DALLAS -- The
Monday night at Dallas is a different animal.
The Stars, trailing Anaheim, 2-0, in a
"Desperate team, their fans are going to be pumped," former Stars and current Ducks defenseman
"I've been with that team for most of the year … I know, there's a lot of pride."
Dallas beat the visiting Ducks, 6-3, on Nov. 26, riding the home crowd's excitement to three goals in less than a 60-second span of the third period.
Otherwise, the Ducks' comfort with the road's us-against-the world mindset was built by playing 18 of their first 29 games away, including an eight-game trip Oct. 22-Nov. 4 in which they went 5-2-1.
"The thing we did was always try to play with a lead," defenseman
Beauchemin said his teammates want that dagger-type victory that would put them up 3-0 in the series.
"It's huge, first two games have been close, and we know we can't ever let our foot off the gas and stop being aggressive," Beauchemin said.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said the secret to road success has been not deviating from how the team plays at
"No valleys, not a lot of peaks," Boudreau said.
Forward Emerson Etem, who scored three first-round playoff goals last year, was summoned from minor league Norfolk as forward
Boudreau wouldn't commit to Etem, 21, playing after he and
Also, the Ducks moved rookie goalie John Gibson (3-0) and defenseman
It's getting physical
When the Ducks led Dallas, 4-0, in Game 1, the Stars' hitting and angling for fights increased. In Game 2, the disliked Dallas forward
Palmieri said the Ducks aren't going to get goaded into action that will distract from their game plan.
"Those guys try to get under your skin, there's going to be some battles," Palmieri said. "You do your best to ignore it. You protect yourself, but drawing them into penalties takes them out of their game. We've been pretty good at it so far."
Sending a message
Getzlaf played more than 19 minutes with a goal and an assist Friday a game after getting smashed in the face with a puck and requiring numerous stitches. Hours before Game 2, he was up all night for the birth of his third child just after midnight Friday.
But it was Getzlaf's early first-period hit on a Dallas player that caught the attention of Boudreau.
"He looked like crap, was obviously tired, doesn't like the [face] shield, and the first shift he runs somebody, to show everyone, 'I am fine, don't think you're going to take advantage of me.' Tell-tale sign of a superstar."