ANAHEIM, Calif. – Dallas defenseman Stephane Robidas emphasized that one player can’t do it all.
He still did more than his share for the Stars on Friday night, scoring twice and making several fine defensive plays in a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
“I think we worked hard. Marty (Turco) is playing really well,” Robidas said. “It’s a team game and that’s why we have been winning and successful – everyone is chipping in, everyone is doing a little more.
“That’s the key to our success.”
Turco made 20 saves to earn his 200th career victory as Dallas won for the eighth time in nine games and snapped Anaheim’s five-game winning streak.
The goalie gave Robidas lots of credit.
“Robidas did help me out. The obvious ones were the goals (he scored), but I don’t think everyone realizes three, if not four plays, he made backdoor on me that were sure goals.
“One in the third there, there was a tip coming up, he broke his stick and (cleared) two more rebounds that were just lying there. He gets there,” Turco said. “He’s a warrior, a guy that deserves all the ice time that he is getting. He’s one man that is really making a difference for us.”
Robidas scored twice on power plays in the second period when the Stars had a two-man advantage, giving them a 3-1 lead.
Mike Ribeiro had a goal and two assists for Dallas, and Mike Modano chipped in with a pair of assists.
Steve Ott added an empty-net goal with 18 seconds remaining.
Chris Kunitz scored twice for Anaheim, his second goal narrowing the gap to 3-2 with 8:42 remaining.
“They stuck to their game plan well,” Kunitz said of the Stars. “They went in and kept the puck away from us. I don’t think we had much zone time.
“It felt like we were all over the board. Their goalie plays it well and we weren’t putting our dumps in. The played their game plan better than we did.”
Robidas snapped a 1-1 tie when he beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere with a slap shot from the right point at 4:56 of the period.
The Ducks’ loss was their first since Teemu Selanne decided not to retire and rejoined the team on Jan. 28.
“The bottom line is really we didn’t play good enough,” he said. “Overall, we tried hard, but we were still a little flat emotionally.”
In a spirited first period when the Ducks drew seven penalties, the Stars four and there were two fights and several other skirmishes, Ribeiro pulled Dallas even at 1-1 on a power play.
He beat Giguere to the stick side with a with a slap shot from the left circle at 16:42 for his 24th goal.
Giguere faced 20 shots.
Kunitz had opened the scoring at 3:51. Corey Perry set up the score when he stole the puck deep in the Dallas zone and passed to Kunitz as he skated down the left side of the crease.
Notes: Turco has a 200-94-26-14 record. … The Pacific Division-leading Stars are 5-1-0 against second-place Anaheim this season. … The Ducks had just returned from a nine-game trip, and the game was their first of seven in a row at home. … Selanne didn’t have a point, so he remained tied with former linemate Paul Kariya for the Anaheim career record with 669 points. Selanne already is the franchise’s leading goal scorer, with 314 to Kariya’s 300.