Bad luck and bad play have marked the Ducks' most recent trips to the American Airlines Center. But when you're a team on a big roll, anything and everything seems to break your way. The Ducks rode Jonas Hiller's hot goaltending and some good fortune for 65 minutes before Bobby Ryan and Ryan Getzlaf delivered in the shootout for a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Only one victory – a 4-3 overtime affair March 23, 2011 – had been achieved by the Ducks (20-3-3) in their past seven trips to Dallas. Demons weren't exactly exorcised but ... "This is a tough building," Getzlaf said. "They've got a good hockey team over there and we know that. We came in and we've got our two points. We'll move on to St. Louis." The numbers are staggering even if the triumph wasn't. The Ducks have won five in a row and are 7-0-2 since their last loss in regulation, a 5-2 defeat against the Kings at Staples Center on Feb. 25. They're also 11-2-1 when the other team scores first and have 13 comeback victories in all. Both win totals in those categories are the most by any NHL team through 26 games since 1987-88, according to STATS, Inc. "We've allowed one (regulation) loss in 16 games," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "No matter how you cut it, it's pretty good." It was the Ducks' first game without Corey Perry, who began serving his four-game suspension.
Ducks hit comeback trail again, 2-1
Orange County Register | Mar 15