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Stars rally from three-goal deficit, defeat Ducks

by Steve Hunt

DALLAS -- The Anaheim Ducks finally found some offense on Tuesday. They scored early and often and built a three-goal lead by the first intermission.

But they left American Airlines Center without any points.

Antoine Roussel scored the game-winning goal with 1:28 left and the Ducks dropped a 4-3 decision against the Dallas Stars.

Anaheim was outshot 17-2 in the third period.

"Today was the first day we found a way to lose," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We had the lead. The other games, we've been behind but we found a way to lose. I don't know if that happened to us last year."

The Ducks (1-6-2) were playing on the second night of a back-to-back; they were shut out for the fifth time this season in a 1-0 overtime loss against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. But Boudreau wasn't using fatigue as an excuse.

"Well, you can call it what you want. It's demoralizing," he said. "We have a 3-0 lead and you should not lose a game like that. We can sugarcoat it and say it's ran out of gas or whatever, but these guys are professional athletes. There should be no such thing as running out of gas."

Roussel gave the Stars their first lead of the game when he tapped in a rebound at the near post after Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen, who made 30 saves before leaving the ice with 1:56 remaining, denied an initial shot by Vernon Fiddler.

Patrick Sharp, Cody Eakin and John Klingberg scored and Jamie Benn had three assists for Dallas (7-2-0). Antti Niemi made 17 saves.

"That's a huge team effort," Roussel said. "Everybody contributed on that team, and that's awesome."

Mike Santorelli, Shawn Horcoff and Carl Hagelin scored for the Ducks, who played without captain Ryan Getzlaf. He will miss between four and 12 days with appendicitis.

"Well, he's had it for a while," Boudreau said of Getzlaf's condition. "At one point, they (club officials) decided, 'look, we've just got to get it done,' and they decided this was the time to get it done."

Santorelli opened the scoring for the Ducks at 14:44 of the first with a power-play goal, which was Anaheim's first in 143:20. Cam Fowler fed Santorelli, whose shot from the edge of the left circle deflected in off Stars defenseman Jordie Benn.

Horcoff, a former Stars forward, scored his first goal of the season with a wrist shot from the slot into an open net at 18:56.

"Obviously, there's a formula there for us, how we need to play to play well," Horcoff said. "At least we found that out tonight, but at the same time, we need wins now and we need to close games out, especially when you're up 3-0. There's just no excuses."

Fourteen seconds later, the Ducks made it 3-0 when Hagelin scored his first of the season. Ryan Kesler stole the puck from Alex Goligoski behind the net and then passed it to Corey Perry, who fed Hagelin in the slot.

"We knew their desperation would be good," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "We weren't able to match it in the first period. It's a good lesson for us. We didn't compete, didn't win enough battles, and they turned the tide pretty quick on us."

Sharp began the rally with his first goal as a Star on a power play at 7:40 of the second. Sharp sent a shot through Andersen's five-hole from the slot after a nice pass by Jamie Benn.

"It's always nice to put one in, especially when you're down 3-0," Sharp said. "It's nice to get the first one of the game and get some momentum individually and as a team. "It's nice to get the first one. I hope I get a lot more."

Dallas scored twice more late in the second period to make it 3-3 after 40 minutes. Eakin scored a shorthanded goal at 15:27 with a wrist shot over Andersen's blocker off the rush.

It was an impressive turnaround for the Stars after a rough first period.

"There were a lot of things said, most of it not so good," Jamie Benn said. "We talked as a group. We believe in each other."

Dallas tied it at 17:01 of the second when Klingberg scored on a tap-in at the near post.

Anaheim had a great chance to regain the lead but a wrist shot by Hagelin from the left point at 13:06 of the third period hit the crossbar.

"We had a couple of chances to make it 4-1, but we didn't," Hagelin said. "They got a goal on their PK, which gave them momentum. All of a sudden we're on our heels and not making plays. Against a good offensive team like that, you know they're going to capitalize."

Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano played in his 631st consecutive game, the seventh-longest streak in NHL history.

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