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Posted On Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 3:32 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Ducks recognize opportunity before them in Game 6

DALLAS -- The Anaheim Ducks do not want history to repeat itself heading into Game 6 of their Western Conference First Round series Sunday at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW).

The Ducks lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 and are eager for the opportunity to advance to the second round.

"When you can close a game out, it's something you want to take advantage of, but we know how difficult it's going to be," Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said. "They're not just going to let us take it. They have a lot of pride and they're going to play a great game in front of their home crowd, so we need to be ready for that challenge."

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Posted On Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 2:20 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Beleskey a game-time decision for Ducks

DALLAS -- The Anaheim Ducks could get a huge boost in Game 6 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars on Sunday at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW)

Left wing Matt Beleskey, who has been out the past four games with a lower-body injury, may return.

Beleskey had a goal and an assist in Anaheim's 4-3 victory in Game 1 at Honda Center, but hasn't played since.

However, he went through morning skate Sunday without issue and appears ready to replace Emerson Etem on Anaheim's fourth line alongside left wing Devante Smith-Pelly and center Rickard Rakell.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 8:38 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Stars' Whitney relishes another shot at playoff run

FRISCO, Texas -- Being in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is definitely nothing new for Ray Whitney.

Whitney, who is in his 23rd NHL season, has been to the playoffs nine times. Before making the postseason with the Dallas Stars this season, he had appeared in the playoffs two times each with the San Jose Sharks, Carolina Hurricanes and Phoenix Coyotes and once each with the Florida Panthers and Detroit Red Wings.

As the Western Conference First Round series between the Stars and Anaheim Ducks shifts back to Anaheim for Game 5 on Friday (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW), Whitney discussed the playoff experience.

"It's always a special time of year. You can just see it when you watch the games. You see every shift's got a little something to it and just the overall atmosphere and the crowd," Whitney, 41, said Thursday. "It's an exciting time of the year that I think people at times take for granted. You realize you don't get there every year. Once you're in there, [qualifying] turns out to be the easy part."


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Posted On Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 6:55 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Stars defenseman Dillon might return for Game 5

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon will be a game-time decision for Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round series with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday at Honda Center, according to coach Lindy Ruff.

The young defenseman participated in an optional skate Thursday before the Stars departed for Anaheim.

Dillon, who was third among Stars defensemen with an average of 21:05 of ice time during the regular season, has been out since April 11, when he sustained a lower-body injury in a 3-0 playoff-clinching win against the St. Louis Blues. He has missed the past five games.

Should Dillon draw in for Game 5 (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW), it would be his debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2.

"If I'm going to be in, I want to be able to help the team," Dillon said. "Things are getting better and better and just kind of keeping tabs with the doctors and the medical staff. They've done a tremendous job of monitoring me and making sure I'm getting the best treatment I can."


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Posted On Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 9:46 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Ducks' Robidas optimistic after second leg injury

DALLAS -- Anaheim Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas will not need surgery after fracturing his right leg during Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars and addressed reporters for the first time since sustaining the injury Monday.

It was his second leg fracture this season; he sustained a similar injury while playing for Dallas in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 29. Robidas spent the next four months recovering before being traded to Anaheim prior to the NHL Trade Deadline.

"I knew it wasn't as bad as the first time because the first time, there's no way I was getting back up. The pain was so bad. This time wasn't as bad, but I knew something was wrong," Robidas said while the Ducks played the Stars in Game 4 at American Airlines Center. Anaheim held a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 2:35 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Stars' Dillon reports progress, Game 5 return possible

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon will not play in Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series with the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET; CNBC, TSN, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW), but could return for Game 5 on Friday at Honda Center in Anaheim.

Dillon participated in the morning skate on Wednesday with no issue and is progressing nicely in his recovery from an injury he sustained in a 3-0 win against the St. Louis Blues on April 11, the night Dallas clinched its first trip to the postseason in six years.

"Felt better, things are progressing day-by-day. Just trying to take it one step at a time and do what I can control," Dillon said Wednesday.


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Posted On Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 2:32 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Ducks' Selanne a scratch, Fistric likely in for Robidas

DALLAS -- Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne is a healthy scratch for Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series with the Dallas Stars on Wednesday at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET; CNBC, TSN, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW).

"Well, obviously we lost the last game and a lot of times the lineup is going to be different," Selanne said after the morning skate. "I didn't think that's anything new, but it is what it is."

Selanne, who is playing his final NHL season, has one assist in three games for Anaheim, which leads the best-of-7 series, 2-1. Selanne learned he would be scratched after practice Tuesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 8:37 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Ducks, Stars ready for another physical battle

DALLAS -- The Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars combined for 64 hits, 58 penalty minutes and plenty of contentious moments in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series.

The teams expect another physical battle Wednesday, when the Stars will try to even the series by winning Game 4 at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET; TSN, CNBC, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW).

"Obviously we need to up our level of our game," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said Tuesday. "We need to compete a little bit harder, get to that net a little bit harder and create some stuff around their crease so their goalie is not so comfortable. That involves getting in there, screening, getting second shots."

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 7:22 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Stars' Dillon unlikely to play in Game 4

FRISCO, Texas -- There was some good news from the Dallas Stars' optional skate Tuesday.

Defenseman Brenden Dillon, who has been out since Dallas' final game of the regular season with a lower-body injury, was on the ice with several of his teammates.

"It was awesome," Dillon, who hasn't played since April 11 against the St. Louis Blues, said. "It was a step in the right direction, especially at time like this where we are making a hopeful big playoff run, and the guys are doing great. Especially after last night, it's great to get out and have a smile on your face and share things."

Since Dillon hasn't played in nearly two weeks, he has missed the first three games of the Stars' Western Conference First Round series with the Anaheim Ducks, which Dallas trails 2-1. But Dillon is hopeful he will at least be able to participate in the morning skate on Wednesday in advance of Game 4 at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET, TSN, CNBC, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW).


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Posted On Monday, 04.21.2014 / 3:33 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Ducks look to sustain road success in Game 3

DALLAS -- During the regular season, the Anaheim Ducks had the second-best road record in the NHL (25-12-4). And the Ducks, who lead their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars 2-0, want to carry that success away from Honda Center into the postseason.

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau knows if the Ducks are to take a 3-0 series lead by winning Game 3 (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN, KDOC, TXA 21) at American Airlines Center on Monday night, they will have to weather an early storm from what should be a fired-up Stars team playing its first home playoff game in six years.

"I think they're going to come out pretty hard. There's no doubt about that," Boudreau said. "We just got to play the way we're capable of playing. It's going to be a hostile environment for sure."

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