Stars-Mighty Ducks Preview
GAME: Dallas Stars (17-17-7-0) at Anaheim Mighty Ducks (13-17-4-5).
TIME: Monday, 10:30 p.m. EST.
The Dallas Stars know that in order to make their move up the Pacific
Division standings, they must start eliminating silly mistakes.
They'll look to break a four-game winless streak when they meet the Anaheim
Mighty Ducks at Arrowhead Pond.
The Stars, five points behind first-place San Jose in the Pacific, are 0-1-3
since beating the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 27. Two defensive lapses cost
them a chance at a victory in a 2-2 tie against the Los Angeles Kings on
Kings forward Martin Straka scored a short-handed goal with 22 seconds left
in regulation and Ziggy Palffy scored in the first period after an ill-fated
clearing pass by Dallas goaltender Marty Turco.
"That's the second time that's happened to us in three games," Dallas
right wing Bill Guerin said, referring to Niklas Sundstrom's tying goal with a
minute left in a 1-1 tie Wednesday with Montreal.
"Who knows if those are the ones that are going to bite us in the butt when
it comes down to it?"
Dallas center Stu Barnes ended an 18-game scoring drought, and Guerin also
scored for the Stars, who are winless in their last seven games against
"We did a lot of things well, but it's always frustrating when you give up
a goal in the last minute and don't win," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "We
were looking for two points."
The Ducks have lost two straight and five of their last seven.
Jean-Sebastian Giguere made 38 saves Saturday, but Anaheim fell to the Detroit
Red Wings 3-1.
"Overall, you've got to play 60 minutes," Anaheim center Sergei Fedorov
said. "We gave up a couple quick chances against a team like that, it's hard
to win. Everything else was fine."
Andy McDonald scored for the Ducks, extending his goal streak to three