DALLAS – Anaheim finally played like the defending Stanley Cup champion – at least long enough to avoid a nearly insurmountable deficit.
Chris Pronger scored two power-play goals and an assist in a 4-2 victory Tuesday night over the Dallas Stars, who lost for the seventh time in their last eight home playoff games and missed a chance to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff series.
Anaheim led 4-0 before Stars captain Brendan Morrow scored two power-play goals 1:39 apart in the third period, but Jean-Sebastien Giguere held firm the rest of the way.
Giguere had 31 saves, four of them coming during a during a four-minute power play after Mathieu Schneider got called for a double-minor after a high stick on Morrow. The Stars had plenty of traffic in front of Giguere during that span, but never could get a third goal.
The Ducks scored three goals in the first 14 1/2 minutes – on only four shots – to quickly prove what they had said since losing the first two games at home: the series was far from over. Game 4 is Thursday night in Dallas, with Game 5 the following night in Anaheim.