Ducks 4, Stars 2

The story is in the standings: The Ducks began their four-game homestand 21-17-6, four points behind San Jose and in third place. Now they are 25-17-6, a point behind first place and a point ahead of third-place Dallas. They’d be tied if not for the Sharks’ picking up a point in the overtime loss Sunday night. Not too shabby, indeed.

Internally, the third and fourth lines really picked it up in this one.

Random stat: of the Ducks’ 13 shots in the first period, 8 came from third- or fourth-line forwards. Brad May almost scored a goal before it was waved off “It was a tie,” May told me. “I hit (Turco’s) glove, or I hit the puck, but he certainly wasnt on top of it that long
anyway. It was disappointing.”
Then Maydelivered the second-period fight that seemed to light a spark in the team.The Ducks were outshooting the Stars 18-2 at one point in the second. Todd Marchant even scored.
First game of the road trip starts Thursday in Nashville; they won’t practice tomorrow, so no updates for a while. Unless Teemu comes back.
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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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