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Ruff: Stars ‘dominated’ Game 2, but ‘just didn’t win’

Apr 21, 2014, 3:43 PM EDT

Lindy Ruff AP

The underdog Dallas Stars may be down 2-0 in their first-round series with the Anaheim Ducks, but coach Lindy Ruff doesn’t feel like his team has been out-classed by the top seed in the Western Conference.

“It doesn’t feel like an 0-2 series. We definitely haven’t been dominated,” said Ruff, per the Associated Press. “In fact, the last game we dominated, we just didn’t win. So we’ve got to clean up some of our mistakes and take advantage of some of those key opportunities.”

In Game 2, a 3-2 Ducks victory, Dallas outshot Anaheim 36-19 overall and 15-2 in the third period. Per Extra Skater, here’s what it looked like in chart form:

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The difference was Frederik Andersen made 34 saves in goal for the Ducks, while Kari Lehtonen only made 16 stops for the Stars.

There was also this bad turnover on Anaheim’s first goal:

And this bad turnover on Anaheim’s second goal:

And this horrendous breakdown on Anaheim’s third goal:

So, yeah, “we’ve got to clean up some of our mistakes” was a good way for Ruff to put it.

Game 3 goes tonight in Dallas.

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  1. joey4id - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    The better teams make less mistakes, and they more often than not capitalize on giveaways. Perry and Getzlaf are so dominating that you can only minimize the damage, and the Ducks have a deep team. Dallas is no match for the much stronger Ducks.

    • pfhockey - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      We’ll see, I think it’s got to do with the Size and speed of the Ducks only few teams can match. Boudreau is a great coach adn the Ducks are a solid team, if anything the Stars’ stars need to bring their game.

      • joey4id - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        pfhockey knows hockey, Thumbs up!

      • pfhockey - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Thanks bud, means a lot coming from you.

      • joey4id - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. valente317 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    We found out quickly that the Ducks have an “unsustainable” PDO for a reason — they’re extremely good at taking advantage of opportunities. Dallas has dictated the play for about 75% of the first two games combined, and have truly outplayed the Ducks for large stretches, but the Stars are a young team that makes plenty of mistakes that have been leading to Ducks goals. The Ducks have been content to lean on their goaltender and wait for those opportunities. Once the Ducks run into a more mature team that doesn’t make those mistakes – say, the Bruins, or the Blues – they will be toast. That PDO bubble will inevitably burst once they come up with a team that knows how to handle them. Whether Dallas can adapt quickly enough is the question.

  3. enollatsknarf - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    The chart shows that the ducks sat on a lead. Same thing happened in the first game.
    Dallas is only dominating in losses right now

  4. sanfranbruinsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Looking at the chart, it seems like the Stars started generating more shots and taking more chances once they were losing 2-1. Before that they had only a slight advantage in shot attempts. Seems to me that the Ducks weren’t dominated as much as they changed their game plan and went into “defend the lead” mode in the 3rd.

  5. imleftcoast - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    I don’t know about the chart, but if you watch the games you get a strong sense Dallas isn’t going to beat Anaheim. Anaheim is doing just enough to win, and teams that make the Finals do that.

    There probably should have been a slashing call on that third goal though. That’s an automatic call in the regular season if it’s in the offensive zone and leads to a scoring chance.

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