Dallas Downs The Ducks 6-3
DALLAS (AP) – Cody Eakin, Stephane Robidas and Ryan Garbutt scored in a 53-second span of the third period, and the Dallas Stars beat the Pacific Division leading Anaheim Ducks 6-3 on Tuesday night for their first home win in more than month.
The Stars trailed 2-1 before the three-goal flurry against Jonas Hiller. Antoine Roussel scored twice for Dallas, and Alex Chiasson added an empty-net goal in the final minute.
Eakin’s sixth goal of the season tied it 2-2 with 14:35 left. Only 25 seconds later, Robidas was between the circles when he scored his fourth of the season.
Garbutt then gathered a loose puck and scored with a backhanded swipe with 13:42 left to make it 4-2.
Roussel was in the crease when he netted his second goal with just under 8 minutes left. Hiller quickly argued with the referee to no avail, trying to get an interference call.
Dan Ellis stopped 28 shots, winning for only the second time in seven games. Dallas had been 0-2-2 at home since a 5-1 victory over Calgary on Oct. 24.
Emerson Etem, Nick Bonino and Dustin Penner scored for the Ducks, who are 10-4-3 in their last 17 games. Penner’s tally was a power-play goal with 6 1/2 minutes left.
The Stars played the first of three straight home games. Next is Friday night against the Central Division-leading Chicago Blackhawks, who have an NHL-best 38 points — one more than Anaheim and St. Louis.
This was the second of three meetings this season for the former Pacific Division rivals who used to play six times a season. It was the only trip to Dallas for the Ducks, who won 6-3 at home on Oct. 20 and will host the Stars again on Feb. 1.
Hiller, who faced 32 shots, gave up three goals on 12 shots against the Stars in the previous matchup before he was pulled from the game.
Bonino’s seventh of the season came with 36 seconds left in the second period. He took a pass from Andrew Cogliano, and the puck went off his skate before he used his stick to score from the right side of the net for a 2-1 lead.
Etem scored from in front 6:06 into the game to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.
Roussel tied it when the puck caromed in off his skate with 6:47 left in the second period. Officials reviewed the goal before ruling that it wasn’t kicked into the net by Roussel to the left of Hiller after a pass from Vernon Fiddler.
NOTES: The three-goal spurt was the fastest in the NHL since Montreal scored three in 50 seconds in the third period of a 7-3 win over Winnipeg on Jan. 4, 2012. … Stars D Sergei Gonchar played his 1,200th NHL game, joining Alexei Kovalev and Sergei Federov as the only Russian-born players to reach that mark. … Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf had the primary assist on Penner’s goal. Getzlaf has points in the last eight games he has played (seven goals, five assists). … 41-year-old LW Ray Whitney was back in the Stars lineup after he missed five games with a groin injury. He played in his 1,279th NHL game.
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