Cody Eakin, Stephane Robidas and Ryan Garbutt produced a
three-goal flurry in a 53-second span of the third period, and the
Stars beat the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks 6-3 on Tuesday
night for their first home win in more than month.
"We were just still talking on the bench about, 'OK, it's a tie
game. Let's get this thing (under control), stay the course, do
that,' and next it's 3-2," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It just
went boom, boom. They got the goal, and the crowd got into it, and
then the rest is history."
After giving up a goal to Nick Bonino in the final seconds of the
second period that put the Ducks ahead 2-1, Dallas wiped out that
deficit with the fastest three-goal stretch in the NHL since January
"You're thinking that we fought hard to tie it up and want to go
into the third period and try to play a 20-minute period of the win,
and now we're going to chase the game again as soon as we come out,"
Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "But we were able to turn it, I can
tell you a nice story now. Otherwise, we might have blamed the game
on that late goal."
Eakin's sixth goal of the season tied it 2-2 with 14:35 left. Only
25 seconds later, Robidas was between the circles when he scored his
fourth of the season.
Garbutt then gathered a loose puck and scored with a backhanded
swipe with 13:42 left to make it 4-2. He didn't realize how quickly
the trio of goals had come.
"But it was pretty cool," said Garbutt, who also had two assists.
Fans in the building were suddenly in a frenzy as Boudreau finally
"We might have had to have a little bottle of NoDoz after the first
period, but we woke them up in the third," Ruff said.
Roussel was in the crease when he netted his second goal with just
under 8 minutes left. Hiller quickly argued with the referee to no
avail, trying to get an interference call.
Dan Ellis stopped 28 shots, winning for only the second time in
seven games. Dallas had been 0-2-2 at home since a 5-1 victory over
Calgary on Oct. 24.
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Emerson Etem, Nick Bonino and Dustin Penner
scored for the Ducks, who are 10-4-3 in their last 17 games.
Penner's tally was a power-play goal with 6½ minutes left.
"It does happen quickly," Ducks center Andrew Cogliano said.
"When momentum turns and it starts going the other way, it's
really hard to stop it."
The Stars played the first of three straight home games. Next is
Friday night against the Central Division-leading Chicago
Blackhawks, who have an NHL-best 38 points — one more than
Anaheim and St. Louis.
This was the second of three meetings this season for the former
Pacific Division rivals who used to play six times a season. It
was the only trip to Dallas for the Ducks, who won 6-3 at home
on Oct. 20 and will host the Stars again on Feb. 1.
Hiller, who faced 32 shots, gave up three goals on 12 shots
against the Stars in the previous matchup before he was pulled
from the game.
Bonino's seventh of the season came with 36 seconds left in the
second period. He took a pass from Cogliano, and the puck went
off his skate before he used his stick to score from the right
side of the net for a 2-1 lead.
Etem scored from in front 6:06 into the game to give the Ducks a
Roussel tied it when the puck caromed in off his skate with 6:47
left in the second period. Officials reviewed the goal before
ruling that it wasn't kicked into the net to the left of Hiller
after a pass from Vernon Fiddler.
"That was a team win," Roussel said. "We're very excited about
that win because everybody was involved."
NOTES: The three-goal spurt was the fastest in the NHL since
Montreal scored three in 50 seconds in the third period of a 7-3
win over Winnipeg on Jan. 4, 2012. ... Stars D Sergei Gonchar
played his 1,200th NHL game, joining Alexei Kovalev and Sergei
Federov as the only Russian-born players to reach that mark. ...
Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf had the primary assist on Penner's
goal. Getzlaf has points in the last eight games he has played
(seven goals, five assists). ... 41-year-old LW Ray Whitney was
back in the Stars lineup after he missed five games with a groin
injury. He played in his 1,279th NHL game.
Press; STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer]
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