ANAHEIM, Calif. – Mark Parrish quickly made up for lost time.
Parrish had his sixth career hat trick in his Dallas debut and the Stars beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Friday night. Parrish, who signed a one-year deal with Dallas on Wednesday, had two power-play goals and a breakaway score in the first 26 minutes of play. Fabian Brunnstrom and Brad Richards also scored for the Stars. Mike Ribeiro added two assists as Dallas ended a three-game winless streak.
Marty Turco made 28 saves while holding the opposition to two goals or less for just the second time in eleven appearances this season.
“I was hoping to get off to a good start, but I certainly wasn’t expecting that,” Parrish said. “Some nice bounces kind of came my way and there were some great plays by my linemates.”
Brendan Morrison and Scott Niedermayer scored for the Ducks, who lost in regulation for the first time since a 3-1 setback against Carolina on Oct. 19. Anaheim was 8-0-1 in its previous nine games.
“I think that tonight was a lot different than the last bunch of games that we’ve played as far as our ability to defend,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “It seemed like we were a dog chasing a car tonight at times. It showed on the scoreboard.”
Parrish played for Minnesota the past two seasons, but the Wild bought out his contract this summer. He signed a tryout deal with Bridgeport of the AHL on Oct. 22 and had a goal and an assist in three games with the Islanders’ farm club before joining the Stars.
“I didn’t feel that my game had dropped, I didn’t feel like I had lost anything,” Parrish said.
The 10-year veteran wasted little time making an impact with his new team. He beat goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere for a power-play goal in the first, giving Dallas a 2-0 lead with a one-timer from the right side of the crease.
Parrish added two more goals in the second. He beat Giguere from the slot during another power play and gave Dallas a 4-1 lead with a breakaway 5:52 into the period.
“I’m still trying to figure out how the third one went in, I don’t know who was more surprised myself or Giguere that thing went by him,” Parrish said.
Giguere was replaces by Jonas Hiller after the goal and threw his stick as he departed. It was that sort of night for the Ducks.
“They were a team that was hungry for points tonight, probably hungrier than we were,” Niedermayer said. “I think that showed. All those things that happened out there, I think they deserved to win.”
The Stars had been struggling on the power play, scoring just two goals in their last 20 chances, but playing the Ducks seemed to be the cure the team needed.
Dallas eliminated the Ducks in a six-game series in the opening round of the playoffs last season. The Stars had 10 goals in 38 power-play opportunities in the series.
The addition of the right-handed shooting Parrish to the mix also helped.
“It’s a different look,” Dallas centre Mike Modano said. “We needed a right-handed shot, with the forwards we have that are left-handed working the other side of the ice, we needed a right-handed shot down low.”
Aside from Parrish’s instant offence, the Stars also got defenceman Sergei Zubov back into the lineup. Zubov led Dallas with 21:09 of ice time in his season debut after missing all of training camp and the first 12 games of the season following hip surgery.
With Parrish and Zubov in place, the fortified Stars were able to secure their first win on a five-game trip that began with losses in Chicago and Boston last weekend.
“It’s a step in the right direction, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. “There were some positives we can grab on to but there are still lot of parts of our game we have to clean up.”
Brunnstrom tapped in a rebound of a Ribeiro wraparound attempt to give Dallas a 1-0 lead 7:07 into the game.
Sean Avery then did his thing to help Parrish get started.
First, the pesky forward made a swift pass from behind the net to set up Parrish and give the Stars a two-goal lead.
After Morrison scored for the Ducks – swatting a loose puck under Turco – Avery began yapping at Ducks winger Chris Kunitz as the players sat on the their respective benches.
Once they got on the ice, Kunitz levelled Avery with a check late in the period, resulting in a boarding call that carried over into the second.
Working on that man-advantage, Parish scored from the slot to make it 3-1.
“I think what happened was they got a couple of goals and our frustration level went up,” Carlyle said. “We’re a hockey club that has to understand some nights we’re going to have to gut things out and things aren’t always going to go your way.”
Notes: Ducks enforcer George Parros returned to the lineup after missing three games because of a eye abrasion. … With his first-period assist on Morrison’s goal, Teemu Selanne became Anaheim’s franchise leader with 370 assists. Paul Kariya had 369 assists in 606 games for the Ducks. … The Stars are the fifth team Parrish has skated for. … Brunnstrom also scored three goals in his debut with the Stars on Oct. 15.