NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Anaheim
(Sunday, January 28th)
Final Score: Anaheim 4, Dallas 1
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Andy McDonald scored two goals as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Dallas Stars, 4-1, at Honda Center.
Dustin Penner and Teemu Selanne also tallied goals for Anaheim, which snapped a four-game losing streak.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 30 saves in the win for the Ducks, who will host the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night.
Jere Lehtinen accounted for the Stars' lone goal on a penalty shot.
Marty Turco stopped 24-of-28 shots for Dallas, which has lost two straight. The Stars will travel to San Jose to play the Sharks on Tuesday.
After an uneventful first nine minutes of the opening stanza, the Ducks struck for two quick goals.
McDonald took a pass from Chris Kunitz and skated into the Stars' defensive zone. The veteran center took a slap shot from a bad angle in the middle of the left circle, beating Turco under the arm of his glove hand, which appeared to handcuff the Dallas netminder and giving Anaheim a 1-0 lead with 10:27 remaining.
The Ducks got on the board again just 26 seconds later. Todd Marchant shoveled a little back hand pass to Penner, who was standing in the low slot and with Turco down, flipped the puck over his pads to put the home team ahead 2-0.
"I certainly could have had them, no question," Turco said. "It was probably a blocking situation instead of trying to make a save. but that's hindsight. They turned out to be pretty big goals."
The opening period featured 46 minutes in penalties, including two fights and a game misconduct assessed to Krys Barch for instigating a fight with Chris Pronger.
Anaheim maintained the 2-0 lead until midway through the third period. Dallas finally got on the board at 7:46 when Lehtinen, who was awarded a penalty shot after being pulled down from behind on a clean breakaway, deked Giguere and backhanded a shot beating the Ducks' goaltender to the stick side.
"I felt pretty good," Giguere said. "I was seeing the puck real well, and as the game went on, my legs felt better and better. It was fun to be back."
The Ducks answered right back less than two minutes later. McDonald picked up a loose puck at center ice, skated down the right side and let a wrist shot go from the top of the circle that beat Turco to the glove side, giving Anaheim the 3-1 advantage
Selanne added a goal a little over a minute later to account for the 4-1 final.
Anaheim was 1-of-7 on the power play, while the Stars were 1-for-5 with the man advantage. Both teams combined for 76 total penalty minutes in the contest.
01/28 19:31:15 ET