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
"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
"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
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
Right wing Jere Lehtinen, Dallas' leading goal-scorer last
season, returned to the lineup after missing 16 games due to back
Mike Modano had a power-play goal in the first period for the
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.
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.