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Stars chase Andersen, tie series with Ducks 2-2

Apr 23, 2014, 10:50 PM EDT

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The Dallas Stars found themselves down 2-0 in Game 4, but much like in this first-round series itself, they resolved to get back into it. They did more than that on Wednesday, in fact, storming back against the Anaheim Ducks to win 4-2 and tie the series 2-2.

This comeback win also prompted Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau to yank Frederik Andersen in the third period, likely inspiring some to wonder if there’s uncertainty regarding who’s the go-to guy in net. Then again, that might not really be that good of a thing for Dallas, as Jonas Hiller carried the ball for much of this season and has a lot on the line if he’s given a chance to start.

The Stars rode third-period goals from Cody Eakin and Alex Goligoski to secure the win. Here are video clips of the game-winner and the 4-2 insurance goal:

Goaltending isn’t the only area of concern for the Ducks. Even with Ryan Getzlaf mysteriously out of action for Game 4, beloved veteran Teemu Selanne was a healthy scratch, prompting plenty of late criticism:

Of course, the Devil’s Advocate argument would point to “The Finnish Flash” only have one assist in the three games he appeared in during the playoffs, but the bottom line is that a lot of people are doing some second-guessing right now.

Really, it was a bit of a nightmare for the Ducks tonight, especially as things got ugly late in the contest. Antoine Roussel even managed to draw Corey Perry into a fight in the closing minutes:

Stars blog Defending Big D noted that Boudreau and the Ducks were already losing their cool regarding some of the Stars’ pesty players after Game 3. That testiness is probably boiling over to full-blown hatred by now (although, to be honest, it’s possible that disdain was already deep from their days as Pacific Division opponents).

On paper, the Stars seemed like they might be a sneaky-tough out for the Anaheim Ducks despite being the bottom-ranked West team in the playoffs (much like the Detroit Red Wings seemed like they might be a challenge for the Boston Bruins). They’ve fit that bill so far, sending this series back to Anaheim tied 2-2 … essentially “holding serve.”

For the Ducks, it’s gut-check time, as they face the uncomfortable possibility of following two excellent regular seasons with two first-round series struggles.

  1. ewampus - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    I might be biased but this is the best series in the playoffs. Go Stars!

  2. canucks30 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Are we witnessing another Bruce Boudreau playoff collapse?

    I for one don’t understand the Selanne benching.

  3. soundsofsuccess7 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Worst officiating I’ve ever seen. Patrick Maroon gets ejected from 2 games for talking, not fighting, while Garbutt slashes guys in the face and Daley wails on players mid-play without penalty.

    Ridiculous.

    • einjzmolf - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      Waaaah! You sound just like the Ducks’ franchise, don’t let them rub off on you like that! Bad mojo! Score on the first 2 power play opportunities that were gifted to you. Maybe the game would’ve gone different had the Ducks taken advantage of the many opportunities they were handed. It’s not like this Magoon character is a skill player anyways, he was being a cry baby just like you. He wasn’t helping your team in any shape or form. Waaaaah! Go Stars!

      • areaman714 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:19 AM

        Waaaah? All you guys did was whine and cry during the first two games . . . Now go make celebratory love to your steer . . .

      • einjzmolf - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:02 AM

        Making statements about outplaying the opposition and losing purely on luck (hey, the Ducks have the highest PDO in the league, golf clap) isn’t crying. It’s speaking based on fact and what happened on the ice, not cowardly homerism like what Ducks fans seem to have taken a liking towards doing. The fact that your PLAYERS are doing the same thing, is just sad and pathetic. Your coach is a negative influence on that team with his whining. A player being angry about a blown call is of entirely different context. You seem angry, that is good. Be just like your team, and franchise, it’s working really well for you.

      • areaman714 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:19 AM

        The series is tied. I don’t live in Dallas. Why would I be angry. I am not going to bother trying to penetrate your hypocrisy and confirmation bias. Yes, I know you have to look it up. Your steer is winking at you.

      • bendover09 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:18 AM

        Someone who keeps referring to “steers” is obviously MAD.

        Hey Duck fans, who threw the first punch again, Perry? Who went falling? Perry & co got knocked in teeth, again

        I mean, this is playoffs and you let a guy win a faceoff & score by himself. Yes, the officials lost it for you

      • areaman714 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        I going to the beach today. Not mad at all. If I woke up in Dallas, I’d be pissed. Now, mentioning the word steer is redundant when addressing someone with the name bendover, which is what he does. Often. Perry threw the first punch this time because the Stars are too wussy to back up their BS. What would you guys be saying one of the Ducks Minot role players dove at a puck through Jamie’s knee? That’s hockey?

