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Ducks can't climb out of early hole in 3-1 loss to Dallas

The Stars score three times in the first period against goalie Viktor Fasth and short-handed Anaheim. Andrew Cogliano scores the Ducks' only goal.

April 05, 2013|By Lance Pugmire
  • From left, Dallas Stars' Brenden Dillon, Alex Chiasson, Ryan Garbutt and Vernon Fiddler celebrate a goal by Chiasson.
From left, Dallas Stars' Brenden Dillon, Alex Chiasson, Ryan Garbutt… (Jae C. Hong / Associated…)

Goalie emergencies struck the Ducks on Friday.

The Dallas Stars scored three goals against Ducks goaltender Viktor Fasth in a first-period span of just more than 10 minutes en route to a 3-1 victory at Honda Center.

Hours earlier, when it appeared no one in the organization was capable of taking the bench as Fasth's backup, the Ducks for the second time this season summoned an emergency substitute after Jonas Hiller was ill and ruled out.

BOX SCORE: Stars 3, Ducks 1

The Ducks' evening was also tainted by the absence of captain Ryan Getzlaf (13 goals, 30 assists), who did not play after suffering an apparent right leg injury in Wednesday's victory over Dallas. Getzlaf is day to day, Coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Dallas (17-17-3) jumped at the void, with left wing Lane MacDermid rushing down the ice and whipping a shot past Fasth 9:03 into the game.

The Ducks (25-8-5) had beaten Dallas twice this week, and answered 18 seconds later with Andrew Cogliano scoring his 12th goal of the season on a behind-the-net pass from David Steckel.

With the Ducks on a power play later in the period, Fasth then made the mistake of leaving the net to try to sweep the puck up ice, only to see Dallas left wing Eric Nystrom outrace him to it and score.

"Obviously, I misread the speed of the puck and overrated my skating ability," Fasth said.

Stars right wing Alex Chiasson scored his first goal of the season with 48 seconds remaining in the period. The Ducks have been outscored, 39-29, in the first period this season.

Friday's deficit left them reduced to the consolation of near misses.

Three times during the first half of the third period the Ducks made intense scoring efforts, only to see Cogliano's raised arms on a net rush deflated by an official's waving arms of a no-goal.

New addition Matthew Lombardi was also denied up close and Teemu Selanne struck the post to the right of Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen to heighten the aggravation.

"We missed some grade-A chances," Boudreau said.

The only Duck to leave the arena with a warm heart was Hiller's emergency replacement, Rob Laurie, 42, of Corona.

Laurie was the starting goaltender for the inline hockey Anaheim Bullfrogs on July 2, 1993, in the first- professional sporting event at the arena.

Because minor league call-up Igor Bobkov had to board a cross-country flight from Norfolk, Va., earlier Friday, the Ducks felt it was necessary to sign Laurie to a one-day professional tryout contract, his ties to the team based on some practice work he did last season spelling Hiller for playing 73 regular-season games.

With the Bullfrogs, Laurie paced the team to a league championship in 1993. He now is division manager of a goalie supply company in Santa Ana.

Friday, he glanced up at a smiling Selanne in the dressing room to hear the Ducks' legend say, "First game in the NHL!"

Laurie's short stint on the bench ended in less than four minutes.

Bobkov arrived in Orange County in the hour before Friday's 7 p.m. face-off time, and was dressed and ready quickly.

"Corey Perry gave me the wink to go on out to the bench," Laurie said of the Ducks' wing. "So I went out there. I was just trying to soak it all in and pretend it's real."

lance.pugmire@latimes.com

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