By Chris DiPierro
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jussi Jokinen scored the deciding goal in the shootout for the Dallas Stars to hand the Ducks their second-straight shootout defeat 4-3 on Sunday at Honda Center.
With the victory, the Stars remain unbeaten with a 5-0-0 record.
Anaheim used a third period comeback to force the extra hockey. Ducks center Andy McDonald deflected a Chris Pronger slap shot with 18.3 seconds remaining in the game to tie the contest 3-3.
"We played two good periods of hockey," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "The positive is that we were down two and found a way to get back in the hockey game."
In the shootout, Stars netminder Marty Turco stopped two Anaheim shooters including a spin-move attempt by Ducks forward Ryan Shannon. The Stars' Sergei Zubov and Jokinen each scored on JS Giguere.
"We had some good shooters out there and we just didn't get the luck of the draw," said Ducks forward Rob Niedermayer. "That's what you've got to have in shootouts."
Speedy forward Todd Marchant gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the contest at 16:16 of the first period with a shorthanded tally. Marchant picked up the puck along the boards inside the Ducks zone and outraced Stars center Mike Modano down the ice. Marchant finished the play with a quick backhand shot past Turco.
Anaheim out shot the Stars 16-9 in the first period but much like Wednesday night's contest against the New York Islanders, it was the second period where the Ducks struggled.
"It's early," said McDonald. "With the guys we have in this locker room, this is just two games. We didn't play 60 minutes tonight. We let off in the second and it cost us."
Zubov got the Stars even on the power play at 2:40 of the second frame with a one-time blast from his left point position. The goal was Zubov's first of the season.
Niklas Hagman gave Dallas a 2-1 lead at 8:40 of the period with his second goal of the season. Hagman streaked down the left wing and picked up a pass from Stu Barnes and flipped a wrist shot short-side past Ducks netminder Ilya Bryzgalov.
After the Hagman goal, Carlyle decided to change his goaltender substituting Giguere for Bryzgalov.
"I don't like short-side goals and they had two go on the short side," said Carlyle. "I felt we were flat as a group and I thought (the change) would help our composure."
Dallas made it a 3-1 advantage on the power play late in the second. Antii Miettinen fired a wrist shot from the left face off dot past a sprawling Giguere at 17:10 of the period.
Anaheim's third period comeback started when captain Scott Niedermayer tallied during a delayed-penalty situation at 9:44. Niedermayer caught a pass from brother Rob in front of the net and scored on a wrist shot.
"We played the game in three parts and two of them were good for us and one was awful," said Carlyle.
McDonald's third period marker at 19:41 earned the Ducks the extra point in the standings despite the shootout loss.
"We're going to build on the positives, said Carlyle. "There is no quit in this group. It's a divisional rival and a hockey club that dominated us last year. We found a way to get back in the hockey game and have an opportunity to win."
The Ducks continue their homestand on Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings at 7:05 p.m.
LIVE GAME LOG - FINAL - DALLAS 4, ANAHEIM 3 (SO)
DALLAS STARS WIN SHOOTOUT
5 - ANA - 26 Samuel Pahlsson - NO GOAL
4 - DAL - 36 Jussi Jokinen - GOAL
3 - ANA - 19 Andy McDonald - GOAL
2 - DAL - 56 Sergei Zubov - GOAL
1 - ANA - 38 Ryan Shannon - NO GOAL
SHOOTOUT (Ducks elect to shoot first)
5:00 - END OF OVERTIME - ANA 3, DAL 3. FINAL SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 39, DAL 35
5:00 - ANA PEN - 26 Samuel Pahlsson (holding minor)
0:00 - Start of overtime.
20:00 - END OF 3RD PERIOD - ANA 3, DAL 3.
19:41 - ANAHEIM GOAL - 19 ANDY MCDONALD. A Chris Pronger slap shot deflects off Andy McDonald and past Turco. The goal is McDonald from Pronger and Scott Niedermayer with 18.3 seconds remaining in the game.
10:23 - ANA PEN - 27 Scott Niedermayer (interference minor)
9:44 - ANAHEIM GOAL - 27 SCOTT NIEDERMAYER. Rob Niedermayer fought off the check of Stars defenseman Trevor Daley and muscled a pass in front. Scott beat Turco for his first goal of the season from brother Rob and Samuel Pahlsson.
