ANAHEIM, Calif. - Loui Ericksson scored two goals, Marty Turco bounced back from one of his toughest losses this season to make 36 saves, and the Dallas Stars beat the rebuilt Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Friday night.
Dallas and Anaheim came in tied with Edmonton in the race for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth at 68 points apiece. The Stars are now tied with Nashville and Columbus for sixth place in the conference, four points behind fifth-place Vancouver following their second win in their last eight games.
Mike Ribeiro had a power-play goal and an assist for the Stars, and Steve Ott had two assists to reach the 100-point mark in the NHL.
James Wisniewski scored in his first game with Anaheim, and Bobby Ryan added his 23rd of the season. Ryan is the only NHL rookie with at least 20 goals and 20 assists.
The Ducks began a five-game homestand after going 3-2-1 on their longest trip of the season, and the crowd of 17,380 had to get acquainted with a host of unfamiliar faces. Since their previous home game on Feb. 18, they team traded away four players from the 2006-07 Stanley Cup championship roster - Chris Kunitz, Samuel Pahlsson, Travis Moen and Kent Huskins.
In return, Anaheim received Ryan Whitney from Pittsburgh, Nick Bonino and Timo Pielmeier from San Jose, and Wisniewski and Petri Kontiola from Chicago. General manager Bob Murray, who replaced Brian Burke as general manager on Nov. 12, also acquired Petteri Nokelainen from Boston and Erik Christensen from Atlanta just before the trade deadline.
Two other former Ducks returned to Anaheim with the Stars for the fifth game of this six-game season series - Brian Sutherby, who was traded for David McIntyre on Dec. 14; and Brendan Morrison, whom Dallas claimed off waivers on Wednesday. Morrison had 10 goals and 12 assists in 62 games with the Ducks after playing the previous eight seasons with Vancouver.
One night after stopping 19 shots in the third period of a 5-4 overtime loss up the freeway in Los Angeles and squandering a three-goal lead, Turco made 19 saves in the second period against the Ducks. Anaheim didn't score until its 34th shot on net, as Wisniewski beat Turco with a wrist shot from 35 feet with 12:29.
Eriksson, who inadvertently screened Turco on that goal, made up for it by beating Jean-Sebastien Giguere high to the glove side with a wrist shot from the left circle just 77 seconds later for his 31st of the season. Eriksson had 20 goals in 128 games over his previous two NHL campaigns.
Ryan scored with 2:32 left, carrying the puck into the zone, stickhandling past Mike Modano and then defenceman Stephane Robidas before stuffing the puck under Turco's glove.
Only 29 seconds into his first game with the Ducks, Christensen was sent off for hooking Robidas - and the team with the league's second-worst percentage on the power play capitalized with the man advantage at 1:45 of the first period when Ribeiro scored his 17th goal and fourth in five games.
Eriksson made it 2-0 at 14:39 of the second period, converting Ott's cross-ice pass about seven feet from the net.
Dallas right-wing Jere Lehtinen missed his second straight game because of an undisclosed upper-body injury, after getting hit by San Jose's Rob Blake in Wednesday's 4-1 win. Lehtinen missed the first 14 games of the season with an upper body injury, then returned for three games before sitting out the next 14 due to a groin injury. Dallas is 13-13-4 in his absence.
Notes: Stars RW Landon Wilson played for the first time since Jan. 3 after missing 27 games with injured ribs. ... Dallas RW Mark Parrish - who received two minor penalties in the third period of Thursday's loss at Los Angeles with his team holding a two-goal lead - was a healthy scratch. The next time he plays, it will be his 700th NHL regular-season game. ... Dallas was 4-for-42 on the power play over its previous 10 games. ... Darryl Sydor's assist on Ribeiro's goal was his 400th in the NHL during the regular season. ... Wisniewski and Nokelainen also played their first game with Anaheim. Nokelainen had been sidelined since Feb. 10 due to an eye injury. Wisniewski sat out Chicago's first 26 games while recovering from surgery on a torn ligament in his right knee. ... The Ducks are 1-for-13 on the power play over their last five games, and have allowed 13 power-play goals in the last nine contests. ... Anaheim D Bret Hedican missed his third straight game because of back spasms. ... The Ducks and Stars conclude their season series April 10 in Anaheim.