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Ducks Can't Hold Lead, Fall to Stars, 4-2, to Even Series at Two

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 8:16 PM
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Ducks Can't Hold Lead, Fall to Stars, 4-2, to Even Series at Two
Anaheim Ducks 2, Dallas Stars 4
Three Stars of the Game
Alex Goligoski
1st
Alex Goligoski
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 32:48
Vernon Fiddler
2nd
Vernon Fiddler
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 10
+/-: 2TOI: 13:30
Cody Eakin
3rd
Cody Eakin
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:53

DALLAS -- The Ducks got off to the start they wanted, scoring two goals in the first period of Game 4 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. But their lead was short-lived, as Dallas reeled off four unanswered goals to even the best-of-7 series, 2-2. Game 5 will be played on Friday at Honda Center in Anaheim.

Dallas received goals from captain Jamie Benn, Vernon Fiddler, Cody Eakin and Alex Goligoski in the win.

Dallas stormed back with two goals in the second, one from Benn and another by Fiddler, to make it a 2-2 game after 40 minutes. Eakin and Goligoski then scored 2:07 apart in the third.

Goligoski's goal at 7:44 of the third chased Anaheim rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen, who was replaced by Jonas Hiller. Andersen stopped 20 of 24 shots.

"I just need to have a short memory," said Andersen. "I need to be ready for the next game back in Anaheim, and that’s what I’m focusing on."

Benn had an empty-netter with 1:04 remaining in regulation nullified because the whistle had blown.

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made 17 saves in his second straight victory. Fiddler (goal, assist) and Shawn Horcoff (two assists) each contributed two points for Dallas.

Despite being without captain Ryan Getzlaf, a late scratch with an upper-body injury, Anaheim struck twice in the first period. Allen scored his first career goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the opening period, blasting a slapper top-shelf past Lehtonen at 12:17.

Allen's goal was his first since Feb. 28, 2012 when he scored against the Nashville Predators as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes, a span of 128 games. Lehtonen looked like he was at least partially screened by Stars rookie right wing Alex Chiasson on the play.

The Ducks then doubled that advantage at 18:16 when a shot from Mathieu Perreault struck Patrick Maroon in the midsection and fluttered past Lehtonen.

"We played good in the first period," said Perreault. "We got out to a 2-0 lead. Now going back home, we’re glad to go back in front of our fans. We’ve been good at home all year. Now, it’s a best-out-of-three, and we have two home games. We’re still positive."

Dallas needed little time to answer when Benn scored an unassisted goal 27 seconds into the second period. Benn won a faceoff against Perreault in the neutral zone and then raced up the ice, beating Andersen top-shelf on the short side for his third goal of the playoffs.

Dallas pulled even at 6:33 when Fiddler beat Andersen to the short side for his third career playoff goal. Andersen appeared to corral Fiddler's shot, but Fiddler's shot struck the Ducks goaltender in the midsection before crossing the line.

Anaheim nearly retook the lead midway through the second, but a Perreault wrister from the right circle at 10:57 instead hit the right goalpost.

The Stars were down to five healthy defensemen to begin the second period after rookie Patrik Nemeth was being evaluated. Nemeth did not return for the final two periods.

Dallas outshot Anaheim 16-3 in the second period.

The Stars created a solid opportunity off the rush early in the third, but an Eakin wrister deflected hard off the far post 58 seconds into the period.

Eakin, however, wouldn't miss on his next attempt when he beat Andersen to the far post with a wrist shot at 6:22 of the third to give Dallas their first lead of the game. It was Eakin's first career playoff goal.

Goligoski found the score sheet 2:07 later when he sent a wrist shot into the left side of the net from the slot. Fiddler made a solid backhand pass to Goligoski, who quickly finished to give Dallas a two-goal cushion.

Hiller made two saves in relief of Andersen.

"We need to come out hard," said Perreault, on the upcoming Game 5 in Anahiem. "We’ve played great hockey all year long at Honda Center. We have to play Ducks hockey and stick together."

scoring summary
1st Period
12:17
ANA
Bryan Allen (1) ASST: Cam Fowler (1), Andrew Cogliano (1)
1 - 0 ANA
18:16
ANA
Patrick Maroon (1) ASST: Mathieu Perreault (1)
2 - 0 ANA
2nd Period
00:27
DAL
Jamie Benn (3) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 ANA
06:33
DAL
Vernon Fiddler (1) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (3), Jordie Benn (2)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
06:22
DAL
Cody Eakin (1) ASST: Antoine Roussel (3), Kari Lehtonen (1)
3 - 2 DAL
07:44
DAL
Alex Goligoski (1) ASST: Vernon Fiddler (1), Shawn Horcoff (4)
4 - 2 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:39
DAL
Valeri Nichushkin  Hooking against  Cam Fowler
2nd Period
09:51
DAL
Kevin Connauton  Tripping against  Kyle Palmieri
13:40
ANA
Mark Fistric  Interference against  Ryan Garbutt
15:58
ANA
Bryan Allen  Cross checking against  Antoine Roussel
3rd Period
11:32
DAL
Ryan Garbutt  Hi-sticking against  Kyle Palmieri
14:59
ANA
Corey Perry  Boarding against  Cody Eakin
17:50
ANA
Patrick Maroon  Misconduct (10 min) against  Vernon Fiddler
17:50
DAL
Vernon Fiddler  Misconduct (10 min) against  Patrick Maroon
17:50
DAL
Antoine Roussel  Fighting (maj) against  Corey Perry
17:50
ANA
Corey Perry  Fighting (maj) against  Antoine Roussel
18:53
DAL
Trevor Daley  Misconduct (10 min) against  Kyle Palmieri
18:53
ANA
Kyle Palmieri  Misconduct (10 min) against  Trevor Daley
20:00
DAL
Ryan Garbutt  Roughing against  Bryan Allen
20:00
ANA
Bryan Allen  Misconduct (10 min)
20:00
ANA
Bryan Allen  Cross checking against  Cody Eakin
20:00
ANA
Bryan Allen  Roughing against  Chris Mueller
20:00
ANA
Mark Fistric  Roughing against  Cody Eakin
20:00
DAL
Jordie Benn  Roughing against  Mathieu Perreault
goalie stats
Jonas Hiller
SA: 1TOI: 10:34
Saves: 1EV: 1 - 1
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Frederik Andersen
SA: 25TOI: 47:38
Saves: 21EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .840SH: 0 - 0
Kari Lehtonen
Kari Lehtonen
2-2-0
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .913SH: 1 - 1

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