5:25 - ANA PEN - 22 Todd Marchant (hooking minor)
0:35 - ANA PEN - 23 Francois Beauchemin (interference minor)
0:00 - The third period has started.
20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD - DAL 3, ANA 1
17:10 - DALLAS GOAL - POWER PLAY - 20 ANTTI MIETTINEN. Miettinen fires a wrist shot from the left face off dot past a sprawling Giguere to give Dallas a 3-1 lead. The goal is Miettinen's second of the season from 10 Brendan Morrow and 63 Mike Ribeiro.
15:14 - ANA PEN - 37 Shane O'Brien (hooking minor). Dallas is 1/6 on the power play.
12:59 - DAL PEN - 88 Eric Lindros (goaltender interference minor). Anaheim is 0/3 on the power play.
10:20 - DAL PEN - 44 Phillipe Boucher (roughing minor). Anaheim is 0/2 on the power play in the game.
8:40 - JS GIGUERE REPLACES ILYA BRYZGALOV IN THE ANAHEIM NET.
8:40 - DALLAS GOAL - 15 NIKLAS HAGMAN. Hagman streaks down the left wing and beats Bryzgalov with a quick wrist shot. The goal is Hagman's second of the season from 14 Stu Barnes and 44 Jaroslav Modry.
3:23 - DAL PEN - 26 Jere Lehtinen (high sticking minor). The teams will skate even with 3:03 left on R. Niedermayer's double minor.
2:40 - DALLAS GOAL - POWER PLAY - 56 SERGEI ZUBOV. Zubov one-times a slap shot past Ilya Bryzgalov. The goal is Zubov's first of the season from 9 Mike Modano and 36 Jussi Jokinen.
2:26 - ANA PEN - 44 Rob Niedermayer (high sticking double minor). Dallas goes on a two-man advantage.
1:55 - ANA PEN - 8 Teemu Selanne (hooking minor). Dallas is 0/3 today on the power play.
0:00 - 2nd period play is under way.
20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD - ANA 1, DAL 0. SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 16, DAL 9
20:00 - Travis Moen and Matthew Barnaby engage in the first fight of the evening after the horn sounds to end the first period. It was a lengthy battle with both players landing several solid punches. The penalties are fighting majors for both.
17: 37 - DAL PEN - 5 Darryl Sydor (hooking minor). Anaheim will have a 5-on-3 in 9 seconds.
17:11 - DAL PEN - 3 Stephane Robidas (tripping minor). Anaheim will have an abbreviated power play once DiPenta's double minor expires. Anaheim is operating at 31.8% on the power play (2nd NHL) and Dallas has an 88.2% effective penalty kill (7th NHL).
16:16 - ANAHEIM GOAL - SHORTHANDED - 22 TODD MARCHANT. Marchant beats Stars center Mike Modano in a foot race the length of the ice and flips a quick backhand short-side past Marty Turco. The goal is Marchant's first of the season from 21 Sean O'Donnell.
13:45 - ANA PEN - 33 Joe DiPenta (high sticking double minor). Dallas is 0/1 on the power play.
8:49 - ANA PEN - 37 Shane O'Brien (roughing minor). This is Dallas' first power play. The Stars are operating at 17.4% with the man advantage (T-14th NHL). Anaheim has allowed three goals in 21 shorthand situations (85.7% - T-14th NHL)
0:00 - 1st period play under way.
Pregame - Starting Goaltenders: ANA 30 Ilya Bryzgalov, DAL 35 Marty Turco.
Scratches: ANA 18 D Ian Moran, 24 LW Stanislav Chistov, 39 C Travis Green DAL 17 LW Mathias Tjarnqvist, 27 C Patrik Stefan, 42 D Jon Klemm.
Pregame - The Ducks battle the Stars tonight at 5:05 p.m. at Honda Center. Anaheim is coming off of a 5-4 shootout loss at home to the New York Islanders on Wednesday. The Stars, who are undefeated this season, took consecutive games from the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday (4-1) and Sunday (4-1) at Staples Center.
This is the first of eight meetings between the division rivals this season. Anaheim last defeated the Stars in a shootout at home on March 31st last season.
In Southern California, catch the game live on KDOC-TV and AM 830.