      • bildomac07 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        If the Ducks can’t settle themselves down and play focused disciplined hockey and forget about everything else they may be joining you on that beach. Also I’m from New Hampshire so just substitute steer for moose and you should be good.

  4. gbatap - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    All the pressure is on the Ducks now heading back to Anaheim. There’s no way this team wants to go back to Dallas down 3-2.

    Stars seem to be improving every game while the Ducks seem to be having more and more issues and concerns. Shame Nemeth left with an injury because with Dillon likely back Friday it would have been nice to see our D without Rome or Connauton on the ice.

    This has been a fun series to watch. While there’s been chippiness and some feisty play both ways and the intensity is cranking up at least there hasn’t been any moronic overly dirty play leading to major injuries like there has been in a couple of the other series.

    Excited for game 5!

  5. gbart22 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    I like Boudreau a lot but this is all very similar to what he did in Washington have these high powered offensive teams but never settle on a goalie and just go back and forth with who was the perceived hot hand and it never worked and it will never work in the nhl. 9 times out of 10 you need to have a go to number 1 in the playoffs. Occasionally you can skate on by with some mediocre goalies or flip flopping goalies but it’s rare.

  6. soundsofsuccess7 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    einjzmolf

    Your player purposefully injured his 38 year old ex teammate. Your team of scum players are going to be back on the couches they’ve been on the last 5 years in less than a week.

    Enjoy playoff hockey while it lasts.

    • einjzmolf - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      Ah, you’re one of _those_ fans. Sorry to hear. Did you get that information from Twitter, or what? It was a freak incident, and I’m sure he’s been in touch with Stephane to personally apologize. They were both diving for the play and landed awkwardly. If that’s on purpose, Ryan Garbutt’s college degree from Brown University is paying dividends because he had to be really smart to know how to injure someone in the heat of the moment like that. Total goon, maybe Corey Perry should spear him! Or, try and walk away from more fights that he initiates. Duck fans should be ashamed that you’re part of their fanbase, although the rest don’t seem much better. Bunch of crying cowards, grow up, it’s the playoffs!

      • areaman714 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:28 AM

        It wasn’t a freak incident. It was stupid and reckless. While I don’t think he had intent to injure, he was stupid to try the dive in the first place. He was reckless in that he dove into Robidas’ leg. He was stupid in that the dive wasn’t goinf to do anything but give the Ducks an odd man rush going the other way . . . if he didn’t break Robidas’ leg. Garbutthole is just that. If he wants to pull his crap and not back it when challenged, he is a wuss as well. The throwing Maroon out at the end shows they know what wusses the Stars are. Now go do the nasty with your steer.

      • einjzmolf - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:06 AM

        They were keep8ng the game in line. Like I said above, Maroon isn’t a key piece to your roster, stop crying about it. Fiddler got sent off too, because Maroon wouldn’t stop crying and the officials had to get him off the ice before he did something stupid. You should be happy the officials didn’t let him do something detrimental to your team. Oh, and they sent Fiddler off to make it ‘fair,’ if anyone’s a wuss, it’s Maroon for being a sore loser.

      • areaman714 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:29 AM

        Ok, your hockey IQ is now in the negative. The refs were keeping Maroon from pummeling the wussy Star of his choice. The Stars won’t fight; they are incontrovertibly wussies. You may now allow your steer to mount you. Fiddler isn’t a fourth the player Maroon is. The series is merely tied and they are dropping streamers in the the Stars’ arena . . . they don’t that often in Dallass do they? We won our first two games and went ho-hum.

      • gregoryw1dallasstars - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        Garbutt immediately after reached out to Robi after the game and Robi himself said it was nothing but a hockey play. The ducks need to Stop whinning and thinking they are going to get there way. Even if the ducks bet the Stars they will probably have to face the Sharks and the Sharks are even more physical than the Stars. The Ducks are folding like Usual. The play lights out in the regular season but when it come time they disappear. Corey Perry has one goal in the last fifteen Playoff games. but he scores during the regular season. He tried to start punching Roussel and as soon as rousel starting fighting back he turtles because he is a Wuss. The ducks expected the Stars to roll over and die for them and the Stars have nothing to loss. They fought there why in and they will continue fighting until the last whistle………

    • lilleo1823 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      You are the typical ducks fan. Keep on listening to the homer announcers the ducks broadcasting has. Keep on listening to Maroon and his whining.

  7. stakex - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    A clear pattern is starting to develop with Bruce Boudreau teams. They play great during the regular season, but struggle to win against low seed teams once the playoffs start. He wasn’t fired in Washington because the Caps didn’t win…. he was fired because they stopped winning when it mattered. Its a small sample size so far, but it appears the same thing might be happening with the Ducks.

  8. mp1131211 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:13 AM

    Wow… Great first round happening this year. Tight battles all over.

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