Ducks Fall At Home To Dallas

Anaheim holds a one-point lead over Chicago for the seventh playoff spot in the West.

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Ducks Fall At Home To Stars, 4-3

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Brenden Morrow had a goal and two assists to help Dallas keep its playoff hopes alive with a 4-3 win over Anaheim.

The win gave Dallas 89 points, three back of Chicago for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Calgary also sits in front of Dallas with 91 points.

Mike Ribeiro had two goals while Jeff Woywitka added a goal and an assist for the Stars, who snapped a six-game losing streak. Kari Lehtonen made 24 stops in the game.

"We're in desperation mode right now and every point means something. These were two huge points," Morrow said.

Corey Perry had a goal and an assist and Ryan Getzlaf and Lubomir Visnovsky also lit the lamp for the Ducks, who have lost their last two. Ray Emery made 27 saves in the loss.

Anaheim holds a one-point lead over Chicago for the seventh playoff spot in the West.

Anaheim came into the third period down by one and appeared to have the game tied with 2:04 to play when Teemu Selanne redirected a point shot into the net, but Saku Koivu was ruled to have interfered with Lehtonen prior to the goal.

Anaheim kept at it and appeared to score the tying goal with 48.9 left, but again the goal was waived off due to a hand pass prior to the puck going into the net, and Dallas held on for the win.

"I don't think we're happy with the way we played overall. The focus wasn't there," Koivu said.

Getzlaf scored 7:27 in on a one-timer from the left circle while Woywitka countered three minutes later off a simple wrister from the top of the right circle that fooled Emery.

Dallas took a 2-1 lead with 2:53 to play in the first as Ribeiro's one-timer off a nice feed from Morrow at the right circle beat Emery, but Visnovsky's shot from a sharp angle at the left side after a melee in front tied the game heading into the second.

Morrow made it a 3-2 game 7:20 into the second on his one-timer from the slot, and it was a 4-2 game thanks to a power-play goal from Ribeiro off a Brad Richards rebound.

Perry, though, scored a shorthanded goal with a backhander from the low left circle off the rush to make it a 4-3 game.

Game Notes

Anaheim hosts San Jose on Wednesday...Dallas hosts Columbus on Tuesday...The Ducks won four of the six games against the Stars this season...Dallas went 1- for-6 on the power play while Anaheim was 0-for-3.

For more Ducks news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.

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Ducks Can Clinch Playoff Berth With Home Win Over Stars

(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks will try to clinch a playoff berth while also delivering a big blow to the sliding Dallas Stars' postseason hopes, as the Pacific Division rivals meet tonight at the Honda Center in Orange County.

The Ducks are currently holding onto the seventh of the West's eight playoff seeds, but Anaheim is also just one point ahead of Chicago, which plays today against Tampa Bay.

Anaheim can clinch a postseason berth tonight if it defeats the Stars in regulation. That result would also give the idle Los Angeles Kings a spot in the postseason. The Phoenix Coyotes, who are also off today, could clinch a playoff spot if the Ducks earn a win of any kind against Dallas.

Dallas is on much thinner ice, however, as the Stars are five points in back of the Blackhawks with five games to play.

Anaheim has won four out of five meetings with the Stars this season, but the last three encounters have been decided by just one goal. The Ducks claimed the two most recent matchups by a 4-3 score in overtime.

The Ducks have taken five of seven from the Stars overall and Dallas has lost four straight and five of its last six trips to Anaheim.

With the way the club has been playing in recent weeks, it's a wonder that the Stars are still alive at all in the postseason race. Dallas is currently suffering through a six-game slide and is just 1-5-3 over its last nine tilts.

The Stars were handed a 3-1 loss Saturday in Los Angeles, as Matt Greene's goal with 7:10 to play in the third helped lifted the Kings to the home win.

Brad Richards had the lone goal for Dallas, while Kari Lehtonen stopped 29- of-31 shots in the loss.

"We're still alive and kicking and you just have to believe that your luck is going to change," said Dallas head coach Marc Crawford. "It was a very even game and they caught the break and we didn't, end of story."

Dallas is 0-3-1 on a five-game road trip that ends today and is 18-17-3 as the visiting club this season.

The Ducks had a three-game winning streak halted Saturday in San Jose, as they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Sharks. Devin Setoguchi scored the go-ahead goal for San Jose on a power play with 5:21 remaining in the third period.

Bobby Ryan and Lubomir Visnovsky scored first-period goals for the Ducks. Ray Emery stopped all six shots he saw in the first period for Anaheim, but allowed three goals on 26 shots the rest of the way.

Anaheim is kicking off a three-game homestand tonight and has a solid 24-12-2 record as the host this season.

For more Ducks news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.

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