Posted on April 13, 2008 10:26 AM | Permalink
The Dallas Stars continued their special teams onslaught against the Ducks, taking control in three special teams situations in the first seven minutes of the third period.
With the score tied 2-2, Dallas killed off two separate Anaheim power plays to start the third period. The Stars then capitalized on the power play as Mike Modano ripped a slap shot from the point for the game-winning goal at the 5:47 mark of the third.
Brad Richards added an insurance goal 55 seconds later and set up Loui Eriksson for Dallas' fifth goal of the game in a 5-2 game that seemed much closer than that.
The Stars were 2-for-6 on the power play and now are 6-for-13 on the man advantage in the series.
"If you can't kill the penalties, you shouldn't take them,'' Ducks winger Teemu Selanne said. "Six power play goals in two games? In this league, your chance to win is zero, absolutely zero.''
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said the power play should also share in the blame.
"We haven't felt very confortable about our power play in this series,'' he said. "It was like we were primed and ready with the power play to start the third period. We were flat on that. It seemed to be a turning point for us.''
Stars credit total team effort
Dallas credited strong team play and strong focus in its ability to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
"We played very strongly and collectively as a team,'' captain Brenden Morrow said. "We've gotten our breaks with the power play, and our special teams have been the difference so far in this series.''
Dallas has not been up 2-0 in a series since 2000 when they led the San Jose Sharks by that margin. Teams that have been up 2-0 in a seven-game series have won 86.6 percent of the time in NHL history.
"I said from the start that it would be good to start on the road in a hostile environment and dig in together," Modano said. "We said to ourselves, why not? Let's get greedy."
Modano's goal furthered franchise records. He now has 54 career playoff goals and 13 career game-winners – most in Stars' history.
The Ducks inserted Doug Weight into the lineup.
Their lines were:
Stars kept the same lines: