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Ducks stun Stars late in Game 6, close out series 4-2

Apr 27, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT

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The Dallas Stars seem like they might be building something promising with new management and new uniforms. If you believe in the adage that “You have to learn to lose before you learn to win,” then Sunday’s stunning Game 6 loss may teach many lessons.

After chasing Frederik Andersen to build a 4-2 lead and maintaining that margin for much of the third period, the Stars seemingly built a comfortable lead. That fell apart following a stunning series of events that felt a little bit like a (far) lower stakes version of the Chicago Blackhawks twisting a potential Game 7 showdown into a surprising Stanley Cup win in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

First, Nick Bonino made it 4-3 with two minutes and 10 seconds remaining:

That made things nervous for the Stars, but the Ducks really poured on the pressure late in the third period. After some close calls, Devante Smith-Pelly scored his second goal of the game with 24 seconds left to send this one to overtime:

Finally, Nick Bonino scored just 2:47 into overtime to end the game at 5-4 and close out the series for Anaheim at 4-2.

The Ducks faced ups and downs, yet these are the kind of wins that teams build deep runs on. If nothing else, it softened concerns about Anaheim falling short of expectations in the first round (they fell to Detroit in seven games last year). Bruce Boudreau may have questions in net between Jonas Hiller (perfect in relief) and Frederik Andersen (usurped Hiller late in the year but has been pulled twice in the postseason), yet he’s probably not too bothered by that question right now.

The Stars might have some positives to point to – the crowd in Dallas was buzzing after years of complacency, Tyler Seguin‘s fantastic first year – but there’s no denying this must burn.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    The goalie change changed the whole game. It’s freaky how something like can change a game. Still tho Dallas blew it. However if I was a Stars fan I’d be happy with the future as it looking promising. A young team with Benn & Segiun to build around.

    • nightfireop - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      i like the stars because of legend mike modano :)

    • pepper2011 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      This is why the B’s dumped Seguin. He can help you get to the playoffs, but he disappears when it counts. He is afraid of contact. He has so much talent, but you watch a kid like Mckinnon and you understand why the B’s bailed on him. He is a mirror image of Phil Kessel. If you depend on him to win; it’s not going to happen.

      If you remove (his first) the two games against Tampa which he had 6 points. He has 15 points in 46 games. not good for your scoring leader.

      • areaman714 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        Relax on Seguin. He is still a kid. He will figure out the playoffs soon enough.

      • pepper2011 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        I just don’t think so. He’s not really a kid anymore. In hockey @ 22 years old; he should be hitting his prime. I brought up Mckinnon because you can see a noticeable difference. Seguin is a very good player and will put 100pt seasons, but he won’t win. McKinnon may get eliminated in the 1st or 2nd round this year, but he will get his (Landeskog’s) team to a few Cups.

        If you can’t learn playing beside the likes of Bergeron. I just don’t see a hope. When your center is playing with a broken rib, separated shoulder and a punctured lung and you still can’t take a couple weeks off from chasing tail; there is an issue.

        Also – Kessel at least performed in the playoffs. He is a point a game player in the playoffs.

    • c9castine - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      whitney and gonchar out, hopefully they can upgrade both of those. nothing against them they played their role for the stars this year but its retirement time for both, no question.

      gonna need to shore up goaltending position as well with thomas out…lots of good young goalies around the league right now.

  2. gbatap - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Great season for the Stars and great series for a young team taking on the best in the West. Heartbreaking way to lose but there’s a lot to build on. Trim some of the fat and get some new pieces and we’ll be back next year.

  3. oldfatbaldguy - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    My team got eliminated yesterday, but I’d be pretty sour if I was a Dallas fan. Two late goals with tons of open ice created by a 4-on-4 that happened because a linesman jumped in quick and knocked what was going to be a fight (gloves were off) down to roughing. It’s a bad rule. Coincidental minors should offset and the teams should stay 5-on-5. Not to mention they called diving on a guy who was tripped, which is another bad rule. Diving should only be called on a player who was not fouled.

    • m1k3g - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      That’s what dumbazz chiasson gets for trying to fight someone 35lbs smaller than he is.

    • 1981titan - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      I’m a Ducks fan and have not seen the diving penalty, but I have said for a while that if a guy is actually getting hooked how can you call diving? It seems like a dumb offset to me. Glad the Ducks won.

    • dschrode2013 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      Actually I agree with the portion of this post that recognizes that the coincidental minors resulted in a 5 on 4 as opposed to a 6 on 5 at the end of the game, resulting in 2 less players on the ice and more room to operate offensively. This point was not commented on by the announcers or the post game analysts that I watched. I remember saying when the call was made that it would change the end of the game.
      I also remember thinking why did the linesman come in so soon during the altercation? I cant fault them for coming in as I am sure they would not like the game to get out of hand from a discipline standpoint. With so much on the line at the end of the game it may have become the topic of discussion once the game ended. Inadvertently, it has become a topic of discussion but for a different reason. I don’t think it was done with malice nor do I see it as a huge error in judgment, just an unfortunate outcome for the Stars and a fortuitous call for the Ducks..

    • c9castine - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      i agree it makes absolutely no sense to call two penalties like that.

      terrible one a few nights ago where chris kunitz got called for diving because he got slashed in the wrist and yelled. he never went down, and in fact kept playing the puck. and columbus player got called for the slash.

      but because he screamed out, he got a diving or embellishment penalty. it was bizarre.

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Some days back, when the Kings staved off elimination and made it 3-1, I joked to my brother that it would be the only series to go 7 games. We both laughed, but so far, I’m still not wrong. LOL. I will, however, faint if I end up being right!

  5. areaman714 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    That is Ducks class, folks. I have watched it all year.

    • dschrode2013 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      I am sorry I must respectfully disagree with the word class in your comment. While I admire the Ducks for their tenacity in eliminating the Stars while down by 3 goals with less than three minutes left in the game, class is not the word that comes to mind. In fact, I can recall their playoff series in 2011 where they were called for 4 ten minute misconduct penalties all in the final minute of games 1 and 6(the elimination game). Misconduct penalties generally occur as a result of frustration and anger.

      • dschrode2013 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        Oops 2 goals. Was thinking 3 minutes while wanting to type 2 goals.

      • areaman714 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        Class as in hierarchy of hockey skill. The Ducks have made comebacks like this 4-5 times all year. Except for a slump in February, two goals down for these Ducks never seemed too worrisome . . . That 2011 team was still a Randy C. style team . . . This BB team won’t necessarily goon it up unless provoked. Corey agitates with the best of them but at least he will back it up himself (admittedly not being a very good fighter) . . .

  6. eagles512 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Worst uniforms beat the best.

    • infieldhit - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:58 AM

      I’m still not used to their switch to mint green. Their old ones were fine.

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:05 AM

        for me its mainly the really lame logo that they came up with

  7. wishingtonredslur - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    I hate the Ducks, stupid-stupid name, a terrible series of movies is no way to pick a hockey team name, ugly colors, not Penguins ugly because really the penguins are the apex of ugly uniforms but still really ugly.

  8. rrsm53 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Hey how did Seguin work out in the playoffs for Dallas, just as bad as when he was here in Boston. No show. All the talent in the world and he doesn’t have the ability to take it up a notch in the playoffs. Enjoy the golf course Tyler………………………………………..lol

  9. dboldave - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    I hope that fella with the “BANG” sign behind the net was in tears after this game!

  10. Eric Broz - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Hey guys … Who’s got 77? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Crap.

    The City of Dallas.

  11. slaugin - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    I agree it should either be a penalty or an embellishment. I didn’t see the Kunitz penalty but if what you’re saying is true that is a terrible call IMO.

  12. jshimota01 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Nice work by the Stars…. squeeked into the playoffs and then gave Anaheim a run for their money. IMO Jamie Benn was series MVP … showed two way play, great leadership and played hard and well. I thought Anaheim showed a lot of weaknesses and Getzlaf and Perry both played sub-par … Dallas… we’ll surely see them back next year!

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