Fowler's OT goal sends Ducks past Stars
Thursday, March 24, 2011; 12:57 AM
DALLAS -- Teemu Selanne scored the tying goal in the final 10 seconds of regulation and Cam Fowler netted the winner 1:42 into overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks a stirring 4-3 comeback victory over the Dallas Stars in a key Western Conference matchup on Wednesday night.
Anaheim appeared headed toward a loss before Selanne and Fowler stepped up and stretched the Ducks' winning streak to four.
Fowler took a pass from Bobby Ryan on a 2-on-1 break and beat goalie Kari Lehtonen to push the eighth-place Ducks one point ahead of Dallas in the West. Selanne made that possible when he popped a loose puck into an open net at 19:53 of the third period for his 629th NHL goal.
Defenseman Trevor Daley had put the Stars in front 3-2 with 6:39 left in regulation, firing a rebound through the pads of goalie Ray Emery for his eighth goal.
Loui Eriksson sent the Stars ahead 2-1 at 4:29 of the third when he scored from in front off a centering setup from Jamie Langenbrunner.
Ryan tied it at 2 just 11 seconds later with his 40th goal of the season. He got behind defenseman Stephane Robidas for a breakaway and backhanded a shot past Lehtonen.
Alex Goligoski scored a power-play goal, and Brad Richards and Mike Ribeiro had two assists each for the Stars, who went 2-2-3 on a season-high, seven-game homestand.
Lubomir Visnovsky scored a power-play goal for the Ducks, 9-2 in their last 11 games.
Dallas, which will open a five-game trip Saturday at Nashville, has seven of its final nine games on the road. Anaheim, which opened a three-game trip, has five of its last nine away from home.
Visnovsky's slap shot from the left circle 56 seconds into the second period sailed over Lehtonen's shoulder for the game's first goal. Visnovsky has four goals and five assists in five games against Dallas this season. The teams will meet once more, on April 3.
Goligoski's shot from 40 feet beat Emery into the upper right corner of the net to tie it at 1 at 9:57 of the second.
Notes: Eriksson (upper body) was back after missing two games, but RW Adam Burish (lower body) sat out his fifth straight game. D Nicklas Grossman (knee) is out indefinitely with a sprained knee, and D Karlis Skrastins (leg) and LW Brian Sutherby (back) were also out for the Stars. ... Dallas forward Jamie Benn's point streak ended at 10 games. ... The Ducks activated G Jonas Hiller from the injured list after he missed 15 games with vertigo symptoms. Hiller served as Emery's backup but is expected to start Thursday at Nashville. ... Lehtonen played in his 14th straight game and 60th of the season, two more than the previous two injury-plagued seasons. Backup Andrew Raycroft could get at least one more start, with Dallas facing two back-to-backs in the final nine games.