ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Jason Arnott rallied the Dallas Stars to their sixth victory in seven games with his sixth career three-goal game. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks might've sparked the breakout performance.
Arnott took offense to a cheap shot by Anaheim left wing Travis Moen against Dallas defenseman Sergei Zubov late in the first period. He served a retaliatory roughing penalty and then scored twice in the third period en route to a 4-2 win Wednesday night that sent the Mighty Ducks to their sixth straight loss.
"You've got to stick up for your teammate anytime something like that happens," Arnott said. "It was a dirty hit and it came from behind. Zubie's one of the best defensemen in the league, and we don't want him injured. So you've got to send a message."
Moen tried to send one of his own at 18:47 of the first when he shoved Zubov into the glass as the Dallas defenseman chased a loose puck behind his own net - resulting in a major penalty for checking from behind and an automatic ejection. Zubov was shaken up and went to the dressing room, but was back for the start of the second period.
"It was kind of a wakeup call for Jason," Dallas captain Mike Modano said. "It got him more involved, and the game seemed to open up for him. He had some good looks at the net and got some good passes from Brenden Morrow. When Jason's skating well and driving to the net, good things happen for him."
Arnott scored a power-play goal, a short-handed tally and another at even strength - all set up by Morrow. Jere Lehtinen scored the go-ahead goal with 10:43 remaining and Marty Turco made 30 saves, after stopping 40 shots in a 3-1 win at Anaheim on Sunday.
Arnott tied it 2-2 with 11:43 left, redirecting Morrow's centering pass behind goalie Ilya Bryzgalov with 13 seconds remaining on teammate Martin Skoula's penalty.
"It's nice to get on the P.K. because it keeps you in the game," Arnott said. "That was only my second short-handed goal in the NHL, so it was nice to contribute."
One minute later, Lehtinen converted a rebound of Stephane Robidas' long slap shot for his 10th goal. Arnott added his eighth goal on a slap shot from the top of the right circle, helping secure Dave Tippett's 99th win as Dallas coach and finishing the hat trick.
"Tip has been great with me this year," Arnott said. "We have meetings every day and I owe him a lot. He's really pushing me out there and he's not praising me every time I play well. He's kind of critiquing me and telling me what I'm doing wrong and trying to help me out every day. I've never had that before from a coach, so it's been great."
Scott Niedermayer scored on a power play for Anaheim and Joffrey Lupul had two assists for the Ducks, who were 7-0 when leading after two periods. They were playing their first game since trading six-time All-Star Sergei Fedorov to Columbus on Tuesday.
"You try not to think about it, but of course it's in your head that you've lost a great player," Teemu Selanne said. "We're professionals and we just have to put it aside. Trades happen in this business, so you just have to keep pushing forward. We just have to find a way to turn this around. We need a couple of good games as a group, because everything's about confidence."
Bryzgalov made 34 saves while filling in for Jean-Sebastien Giguere, sidelined by a sore left hamstring. Giguere left Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Stars 4 1/2 minutes into the second period because of a muscle cramp in his left leg caused by dehydration.
Niedermayer broke a 1-1 tie at 15:16 of the first period with his third goal of the season. The Ducks' captain got a lead pass in the Dallas zone from brother Rob and flipped a short backhander over Turco's right shoulder. It was the first time that Rob Niedermayer assisted on a goal scored by Scott, who signed with Anaheim this summer.
The Stars took a 1-0 lead when Arnott redirected Morrow's centering pass from the left boards. It was the 10th consecutive game in which the Stars scored on the power play. Moen tied it less than five minutes later, nudging the puck past the stick of the sprawling Turco after the goalie stopped a shot by Scott Niedermayer with his right leg.
Notes: This was the Stars' 1,000th game since leaving Minnesota, including playoffs. ... Anaheim D Sandis Ozolinsh, who scored the series-clinching goal against Dallas in Game 6 of the 2003 Western Conference semifinals, returned to the lineup after missing nine games because of a fractured rib.
|PPG - Jason Arnott (6) Tip-in - ASST: Brenden Morrow (12), Bill Guerin (7)|
1 - 0 DAL
|Travis Moen (2) Tip-in - ASST: Scott Niedermayer (10), Joffrey Lupul (6)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Scott Niedermayer (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Rob Niedermayer (10), Joffrey Lupul (7)|
2 - 1 ANA
|SHG - Jason Arnott (7) Slapshot - ASST: Brenden Morrow (13)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Jere Lehtinen (10) Slapshot - ASST: Jussi Jokinen (6), Stephane Robidas (3)|
3 - 2 DAL
|Jason Arnott (8) Slapshot - ASST: Brenden Morrow (14), Stu Barnes (5)|
4 - 2 DAL
|Rob Niedermayer Hooking|
|Corey Perry Roughing|
|Brenden Morrow Holding|
|Niko Kapanen Interference|
|Travis Moen Checking from behind (maj)|
|Travis Moen Game misconduct|
|Jason Arnott Roughing|
|Petr Sykora Tripping|
|Nathan Perrott Roughing|
|Brenden Morrow Hooking|
|Corey Perry Elbowing|
|Rob Niedermayer Hooking|
|Rob Niedermayer Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Martin Skoula Holding|
|Scott Niedermayer Hooking|
|Rob Niedermayer Interference|
|Ilya Bryzgalov Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie|