Dallas at Anaheim

Perry scores two, Giguere wins 23rd game for 'mighty' Ducks

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- As if the high-flying Anaheim Ducks really needed any good news, Corey Perry is out of his slump.

Perry scored twice in Wednesday night's 4-1 victory over Dallas, giving him six goals and three assists in his last seven games. Before that, he had just three assists in a span of 12 games.

"The bounces are going my way right now. Before, the puck was going one way and I was going the other way," Perry said. "Scoring goals is my job and that's what got me here.

"So I was putting a little pressure on myself and it was frustrating going through that stretch. My confidence is coming back."

When the puck bounced his way against the Stars, he took advantage, including an outstanding shot for his second goal of the game and 11th of the season.

"He's worked hard at getting through a valley he was in," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "He's got a tremendous amount of skill."

Anaheim's two Norris Trophy-winning defensemen, Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer, also scored to help the Ducks improve their NHL-best mark to 27-4-6.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 26 shots for his 23rd win of the season, also a league high. He's 11-1 in his last 12 starts.

On his second goal, Perry picked up the loose puck near the right circle, skated into the slot, stopped, whirled and flipped the puck over goalie Marty Turco's left shoulder to give Anaheim a 3-1 lead 13 seconds into the second period.

"I knew I didn't have a backhand shot available, so I just turned and fired it," Perry said. "I tried to get it up because I knew there would be a lot of traffic."

Niedermayer added a power-play goal at 16:39 of the second, his sixth goal and 30th point, to give Anaheim a three-goal advantage.

The Stars held a closed-door meeting following the game, and coach Dave Tippett was grim afterward.

Asked about the Ducks, Tippett said, "We're concerned with what we do, not what they do. We didn't make it a hard enough game for them.

"We need more from everybody. These are real strong barometer games for us. There are some individuals who move up and some who move down. That's the way it is."

After the Ducks jumped out to a 2-0 lead on first-period scores by Pronger and Perry, the Stars' Stu Barnes narrowed the gap with a goal, his fourth, at 14:41.

Perry, turning in the second two-goal performance of his career, put Anaheim up 2-0 with his slap shot from the right circle, beating Turco at 11:38 of the opening period.

Pronger scored his seventh goal -- and got his 38th point -- with a 50-foot slap shot 3:22 into the game.

Anaheim got off 27 shots -- 21 at Turco before he was replaced by Mike Smith at the start of the third period.

Dallas center Mike Modano is sidelined by a hip injury and didn't make the trip, missing his seventh consecutive game. The Stars also were without right wing Jere Lehtinen (flu).

Notes

  • Anaheim RW Teemu Selanne assisted on Niedermayer's goal, Selanne's 37th point in his last 25 games.
  • The Stars are 11-2 against Pacific Division rivals, 1-1 against Anaheim.
  • The Ducks have sold out four of their last five home games.
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Shawn Thornton (right) has the upper hand on Matthew Barnaby in this fight between two heavyweights. (AP)
Shawn Thornton (right) has the upper hand on Matthew Barnaby in this fight between two heavyweights. (AP)

Scoreboard
Dallas (21-13-0)1001
Anaheim  (27-4-6) «2204
Three Stars
C. Perry
ANA


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
R. Niedermayer
ANA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
S. Thornton
ANA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:22Chris Pronger (7), Slap Shot - Assist: Samuel Pahlsson
11:38Corey Perry (10), Slap Shot - Assists: Chris Kunitz, Joe DiPenta
14:41Stu Barnes (4), Tip-In - Assists: Jaroslav Modry, Stephane Robidas
2ND PERIOD
00:13Corey Perry (11), Wrist Shot - Assists: Shawn Thornton, Ryan Getzlaf
16:39Power Play - Scott Niedermayer (6), Slap Shot - Assists: Teemu Selanne, Andy McDonald
3RD PERIOD
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:09Daley: Delaying Game - 2 min.
06:26Barnaby: Fighting - 5 min.
06:26Thornton: Fighting - 5 min.
2ND PERIOD
02:17Selanne: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
06:09Halpern: Tripping - 2 min.
13:25Selanne: Holding - 2 min.
15:26Miettinen: Hooking - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
05:29Boucher: Tripping - 2 min.
06:12Niedermayer: Hooking - 2 min.
09:23Barnaby: Roughing - 2 min.
09:23Barnaby: Game Misconduct - 10 min.
09:23Barnaby: Roughing - 2 min.
09:23Thornton: Roughing - 2 min.
09:23O'Brien: Roughing - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123T
Dallas513927
Anaheim1011627
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Mike Smith20:0060
Marty Turco40:00174
Jean-Sebastien Giguere60:00261
GAME INFORMATION
Attendance - 17174
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Dan Marouelli, Wes McCauley
Line Judges - Vaughan Rody, Jay Sharrers
 
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