Game Recap

Stars 3, Ducks 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Stars 3, Ducks 2, SO
Anaheim Ducks 2, Dallas Stars 3

While several key players were not in the lineup for the Ducks at Dallas, Jonas Hiller was and the team's top goaltender showed little rust in playing for the first time since March 24.

Hiller turned aside 49 shots, a season high and two off the franchise record he tied last season, in his return to the lineup. But despite his best efforts, the Ducks were defeated by the Stars 3-2 in a shootout at American Airlines Center.

Bobby Ryan was the offensive star for Anaheim on the night, with a pair of goals to bring his team-leading total to 34 on the season. That is also a career high for the 23-year-old, who potted 31 as a rookie last season.

This game may be best remembered as Mike Modano's last game in Dallas if the most prolific U.S.-born goal scorer decides to retire in the offseason.

Modano, who had a goal and an assist in regulation, will seriously consider hangin up his skates when the season is over, and he was overcome by emotion several times during the game.

"It was tough to leave the ice (at the end of the game), not knowing what the future holds, whether that was it or it wasn't," Modano said. "I didn't really have an idea what to expect, but it was a nice way to possibly end it, how it unfolded. The fans were fantastic."

Modano was shown on the video board during a stoppage in play with less than six minutes left in regulation. He had tears in his eyes when he received an extended standing ovation.

Even the referees applauded Modano, and the Ducks on the bench stood and tapped their sticks on the boards in recognition.

"He (Modano) is the reason I chose (uniform) No. 9 when I was coming up," said Anaheim's Bobby Ryan. He stymied us tonight, but if anybody deserved it, it was him."

Ryan's power-play goal gave the Ducks a 2-1 edge at 15:16 of the third period. But Modano deflected Trevor Daley's shot out of the air and past Hiller with 1:47 left in regulation to tie it at 2. The goal stood after officials ruled that Modano's stick was below crossbar level, although it was a close call.

"Maybe (the referees) threw me a farewell bone there," said Modano with a laugh.

Rookie Jamie Benn scored off an assist from Modano, whose 557 goals are the most ever for a U.S.-born player.

In the shootout, Modano, who'd failed on his first five shootout attempts this season, beat Hiller with a snap shot. Stars teammate Jere Lehtinen, another veteran whose career is winding down, clinched the win in the third round when he fired a wrister between Hiller's pads.

"It was a special moment, to see those flashes of brilliance, that (Modano) can still do it," said Dallas goalie Marty Turco, who finished with 17 saves. "Tonight was about as good as it gets."

Modano started the play on Benn's goal that tied the game at 1 at 12:44 of the second. It was Modano's 802nd NHL assist. Modano passed from behind the net to Lehtinen, who fed Benn in the slot for Benn's 22nd goal.

With 3:39 left in overtime, Modano had a chance to win it when he skated in alone on Hiller, but failed to get off a clean shot. Hiller also denied Modano during a power play with 1:26 remaining in overtime.

"This was a great night for a player that played a number of years and has been the face of the franchise, not only in Minnesota but here," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.

NOTES: Benn has three goals in four games. ... RW Teemu Selanne, C Todd Marchant, C Saku Koivu and D Scott Niedermayer aren't on the trip as the Ducks look at younger players. The veteran group is expected to play in Anaheim's final game on Sunday at home against Edmonton. ... After the game, Stars players gave their jerseys to contest winners as part of Fan Appreciation Night. ... Dallas LW Brenden Morrow was back in the lineup after missing a game with a bruised foot. ... Stars D Philip Larsen made his NHL debut.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Bobby Ryan (33) ASST: Ryan Carter (5)
1 - 0 ANA
Jamie Benn (22) ASST: Jere Lehtinen (13), Mike Modano (16)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
PPG - Bobby Ryan (34) ASST: Corey Perry (47), James Wisniewski (25)
2 - 1 ANA
Mike Modano (14) ASST: Trevor Daley (15), Jamie Benn (19)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1B. RichardsD. Sexton
2M. ModanoC. Perry
3J. Lehtinen
penalty summary
1st Period
Steve Eminger  Boarding against  Loui Eriksson
2nd Period
Jason Blake  Hooking against  Loui Eriksson
Brian Sutherby  Hi stick - double minor against  George Parros
3rd Period
Brenden Morrow  Tripping against  James Wisniewski
Brenden Morrow  Interference against  Bobby Ryan
OT Period
Corey Perry  Tripping against  James Neal
goalie stats
Jonas Hiller
Jonas Hiller
SA: 51TOI: 65:00
Saves: 49EV: 37 - 39
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: .961SH: 1 - 1
Marty Turco
Marty Turco
SA: 19TOI: 65:00
Saves: 17EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
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