ANAHEIM - The Dallas Stars once again were unable to finish the job.
Three days after squandering a two-goal lead in a shootout loss to Edmonton, the Stars blew a three-goal advantage in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night at Honda Center in a game that started a season-long five-game road swing.
Saku Koivu capped the Ducks furious come-from-behind rally with his fourth goal of the season with just 46.5 seconds left in the extra frame. Off a 3-on-1 rush, Koivu's initial shot from the right circle was denied by Stars goalie Marty Turco, but Koivu was able to backhand the rebound past the stunned netminder, who was the main reason why Dallas was able to notch at least a point in seven of its last nine (4-2-3).
Still, it was not the ending the Stars anticipated, especially after they jumped out to a 3-0 lead when Brad Richards scored his second goal of the game six minutes into the second period.
But the Ducks began taking the play away after that tally, gaining the territorial edge by consistently getting to loose pucks with a strong forecheck. Anaheim fired 27 shots on Turco over the final two periods of play, and released another seven on him in overtime.
After outshooting the Ducks by a 10-8 margin after the first 20 minutes, the Stars fell apart, and were able to muster only 12 shots the rest of the way.
Richards scored twice, and Turco made 38 saves in the tale-of-two-games game.
Joffrey Lupul's late second-period goal that made it 3-1 seemed to inspire the Ducks, and they came charging out of the gate to start the third. Rookie Dan Sexton, playing in just his third career NHL game, scored twice in the third, including the goal that sent the game into overtime with just 1:02 left in regulation.
Turco was making his 13th straight start against Anaheim, and was denied in his attempt to secure his 250th NHL career win. He fell to 22-9-9 lifetime against the Ducks.
Mike Modano also scored for the Stars, who've earned at least one point in 18 of the last 21 games against the Ducks dating back to the 2006-07 season. In addition, Dallas is now 9-3-5 in Anaheim since the 2005 lockout.
J.S. Giguere finished with 19 saves for the Ducks, who snapped a five-game losing streak.
Up by a pair of goals, the Stars made it 3-0 when Richards scored his second of the game, and ninth of the season, 6:20 into the second period. Richards picked up a pass from Neal in the right circle and snapped a shot from the outer portion that beat Giguere.
It marked the second time that Richards has been able to record a two-goal game this season.
Lupul got the Ducks on the board with his 10th with just 1:36 left in the middle frame. Coming out of the penalty box, Lupul went in alone on Turco after a long pass from Ryan Getzlaf sprung him. Lupul went to the forehand and shoved the puck, as well as Turco, into the net for the goal.
Richards opened the scoring 9:06 into the first period, cashing in on a power-play opportunity brought on by Sexton's goalie interference penalty. From behind the goal line, Neal fed Richards in the right circle, and Richards one-timed a shot that got past Giguere.
Modano upped the lead to 2-0 just 1:54 later. Steve Ott and Modano took off on a 2-on-1, with Ott lugging the puck down the left wing after corralling the puck in the Dallas zone. Ott fed Modano at the top of the left circle before the 21-year-veteran unleashed a one-timer from the right circle.
The Stars almost increased their bulge with two minutes left in the first period when Ott went in alone on Giguere on a breakaway after receiving a long pass from Toby Petersen, but Giguere blocked Ott's attempt to go five-hole.
The Stars continue their season-high five-game road trip with a stop in San Jose on Friday night (9 p.m., My27). Dallas defeated San Jose in a shootout back on Nov. 12 in the lone meeting between the two teams thus far. The Sharks lead the Pacific Division and are ranked No. 1 in the Western Conference with 43 points.
The following night the Stars will be in Staples Center for a date with the Los Angeles Kings (9:30 p.m., FSN+)
--Dallas tied Florida by playing in a league-high 12th game that has required either extra time or a shootout. The Stars are now 2-3 in overtime.
--These two teams will engage for the third and final time during the month of December on New Year's Eve at American Airlines Center.
--Defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy made his season debut, replacing the injured Karlis Skrastins, who has a lacerated finger. The 21-year-old was recalled from AHL Austin on Monday, and was paired with Trevor Daley.
--The Stars will also play in Carolina and Atlanta next week to complete their road odyssey.
--Modano snapped an eight-game goal-less stretch.
--Ott is on a seven-game points streak against the Ducks (4-8-12).
--Forward Krystofer Barch and Anaheim's Sheldon Brookbank got into a first-period tussle with 7 1/2 minutes to go. Barch leads the Stars with 55 penalty minutes.
--Richards' last goal was on Nov. 23 against Carolina, a span of seven games. He has 12 multi-point games, tying him with the New York Rangers Marian Gaborik for the league-lead.
--Brenden Morrow had his seven-game points streak snapped.
--Mike Ribeiro had his six-game points streak against Anaheim snapped.