|Shootout ||1 ||2 ||3 ||OT ||T |
| ||Anaheim ||0 ||1 ||0 ||0 ||1 |
| ||Dallas ||0 ||0 ||1 ||0 ||2 |
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DALLAS - It's hard to imagine the Ducks finding a more heartbreaking way to lose.
Bryzgalov was outstanding in net for the Ducks.
After spending the entire third period hanging tough with a 1-0 lead over the Stars, and riding the goalkeeping of Ilya Bryzgalov, Anaheim gave up a goal with just 6.1 seconds remaining in regulation. Brenden Morrow redirected a Ladislav Nagy pass from the right corner and snuck it past Bryzgalov, who up to that point had been outstanding in net.
After a scoreless overtime, the Ducks found themselves in a shootout that has been their nemesis, and has been a place where the Stars have traditionally shined. The tiebreaker followed that trend, as the Ducks were unsuccessful on their first three attempts, including a Teemu Selanne shot off the post in the third round that would have won it.
Nagy put it away with a successful attempt that glanced off Bryzgalov and into the net at the top of the fourth round. Corey Perry's attempt to tie it wasn't his best, and was easily kick saved by Marty Turco.
The Ducks got on top with a Selanne goal with 1:19 left in the second period. His shot from the top of the left faceoff circle got past Turco on his stick side and silenced the American Airlines Center crowd.
The entire game was a hard-fought affair in which Dallas outshot the Ducks, 30-22, but Bryzgalov made several outstanding saves. Bryzgalov started in place of J.S. Giguere, who was at home with wife Kristen and newborn son, Maxime, who has a non-life-threatening medical condition.
The loss means the Ducks did not clinch their first Pacific Division title. But their one standings point means they only need one more tomorrow night at Columbus. Although, that rides on what San Jose does at home against Vancouver at 1 p.m. (PDT).
1. Jussi Jokinen's attempt is saved by Bryz!
Andy McDonald's attempt is saved by Turco
2. Sergei Zubov's attempt is saved by Bryz!
Ryan Getzlaf's attempt misses wide as he loses the handle
3. Mike Modano's attempt kick saved by Bryz!
Teemu Selanne's attempt is off the post
4. Ladislav Nagy's attempt goes off Bryz and in the goal
Corey Perry's attempt is kick saved by Turco
STARS WIN, 2-1
5:00 - END OF OVERTIME. We're going to a ... wait for it ... shoutout!
3:20 - Bryz makes the second straight nice save.
20:00 - End of period. We're going to overtime. The Ducks get one point. Only need one more for the Pacific Division title.
19:53 - DAL GOAL - BRENDEN MORROW (15): Morrow redirects a Ladislav Nagy pass from the corner right in front of Bryzgalov to break the Ducks' hearts. Just 6.1 seconds left when it finds the net.
19:31 - Dallas gets called for icing with 28.2 to go. Fans start filing out.
16:41 - The Ducks ice the puck with 3:19 to go.
15:09 - Less than 5 to go.
14:12 - The Ducks kill again. The crowd boos.
12:12 - ANA PENALTY - Chris Kunitz 2 min. interference. Dallas is 0 for 4 tonight and 1 for 15 in their last four games.
9:35 - Bryz gobbles a hard Robidas shot from the point. Robidas bangs his stick on the ice in frustration.
8:48 - Turco swallows a hard shot from Kunitz.
5:28 - Ducks look like they might have a 2 on 1, but Corey Perry is just offside.
1:33 - DAL PENALTY - Stu Barnes 2 min. hooking. The Ducks get their first opportunity of the period.
0:00 - We're underway in a third period that may be the most important of the season for the Ducks.
20:00 - End of period. The Ducks don't get many chances, being outshot 15-7. But they make the most of them, as Selanne's goal gives them the lead. Bryzgalov was outstanding, especially during the 5 on 3 for Dallas in the middle of the period.
19:30 - DAL PENALTY - Stephan Robidas 2 min. holding the stick. Just the second power play for Anaheim and they're 0-1.
18:41 - ANA GOAL - TEEMU SELANNE (46): Selanne's shot from above the left circle gets past Turco on his stick side. The Dallas crowd goes silent. McDonald and O'Donnell get the assists.
17:43 - Ducks kill the penalty with huge help from goalie Bryzgalov.
15:43 - Chris Pronger clears the puck over the glass and gets a delay of game. Dallas goes on the 5 on 3.
15:01 - Ryan Getzlaf gets 2 for elbowing.
14:30 - Getz is stonewalled by Turco on a mini-breakaway. The crowd responds with the "Marty, Marty" chant.
9:07 - Ducks kill the penalty. Dallas is now 0-2 on the power play.
During the timeout, the trivia game reveals that Ulf Dahlen scored the first goal against the Ducks in Stars history. The crowd seemingly couldn't care less.
7:07 - ANA PENALTY - Sean O'Donnell 2 min. roughing.
2:28 - Pahlsson gets off the first Ducks shot of the period, from the point and off Turco's pads.
