Robidas Sends Stars Past Ducks

Stanley Cup champs eliminated in first round
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2008 12:19 AM CDT
Dallas Stars' Stu Barnes, bottom, scores a goal against Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (35) as Stars' Niklas Hagman (15) and Ducks' Chris Pronger (25) watch during their game last night.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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(Newser) – The Dallas Stars are taking their chase of the Stanley Cup into the second round of the playoffs - and the reigning champs aren't. Stephane Robidas, scored the tying goal on the power play early in the third period then set up Stu Barnes for the go-ahead goal 52 seconds later, sending the Stars past the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 last night.

The Ducks are the fifth straight defending Stanley Cup champions to fail to make the second round. No champion has even taken a title to the finals since the Stars in 2000. Dallas is so far removed from those glory days that the guy who scored their Cup-winning goal in 1999, Brett Hull, is now the co-general manager.