Series (Game 5 of 8)

Dallas leads 6-2

Game 1: Sunday, November 13th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 16th
Game 3: Wednesday, November 23rd
Game 4: Friday, January 6th
Game 5: Monday, March 20th
Game 6: Wednesday, March 29th
Game 7: Friday, March 31st
Game 8: Thursday, April 6th

Ducks 2

(34-21-12, 80 pts)

Stars 1

(45-20-3, 93 pts)

8:30 PM ET, March 20, 2006

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

1 2 3 T
ANA 0 0 22
DAL 0 1 01

J. Giguere (Ducks - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: .960

S. Pahlsson (Ducks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

A. Miettinen (Stars - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Ducks tie Avs for sixth place in West

DALLAS (AP) -- Samuel Pahlsson's job is to bottle up the other team's top scorers. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks' checking specialist showed he can also come up with a timely goal.

Pahlsson scoreed the tiebreaker with 3:15 remaining and the Mighty Ducks ended Dallas' eight-game home winning steak with a 2-1 victory over the Stars.

Pahlsson also turned in a strong effort on the defensive end, helping keep Dallas' high-scoring centers Mike Modano and Jason Arnott without a point.

"He's a pro," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "That's what he's here for ... [he's] capable of doing those things."

With the score tied 1-1, Dallas defenseman Janne Niinimaa turned the puck over to Pahlsson deep in the Dallas zone and Pahlsson got his sixth goal of the season past goalie Marty Turco from the left circle.

"There was a turnover there, I kind of came in at a bad angle," Pahlsson said. "There was no one with me so I shot it. Luckily it found a hole."

Anaheim, winner of seven of its last nine, moved into a tie with Colorado for sixth place in the tight Western Conference, one point ahead of Los Angeles and Edmonton. The Avalanche and Kings played later Monday.

Antti Miettinen had a power-play goal for the Pacific Division-leading Stars, whose home streak matched the second-longest in franchise history. Miettinen's score on a rebound gave the Stars a 1-0 lead at 3:19 of the second period.

Andy McDonald tied it with his 25th goal of the season at 5:57 of the third period while the teams skated 4-on-4.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 24 saves for the Mighty Ducks, who won three times on the four-game road trip that ended Monday night.

"We're finding ways to win right now and that's the sign of a good team," Giguere said. "We battled and battled after we fell behind. We used to hang our heads when we got down. Now we work even harder. The way we came back at the end, you can't call that fortunate."

Anaheim lost its first four meetings with the Stars and the Mighty Ducks were 5-22-2 all-time in Dallas.

"These guys have had our number since I've been with the Ducks, it seems, especially in this building," Giguere said. "We've got three more against them and this one gives us confidence. That's good for us."

Turco, who stopped 16 shots, came up with a key save on Rob Niedermayer's power-play deflection at 3:58 of the second period.

Dallas, which had won its previous four games, held an 8-3 shots edge in a scoreless and listless opening period.

"We sensed during this morning's skate-around that there wasn't much energy," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "Whatever it was, I thought there were a lot of guys that played below par tonight."

Game notes

Dallas right winger Bill Guerin remains out with a fractured orbital bone. ... The Stars, who had played only two home games since Feb. 6 because of the Olympic break and two long road trips, opened a stretch of five straight at home. ... Anaheim has lost only three of its previous 18 road games in regulation. ... Dallas opponents have failed to score on 30 of the last 31 power-play chances. ... The Stars' franchise record for consecutive home victories is 11 set from Nov. 4-Dec. 29, 1972 when the team was based in Minnesota.

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