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Stars rally from three-goal deficit, defeat Ducks

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars got off to a sluggish start Tuesday night, but they finished strong and got the win. The Stars were down 3-0 after one period but rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center.

“That was a big game,” said Stars forward Patrick Sharp. “The building is full, we have good crowd support, and we come out and have a rough first period. It was a great response by our team to come back and win on home ice.”

Antoine Roussel scored off the rebound of a Vernon Fiddler shot off the rush with 1:28 left in the third period to cap off the rally for the Stars.

“That’s a huge team effort,” Roussel said. “It felt like everybody contributed in that game, and that is awesome.”

The victory was the sixth in the last seven games for the Stars, who improved to 7-2-0 on the season. Sharp, Cody Eakin and John Klingberg were the other goal scorers for the Stars. Captain Jamie Benn had three assists.

“It’s huge,” Benn said of the rally. “You are going to face a lot of adversity throughout a year, and we faced some tonight. When you come out with a win with such a great team game, it feels good.”

Stars goaltender Antti Niemi stopped 17 of 20 shots to improve to 4-1-0 on the season.

The Ducks saw their winless streak hit four games (0-3-1), and they fell to 1-6-2 on the season. The Ducks, who were playing on the second night of a back-to-back and their third game in four nights, seemed to be running on fumes the second half of the game.

“You can call it what you want. It’s demoralizing,” said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. “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.”

The Stars entered the second period down by three goals but cut the lead to 3-1 at the 7:30 mark when Sharp scored his first goal as a Star, taking a pass from Benn and scoring from the slot with Dallas on its second power play of the night.

“It’s always nice to put one in, especially when you’re down three nothing,” Sharp said. “It was nice to get the first one of the game and try to get some momentum individually and as a team.”

The Stars took back-to-back penalties later in the period but the penalty kill came up big, and Eakin scored shorthanded on the second one to make it a 3-2 game, taking a backhand pass from Benn and scoring off the rush at the 15:27 mark.

“The play was almost done, and Jamie made something out of [nothing],” Ruff said. “Eakin kept coming and found a hole. That was a big momentum goal for us.”

Just 1:34 later the Stars tied it when Tyler Seguin set up Klingberg, who scored from close range to make it a 3-3 game at 17:01 of the second.

In the third period, the Stars dominated the Ducks, who played Monday in Chicago, outshooting them 17-2. They finally broke through with 1:28 remaining when Fiddler drove the net on the rush and Roussel knocked the rebound past Ducks goaltender Frederick Andersen to give the Stars a 4-3 lead.

“It’s good to finally get that rebound,” Roussel said. “It’s awesome to get the win.”

The Ducks, who came into the game riding a scorless streak of 128:36, scored three goals in a 4:26 span late in the first period to take a 3-0 lead. Mike Santorelli scored from the right circle to make it a 1-0 game at the 14:44 mark. After Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg stole the puck from Stars defenseman Johnny Oduya at the Dallas blue line, Andrew Cogliano set up Shawn Horcoff, who put the puck into a wide open net at the 18:56 mark. The Ducks struck again 14 seconds later when Ryan Kesler knocked Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski off the puck behind the net, sent the puck to Corey Perry and Perry set up Carl Hagelin, who scored from the slot to make it a 3-0 game at 19:10 of the first period.

But the Stars regrouped and rallied.

“It was a team pow-wow (in between the first and second period),” Ruff said. “A fiery pow-wow. The team didn’t compete, and we weren’t skating.”

“There were a lot of things said (in between the first and second period), most of it not so good,” Benn said. “We talked as a group; we believe in each other, and that’s all we need to win hockey games. It was truly a team win tonight. It definitely feels pretty good.”

Anaheim’s Getzlaf misses game with appendicitis

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf missed Tuesday’s game in Dallas due to appendicitis. Getzlaf, who played Monday in Chicago, has been experiencing intermittent discomfort the past several weeks, according to the Ducks. He came to Dallas with the team but then flew back to Anaheim and is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday. He is expected to miss four to 12 days.


* The last time the Stars overcame a three-goal deficit to win a game was on Dec. 21, 2014 at Edmonton when the Stars came back from being down 2-5 to win with 6-5 in a shootout.

*The last time the Dallas Stars overcame a three-goal deficit to win in regulation was on Jan. 8, 2006 at Detroit, winning 6-3. The team had been down 0-3.

*Jamie Benn’s three assists gave him 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) and moved him one point ahead of Boston’s David Krejci for the NHL scoring lead.

*The Stars outshot the Ducks 34-20, including 17-2 in the third period.

*Patrick Sharp, Tyler Seguin and Alex Goligoski all had four shots on goal.

*The Stars were 1-3 on the power play and 3-4 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars won 32 of 64 faceoffs (50 percent).

*Cody Eakin won 10 of 17 faceoffs (59 percent). Jason Spezza won 10 of 17 faceoffs (59 percent). Vernon Fiddler won 8 of 14 faceoffs (57 percent). Radek Faksa won 3 of 7 (43 percent).

*John Klingberg led the Stars in ice time with 24:45. Alex Goligoski was next with 24:41.

*Stars coach Lindy Ruff juggled his lines in the second period. He moved Cody Eakin up to center the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Patrick Sharp moved onto the second line with Jason Spezza and Valeri Nichushkin.

What’s next

The Stars continue their homestand when they take on Vancouver Thursday at American Airlines Center.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinPatrick Sharp

Mattias JanmarkJason SpezzaValeri Nichushkin

Antoine RousselCody EakinAles Hemsky

Vernon FiddlerRadek FaksaColton Sceviour

Alex Goligoski
John Klingberg

Johnny OduyaJordie Benn

Jyrki JokipakkaJamie Oleksiak

Antti Niemi

Kari Lehtonen

Jason Demers

Scratched: Patrik Nemeth

Injured: Travis Moen (upper body), Patrick Eaves (lower body), Curtis McKenzie (hip)

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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