After clinching the best record in the Western Conference on Saturday night in LA, the Ducks will face the Dallas Stars in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. This marks the third time the two teams have faced each other in the playoffs (2003 and 2008), with each club winning one series (6-6 record). In 2003, the clubs met in the Western Conference Semifinals, with the Ducks winning in six games (Ducks seeded seventh, Dallas was seeded first). The first game of the series went to five overtimes and remains the fourth-longest game in NHL history (140:48). The clubs also met in the 2008 Conference Quarterfinals, when the fifth-seeded Stars beat the fourth-seeded Ducks in six games. (Complete playoff recaps are below).
Anaheim has a 39-60-11 all-time record against Dallas, 25-26-4 at home. In the 2013-14 regular season, Anaheim posted a 1-2-0 record vs. Dallas, including a 6-3 victory on Oct. 20 at Honda Center. The Stars won on Nov. 26 at American Airlines Center (6-3) and Feb. 1 at Honda Center (2-0). Ryan Getzlaf paced all Anaheim skaters in scoring (1-4=5) and assists vs. Dallas during the season series, while Corey Perry (2-2=4) and Emerson Etem (2-1=3) co-led the team in goals. Ryan Garbutt was Dallas’ leading scorer vs. Anaheim this season (2-2=4). Garbutt and Antoine Roussel (2-0=2) co-led the team in goals (2) while Erik Cole (0-3=3) and Vernon Fiddler (0-3=3) co-led the team in assists (complete game-by-game recap below).
2003 Playoff Series Recap (Western Conference Semifinals)
Game 1: 4/24/03 Anaheim 4 @ Dallas 3 (5OT) - Petr Sykora scored the game-winning goal in the fifth overtime period (48 seconds into the frame) as the Ducks took Game 1 @ American Airlines Arena...the game was the fourth longest in NHL history (140:48)...Steve Rucchin, Rob Niedermayer (shorthanded) and Jason Krog were the other goal scorers for Anaheim...Keith Carney logged a team-high 56:20 TOI and a game-high 83 shifts...Mike Leclerc earned two assists, including one of the GWG...Sandis Ozolinsh, Ruslan Salei and Adam Oates also had helpers...J.S. Giguere became the first goaltender to post two 60-save performances in a single playoff season.
PP: 0-3 PK: 3-3 SF: 54 SA: 63 TOI: K. Carney (56:20) Three Stars: 1. Giguere 2. Sykora 3. Turco
Game 2: 4/26/03 Anaheim 3 @ Dallas 2 (OT) - Mike Leclerc scored his first career playoff goal at 1:44 of the first overtime period to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead on the Stars...Petr Sykora had an assist on each of the Ducks goals for his first career three-assist playoff game...Adam Oates scored a power play goal and had an assist...Paul Kariya had two assists...Rob Niedermayer scored to tie the score and force overtime at 18:51 of the third period.
PP: 1-6 PK: 1-2 SF: 27 SA: 31 TOI: K. Carney (24:13) Three Stars: 1. Giguere 2. Leclerc 3. Sykora
Game 3: 4/28/03 Dallas 2 @ Anaheim 1 - Steve Rucchin netted his third goal of the playoffs in the first period to forge a tie, but Dallas scored the game's final goal at 3:41 of the second period and won 2-1 at the Arrowhead Pond...Paul Kariya and Niclas Havelid each had assists on Rucchin's power play marker...Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 30-of-32 shots on net.
PP: 1-4 PK: 3-4 SF: 32 SA: 32 TOI: N. Havelid (24:05) Three Stars: 1. Lehtinen 2. Turco 3. Rucchin
Game 4: 4/30/03 Dallas 0 @ Anaheim 1 - Mike Leclerc scored his second game-winning goal in three games with a power play marker at 18:13 of the third period and Jean-Sebastien Giguere posted his first career playoff shutout in the 1-0 at the Arrowhead Pond...the Ducks took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series...Sandis Ozolinsh and Ruslan Salei each had assists on the goal.
PP: 1-5 PK: 0-5 SF: 22 SA: 28 TOI: R. Salei (23:42) Three Stars: 1. Giguere 2. Leclerc 3. Turco
Game 5: 5/3/03 Anaheim 1 @ Dallas 4 - Anaheim lost to Dallas 4-1 with Paul Kariya scoring the lone Anaheim marker...Ruslan Salei and Steve Thomas each had single assists...Martin Gerber relieved JS Giguere in the third period and faced his first playoff shots, stopping 5-of-6 in 20 minutes of play.
PP: 0-6 PK: 2-2 SF: 15 SA: 25 TOI: N. Havelid (24:36) Three Stars: 1. Kapanen 2. Barnes 3. Hatcher
Game 6: 5/5/03 Dallas 3 @ Anaheim 4 - Sandis Ozolinsh (1-1=2) scored the game-winning goal at 18:54 of the third period to give the Ducks a series-clinching 4-3 victory over Dallas at the Arrowhead Pond...Steve Thomas scored 1-2=3 points, including the first goal of the game...Stanislav Chistov and Ruslan Salei each had goals as well...Steve Rucchin, Jason Krog, Samuel Pahlsson and Mike Leclerc each had single assists.
