04/23 22:28 CDT Stars beat Ducks 4-2, even series 2-2
Stars beat Ducks 4-2, even series 2-2
AP Sports Writer
DALLAS (AP) --- Cody Eakin and Alex Goligoski scored 1:22 apart on Dallas'
first two shots in the third period and the Stars beat the top-seeded Anaheim
Ducks 4-2 on Wednesday in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series that is all even
Even without captain Ryan Getzlaf, a surprise late scratch with an upper-body
injury, and healthy scratch Teemu Selanne, the Ducks jumped out to a 2-0 lead
in the first period.
But the Stars, who got physical at home after a pair of one-goal losses in
Anaheim to start the series, dominated the rest of the way.
Game 5 is Friday night in Anaheim, and the best-of-seven series returns Sunday
to the American Airlines Center for Game 6.
Stars captain Jaime Benn scored unassisted, his third goal of the series, off a
faceoff 27 seconds into the second period. Vernon Fiddler managed to get the
puck in a small gap between the post and rookie goalie Frederick Andersen to
tie it at 2 at 6:33 of the second.
Eakin hit the post in the opening minute of the third period, but skated the
length of the ice for the go-ahead goal with 13:38 left. After starting
straight down the middle, Eakin went left around a diving defender and keep
skating toward the net. He knocked in the puck just before his stick was ripped
from his hands by Hampus Lindholm.
The raucous crowd was still in a frenzy when Vernon Fiddler had a backhanded
pass to Goligoski, for a wrister that made it 4-2.
Andersen was then pulled in favor of Jonas Hiller, the veteran goalie who won
29 games during the Ducks' best regular season in franchise history before a
late slump that left him on the bench until that point. Hiller faced only one
shot in his 10 minutes.
Kari Lehtonen, who was 0-4 in postseason games before stopping 37 shots in
Dallas' 3-0 win on Monday night, had 21 saves Wednesday night.
Getzlaf took a puck in the face in the series opener and played the last two
games with a half-cage to protect the stitches just below his mouth. It wasn't
clear if the upper-body injury was related to that, or was a different issue
for the captain.
Coach Bruce Boudreau offered no insight after the game, saying only that it was
a previous injury for Getzlaf. He wouldn't elaborate despite being asked
several times about it.
Selanne, who is in his 21st and expected to be his last NHL season, has
appeared in a franchise-record 87 postseason games for the Ducks, 15 more than
Getzlaf. The 43-year-old Selanne also is the team's top postseason scorer with
64 points (33 goals, 31 assists), one more than Getzlaf (23 goals, 40 assists).
The absence of their two most experienced postseason players didn't affect the
Bryan Allen scored on a shot from just inside the blue line with 7:43 left in
the first period after taking a pass from Cam Fowler, who was against the board.
Anaheim was up 2-0 when Matthieu Perreault took a shot that hit Lehtonen's
glove. But the puck fell over the goalie's left shoulder behind him and
trickled in with help from Patrick Maroon, the left wing who got the goal after
talking about retaliation against Dallas after what the Ducks had perceived as
over-aggressive play in Game 3.
Notes: There were 18 penalties, 10 for the Ducks (47 minutes) and eight for the
Stars (35 minutes). That included five 10-minute misconduct penalties, all in
the final 2:10 of the game. ... Benn has also had an assist and has scored in
each game. It appeared that he had an empty-net goal with 1:04 left, but play
had been whistled dead.