After the 1st period:
Ducks 2, Dallas Stars 2
The good: The Ducks are just happy defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is playing in his 700th career game, especially one that could clinch the team a playoff berth with a regulation victory (and the Kings too!). After taking a hard check from Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray during the third period of a 4-2 loss the night before in San Jose, Visnovsky looked like he might be out a while as he headed to the locker room with his right arm held tightly against his body. But he’s not only in the lineup against the Stars, he tied the score with 1 minute 19 seconds left in the period on a tough-angle shot. The Ducks needed to halt the Stars’ momentum after they scored two goals seven minutes apart to take a 2-1 lead. Ryan Getzlaf scored the game’s first goal, just 15 seconds after passed on a glorious scoring opportunity by holding the puck too long and getting smothered by a Dallas defender. Corey Perry carried the puck across the blue line on a 3-on-1, centered to Bobby Ryan who slid a beautiful behind-the-back pass to Getzlaf on his left. Getzlaf had nothing but net and he was on target for his 19th goal of the season and first in the last seven games.
The bad: Less than three minutes after taking the one-goal lead, Calgary defenseman Jeff Woywitka, who came into the game with seven goals in 246 NHL games, sent a wrist shot past Ducks goalie Ray Emery from about 50 feet away. The puck beat Emery on his glove side, ricocheted off the goal post, off the back of the net and back in front of Emery. It happened so fast the referees did a cursory review but the goal was clearly good. The Stars then overwhelmed the Ducks in their defensive zone with about three minutes left in the period. Brenden Morrow missed on a wrist shot but Woywitka recovered, got it back to Morrow who this time slid it over to Mike Ribeiro who hit the open net.
The in between: The Ducks took one shot on goal the first 7 ½ minutes, then went eight minutes without another after taking the 1-0 lead. They made up for it in the last 4 ½ minutes, however, taking seven shots on net, including Visnovsky’s tying goal. The Ducks killed both power plays in the period but have yet to go on the man advantage.