The Dallas Stars gave their playoff hopes a boost with a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks Sunday night. The Stars, who snapped a six-game winless streak, are three points out of the final playoff spot with four games remaining. Mike Ribeiro scored two goals, Brenden Morrow had one goal and two assists and Jeff Woywitka had a goal and an assist for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 24 of 27 shots. Anaheim, which is in seventh place and leads the Stars by four points, had two goals waved off in the final two minutes of the game. The Ducks have three games remaining.
"There's no quit in our team, we're still in the race. We've just to keep coming out and having performances like this. This was a very deserving win for our team. You make your luck and tonight we played with the desperation that we've been striving for. We need that type of performance and energy in the next game. Huge win for us and hopefully we can get this to snowball." - Stars coach Marc Crawford
“Everyone is smiling, so that is a good thing. Usually when you win you get on a roll. There’s no more ways to lose, it’s find ways to win. We did. We got the bounces that we need, they disallowed a few goals. We battled through. We played hard, everyone played hard. All our lines played well and that’s what we needed.” – Stars center Mike Ribeiro
“Our ultimate goal is to [run the table], but we just can’t hope that’s going to happen and it happens. It’s 60 minutes at a time and tonight it took 60 minutes.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow on the Stars needing to win out to make the playoffs.
*The four goals scores by the Stars on Sunday matched their total in the previous four games.
*Jeff Woywitka’s goal was the sixth scored by a Dallas defenseman in the last six games.
*The Stars were 3-3 on the penalty kill and have allowed two power play goals over the last six games. They are 11-13 (84.6%) on the PK during that stretch.
*Steve Ott won 14 of 22 (64 %) of faceoffs in the game.
*The Stars won 32 of 62 faceoffs (52%).
*The Stars finished with 9-10-5 record against the Pacific Division.
The Ducks opened the scoring at 7:27, cashing in on a three-on-two chance. Bobby Ryan set up Ryan Getzlaf, who scored from the right circle.
The Stars scored the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead. Jeff Woywitka beat Ducks goalie Ray Emery with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line at the 10:13 mark to tie the game.
The Stars took the lead at the 2:53 mark after Steve Ott forced a turnover and in the resulting scramble in front of the Anaheim net, Brenden Morrow made a slick backhand pass to Mike Ribeiro, who put the puck into the net from close range.
The Ducks answered with 1:19 left in the period when Lubomir Visnovsky, who was questionable for the game after being injured in Saturday night’s game against San Jose, scored on a shot from a sharp angle after a scramble in front of the Dallas net.
The Stars were 0-2 on the power play in the period. Anaheim did not have a power play.
Stars defenseman Mark Fistric was out with an undisclosed injury. Adam Burish (leg), Nicklas Grossman (knee) and Brian Sutherby (back) remain out. Tomas Vincour was a scratch.
The Stars’ penalty kill came up big early in the second period, killing off a 1:20 five-on-three power play for the Ducks.
The Ducks had another chance to take the lead a short time later, but Kari Lehtonen stopped Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa off the rush.
The Stars then got the lead off a great shift by the line of Toby Petersen, Tom Wandell and Jamie Langenbrunner, which pinned the Ducks in their own zone. During a partial line chance, Brenden Morrow came on the ice, took a pass from Langenbrunner and scored on a one-timer from the slot to put the Stars up 3-2 at the 7:20 mark.
The Stars went on a brief five-on-three later in the period and just after it expired, Mike Ribeiro scored on a rebound to make it 4-2 with 15:04 left in the period.
The Stars had their sixth power play chance of the game late in the second, but the Ducks scored shorthanded to make it a one-goal game. Corey Perry stole the puck from Langenbrunner along the boards, skated in on the Dallas net and beat Lehtonen with a backhander with 1:17 left in the period.
The Stars survived a late push by the Ducks, who thought they had scored twice to tie the game but had both goals waved off.
The first one came with 2:04 seconds left when a Francois Beauchemin point shot found its way into the net, but that one was waved off because Saku Koivu was ruled to have interfered with Lehtonen.
The Ducks got a power play chance in the final minute – and with Emery out of the net – Bobby Ryan put the puck into the net from point blank range with 48.9 seconds left, but that was one was waved off because off a hand pass.
The Ducks were unable to score on the rest of the power play chance and the Stars took a 4-3 win.
Injured: Fistric (undisclosed), Burish (leg), Grossman (knee), Sutherby (back)
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