going to be our focus and we’ll go from there," Lupul said. "We should all be ready off the start and that is what we’re looking for on Saturday."
20:00 - END OF GAME - The Ducks fight hard in the third, but can't quite get the equalizer and fall 4-2.
19:51 - DALLAS GOAL (EMPTY NET) - STEVE OTT - After a fight for the puck in the corner, Ott gets it at center ice, and with Niedermayer running at him, fires it into the back of the abandoned net. First game back for Ott after missing the last four with an oblique injury. That ices it for Dallas, 4-2.
19:35 - With the Ducks skating 6 on 5, Koivu sends it toward the net, where it's redirected in front, and Turco barely reaches out and gloves it low.
18:55 - Ryan gets it to Selanne down low, but his backhand is wide, just as Hiller heads to the bench.
17:05 - Ducks with countless chances in front, but nothing getting through. The latest is Selanne having a chance to flip in a loose puck with Turco out of position, but it's taken off his stick at the last split second.
15:40 - Getzlaf gets pulled down right near the blueline. No call. Crowd can't believe it.
15:13 - Dallas ices it with 4:47 left. Fresh legs on the ice for only Anaheim.
During the timeout, the video board runs clips from Animal House, Airplane, Independence Day, Rocky, Rudy and more to get this crowd pumped up with 5:18 to go, Ducks down a goal.
14:30 - Koivu with another shot attempt, wide of the mark.
11:15 - Koivu, looking very good tonight, makes a nice move to tap the puck to himself to elude a Dallas defender, but can't push it through Turco from point blank. Yeah, his hands are not bad.
10:41 - Great play by Hiller, as Toby Peterson slaps the puck on net from the corner and Hiller reaches out to glove it. Then Whitney puts Eriksson on his rear with a solid push for good measure.
8:35 - ANAHEIM GOAL - JOFFREY LUPUL - After several good scoring chances go awry in the period, the Ducks finally get one with a little bit of luck. Perry intercepts the puck in the corner after Turco tries to clear it, then sends it into the near slot to Lupul. He barely gets the blade on the one-timer, and it hits his own skate, then kicks off Skrastins and sneaks underneath Turco. The Ducks pull within a goal.
8:10 - Koivu everywhere on that shift, slapping a shot from the slot just wide, then redirecting a Wisniewski shot just wide.
6:40 - Selanne great feed to Ryan in front, but Ryan can't quite get good stick on it. Still, the Ducks creating plenty of opportunities and the crowd is noticing.
5:30 - Ducks definitely turning the tide in this period, keeping the puck in the Dallas end and getting close on a couple of occasions.
4:15 - Niedermayer wisely throws the puck on net when no one expects it and Turco just does recover to kick it away. Selanne almost punches in the rebound, but that's stopped.
3:30 - Lupul on the line with Getzlaf and Perry. Ryan with Selanne and Koivu.
2:50 - Perry nearly sneaks one in trying to put the puck on net from behind the cage, as Turco flops around like a fish out of water.
0:00 - Here we go in the third.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks give up two, but get one back from Getzlaf and it's 3-1 Stars going into the second break.
17:52 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF - Getzlaf takes matters into his own hands, getting the puck from Whitney on the left wing, looking to pass then turning on the after burners to scream by Skrastins on the way to the net. Just before he gets there, he fires a quick wrister top shelf to put the Ducks on the board. It's 3-1 Dallas. First Ducks goal since the second period of that Minnesota game last Wednesday. Also, first of the season for Getzlaf.
12:40 - Perry, trying desperately to get something going, drills Nicklas Grossman into the wall with a forearm.
10:35 - Scary moment as Koivu checks Karlis Skrastins and Skrastins slides out of control face first into the wall in front of the Anaheim bench. But he pops right up and skates on. This sport and the guys who play it will never cease to amaze me.
8:53 - DALLAS GOAL (POWER PLAY) - TREVOR DALEY - On the man advantage, James Neal heads into the slot and makes a nice little pass to Daley, who one-times it off the inside of the far post and in. It's 3-0 Dallas.
8:06 - ANA Penalty - Brendan Mikkelson
, 2 min. slashing. Looked like it was actually Erik Christensen who slashed Ott, but the rookie gets the gate.
It's trivia time and the dude is asked: Ryan Getzlaf scored his first career goal four years ago today. What team was it against? He's given the choice of San Jose, Detroit and Phoenix and guesses Phoenix. Wrongo. It's Detroit. (I actually came up with tonight's question for our entertainment staff. Maybe it wasn't such a good one.)
