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Ducks 5, Stars 4 (OT)

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DALLAS -- The Anaheim Ducks scored twice in the final 2:10 of regulation and again in overtime to beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 Sunday night at American Airlines Center and clinch their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Ducks center Nick Bonino scored twice, once late in the third period and again 2:47 into overtime to provide the game-winner for Anaheim, which also received two goals from right wing Devante Smith-Pelly.

The Ducks won the best-of-seven series 4-2.

Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief of starter Frederik Andersen, who was lifted midway through the second period.

The Stars seemed to have the game in hand when they had a 4-2 lead with less than three minutes remaining in the third period.

But Bonino scored with 2:10 remaining, and Smith-Pelly tied it up with his second goal of the game with 24 seconds left. Smith-Pelly's goal came after the Ducks pulled goalie Jonas Hills with a minute to go.

Bonino then won it with his score less than three minutes into the overtime.

Dallas held a 4-2 lead after two periods thanks in part to two goals from defenseman Trevor Daley.

Stars center Cody Eakin (goal, assist) and defenseman Alex Goligoski (two assists) each chipped in two points. Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 of 30 shots.

Daley opened the scoring by converting on a breakaway 5:16 into the game. He left the penalty box six seconds before scoring.

Daley picked up a free puck near the Anaheim blue line after Dallas center Shawn Horcoff cleared the puck from the Stars red line. Daley then raced in, and after forcing Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen to go low with a great fake, he finished top shelf to make it 1-0.

The Stars then doubled their lead at 10:27 of the first when Eakin scored a power-play goal with a one-timer from the low slot. Eakin's shot went through Andersen's five-hole to make it 2-0.

Anaheim cut it to 2-1 at 17:57 of the first when Smith-Pelly scored on a tap-in with the Ducks on the power play.

Dallas answered just over a minute later when center Ryan Garbutt scored off a rebound, his third goal of the playoffs, with 59 seconds remaining before the first intermission.

The Ducks cut Dallas' lead to one goal again early in the second when defenseman Ben Lovejoy whistled a wrister past Lehtonen's short side to make it 3-2. After Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne stole the puck from Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon from behind the Dallas net, he fed Lovejoy for the goal. Lehtonen appeared to be screened by Dallas left winger Jamie Benn.

Once again, the Stars had an answer. Again, it was Daley finding the back of the net when he finished another breakaway on Andersen with absolute precision, this time firing one top shelf to the far post at 10:33 of the second.

The second Daley goal sent Andersen to the bench as Hiller relieved him for the second straight game in Dallas. Andersen stopped just eight of 12 shots.

Dallas missed a golden opportunity late in the second to put the game away when rookie right wing Valeri Nichushkin had a breakaway with 25 seconds remaining. Nichushkin's wrister rang off the crossbar, and the score remained 4-2.

Selanne, 43, recorded two assists in his final career game in Dallas, making him the second-oldest player in NHL history to record a multiple-assist game in the playoffs.

Andersen was removed after saving eight of the 12 shots he faced.

NOTES: Ducks RW Emerson Etem, RW Tim Jackman (hand), D Hampus Lindholm (neck), C Kyle Palmieri, C Mathieu Perreault (lower body) and D Stephane Robidas (leg fracture) were scratched. Perreault was replaced in the lineup by C Daniel Winnik, a healthy scratch in Game 5. ... Stars C Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat), D Kevin Connauton, C Dustin Jeffrey, D Aaron Rome and LW Ray Whitney were scratched. LW Erik Cole, a healthy scratch the previous three games, returned in place of Whitney. ... The goal by Ducks D Ben Lovejoy early in the second period was the first of his career in the playoffs. ... Stars D Trevor Daley enjoyed his first career two-goal playoff game. ... The announced attendance was 19,323, a sellout.
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