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April 23, 2014

Physical stars ruffling Ducks’ feathers

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DALLAS —

“I think that they’re going to be trying to be harder on our guys, and our guys are going to be ready for it,” Ruff said. “We’re going to try to be harder on their guys, and I don’t think we crossed the line in any means. Not at all.”

Roussel said he was just trying to prevent a goal before the confrontation with Getzlaf.

“Emotion gets in the way I guess,” Roussel said after the Stars’ optional skate Tuesday.

“I saw Roussel, a little bit of a light wash to the face, but it wasn’t a punch until he got hit with six punches,” Ruff said.

Getzlaf knows the best response for the Ducks will be to score goals and win Game 4.

“We’ve got to be smart, but I think everyone’s got to dig deep here,” center Andrew Cogliano said. “There’s a lot more, a lot of room for us to play harder. The bottom line is they played hard (Monday) night. They got under guys’ skin, they played playoff hockey and I don’t think we did that. I think we played a regular-season game. ... We need to bear down and come to the rink ready to battle, ready to fight hard and we’ll go from there.”

Stars captain Jamie Benn said his team won’t be changing its game because of anything Anaheim is saying or claiming.

“We’re going to play the same way,” he said. “We’re going to focus in on their top guys, and find a way to shut them down.”

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