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Previous Game: Getzlaf Has Goal, Assist as Ducks Down Stars to Take 2-0 Series Lead

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 9:00 AM PT / News
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Previous Game: Getzlaf Has Goal, Assist as Ducks Down Stars to Take 2-0 Series Lead
ANAHEIM – It’s been a heck of a last three days for one Ryan James Getzlaf.

The Ducks captain took a puck to the face in the waning seconds of Wednesday’s Game 1 that caused a deep gash which required multiple stitches, then welcomed his third child to the world late Thursday night and scored a big goal in Anaheim’s 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars in tonight’s Game 2 at Honda Center.

Getzlaf (wearing a clear protective face mask tonight) scored Anaheim’s first goal, assisted on another and watched his teammates make a big kill on a penalty he took late in the game as the Ducks took a two-games-to-none lead in this opening round series.

"Every once and a while, you need your best players to step it up when the rest of the guys lose their composure," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "Getzy, with what’s happened to him in the last three days, to come in and get two points and a plus-3 rating, is a sure reason why he’s hopefully nominated for the MVP."

Dating back to the regular season, Anaheim has won six in a row.

"We didn’t start the way we wanted to in the first 10 minutes," Getzlaf said. "We let them come at us, and you can’t do that in playoff hockey. We weathered the storm and got going after that."

Similar to Game 1, the Ducks got out in front and had to hang on for dear life down the stretch, as they went without a shot on goal in the final 13:20 of the game. The tensest moments came when Getzlaf was called for a tripping penalty (that he did not care for) on Kevin Connauton with three minutes left in the game. Dallas sent goalie Kari Lehtonen to the bench to create a 6-on-4 advantage, but the Ducks deftly killed it and (with Getzlaf’s help) shut down the Stars over an anxious final minute.

Much of the credit for that went to rookie Frederik Andersen, who earned his second straight victory in the series with an artful 34-save performance.

Dallas got on the board first on the power play 7:40 into the game after a retaliatory slashing penalty on Corey Perry. The Stars quickly cashed in, as Jamie Benn fed Alex Chiasson, who banged it home from the right circle.

Anaheim tied it with 2:42 left in the first when Getzlaf knocked down an Erik Cole pass, then withstood Cole’s harassment to skate in and roof the puck from point blank.

"What a great play by him stealing the puck and being a beast going to the net," said Perry. "That’s the type of player he is, and he showed us what he can do."

The Ducks took the lead with 3:45 left in the second when Perry took the puck from Jamie Benn and hammered a slap shot from the right wing. For Perry, who went without scoring in last season’s playoffs, it was the first postseason goal since April 20, 2011 against Nashville.

A major turning point in the game came five minutes into the third, as the Ducks were trying to kill off a Perry delay of game penalty. Andrew Cogliano got the puck to Getzlaf in the Dallas end, and Getzlaf gave it back to Cogliano, who fired it top corner for the shorthanded goal and a 3-1 Ducks lead.

"Getzy made a great play, and I was able to put it upstairs," Cogliano said. "It’s probably one of the biggest goals of my career. He made a great play, and it ended up being the game winner. It was nice."

Dallas climbed within a goal halfway through the third when Shawn Horcoff’s shot from the corner caromed off Andersen, and Ryan Garbutt flipped it through from the slot.

But that was it for the scoring from both sides the rest of the way, as a sellout crowd of 17,426 loudly saluted the Ducks over those arduous final few minutes.

The series now shifts to Dallas for Games 3 (Monday) and 4 (Wednesday).




1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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