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Arnott hits sixth career hat trick

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jason Arnott rallied the Dallas Stars to
their sixth victory in seven games with his sixth career three-goal
game. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks might've sparked the breakout
performance.

Arnott took offense to a cheap shot by Anaheim left wing Travis
Moen against Dallas defenseman Sergei Zubov late in the first
period. He served a retaliatory roughing penalty and then scored
twice in the third period en route to a 4-2 win Wednesday night
that sent the Mighty Ducks to their sixth straight loss.

"You've got to stick up for your teammate anytime something
like that happens," Arnott said. "It was a dirty hit and it came
from behind. Zubie's one of the best defensemen in the league, and
we don't want him injured. So you've got to send a message."

Moen tried to send one of his own at 18:47 of the first when he
shoved Zubov into the glass as the Dallas defenseman chased a loose
puck behind his own net -- resulting in a major penalty for checking
from behind and an automatic ejection. Zubov was shaken up and went
to the dressing room, but was back for the start of the second
period.

"It was kind of a wakeup call for Jason," Dallas captain Mike
Modano said. "It got him more involved, and the game seemed to
open up for him. He had some good looks at the net and got some
good passes from Brenden Morrow. When Jason's skating well and
driving to the net, good things happen for him."

Arnott scored a power-play goal, a short-handed tally and
another at even strength -- all set up by Morrow. Jere Lehtinen
scored the go-ahead goal with 10:43 remaining and Marty Turco made
30 saves, after stopping 40 shots in a 3-1 win at Anaheim on
Sunday.

Arnott tied it 2-2 with 11:43 left, redirecting Morrow's
centering pass behind goalie Ilya Bryzgalov with 13 seconds
remaining on teammate Martin Skoula's penalty.

"It's nice to get on the P.K. because it keeps you in the
game," Arnott said. "That was only my second short-handed goal in
the NHL, so it was nice to contribute."

One minute later, Lehtinen converted a rebound of Stephane
Robidas' long slap shot for his 10th goal. Arnott added his eighth
goal on a slap shot from the top of the right circle, helping
secure Dave Tippett's 99th win as Dallas coach and finishing the
hat trick.

"Tip has been great with me this year," Arnott said. "We have
meetings every day and I owe him a lot. He's really pushing me out
there and he's not praising me every time I play well. He's kind of
critiquing me and telling me what I'm doing wrong and trying to
help me out every day. I've never had that before from a coach, so
it's been great."

Scott Niedermayer scored on a power play for Anaheim and Joffrey
Lupul had two assists for the Ducks, who were 7-0 when leading
after two periods. They were playing their first game since trading
six-time All-Star Sergei Fedorov to Columbus on Tuesday.

"You try not to think about it, but of course it's in your head
that you've lost a great player," Teemu Selanne said. "We're
professionals and we just have to put it aside. Trades happen in
this business, so you just have to keep pushing forward. We just
have to find a way to turn this around. We need a couple of good
games as a group, because everything's about confidence."

Bryzgalov made 34 saves while filling in for Jean-Sebastien
Giguere, sidelined by a sore left hamstring. Giguere left Sunday's
3-1 loss to the Stars 4½ minutes into the second period because of
a muscle cramp in his left leg caused by dehydration.

Niedermayer broke a 1-1 tie at 15:16 of the first period with
his third goal of the season. The Ducks' captain got a lead pass in
the Dallas zone from brother Rob and flipped a short backhander
over Turco's right shoulder. It was the first time that Rob
Niedermayer assisted on a goal scored by Scott, who signed with
Anaheim this summer.

The Stars took a 1-0 lead when Arnott redirected Morrow's
centering pass from the left boards. It was the 10th consecutive
game in which the Stars scored on the power play. Moen tied it less
than five minutes later, nudging the puck past the stick of the
sprawling Turco after the goalie stopped a shot by Scott
Niedermayer with his right leg.

Game notes
This was the Stars' 1,000th game since leaving Minnesota,
including playoffs. ... Anaheim D Sandis Ozolinsh, who scored the
series-clinching goal against Dallas in Game 6 of the 2003 Western
Conference semifinals, returned to the lineup after missing nine
games because of a fractured rib.