Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 6)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Wednesday, October 8th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 19th
Game 3: Sunday, December 7th
Game 4: Monday, January 5th
Game 5: Monday, February 16th
Game 6: Sunday, February 22nd

Ducks 3

(7-7-4, 20 pts)

Stars 3

(7-9-0, 17 pts)

8:30 PM ET, November 19, 2003

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

1 2 3 OT T
ANA 1 1 1 03
DAL 1 2 0 03

A. McDonald (Ducks - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

M. Modano (Stars - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Klemm (Stars - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Dallas goalie has several misplays in net

DALLAS (AP) -- Andy McDonald wasn't expecting much when he fired the puck from center ice.

But McDonald's shot from the red line with 11:41 left in regulation ended up in the back of the net as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 3-3 tie with the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.

With his team trailing 3-2, McDonald was at the end of a shift on the power play when he let go a 90-foot drive. The puck bounced once before getting through the pads of Stars goaltender Marty Turco.

"On the power play in that situation, I'm trying to get off the ice," said McDonald, who also had a first-period goal. "I put it on net, it took a weird bounce on him and I was fortunate to get the break. The key for us tonight was to put the puck on net, and we were fortunate to get some good bounces and breaks."

Turco, the NHL leader in goals-against average and save percentage last season, was guilty of gaffes on all three Anaheim goals. Turco partly blamed his equipment, saying his pads aren't fitting right and need adjusting.

But he took the blame for all three goals.

"What they got tonight, I gave them," said Turco, who spoke to the team after the game.

The Mighty Ducks, who have earned at least one point in each of their last seven games, were able to capitalize against one of the teams they knocked out en route to the Stanley Cup finals last spring.

"They obviously didn't get the saves they wanted," Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. "A few squeezed through there and we got a fortunate bounce in the third."

The Stars, winless in seven games (0-5-2), are trying to bolster Turco's confidence.

"He's not playing as well as we'd like him to," said Stars coach Dave Tippett, back behind the bench after missing two games due to emergency neck surgery. "But Marty's shown that he's a battler. He's got to keep working to get his game where he wants it to be."

Jason Arnott broke a second-period tie, and Jon Klemm added his first goal for Dallas 58 seconds later to give the Stars a 3-1 lead.

Arnott scored his fifth goal of the season on the power play at 4:41 of the second to give Dallas a 2-1 lead. Klemm, acquired in a trade with Chicago on Monday and making his debut with the Stars, scored his first goal of the season at 5:39 to make it 3-1.

Klemm's shot from just inside the blue line got past goaltender Martin Gerber, who was screened, while the Stars had an extra attacker on a delayed penalty.

Anaheim closed within 3-2 at 16:51 of the second period on Petr Sykora's wrist shot that beat Turco through the pads.

Turco had 30 saves for Dallas, while Gerber stopped 26 shots for Anaheim.

Right wing Jere Lehtinen, Dallas' leading goal-scorer last season, returned to the lineup after missing 16 games due to back spasms.

Mike Modano had a power-play goal in the first period for the Stars.

Anaheim is 3-0-1-1 in its last five.

McDonald capitalized on a misplay by Turco to give the Mighty Ducks a 1-0 lead at 10:35 of the first. Turco strayed from the net to play the puck, and his outlet pass up the middle was intercepted by McDonald, who scored into an open net.

Modano tied it at 1 at 15:22 of the first period on a one-timer from the right circle, his fifth of the season.

Game notes

LW Steve Gainey and RW Robert Valicevic were in the lineup for the Stars after being called up Monday from Utah of the AHL. ... LW Pierre Turgeon and C Niko Kapanen, both regulars, were among the Dallas scratches as Tippett tried to shake up his slumping team. ... Anaheim failed to capitalize on a two-man advantage for a full two minutes midway through the second period. ... Dallas has given up the first goal in 13 of its 19 games.

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