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Dallas at Anaheim

Modano, Richards break tie in third, Dallas cruises to 2-0 series lead

CBSSports.com wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- First-round flops the past three years, the Dallas Stars are on a roll against the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks.

"It's been a couple years going through some heartache and upsets and not meeting expectations. You come back every year trying to redeem yourself," Dallas' Mike Modano said after the Stars beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Saturday night to take a 2-0 series lead.

Modano and Brad Richards scored 55 seconds apart in the third period as the Stars, after letting the Ducks come back from a two-goal deficit, pulled away to take another one-sided victory.

They dominated the Ducks 4-0 in the series opener two nights earlier.

Heading home for games Tuesday and Thursday, the Stars said that after winning the opener, they weren't going to be satisfied with a split in Anaheim.

"We've all been on teams where we take a breath after winning one on the road and you are happy with a split. We tried to forget it as quick as we could and we just kept plugging away," said Richards, a valuable late-season addition who came to Dallas from Tampa Bay in a Feb. 26 trade.

"Our mind-set wasn't on a split," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "We won the first one, we had the same mind-set for the second one."

The Ducks, meanwhile, certainly haven't played like champions.

"We are all guilty of not playing as good as we can right now," goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere said. "I'm not making the saves, we're not playing well defensively and not scoring enough goals.

"All together, it's pretty ugly out there."

Modano scored on a slap shot from the blue line during a power play at 5:47. Shortly afterward, Richards wristed a shot from the right circle between Giguere's pads.

Mike Ribeiro had a goal and two assists for the Stars. Loui Eriksson capped the scoring with 5:24 left to play after assisting on Richards' goal.

"We came out with the first goal and I think that was big," said Ribeiro, who opened the scoring on a breakaway. "They battled back and we stuck with the game plan and it worked."

Dallas' Marty Turco made 20 saves, and Giguere had 25.

The Ducks began the third period on a power play and seemed to have the momentum after scoring twice to draw even. But the Stars killed the power play, then took control of the game.

"It was a great (third) period," Turco said. "It was one that was intense and great to see us come out on top and convincingly in that period.

"Two wins, we're halfway there."

Modano's shot sailed over Giguere's left shoulder for his first goal of the series. Richards quickly gave them a two-goal pad when Eriksson saw him all alone and made a cross-ice pass.

Travis Moen's goal at 16:19 of the second had tied it at 2. Teemu Selanne finally got one past Turco, on a power play at 3:41 of the second period to close the gap to 2-1 with Anaheim's first goal of the series.

Jere Lehtinen put Dallas up 2-0 with his second goal of the series, knocking in a rebound of a shot by Stephane Robidas on a power play at 1:28 of the second period.

Ribeiro, who had a pair of assists in the first game, scored the first goal in Game 2 with a fine individual effort. He started the scoring play with his defense, intercepting a pass by Francois Beauchemin in the Dallas zone, then finished it with a perfect shot to beat Giguere.

He skated between Beauchemin and Scott Niedermayer, knocked the puck up the ice, chased it down and broke away. Bearing down on Giguere, Ribeiro feinted to his left, veered across the crease and beat the goalie with a backhander to the glove side.


  • Dallas has won seven of the past 10 meetings, including going 5-3 in the regular season.
  • The Stars had scored all their goals in the opener on power plays, converting on four of seven opportunities. They were 2-for-6 in the second.
  • The Ducks have been without second-leading scorer Corey Perry for the series. He's been out with a lacerated leg tendon, but may return before the series is finished.
  • The Stars have been without their top defenseman, Sergei Zubov, out after hernia surgery.
  • Anaheim C Doug Weight was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the opening game.
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Icing on the cake: Loui Eriksson finishes off the Stars' third-period team hat trick with 5:24 left. (AP)
Icing on the cake: Loui Eriksson finishes off the Stars' third-period team hat trick with 5:24 left. (AP)
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Assist(s): 1
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Scoring Summary
06:28Mike Ribeiro (1), Backhand Shot, Unassisted.
01:28Power Play - Jere Lehtinen (2), Backhand Shot. Assist: Stephane Robidas, Mike Ribeiro
03:41Power Play - Teemu Selanne (1), Backhand Shot. Assist: Scott Niedermayer, Ryan Getzlaf
16:19Travis Moen (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Todd Bertuzzi
05:47Power Play - Mike Modano (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Mike Ribeiro, Stephane Robidas
06:42Brad Richards (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Loui Eriksson, Joel Lundqvist
14:36Loui Eriksson (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Joel Lundqvist, Brad Richards
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08:31Hagman, 2 min, Hooking
10:31Niedermayer, 2 min, Interference
54.0Niedermayer, 2 min, Hooking
02:01Eriksson, 2 min, Tripping
14:00Bertuzzi, 2 min, Interference
15:25Beauchemin, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
15:25Morrow, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
17:33Modano, 2 min, Tripping
20:00Morrow, 2 min, Charging
02:41Richards, 2 min, Tripping
05:06Ryan, 2 min, Hooking
08:42Richards, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
08:59Bertuzzi, 2 min, Holding
09:43Pronger, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
Marty Turco60:00202
Jean-Sebastien Giguere59:58255
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
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Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Steve Miller
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