ANAHEIM, Calif – A tense, combative game ended up a blow-out on Friday night at The Pond. Once again the Ducks broke out to a lead only to see the Dallas Stars tighten up the match. But a big third period extinguished the Stars in a 6-2 Anaheim pasting.
In seven minutes, the Ducks turned a tenuous 3-2 lead into the series leading win.
Jakob Silfverberg, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry scored in that seven-minute stretch of the final period to give the Ducks a win they needed.
“I thought we were a lot more calm this time around instead of the first two games [in Anaheim],” said center Andrew Cogliano, who set up Silfverberg’s goal. “The first two games, you sometimes sit back and wait for bad things to happen, but this time, we said ‘Let’s just keep going for it.’
“If you sit back, they’re bound to score at some point. But if you attack and keep them on their heels, not only are they defending but you have a good opportunity to score. I thought it was good for [Silfverberg] to score. I thought that was a big goal for our team, and then you see what happens – guys are feeling good, guys start pressing even more because we’re up two goals and you keep scoring.”
Getzlaf had a goal and two assists on the night and seemed to will the Ducks to the win.
“It’s about maintaining our focus,” Getzlaf said. “When we got to Dallas last time, we got a little revved up and got into some things that weren’t part of our game. Tonight, we did a better job of focusing on what we need to do.”
After taking a 1-0 lead, Getzlaf had a lapse in puck control and gave up the disk to Jamie Benn who scored a shorthanded goal to tie things up. The Ducks were on a four-minute power play at the time.
“They jumped on us early [in the third] and I took a stupid penalty and that was it,” Stars captain Benn said.
Fortunately for the Ducks they came right back in 26 seconds to grab the lead back on a goal from Richard Rackell.
Despite overwhelming the Ducks in the middle frame the Stars were unable to get enough traction to score.
“I thought in the second period we utterly dominated,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “Hit a post, hit a crossbar, spent the whole time down in their end, but it is tough. We lost the special teams battle and that was a difference.”
The Stars are now in the proverbial must-win situation heading home for game six.http://
“We played well all night. We gave up an opportunity and it was in the back of the net,” Ruff said. “That took some wind out of us. We were pressing up the ice and the next opportunity was in the back of the net. We were controlling play but the opportunities we gave them were in the back of the net.
“I like where our team is at. When we’ve been up against adversity, we’ve answered the call.”