PP: 1-3 PK: 2-3 SF: 26 SA: 29 TOI: R. Salei (23:50) Three Stars: 1. Ozolinsh 2. Thomas 3. Kapanen
2008 Playoff Series Recap (Western Conference Quarterfinals)
GAME 1 (April 10, 2008) - ANAHEIM 0 vs. DALLAS 4
Special teams won the game for Dallas, scoring four power play goals as the Ducks fell to the Stars, 4-0, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals...Dallas forwards Steve Ott, Loui Eriksson, Jere Lehtinen and Brenden Morrow scored a power play goal each...Morrow also picked up two assists for a three-point game...both Mike Ribeiro and Stephane Robidas each earned two assists...Stars goaltender Marty Turco stopped all 23 Ducks shots...J.S. Giguere turned away 33-of-37 shots in the loss...Bobby Ryan made his NHL career postseason debut, recording one shot with 13:13 TOI...Scott Niedermayer had a game-high 24:45 TOI.
PP: 0-3 PK: 4-7 SF: 23 SA: 37 TOI: S. Niedermayer (24:45) Three Stars: 1. Ribeiro 2. May 3. Turco
GAME 2 (April 12, 2008) - ANAHEIM 2 vs. DALLAS 5
The Stars jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but the Ducks answered back as Teemu Selanne scored a power play goal at 3:41 of the first period...Scott Niedermayer and Ryan Getzlaf notched the assists on the Selanne goal...Travis Moen evened the score with an even-strength goal at 16:19 of the second with Todd Bertuzzi earning the single assist...the Ducks failed to capitalize on two early third-period power play attempts...Mike Modano scored the eventual game-winner for the Stars on the power play at 5:47 of the third...Brad Richards followed with another goal less than a minute later to extend the Stars lead to two goals...Loui Eriksson scored the Stars' fifth and final goal at 14:36 of the third...J.S. Giguere stopped 25-of-30 shots in the loss.
PP: 1-6 PK: 2-6 SF: 22 SA: 30 TOI: C. Pronger (25:02) Three Stars: 1. Richards 2.Getzlaf 3. Ribeiro
GAME 3 (April 15, 2008) - ANAHEIM 4 @ DALLAS 2
The Ducks became contenders in the series, cutting the Stars’ lead to two games to one with a 4-2 victory in Game 3 of the CQF...Todd Marchant opened the scoring for the Ducks with a goal at 6:39 of the first period for his first postseason goal since Game 3 of the WCF, May 23, 2006 at Edmonton...Travis Moen and Chris Pronger assisted on Marchant's goal...Ryan Getzlaf scored an unassisted goal, his first of the 2008 postseason, at 10:09 of the first...Pronger scored his first of two goals on the power play at 14:31 of the first, giving the Ducks a 3-0 lead...Todd Bertuzzi and Doug Weight each earned assists...Pronger pushed the score to 4-0 with another power play tally at 5:34 of the second...Teemu Selanne and Getzlaf provided the helpers...it was the first multi-goal game of Pronger's postseason career and tied the club record for points in a playoff game by a defenseman (also a career high)...in addition, his two goals tied a club record for most goals by a defenseman in a postseason contest...J.S. Giguere stopped 31-of-33 shots in the victory.
PP: 2-4 PK: 2-7 SF: 15 SA: 33 TOI: S. Niedermayer (26:56) Three Stars: 1. Pronger 2.Morrow 3. Giguere
GAME 4 (April 17, 2008) - ANAHEIM 1 @ DALLAS 3
All four of the game's goals were scored at even strength, as the Stars bested the Ducks, 3-1, in Game 4 of the CQF at American Airlines Center...after giving up a goal at 16:39 of the first period to Dallas' Joel Lundqvist, the score remained the same until 9:01 of the third period when Dallas' Stu Barnes put the Stars up, 2-0...Steve Ott added another Dallas goal at 17:17 of the third...Mathieu Schneider spoiled the Dallas shutout, scoring with 0:08 seconds remaining in the game...Corey Perry, returning for his first postseason contest after missing six weeks with a lacerated right quadriceps tendon, collected an assist on Schneider's goal...Kent Huskins also picked up an assist on the Ducks' lone goal, his second career postseason point...J.S. Giguere stopped 17-of-20 shots in the loss...
PP: 0-5 PK: 0-6 SF: 28 SA: 20 TOI: S. Niedermayer (25:32) Three Stars: 1. Turco 2.Barnes 3. Modano
GAME 5 (April 18, 2008) - ANAHEIM 5 vs. DALLAS 2
Anaheim extended the series to a sixth game with a 5-2 victory at Honda Center...Corey Perry scored his first goal of the postseason at 8:25 of the first period, with Sean O'Donnell collecting the assist...the Ducks’ next two goals were scored on the power play, with Ryan Getzlaf scoring at 11:03 of the second and Teemu Selanne (GWG) scoring at 0:48 of the third...O'Donnell added an insurance goal at 12:05 of the third, his first goal in the postseason since Game 3 of the WCF, May 23, 2006 at EDM...he also established a career high for points in a postseason contest (1-1=2)...Chris Pronger and Chris Kunitz each had a two-assist night while Getzlaf and Selanne also collected single assists...Todd Marchant scored his second goal of the postseason with an empty-netter at 18:36 of the third...J.S. Giguere earned his second victory of the 2008 playoffs, stopping 40-of-42 shots.
PP: 2-3 PK: 0-7 SF: 42 SA: 32 TOI: C. Pronger (27:14) Three Stars: 1. Giguere 2.Selanne 3. Ribeiro
GAME 6 (April 20, 2008) - ANAHEIM 1 vs. DALLAS 4
The Ducks were eliminated from the 2008 NHL Playoffs with a 4-1 loss to the Stars in Game 6 of the CQF at American Airlines Center…Corey Perry opened the scoring with his second goal in as many games, successfully converting at the 2:11 mark of the second period…assists went to Scott Niedermayer and J.S. Giguere, who collected his first playoff point since the 2003 postseason…Dallas clinched the series victory with four goals in the third period, including tallies from Stephane Robidas, Stu Barnes, Loui Eriksson and Mike Modano…Giguere finished with 22 saves on 26 shots…the setback marked Anaheim’s first opening-round loss since 1999.
PP: 0-3 PK: 2-5 SF: 18 SA: 26 TOI: S. Niedermayer (25:23) Three Stars: 1. Robidas 2.Morrow 3. Barnes
Regular Season Game-by-Game
OCTOBER 20, 2013 - ANAHEIM 6 vs. DALLAS 3
Celebrating the 1,500th game in team history, the Ducks pushed their winning streak to a franchise-tying seven games (since broken) with a 6-3 victory over the Dallas Stars at Honda Center...Anaheim rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the first period to record their fifth straight home win, extending the club's best start to a home schedule...Ryan Getzlaf led all skaters with 1-3=4 points, while linemate Corey Perry recorded a game-high two goals for his second multi-goal game of the season...Emerson Etem earned his first career short-handed goal and game-winner at 18:55 of the second period...Teemu Selanne extended his goal streak to three games with a tally against Jack Campbell, who was the 148th different goalie for Selanne to score upon...Jonas Hiller turned away 9-of-12 shots before giving way to Frederik Andersen, who stopped all 24 shots to become the sixth Ducks goaltender to win his Anaheim debut and the second in relief (Iiro Tarkki)...both Andersen and Campbell made their NHL debuts, marking the first time two goaltenders to do so since Oct. 12, 2005.
PP: 2-5 PK: 1-4 SF: 47 SA: 36 TOI: Fowler (22:37) Three Stars: 1. Getzlaf 2. Perry 3. Fowler
NOVEMBER 26, 2013 - ANAHEIM 3 @ DALLAS 6
The Ducks took a 2-1 lead into the third period, but gave up three goals within a 0:53 second span and eventually fell to the Stars by a score of 6-3...Emerson Etem scored his sixth goal of the season at 6:06 of the first period to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead...Daniel Winnik and Hampus Lindholm recorded the assists on the goal...Nick Bonino gave the Ducks the 2-1 edge at 19:24 of the second as Andrew Cogliano and Kyle Palmieri chipped in with the assists...Dustin Penner scored the Ducks' third goal at 13:25 of the third on the power play...Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry notched the assists on the goal...Jonas Hiller made 27 saves in the loss.
PP: 1-2 PK: 0-3 SF: 31 SA: 33 TOI: Fowler (26:42) Three Stars: 1. Garbutt 2. Roussel 3. Fiddler
FEBRUARY 1, 2014 - ANAHEIM 0 vs. DALLAS 2
Anaheim was handed its first shutout loss since Mar. 27, 2013 at San Jose - a span of 71 consecutive regular-season games - in a 2-0 defeat to the Dallas Stars at Honda Center...Jonas Hiller was handed the loss despite stopping 25-of-26 shots...Hiller's lone goal allowed was scored by Trevor Daley, who broke a scoreless game open at 5:03 of the second period...Jamie Benn also scored an empty-net goal for Dallas with 29 seconds in regulation, while former Duck Dan Ellis turned away all 26 shots for his 14th career shutout.
PP: 0-3 PK: 0-4 SF: 26 SA: 27 TOI: Beauchemin (27:37) Three Stars: 1. Ellis 2. Hiller 3. Daley