The Ducks have dominated the division for most of the season, but now they can see the competition gaining fast. “We just didn’t compete like we needed to,” Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer said. “This was an important game for both teams and we didn’t respond to it. It’s upsetting for sure.” Ladislav Nagy gave Dallas the lead at 6:57 of the opening period when he redirected Loui Eriksson’s centering pass by Giguere for his ninth goal of the season. Barch’s deflection at 10:14 of the first period – his second goal of the season – gave the Stars a 2-0 lead. The Stars got lucky with about 1:20 left in the first period when Anaheim’s Tim Brent hit the goal post with a close-in shot while Smith was out of position. Dallas is five points behind Pacific-leading Anaheim and two back of second-place San Jose. The Stars trailed the Ducks by 15 points on Jan. 15. “This is as flat as we’ve been all year and I don’t know why,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “In the situation we’re in, in this important of a game, this made a statement.” Giguere had 17 saves for the Ducks, 2-4-2 in their past eight games. Jean-Sebastien “He’s a good goalie but we haven’t put enough pressure on him to find out how good he really is,” Carlyle said. Corey Perry’s 14th goal ended Smith’s bid for his fourth shutout with 4:45 left. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DALLAS – The Dallas Stars have two hot goaltenders, and they’ll need both rookie Mike Smith and starter Marty Turco to stay that way down the stretch if they hope to win a second straight Pacific Division title. Smith stopped 24 shots, Jussi Jokinen and rookie Krys Barch each had a goal and an assist, and the Stars tightened the division race with a 4-1 victory over the slumping Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.
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