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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 Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 2:53 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Stars say they're up to the challenge

The Dallas Stars have to win Sunday night in Game 6 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Anaheim Ducks or their season is over.

The Stars are confident they're up to the challenge.

The Stars have to shake off a 6-2 loss to the Ducks in Anaheim on Friday, a game in which they surrendered four power-play goals and general suffered from a lack of discipline. They'll be helped by a return to American Airlines Center, where the Stars have won 10 of their past 12 games, including Games 3 and 4 of this series against the Ducks.


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Posted On Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 6:54 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Ducks want to avoid 'anything can happen' Game 7

The Anaheim Ducks want to make sure history doesn't repeat itself.

The Ducks face the Dallas Stars on Sunday at American Airlines Center (8 p.m.; NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW) with a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference First Round series after a 6-2 win at home Friday.

It's the same situation they were in after beating the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals a year ago; the Ducks lost Game 6 in Detroit and Game 7 at home.

"We learned an expensive lesson last year," coach Bruce Boudreau said Saturday. "Anything can happen in a Game 7."

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Posted On Friday, 04.25.2014 / 11:09 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Brenden Dillon returns for Stars in Game 5

ANAHEIM -- Defenseman Brenden Dillon was in the lineup for the Dallas Stars when they faced the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series on Friday.

Dillon missed the first four games of the series with a lower-body injury sustained on April 11 against the St. Louis Blues.
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Posted On Friday, 04.25.2014 / 10:35 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Getzlaf is back in lineup for Ducks

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf participated in warm-ups and will play in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round Series against the Dallas Stars on Friday at Honda Center.

Getzlaf took line rushes with Corey Perry and Nick Bonino. Getzlaf missed Game 4 with an undisclosed upper-body injury that is believed to be related to the facial injury that required stitches in Game 1.

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Posted On Friday, 04.25.2014 / 4:15 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Ducks stick with Andersen; Sbisa, Selanne in lineup

ANAHEIM -- Speculation the Anaheim Ducks would turn back to veteran goalie Jonas Hiller ended when goalie Frederik Andersen came off the ice first Friday morning.

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said the rookie will start Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars on Friday at Honda Center (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW).

Andersen was pulled in the third period of Game 4 in favor of Hiller, who made his series debut and faced one shot. Andersen's first poor game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs opened the possibility Hiller would reclaim the starting job, at least for Game 5.

"That might have been Andersen's first bad game in an awful long time, and I think he'll bounce back and do a real good job tonight," Boudreau said.

"I think he knows I have full confidence, so I don't think that was an issue. I don't think I had to go over it and say, 'Hey Freddie, I've got a lot of faith in you.' I think that's sort of a given from the amount of time he's played this year, and the amount of big games he's played in."

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Posted On Friday, 04.25.2014 / 2:44 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Stars series blog

Ducks' Getzlaf hoping he'll be back in Game 5 lineup

ANAHEIM -- It sure looked like Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was ready to return to the lineup, but he didn't give anything away about his status for Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars on Friday at Honda Center (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW).

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2 after the Stars won the past two games in Dallas.

"We'll see tonight," Getzlaf said. "This is part of our process that we're going through right now. I won't really know until game time tonight.

"I feel good. Everything's where we want it to be and hopefully that continues on throughout the day."

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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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