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Ducks Make Big Comeback in Second, Ultimately Fall at Dallas 5-3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Ducks Make Big Comeback in Second, Ultimately Fall at Dallas 5-3
Anaheim Ducks 3, Dallas Stars 5
Three Stars of the Game
Brenden Morrow
Brenden Morrow
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:48
Teemu Selanne
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 18:13
Mike Ribeiro
Mike Ribeiro
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 10
+/-: 1TOI: 21:15
After clawing all the way back from a three-goal deficit in the second period, the Ducks suffered another cruel twist of fate in ultimately being defeated by the Stars 5-3.

Knotted at three goals apiece entering the final 20 minutes of play, Anaheim saw its comeback put to rest when Michael Ryder and Eric Nystrom scored to seal a Stars win.

It was all Dallas in the early part of contest at American Airlines Center. The club connected for two goals in a 24-second span near the start of the middle frame to jump in front on the scoreboard 3-0. But the Ducks valiantly fought back later in the period to make it an even game.

The comeback began when Teemu Selanne's power play shot from the left circle found the back of the net at the 4:30 mark of the second. It was Selanne's ninth straight game with a point, tied with Chicago's Patrick Sharp for the longest scoring streak in the NHL this season.

Lubomir Visnovsky inched Anaheim to within a goal more than 10 minutes later. The defenseman's one-timer deflected off Vernon Fiddler's stick in traffic before crossing the stripe behind Dallas rookie goaltender Richard Bachman. It was Visnovsky's first goal since returning from injured reserve last Wednesday.

The game would soon be tied, as Nick Bonino nicely redirected a Cam Fowler shot into the net for his second career goal (his first came back on March 29, 2010, also vs. Dallas). Earning the second assist on the play was Selanne, who bypassed longtime Dallas Star Mike Modano for sole possession of 22nd place on the NHL's all-time scoring list with 1,375 points.

With the game even at 3-3, Ryder skated up the middle and converted Loui Eriksson's setup for Ryder's 11th goal of the season.

Eric Nystrom added an insurance goal for Dallas at 14:19 of the third.

The Ducks fell to 0-9-3 in their last 12 on the road, 1-5-0 in their last six overall.

Bachman made his fifth straight start - and home debut - while regular goalie Kari Lehtonen sat out his ninth consecutive game due to a groin injury. Lehtonen is skating and is expected to be back in the net within a week.

Brendan Morrow got the scoring underway at 9:06 of the opening period, striking from low in the right circle off a pass from Ribeiro after the linemates worked a 2 on 1.

The Stars hadn't skated 5 on 3 all season, but they had a pair of two-man advantages in the first two periods.

Dallas capitalized on the second when Goligoski's shot from the point glanced off Anaheim defenseman Francoise Beauchemin and past goaltender Jonas Hiller at 1:19 of the second period.

The Stars cashed in on a 5 on 4 advantage at 1:43 of the second when Ribeiro scored from the left circle for a 3-0 lead.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

scoring summary
1st Period
Brenden Morrow (7) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (20), Steve Ott (10)
1 - 0 DAL
2nd Period
PPG - Alex Goligoski (3) ASST: Sheldon Souray (11), Loui Eriksson (15)
2 - 0 DAL
PPG - Mike Ribeiro (4) ASST: Brenden Morrow (9), Stephane Robidas (9)
3 - 0 DAL
PPG - Teemu Selanne (11) ASST: Corey Perry (15), Lubomir Visnovsky (5)
3 - 1 DAL
PPG - Lubomir Visnovsky (2) ASST: Cam Fowler (11), Teemu Selanne (24)
3 - 2 DAL
Nick Bonino (1) ASST: Cam Fowler (12), Matt Beleskey (4)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
Michael Ryder (11) ASST: Loui Eriksson (16), Jamie Benn (20)
4 - 3 DAL
Eric Nystrom (11) ASST: Vernon Fiddler (9), Radek Dvorak (11)
5 - 3 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
Vernon Fiddler  Holding against  Kyle Palmieri
Luca Sbisa  Interference against  Vernon Fiddler
Corey Perry  Slashing against  Michael Ryder
2nd Period
Toni Lydman  Hooking against  Steve Ott
Mark Fistric  Delaying the game
Luca Sbisa  Cross checking against  Jake Dowell
Steve Ott  Interference against  Niklas Hagman
3rd Period
Ryan Getzlaf  Roughing against  Mike Ribeiro
Mike Ribeiro  Misconduct (10 min) against  Corey Perry
Corey Perry  Misconduct (10 min) against  Mike Ribeiro
goalie stats
Jonas Hiller
SA: 33TOI: 59:40
Saves: 28EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .848SH: 1 - 1
Richard Bachman
Richard Bachman
SA: 28TOI: 59:56
Saves: 25EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
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