NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Anaheim
(Wednesday, November 16th)
Final Score: Dallas 4, Anaheim 2
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Jason Arnott recorded his sixth career hat trick to lead the Dallas Stars to a 4-2 victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at the Arrowhead Pond.
Jere Lehtinen scored the other goal and Brenden Morrow had three assists for the Stars, who have won three straight and six of seven.
Marty Turco made 30 saves for Dallas, which also beat Anaheim at the Pond this past Sunday, 3-1.
Travis Moen and Scott Niedermayer scored for the Mighty Ducks, who have lost six straight games.
Ilya Bryzgalov, who played excellent in the first two periods, made 34 saves in the defeat.
The Ducks had a 2-1 advantage going into the third period, but the Stars took the lead with two goals separated by a minute.
Arnott got the equalizer on a shorthanded goal. Morrow got the puck out of the Dallas zone and went down ice on a 2-on-1 with Arnott. He made a pass from deep in the left circle to Arnott in the slot, who one-timed it into the left corner with Bryzgalov going the other way at the 8:17 mark.
"Sometimes you are in the right spot at the right," said Arnott. "Billy, myself and Brenden have been playing for a little while and getting to know each other and it has been great."
A minute later they took the 3-2 lead. Mike Modano made a pass from just inside the blue line at the right corner to Stephane Robidas at the middle of the blue line. His slap shot was saved by Bryzgalov, but the rebound came right to Lehtinen, who poked the rebound over the left pad with 10:43 to play.
Arnott finished up the hat trick on a blast from the top of the right circle, with the puck going over Bryzgalov's left shoulder with 1:21 to play.
"It was a good win, kind of a funny game," said Stars coach Dave Tippett. "Both teams had lots of chances, both goaltenders were making some big saves and we were fortunate to get a couple in the third to take the lead."
The Stars opened up the scoring on a power-play goal by Arnott. With Rob Niedermayer in the box for hooking, Morrow brought the puck into the zone and from the left boards threw the it across the goalmouth. The puck made its way to Arnott and he one-timed it in the net 5:30 into the first period.
The Ducks tied it up at the 10:15 mark of the opening stanza. Joffrey Lupul brought the puck into the zone and flipped a pass to Scott Niedermayer. He wristed a shot at the net and Moen, in front of the net, poked in the rebound.
Anaheim took a lead into the first intermission on a goal by Scott Niedermayer. Rob Niedermayer made a tip pass from right inside the blue line to his brother, who sent a hard backhand shot from the right circle that hit the far post and went in with 4:44 left.
Both teams had 15 shots in the second period, but neither scored.
The Ducks had 56 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play in the first half of the second. The best opportunity came with Turco sprawled out on the ice, but Petr Sykora hit the post.
The Stars had 1:03 of a 5-on-3 power play at the end of the period, but Bryzgalov made two beautiful saves on Arnott to keep Anaheim in the lead going into the last session.
"Bryzgalov gave us a chance to win," said coach Randy Carlyle. "It's unfortunate the last goal went in because he was outstanding prior to that. We called upon our goaltender to many times. We made some soft plays to let them back into the game."
The Ducks will host the Avalanche on Friday...Dallas will return home to play Columbus on Friday...Ducks defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh played for the first time in nine games after suffering a fractured rib, he had no points but logged 14:59 of ice time...Stars defenseman Jon Klemm left early in the first period with a lower body injury.
11/17 01:54:10 ET