Mighty Ducks-Stars Preview
GAME: Anaheim Mighty Ducks (21-24-8-8) at Dallas Stars (29-22-10-0).
TIME: Sunday, 4 p.m. EST.
Coming off a big victory over a fellow Western Conference power, the Dallas
Stars will look to build momentum when they take on the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in
the second game of a season-high eight-game homestand.
Jason Arnott scored three goals and Pierre Turgeon added a power-play goal
and an assist as the Stars routed Colorado 5-1 on Friday night for their first
win over the Avalanche this season.
The Stars had been outscored 11-3 by the Avalanche, the Northwest Division
leaders, in their first three meetings.
"We wish we could play every game like that," Arnott said. "They had an
off night and we played well. I wanted to go at it as hard as I could. Tonight
the pucks just went in."
Sergei Zubov and Bill Guerin each had two assists for the Stars, and Marty
Turco needed to make just 15 saves as Dallas sent slumping Colorado to its
third straight loss.
The Stars are 10-3-2 in their last 15 games and six points behind
first-place San Jose in the Pacific Division. The Sharks don't play again until
Dallas will look to close that gap at the American Airlines Center, a
building that will be a constant for the Stars through March 7, when they close
out their long homestand. The Stars have been a much better team at home this
season, going 17-6-6-0 in Dallas, and haven't lost at their home arena in a
season-high seven games since Jan. 10 (5-0-2).
Friday's victory improved Dallas to 12-1-1 when Arnott scores a goal.
The Stars will be concluding their season series with the Mighty Ducks, who
saw their three-game winning streak end with a 3-2 overtime loss to Nashville
on Friday night.
Scott Walker scored at 3:34 of the extra period as Nashville won despite
blowing a two-goal lead after two periods.
Ducks defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski tied it with 9:12 left in regulation and
assisted on Samuel Pahlsson's goal early in the third period, but Anaheim had
its five-game home winning streak snapped.
"It was a poor effort by us for two periods," Ducks captain Steve Rucchin
said. "It was just poor puck decisions, and you can't really make it work the
way we're playing. Obviously, the third period is something positive to take
away from this game, but I don't know why we decided to wait that long."
Anaheim could have newly acquired defenseman Martin Skoula in its lineup
Sunday. He was obtained from Colorado for defenseman Kurt Sauer and a
fourth-round draft choice in 2005 on Saturday.
STANDINGS (through Feb. 20): Mighty Ducks - 58 points, 4th place, 16 PB,
Pacific Division. Stars - 68 points, 2nd place, 6 PB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Mighty Ducks - Sergei Fedorov, 21 goals, 29 assists and 50
points; Garrett Burnett, 98 PIM. Stars - Guerin, 24 goals and 45 points; Zubov,
30 assists; Steve Ott, 123 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 20): Mighty Ducks - Power play: 17.0 percent (40
for 235), 10th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.4 percent (216 for 256), 17th. Stars
- Power play: 16.7 percent (41 for 245), 11th. Penalty killing: 85.0 percent
(198 for 233), 12th.
GOALTENDERS: Mighty Ducks - Jean-Sebastien Giguere (11-23-4, 2 SO, 2.68
GAA); Martin Gerber (10-9-4, 2, 2.28). Stars - Turco (27-19-10, 5, 2.09); Ron
Tugnutt (1-3-0, 2.57).
SEASON SERIES: Mighty Ducks, 2-1-2.
LAST MEETING: Feb. 16; Mighty Ducks, 3-1. At Anaheim, Calif., Giguere made
36 saves and Fedorov and Petr Sykora scored 19 seconds apart early in the
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mighty Ducks - 7-17-2-4 on the road; Stars - 17-6-6-0 at