6:30 - Nobody does it quite like Turco, who traps the puck behind the net, turns and fearlessly throws it the length of the sheet.
5:01 - DAL Penalty - Brian Sutherby, 2 min. cross checking. First minor of the game for the Stars. Chance for the Ducks, 0 for their last 17 on the PP, to break through.
4:31 - Artyukhin pastes Matt Niskanen into the wall, and seconds later Niskanen limps off with the help of a trainer. "If he dies ... he dies."
4:17 - DALLAS GOAL - BRENDEN MORROW - Big-time breakdown for the Ducks, as Hiller goes behind the net and tries to leave the puck for a defenseman. But it's turned over to Mike Ribeiro, who blindly feeds in front and Morrow slaps it home before Hiller can get back into position. It's 2-0 Dallas.
3:02 - Away from the puck, Mike Brown (with a freshly shaved face) and Francis Wathier throw down, but it's mostly a hug fest as neither guy will let the other loose before Brown wrestles Wathier to the ice. They each get five, and if you read lips, looks like Wathier said, "Good job" to Brown in the other box.
2:21 - Whitney fires through traffic, in and out of Turco's glove in front. Marchant tries to poke at the loose puck to no avail.
0:00 - Here we go in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - And not a very good one for Anaheim, which trails 1-0.
19:40 - Hiller saves the day when Loui Eriksson cuts through two Ducks d-men and gets on a partial breakaway, but his backhand is stopped.
It was just announced the Ryan Carter is out with a sore foot after taking a shot off it in the skate this morning. X-rays were negative.
18:45 - Lupul fires a slap shot from the top of the circle that Turco swats away. Ducks being outshot 14-5.
Since taking a 3-0 lead in the second period two games ago against Minnesota, the Ducks have been outscored 8-0.
15:35 - Mikkelson tries to get it back from the slot, and Turco barely gets a glove on it.
13:01 - DALLAS GOAL - LOUI ERIKSSON - You could almost see this one coming as Dallas controlled the puck in the Anaheim end. Tom Wandell fires a shot from the circle that kicks off Hiller into the slot. James Neal jumps on it and slaps a backhand that Hiller actually makes a nice kick-save on. But it's not enough, as Eriksson, batting with Mikkelson in the paint, pokes in the loose puck. It's 1-0 Dallas.
12:24 - Right off the draw, George Parros
drops 'em with Krys Barch, a guy who fought Brad May no less than four times
two seasons ago. It's a marathon bout as they both land a few punches and attempt some wrestling moves. Parros actually takes a couple hard shots to the face in a row, knocking him to the ice, but he gets up and wants more. He eventually gets Barch into an overhand headlock before it's broken up. Noticeable cut over the right eye for Parros. Barch to the box, Parros to the locker room.
11:50 - Ducks again with some danger around the cage, but escape.
9:56 - ANA Penalty - Brendan Mikkelson
, 2 min. hooking. Mikkelson wraps the blade around Ribeiro.
9:38 - Lupul fires a wrister on the move from the left circle that Turco gloves. Why do I feel like I've seen Turco play in this arena about 750 times?
8:05 - Just seconds after escaping the box, Marchant goes behind the net to get the puck with Turco and what does he do? Slams into Turco again. No penalty this time.
7:47 - Good kill for the Ducks, as Dallas was all around the net.
5:47 - ANA Penalty - Todd Marchant
, 2 min. goaltender interference. Marchant is checked by a Dallas defender in front of the net and goes sprawling into Turco. Somehow Marchant get the penalty. There has been talk of the league clamping down on guys running goalies, but this didn't look like a good example.
1:45 - Whitney slings it on net from the point and it's tipped and fools Turco. But just wide of the net.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center, Ducks vs. Stars.
7:08 p.m. - Another lovely rendition of the anthem by the lovely Courtney Duckworth.
Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jonas Hiller
; DAL Marty Turco
Starting Skaters - ANA Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Mikkelson
, Bobby Ryan
, Corey Perry
, Ryan Getzlaf
; DAL Matt Niskanen, Mark Fistric, Brenden Morrow, Jamie Benn, Mike Ribeiro
Scratches - ANA Nick Boynton, Ryan Carter
, Sheldon Brookbank
; DAL Jeff Woywitka, Brad Richards
Both ANA James Wisniewski and DAL Steve Ott are in the lineup tonight, though not listed in the Game Notes below.
Full Lineups/Game Notes