Stars rally to beat Ducks 3-1
DALLAS (AP)—Frustrated by an offensive slump, the Dallas Stars could have easily veered from their game plan.
Instead, the Stars stayed the course and got a couple of fortunate bounces along the way.
Despite taking 30 shots on goal through two periods, the Stars were down 1-0.
“The fear is when you’re pressing for a goal, you try to do things individually and take some chances,” Stars coach Marc Crawford said. “But the guys showed good discipline and got some fortunate bounces after getting pucks to the net.”
“We put in a pretty solid effort all night,” Ott said. “But two flukey ones go in and all of a sudden the tables are turned and we pull out a pretty solid victory.”
Selanne, who had an assist, said he almost sat out Thursday because of flu symptoms.
“I was this close to saying, ‘No I can’t play,”’ Selanne said. “Some way, I wanted to play through it.”
Neal’s 12th of the season tied it at 1:50 of the third before Ott gave the Stars the lead for good at 3:01.
Ott and Neal were two of the Stars struggling to find an offensive groove before they helped Dallas break through in the third. Ott had gone 13 games without a point, and Neal hadn’t scored a goal in six.
“When you start getting frustrated, that’s when you screw up your play,” Neal said. “You’ve got to stay positive and things will work their way out.”
Giguere made that lead hold up through two periods. He stopped 12 shots in the first and 18 more in the second.
“We got some bad breaks,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “But you have to earn your breaks, too. I didn’t think we earned enough earlier on in the hockey game.”
NOTES: Whitney played in his 300th career game. … Morrow has goals in five straight games. … Dallas is 15-5-2 against Anaheim at home since 2002.