Barnes, Ott Lead Dallas Past Anaheim

Defending champ Ducks on the verge of elimination
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2008 11:40 PM CDT
Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne (8) has his shot blocked by Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco (35) as Stars' defenseman Nicklas Grossman (2) defends on the play during their playoff game tonight.   (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)
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(Newser) – Stu Barnes and Steve Ott scored third-period goals and Marty Turco came within 7.6 seconds of a shutout, sending the Dallas Stars past the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 tonight.  The loss puts the reigning Stanley Cup champions on the brink of elimination. Dallas leads the first-round series 3-1 going into Game 5 in Anaheim tomorrow night.

Turco and the Stars are seeking their first postseason series win since a first-rounder in 2003, having dropped four straight. Anaheim, meanwhile, is a loss away from continuing a dismal streak for defending champs—none has reached the second round since Colorado in 2002. The last time Dallas won a home playoff game, Turco had a shutout.