Winning Is Fun - Ducks 5, Stars 2

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The Ducks built a commanding lead, then in typical Ducks fashion, did dumb things and let the Stars score soft goals. But in the end, we prevailed, 5-2.

Final Score: Ducks 5, Stars 2

First Period Recap: The second line of Emerson Etem, Andrew Cogliano, and Teemu Selanne begins the period humming (as expected), and Etem almost tips the puck into Kari Lehtonen's net as soon as the game begins. Kyle Palmieri and Saku Koivu also have some good chances, but the Ducks get to the halfway point of the first period without putting anything in. Finally, Radek Dvorak scores (his first goal as a Duck) off a feed from Ryan Getzlaf during a delayed penalty. Dvorak almost gets his second goal of the game before the period ends, but it wasn't meant to be. The Ducks end the period 1-0.

Second Period Recap: Another strong second period for the Ducks. The first half was relatively quiet. Towards the middle of the period, Viktor Fasth manages to face down two good chances from the Stars - specifically, an Alex Goligoski slap shot and another shot from Ryan Garbutt. Goligoski is later called for tripping Cogliano, and Teemu scores a power play goal for the Ducks. Five minutes later, Kyle Palmieri scores the Ducks' third goal of the night, crashing Kari Lehtonen's crease and forcing the puck under his left skate. Another night, another insurmountable lead.

Third Period Recap: Even though the Ducks dominated the first 40 minutes of the game, they did give Dallas a window of opportunity in the third. Shortly after the period begins, Getzlaf is taken down by Jamie Benn in attempt to retrieve his stick. There's no call, and Getzy limps to the locker room. Shortly after, a Dallas shot from the point rings off Fasth's post, but Erik Cole knocks the puck past Fasth seconds later. Saku Koivu and Getzlaf (who has returned to the game) have a couple of good scoring opportunities, but Lehtonen stands tall.

Then, something weird happened: Matt Beleskey takes a high stick from Chiasson, and Chiasson subsequently runs into Fasth. Kyle Palmieri is shoved by Roussel, and there are no penalties given to any Stars. East Coast Bias! (Or something like that). But any sort of penalty weirdness is negated when Corey Perry sends a blind pass to Ryan Getzlaf, who goes backhand shelf. Lane MacDermid eventually scores for the Stars, but it's too late for a comeback. Finally, Andrew Cogliano puts the cherry on the sundae with an empty netter. Gotta love those empty net goals.

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The Good: I want to shrink Emerson Etem and put him in my purse. Creepiness aside, the Etem-Cogs-Selanne line is a thing of awesomeness. Yes, Cogs was responsible for one of the goals against, and yes, Etem and Teemu will ultimately need a better center, but for now, it usually works.

The Bad: Peter Holland was kind of meh. But don't call him a girl. There are three of us around these parts, and we will come for you:0

The Ugly: Missed calls. No penalty for the high stick on Beleskey? That was weird. Will (newly acquired Shark) Raffi Torres have to decapitate Ryan Getzlaf with his stick blade for anyone to care? [Ed. Note: Even though I didn't see a replay, I veto this in favor of Getzlaf almost shredding everything from his ACL to his ZCL. Scary as hell. Can't believe he came back, and scored! Nothing compared to Kariya but, dude.....-CK]

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3rd MVD:Radek Dvorak. This might seem like a strange choice, but I wanted to give a stick-tap to the player who scored his first goal with our club today. Here's to some Winnik-esque offense from the new guy.

2nd MVD: Kyle Palmieri. Like Bobby, Palmieri will never be able to escape trade conversations, but his goal tonight - the result of an aggressive, crease-crashing effort - is indicative of the type of player he's becoming.

1st MVD: Ryan Getzlaf. Toughness personified! Getzlaf returned to the game after appearing to twist his ankle, and scored (he also had two assists). One might argue that he should have sat out after the initial injury, but the man is a fighter.

Next Game: Friday, April 5 at 7pm vs Dallas

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