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Ducks want to avoid 'anything can happen' Game 7

by Staff /

The Anaheim Ducks want to make sure history doesn't repeat itself.

The Ducks face the Dallas Stars on Sunday at American Airlines Center (8 p.m.; NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW) with a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference First Round series after a 6-2 win at home Friday.

It's the same situation they were in after beating the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals a year ago; the Ducks lost Game 6 in Detroit and Game 7 at home.

"We learned an expensive lesson last year," coach Bruce Boudreau said Saturday. "Anything can happen in a Game 7."

The home team has won all five games in the series. Defenseman Cam Fowler said the Ducks know winning in Dallas won't be easy but they want to avoid having to go to a seventh game.

"We did our job at home last night," he said. "It's time to go into a hostile building and do it again."

The Ducks got a big lift in Game 5 from the return of captain Ryan Getzlaf, who sat out Game 4 in Dallas with an upper-body injury. Getzlaf scored once and set up two of the four power-play goals. He played 19:51 despite sitting out the final 11:20 after the Ducks blew the game open with three goals early in the third period.

Getzlaf said there's no reason to believe he won't be ready to go Sunday.

"I was in the lineup last night and should be tomorrow," he said.

Anaheim won the Game 5 largely because it dominated special-teams play. The Ducks scored four times on six power plays, killed all seven Dallas advantages, and kept their composure when the Stars tried to play rough.

"You have to walk the fine line to help your team," forward Corey Perry said of the Ducks' need for discipline.

Stars forward Ryan Garbutt on Saturday was fined $1,474.36, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, by the NHL for spearing Perry in the first period.

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