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Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Five reasons why the Stars were eliminated

Monday, 04.28.2014 / 6:23 PM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

So much has changed about the future of the Dallas Stars in the past 12 months then when the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs is complete, it will be hard to argue that members of any of the other seven eliminated franchises will feel better about how this season went.

That doesn't mean there isn't disappointment in Texas after the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Stars in six games in a Western Conference First Round series. Though the Stars had the fewest points of any playoff team, they played well enough against the Ducks to spring the upset and advance.

There were lessons to be learned from this experience, and a future with Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Valeri Nichushkin at the core of a contending team with general manager Jim Nill and coach Lindy Ruff in charge is one people in Dallas should be excited about.

Here are five reasons fans of the Stars are focusing on that future instead of a second-round opponent:

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Five reasons why the Anaheim Ducks advanced

Monday, 04.28.2014 / 4:42 PM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Narratives can change pretty quickly during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the Anaheim Ducks were a strong example of that in the past few days.

The Ducks were a couple of minutes away Sunday night from losing for the third time in four games to the Dallas Stars in their Western Conference First Round series, and facing a Game 7 at Honda Center in the opening round for the second straight season.

Instead, Anaheim forged an incredible comeback, scoring twice in the final 130 seconds of regulation to force overtime and again at 2:47 of the extra period in Game 6 to finish off the Stars and advance to the second round of the postseason for the first time since 2009.

Anaheim will face one of its California rivals in the Western Conference Second Round. The Ducks haven't advanced past the second round since winning the Stanley Cup in 2007, and Bruce Boudreau has yet to do so in his first six seasons as an NHL coach.

Here are five reasons they will have a chance to do so:

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Ducks' comeback sets new record

Monday, 04.28.2014 / 1:15 AM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

NHL.com

The Anaheim Ducks were less than three minutes away Sunday night from being forced to play a Game 7 in their Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars.

Instead, they helped make history.

Nick Bonino and Devante Smith-Pelly scored 1:14 apart late in the third period to erase a 4-2 deficit before Bonino scored again 2:47 into overtime to lead the Ducks to an improbable 5-4 victory in Game 6 at American Airlines Center. Anaheim won the series 4-2 and will face either the San Jose Sharks or Los Angeles Kings in the second round.

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Maroon finds an NHL home in Anaheim

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 10:51 AM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM – Perhaps the funniest moment from the television program "NHL Revealed," which documented the lead-up to the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium, was Drew Doughty's assessment of Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon.

During a game between the Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings, Maroon induced a tripping penalty on Doughty, the two-time Olympic gold medalist defenseman, which prompted the noted trash-talker.

"Buddy, you [stink] at hockey!" Doughty yelled at Maroon. "And you've been in the minors for how long? How long? And you're still on the fourth line? You're still on the fourth line."

Maroon grinned. At least Doughty knew his resume: five full seasons in the American Hockey League, including separate stints with organizations that changed cities. He's played in Texarkana, St. Louis, London, Philadelphia, Adirondack, Syracuse and Norfolk. It takes more than chirping to get Maroon rattled.

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Getzlaf's return sparks Ducks to blowout win

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 3:04 AM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- It wasn't all that long ago that Ryan Getzlaf admitted he struggled as captain of the Anaheim Ducks. He had difficulty balancing hockey and family life as a new father, and the result was one of the worst seasons of his career.

But those days are in the past.

During this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, Getzlaf became a father for the third time and has been bloodied, scarred and stitched. Nothing has slowed him down; in fact, he's actually furthered his legacy as captain and solidified his Hart Trophy credentials after finishing as the NHL's No. 2 regular-season scorer.

The latest example came Friday night when Getzlaf tied a postseason career-high with a three-point game in a 6-2 win against the Dallas Stars at Honda Center in Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series. He scored a goal and set up two others after missing Game 4 with an undisclosed upper-body injury, likely the result of taking a slap shot in the face in the final stages of the series opener.


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Stars' Ryan Garbutt savoring first trip to playoffs

Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 7:27 PM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- No one on the Dallas Stars is enjoying the franchise's first trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2008 more than forward Ryan Garbutt. That's probably because he had to work so hard to get there.

Five years ago, Garbutt had finished his career at Brown University but was undrafted. The Winnipeg native signed with Corpus Christi of the Central Hockey League. Since then, he's gone from the CHL to the ECHL to the AHL and finally to the NHL, where he's turned into a valuable two-way forward for the Stars.


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Ducks have options on defense to replace Robidas

Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 5:48 PM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- The loss of defenseman Stephane Robidas early in the second period of Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday left the Anaheim Ducks with a big void at their blue line.

Robidas is gone for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a broken right leg. It's the same leg he broke while playing for the Stars in November; he was traded to Anaheim in early March and the Ducks waited for him to finish healing.

But the Western Conference regular-season champions appear to have enough depth to overcome the loss of Robidas. Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau has two viable options on his roster: former Stars defenseman Mark Fistric, who was recalled from a lengthy conditioning assignment with Norfolk of the American Hockey League on Sunday, and Luca Sbisa, who was limited to 30 games in the regular season because of injury.

"Sbisa hasn't played a lot this year, but he's a proven NHL guy," Boudreau said after practice Tuesday. "Mark Fistric just finished his rehab stint and I'm glad he did because that makes him eligible. We could still call Sammy [Vatanen] back [from Norfolk]. We have options."

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Ducks' Robidas leaves game with fractured leg

Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 2:12 AM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Anaheim Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas sustained a fractured right leg early in the second period of Game 3 of a Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

Robidas fell hard to the ice 42 seconds into the second period after being upended by Stars center Ryan Garbutt near the front of the Dallas net. Robidas, who played most of his career in Dallas before being traded to Anaheim in March, was unable to put any weight on his right leg and had to be helped to the dressing room by a member of the Ducks' training staff and teammate Teemu Selanne.

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Getzlaf leaves Ducks' game with facial injury

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 1:38 AM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Captain Ryan Getzlaf left Game 1 of the Anaheim Ducks' Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday when he took a puck to the face with 16 seconds left in regulation.

His status was not immediately known, but coach Bruce Boudreau said after Anaheim's 4-3 victory that he doesn't think it is serious.

"I think he's going to be OK, but he's probably going to have a little nasty cut on the side of his mouth," Boudreau said. "As far as I know, nothing else is there. But I'll know more tomorrow."

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Robidas tasked with helping Ducks beat former team

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 4:27 PM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Stephane Robidas was huddled with coaches at the end of Anaheim Ducks practice on Tuesday.

It was the day before their opening game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and it was easy to surmise that Robidas was giving a tutorial on how to defend the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS, FS-SW, FS-W).

But Robidas squashed that notion like he snuffs out forwards.

"Just some review," he said. "It was nothing about the other team. It was about our system.

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Quote of the Day

There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp