The team was bruised, but ready to play against the Stars in what would be a better showing from the
With a hold on the score and puck possession it showed a slow start from the Ducks getting control of time with the puck instead of chasing it. They eventually caught a break late where a chance to tie was conducted by Captain Getzlaf who decked Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen on the glove side to beat him low and tie the game with 2:46 left in the period. Though they were outshot 11-10 a statement being made was enough to make it an even game after 20 minutes with more action on the way.
It would be the Ducks who would arrive late on the offense for the second time as
Having enough of being on defense, it became time to get back to what the Ducks do best…score. Corey Perry made that possible, as he countered on a bad pass from
The third became the major factor for Dallas to make a charge in order to even the series. With little energy left in the tank, the Dallas Stars started losing gas. It cost them dearly on the power play, where a loss of the puck in their zone found the stick of Getzlaf who made the pass to Andrew Cogliano firing high on the slot of Lehtonen while shorthanded giving the Duck a 3-1 lead. The two goal lead only held its ground for four minutes as the Stars wanted desperately to stay within distance of stealing the game away. Ryan Garbutt put Dallas within a goal as his wrister out front to give him his first postseason goal.
With half the period left, Andersen knew that his game would have to be at its best with anything being possible in the playoffs. His first action came with seven left where he laid out his body on the left side of the net denying Dallas an opportunity at the net. He kept up the human wall throughout the period coming close to his second playoff win. The Stars pulled Lehtonen with 90 seconds on the clock hoping to clinch another 20 minutes at winning the game, they were still down a goal and the Ducks defense was standing tall in front of them. The Stars failed to find an open shot in the Ducks zone leaving them no choice to accept defeat once again.
With Andersen on a hot streak for the Ducks, he would assuredly see game 3 as closing out the series halfway from its conclusion. The rookie made 34 saves with a .944 save percentage, but wasn’t the only hero of the night. Aside from being taken to the hospital for his facial laceration, he had more reasons to stick around. On Friday morning, he welcomed his third child, giving another reason to be a hero. He won’t have much time to enjoy his new bundle of joy, as the Ducks pack up for a two-game stint in Dallas beginning on Monday night.
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