DALLAS – The Dallas Stars were dominated by the Anaheim Ducks in their last meeting, less than a week ago. Things were much different this time around.
Brenden Morrow and Niklas Hagman scored two goals each to help the Stars beat Anaheim 5-2 on Sunday, ending the Ducks’ six-game winning streak.
Anaheim was by far the better team last Tuesday when the Ducks claimed a 4-2 decision at home. The Stars wanted to get momentum on their side against a division rival, and they succeeded, moving past the Ducks and back into first place in the Pacific.
“They’re a physical team, that’s their style,” Morrow said. “But we pushed back. This was an important division game and we wanted a better showing.”
Stephane Robidas had a rare goal on a power play during a physical first period, and Marty Turco made 18 saves to help the Stars improve to 4-1 against the Ducks this season.
Coach Dave Tippett went back to Turco, the regular starter, after backup Mike Smith was the Stars’ best player with 29 saves in a 3-1 win over Columbus on Saturday.
Hagman had a big game, scoring his first goal short-handed and adding an empty-netter with 2:09 left to set a new career-high with 18 goals.
“It’s a huge win,” said Hagman, who has four goals and three assists in his last four games. “From the start, there was some pushing and shoving and that got the crowd into it. This is the way we know we’re capable of playing.”
The Ducks had averaged four goals and 31 shots in its six previous games, but Turco was rarely tested as the Stars improved to 5-2-1 in their last eight games.
“We didn’t play our game,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We didn’t do anything with the puck, for whatever reason. We were out of synch for most of the game. We’re going to turn the page. I guarantee you we’re not going to keep the tape on this one.”
Mathieu Schneider’s power-play goal at 8:45 of the third period ended Turco’s bid for his 32nd career shutout. Ryan Getzlaf also scored for Anaheim, which had been unbeaten in regulation (8-0-1) since the start of the new year.
“You can’t come into this building and take only nine shots in the first two periods and think you’re going to win,” Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere said. “You can’t play 20 minutes and hope to win in this league. You’ve got to put in 60 minutes. We’ve been playing much better lately but we took a step backward today.”
Anaheim’s Todd Bertuzzi was serving a double-minor for high-sticking and unsportsmanlike conduct when Robidas notched his second goal of the season and 20th in 233rd career games on a slap shot from the high slot at 5:28 of the opening period.
Dallas held a 10-5 edge in shots in a first period that included five roughing calls and two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
“We were pretty physical tonight,” Tippett said. “We had some guys who were good in the grit department, in the heart department.”
Morrow converted Mike Ribeiro’s cross-ice feed at 3:18 of the third period to make it 2-0, then Hagman’s short-handed goal gave Dallas a 3-0 edge at 7:59 of the final period.
After Schneider’s goal pulled Anaheim within 3-1, Morrow struck for his 19th of the season 13 seconds later to restore Dallas’ three-goal pad.
Getzlaf’s 19th of the season at 13:10 of the final period got the Ducks within 4-2.
Notes: Dallas was playing its third game in four days. … The Stars are minus four top players: D Sergei Zubov (foot), RW Jere Lehtinen (abdominal injury), D Philippe Boucher (shoulder) and LW Jussi Jokinen (leg). Zubov will have an MRI on the foot on Monday. … Anaheim’s scratches included RW George Parros (knee).