Ducks Avoid 3-0 Deficit with 4-2 Win Over Stars in Game 3

Pronger scores 2 goals in victory
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2008 10:47 PM CDT
Dallas Stars forward Mike Ribeiro (63) is knocked down by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger (25) during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL Western Conference quarterfinal hockey playoffs.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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(Newser) – Anaheim finally played like the defending Stanley Cup champion—at least long enough to avoid a nearly insurmountable deficit. Chris Pronger scored two power-play goals after assisting on the Ducks' first goal and they held on for a 4-2 victory Tuesday night over the Dallas Stars, who lost for the seventh time in their last eight home playoff games.

The Stars missed a chance to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. Anaheim led 4-0 before Stars captain Brendan Morrow scored two power-play goals 1:39 apart in the third period, but Jean-Sebastien Giguere held firm the rest of the way. Giguere had 31 saves, four of them coming during a during a 4-minute power play.