Ducks 4, Dallas Stars 3 (OT)
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: Teemu Selanne tied the score with 6.4 seconds remaining in regulation at American Airlines Center in Dallas and rookie defenseman Cam Fowler won it 1:42 into overtime on a pass from Bobby Ryan for Anaheim's league-leading 26th one-goal victory.
THE STAT: The Ducks won in overtime for the third straight game and fifth in the last 10. They have won 13 out of 18 games that have gone to overtime or shootout this season.
TURNING POINT: After the Stars took a 3-2 lead with 6:39 remaining in the game, the Ducks pulled goalkeeper Ray Emery with about a minute left. Anaheim got a fortuitous bounce off a referee in their offensive zone and the puck came to Saku Koivu, who worked his way into the middle. Koivu was nudged off the puck, but it continued toward Selanne who had room to slam the puck into the net.
HOT: In the opening five minutes of the third period, Ducks forward Corey Perry tied the score, 2-2, after the Stars had taken a 2-1 lead 11 seconds earlier. It was Perry’s ninth goal in the last seven games and 40thoverall, joining Selanne (five times) and Paul Kariya (three) as the only Ducks to score at least 40 in a season.
NOT: Alex Goligoski scored the first goal for Dallas, but also had five giveaways, a two-minute delay of game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass and was a minus-two for the game.
GOOD MOVE: Fowler set up his third winner of the season with a takeaway in his defensive zone. He quickly passed the puck over to Ryan and then sped to the net for a 2-on-1. Ryan picked the perfect moment to slide the puck over to Fowler and he flicked it past Dallas goalkeeper Kari Lehtonen, keeping the Ducks in eighth place in the Western Conference standings.
BAD MOVE: Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin had a costly turnover in his offensive zone that led to the goal by Dallas late in the third period, giving them a 3-2 lead that nearly held up until the end.
NOTABLE: Perry is the first NHL player in five years to rack up at least 40 goals and 100 penalty minutes. The last player to achieve those numbers was Brendan Shanahan of the Red Wings in 2005-06.
UP NEXT: Thursday at Nashville, 5 p.m.