My father once told me that a man is seen, not for what he does when times are good, but for what he does when things are terrible and his back is against the wall. That’s a man’s character. Game 5 for the Anaheim Ducks was a test of character and from the drop of the puck they were determined not to be eliminated from their quest to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions.
The game would begin almost immediately in the Ducks' favor with Teemu Selanne putting a challenging shot on Marty Turco within the first thirty seconds of the game. The Ducks continued to be relentless around Turco for the first several minutes, putting shot after shot on him.
Corey Perry would score first for the Ducks at 8:25 of the first. As Perry was leaving the penalty box, he got the puck from a Sean O’Donnell pass along the boards and flew down the ice towards Turco putting the puck between his pads.
Dallas would even the game at one later in the period on a goal from Mattias Norstrom at 18:27. The entire first period was filled with emotional hits, rough play, and a very charged up Southern California crowd. The crowd truly made this game even more enjoyable. The first twenty minutes ended with the crowd booing, seemingly at the officials or Stars, since, for the first time in the series, the crowd had no reason to boo their Ducks.
Only one goal was scored in the second. It came at 11:03 on a Ducks power play from Ryan Getzlaf. The second period saw a lot of back-and-forth action and only a few penalties between the two teams amidst the endless chant of “Tur-co” from the crowd.
The third period began with the Ducks up 2-1 and Anaheim looking to pad its lead. Good news for the Ducks: they did not have to wait long as Teemu Selanne put the Ducks up by two on a power play 48 seconds into the period. At 4:41, Mike Ribeiro answered by completely fooling Giguere from behind the net putting Dallas only one goal down.
At 12:05, Sean O'Donnell put the Ducks back with a padded two-goal lead. This would stand until at 18:36 when Todd Marchant netted an empty-net goal to put the Ducks up 5-2. Everyone knew this one was over, and the crowd, who have only seen their Ducks lose, was on its feet and wild.
On Sunday, the Anaheim Ducks will again try to stave off elimination by the Dallas Stars as they travel back to the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Check out the upcoming game preview for more information regarding Game 6.