Ducks couldn’t han­dle an­other dis­as­ter


“This is what you look for though. This is why you play. You have an op­por­tu­nity to win it, and you’ve got to do it.”

Ana­heim re­gained the edge in this se­ries with a play­off fran­chis­ere­cord four power-play goals while hold­ing the Stars with­out a goal on their seven chances with a man ad­van­tage. The Ducks’ dy­namic scor­ing duo — Ryan Get­zlaf, their cap­tain who missed Game 4, and Corey Perry — both had a goal and two as­sists Fri­day night.

“It’s about main­tain­ing our fo­cus. When we got to Dal­las last time, we got a lit­tle revved up and got into some things that weren’t part of our game,” said Get­zlaf, who sur­passed Teemu Se­lanne as Ana­heim’s ca­reer leader for post-sea­son scor­ing. “We did a bet­ter job of fo­cus­ing on what we need to do, and we need to do that next game.”

The home team has won ev­ery game in this se­ries, and the young Stars are go­ing to have to fight back — and get phys­i­cal again as they did to win Games 3 and 4 in their first post-sea­son se­ries since 2008.

De­spite their most lopsided loss in 35 play­off games over the past 10 years, since los­ing 5-1 to Colorado in their fi­nal 2004 play­off game, the Stars felt good about com­ing home. They have an­other chance to even the se­ries again, but also face their first elim­i­na­tion game.

“You liked the fact that there’s dis­ap­point­ment and some frus­tra­tion,” Dal­las coach Lindy Ruff said af­ter the team landed at home Satur­day af­ter­noon. “We’ve been a pretty fo­cused group com­ing home and I an­tic­i­pate that again... When they’ve faced ad­ver­sity (they) have an­swered the call. I’m pos­i­tive that they’ll an­swer that call again.”

While not be­ing spe­cific, Ruff said there would be changes on spe­cial teams units be­cause “it’s not work­ing.”

The Stars have scored on only two of 22 power-play op­por­tu­ni­ties in this se­ries, though their penalty kill had been good be­fore Game 5 — the Ducks had been 2 of 16 be­fore then.

Stars cap­tain Jaime Benn has scored in each game, with four goals and an as­sist so far in his first post-sea­son se­ries. He be­lieves his team will have the same ap­proach as it did when com­ing home last week af­ter los­ing the first two games.

“It’s the same sit­u­a­tion, we have a chance to come back here and play a good hockey game and tie this se­ries up in our own barn,” Benn said.

The Stars have won seven of their past eight home games, the only loss in that stretch be­ing the makeup game against Columbus the fi­nal week of the reg­u­lar sea­son. They started down 1- 0 in the game that had been post­poned af­ter Rich Pev­er­ley col­lapsed on the bench be­cause of an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat.

Ana­heim beat San Jose in the first round in 2009, but hasn’t won an­other post-sea­son se­ries.

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

Andrew Cogliano

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