Campbell hadn't played a game at any level since his Oct.6 appearance in the American Hockey League and was thrust into the net for the Dallas Stars on Sunday night. His initiation came against the Anaheim Ducks, who possess one of the League's more dangerous offenses. The result was 47 shots on goal and a 6-3 Ducks win at Honda Center.
Perry scored twice and Getzlaf had a goal and three assists for the Ducks, who erased a 3-1, first-period deficit and matched the franchise record with its seventh straight win. It was also Anaheim's second straight come-from-behind win. It goes on the road for the next eight games.
"To come back tonight, that was a big test for us," Perry said. "It's one of those things you got to keep pushing and this road trip's going to be another test. It's the longest one of the year. You got to start with game one."
It came at a cost. Left wing Dustin Penner was under evaluation after he was knocked out of the game by a hit from Stars forward Ryan Garbutt in the second period. Penner, who laid prone before teammates helped him off the ice, regained full mobility and was walking under his own power, according to the team. No penalty was called.
Asked about Penner, Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said, "We'll see. It looks [OK] right now, but there's a big series of tests you have to go through when you're knocked out on the ice."
Campbell, 21, has international experience, but has seen nothing like the dynamic of former Hart Trophy winner Perry and Getzlaf, whose chemistry was on display all night. Campbell said he still enjoyed the experience.
"It's my favorite; a big challenge," Campbell said. "I was really happy I got to play against Anaheim. I just wish I could have played a little better and helped the team win. But it was a lot of fun, and it's great to play against some of the best players in the game on Anaheim."
Perry was literally front and center during an Anaheim-record 23-shot second period that produced three goals, including the game-winning shorthand tally by Emerson Etem on a redirect of Andrew Cogliano's pass at 18:55.
Perry redirected Getzlaf's pass 54 seconds into the period and then had Cam Fowler's point shot go in off his back on a power play to tie it at 3-3 at 11:48. Campbell also made a nice stop on Perry from the slot and somehow withstood a seven-shot barrage during the first of three Ducks power plays in the second period alone.
It was just too much to ask of a young goaltender.
"It's frustrating," Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon said. "We wanted to be better for him. It's his first NHL game. Not just that, but for us, and the way we played last night. We wanted to rebound. He played a great game. Those are some of the best players in the world out there – Perry and Getzlaf. We kind of left him hung out to dry."
Dallas gave Campbell a 3-1 lead after the first period, thanks to some fortunate redirects. Shawn Horcoff was credited with a power-play goal when Erik Cole's shot hit him on the backside with 1:05 remaining in the first. Garbutt and Dillon also scored for Dallas.
Campbell, who was nine months old when Teemu Selanne made his NHL debut, can say he allowed his first goal to a future Hall of Famer. Selanne's 678th career goal came 2:38 into the game after Getzlaf threaded a cross-ice pass between Jamie Benn and Trevor Daley to a wide-open Selanne, who beat Campbell glove side for his 252nd power-play goal. He has a three-game goal-scoring streak, his longest goal streak since Mar. 20-24, 2011. He is the first player age 43 or older to score in three consecutive games since Gordie Howe, who did so at age 51 from Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 1979, his final NHL season.
"I never want to give one up, but he's a heck of a player," Campbell said. "I finally got to see it in person how good he actually is. It was fun to be out there, but not the result we wanted."
It was the first time two goaltenders have debuted in the same game since Yann Danis of the Montreal Canadiens and Michael Garnett of the Atlanta Thrashers on Oct.12, 2005. The soft spoken Andersen said there wasn't much time to get nervous. Boudreau told him he was going in at the start of the first intermission.
"I feel like I'm a kind of a calm guy, so I didn't want to do too much from what I usually do," Andersen said.
The Ducks won seven in a row from Feb.20 to March 7, 1999. It was the 1,500th game in Anaheim history.
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