DALLAS (AP) — Talk about a quick 1-2-3 for the Dallas Stars.
Cody Eakin, Stephane Robidas and Ryan Garbutt produced a three-goal flurry in a 53-second span of the third period, and the Stars beat the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks 6-3 on Tuesday night for their first home win in more than month.
"We were just still talking on the bench about, 'OK, it's a tie game. Let's get this thing (under control), stay the course, do that,' and next it's 3-2," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It just went boom, boom. They got the goal, and the crowd got into it, and then the rest is history."
After giving up a goal to Nick Bonino in the final seconds of the second period that put the Ducks ahead 2-1, Dallas wiped out that deficit with the fastest three-goal stretch in the NHL since January 2012.
"You're thinking that we fought hard to tie it up and want to go into the third period and try to play a 20-minute period of the win, and now we're going to chase the game again as soon as we come out," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "But we were able to turn it, I can tell you a nice story now. Otherwise, we might have blamed the game on that late goal."
Eakin's sixth goal of the season tied it 2-2 with 14:35 left. Only 25 seconds later, Robidas was between the circles when he scored his fourth of the season.
Garbutt then gathered a loose puck and scored with a backhanded swipe with 13:42 left to make it 4-2. He didn't realize how quickly the trio of goals had come.
"But it was pretty cool," said Garbutt, who also had two assists.
Fans in the building were suddenly in a frenzy as Boudreau finally called timeout.
"We might have had to have a little bottle of NoDoz after the first period, but we woke them up in the third," Ruff said.
Roussel was in the crease when he netted his second goal with just under 8 minutes left. Hiller quickly argued with the referee to no avail, trying to get an interference call.
Dan Ellis stopped 28 shots, winning for only the second time in seven games. Dallas had been 0-2-2 at home since a 5-1 victory over Calgary on Oct. 24.
Emerson Etem, Nick Bonino and Dustin Penner scored for the Ducks, who are 10-4-3 in their last 17 games. Penner's tally was a power-play goal with 6½ minutes left.