0:00 - We're underway in the second.
20:00 - End of period. If you like defense, you loved the first period. Each team only gets off six shots apiece. No score as we head to the 17-minute break.
14:27 - Getzlaf makes a nice feed to Penner in front of the net, but Turco makes a nice stop on Penner's redirect attempt.
8:54 - Bryz makes a fine save on a point-blank shot by Mike Ribeiro.
Stars fans have these star-shaped plastic noisemakers that make the arena sound like 15,000 people are typing at the same time.
5:27 - ANA PENALTY - Mark Hartigan runs into Turco and gets 2 for goaltender interference. First man advantage for Dallas.
1:10 - DAL PENALTY - Mattias Norstrom, 2 min tripping. Early power play for the Ducks.
0:00 - We're underway after a rousing edition of the Star Spangled banner, in which the fans shout out during the words "you see" (for Jussi Jokinen) and "star" (for obvious reasons).
Starting Goaltenders: ANA Ilya Bryzgalov; DAL Marty Turco
Starters: Francois Beuachemin, Scott Niedermayer, Chris Kunitz, Teemu Selanne, Andy McDonald; DAL Darryl Sydor, Jeff Halpern, Stu Barnes, Joel Lundqvist, Sergei Zubov
Scratches: J.S. Giguere, Ric Jackman, George Parros, Todd Marchant, Ryan Shannon; Trevor Daley, Nolan Baumgartner, Jere Lehtinen, John Klemm, Krys Barch, Eric Lindros
The Ducks play at Dallas for the eighth and final time in the regular season, with a chance at the Pacific Division title. A win for the Ducks tonight would give them the first division title in team history. It would also ensure a top-three seed in the Western Conference and home ice for the first round of the playoffs.
Anaheim (47-20-13) is one point ahead of San Jose and four in front of Dallas (48-25-7) in the Pacific with two games remaining. Any combination of two points in those contests will give the Ducks the division title.
Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere will miss tonight's game as well as tomorrow night's game at Columbus. He will remain in Southern California this weekend to be with his family. J.S. and his wife Kristen are currently dealing with a non-life-threatening medical condition involving their newborn son, Maxime Olivier. J.S. is expected to rejoin the team on Monday.
The Ducks, who conclude the regular season Saturday at Columbus, already have set franchise records for wins and points. They had a three-game win streak snapped Thursday with a 3-2 shootout loss to visiting San Jose.
An illegal stick penalty on Anaheim's Teemu Selanne negated a Ducks' power play at the start of overtime, and the Sharks went on to win in the shootout.
Backup Ilya Bryzgalov made the start in place of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who became a father for the first time early Wednesday morning.
y Clinched Western Conference; x Clinched playoff berth; * Division leader
|Western Conference Leaders |
|RK || ||GP ||W ||L || ||OT ||PTS ||GF ||GA ||HOME ||AWAY ||L10 |
|1 ||y - DETROIT* ||81 ||49 ||19 || ||13 ||111 ||247 ||197 ||28-4-8 ||21-15-5 ||4-2-4 |
|2 ||x - ANAHEIM* ||80 ||47 ||20 || ||13 ||107 ||253 ||203 ||26-6-9 ||21-14-4 ||5-3-2 |
|3 ||x - VANCOUVER* ||80 ||48 ||25 || ||7 ||103 ||217 ||195 ||26-11-4 ||22-14-3 ||7-2-1 |
|4 ||x - NASHVILLE ||81 ||50 ||23 || ||8 ||108 ||268 ||210 ||28-8-5 ||22-15-3 ||4-4-2 |
|5 ||x - SAN JOSE ||81 ||51 ||26 || ||4 ||106 ||255 ||195 ||25-12-3 ||26-14-1 ||8-1-1 |
|6 ||x - DALLAS ||80 ||48 ||25 || ||7 ||103 ||221 ||194 ||26-11-2 ||22-14-5 ||6-2-2 |
|7 ||x - MINNESOTA ||81 ||47 ||26 || ||8 ||102 ||230 ||190 ||28-7-5 ||19-19-3 ||7-2-1 |
|8 ||CALGARY ||80 ||43 ||27 || ||10 ||96 ||253 ||217 ||30-8-2 ||13-19-8 ||6-4-0 |
Giguere, who has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last four starts, is probable to be back in net for this game. He is 3-2-1 with a 1.78 goals-against average in six games this season against the Stars.
The Ducks, however, haven't lost much recently when Bryzgalov plays. He is 4-1-2 with a 1.97 GAA in his last seven starts overall.
Anaheim is 4-2-1 against the Stars this season but has been outscored 5-1 in two straight losses at Dallas. In both games, Mike Smith was in goal for Dallas. But Smith played last night in the Stars' 2-1 overtime loss at Columbus. The Stars have lost two straight to non-playoff teams after going 10-1-1 in its previous 12 games.
Turco is 1-3-1, including three straight losses, with a 3.97 GAA this season against Anaheim.
The Stars close the regular season Sunday at home against Chicago.
- Associated Press contributed to this report