ANAHEIM, Calif – The Ducks and Stars tangled, grappled and downright jousted with each other in game two of their series at The Pond.
The Dallas Stars enete3red game two with some confidence they could play with the Ducks at their own game and compete and even win. In game one, Anaheim broke out early and the Stars rallied but fell one short. On Friday, Dallas was eager to get the upper hand and have the Ducks chase them all night.
A great deal was at stake given the Stars could even the series or go home down 0-2. Commence the chippiness; both teams devolved to their baser instincts and high hits and spears to the groin were common.
“Every once in a while you need your best players to step it up when the rest of the guys are losing their composure a little bit,” Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. “[Getzlaf], with what’s happened to him in the last three days, and to come and get two points, and a plus-3, is a sure reason why he’s hopefully going to be nominated for the MVP.”
Alex Chiasson put the Stars ahead early in the first off a power play marker and the goal had Anaheim on their heels for a few minutes.
But Ryan Getzlaf found the back of the net on a turnover at the Stars blueline; he then skated to the net and lifted the puck over Kari Lehtonen’s shoulder for the tie.
“That’s what he’s done his whole career – in big games he’s made big plays,” Perry said of Getzlaf. “He’s a leader on this team for a reason.”
Corey Perry, who was guilty of slashing, spearing if you prefer, on Jamie Benn earlier in the game scored on another Dallas turnover. Perry skated in on the same right win and blasted a slap shot over Lehtonen’s shoulder for the 2-1 Ducks lead.
It was Perry’s first post season goal in three years.
“It’s exciting when you finally get one and you get that monkey off your back,” Perry said.
With the lead, Anaheim ramped up their game and matched Dallas’ intensity.
“I wish they’d do it sooner. I do think that in a lot of games we bend, but we don’t break.
“You see sacrifice going on at the end,” Boudreau said. “As many mistakes as we were making, giveaways and turnovers that were unforced; we’re blocking shots and getting in the lanes and doing the things that are necessary to win, and the goalie is making the big save at the end. I’d like to play different. I’d like it not to come down to that, but I think that’s what it is.”
Andrew Cogliano gave the Ducks a 3-1 lead on a shorthanded goal in the third.
Ryan Garbutt beat Frederik Andersen in the Ducks’ net to cut the lead to 3-2 but Andersen and the Ducks held the lead to take the 2-0 series lead.
“We didn’t capitalize on some of their big mistakes, which was the difference,” Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. “But I actually like where our team was at, the pressure they were putting on. There was a lot to like. We missed the net on a couple of big mistakes and you got to give them credit. We handed them a couple. They didn’t have a lot but what we handed them, they took advantage of.”http://
Game three is set for Monday in Dallas.