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Getzlaf powers Ducks to Game 2 victory, 2-0 series lead over Stars

Apr 19, 2014, 12:56 AM EDT

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It’s been an eventful last 72 hours for Ryan Getzlaf.

After getting his face re-arranged by a Tyler Seguin slapper on Wednesday and welcoming a baby girl into the world this morning, the Ducks captain carried his club to victory on Friday, notching a goal and assist in a 3-2 win over the Stars at the Honda Center.

With the win, the Ducks held set at home and will now head to Dallas with a 2-0 series lead — though neither victory came easy.

Like Wednesday’s game, Anaheim built up a lead on Friday but had to hold on as Dallas scored a third-period goal to get within one, then pressed hard for an equalizer in the dying minutes. It was scrappy, physical stuff at the end, reflective of a game that saw the two sides exhibit plenty of dislike for one another.

The chippy play started early and proved a jumping off point for each team’s offense. After Corey Perry took a slashing penalty — for what appeared to be a spear — on Jamie Benn at the 7:25 mark of the first period, Dallas’ Alex Chiasson opened the scoring 15 seconds later on the power play, his first-ever playoff goal.

Roughly seven minutes later, the tables were turned as Anaheim got a power play when Perry was mauled in the goal crease by Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley. The Ducks didn’t score with the man advantage but tallied shortly thereafter, as Getzlaf scored his first of the game and second of the series to tie the score at one.

Anaheim then built a 3-1 lead on the strength of Corey Perry’s second-period goal — his first playoff tally since 2011 — and Andrew Cogliano‘s shorthanded marker in the third. The Cogliano goal was somewhat controversial, though, as the Ducks forward looked to have broken Sergei Gonchar’s stick with a slash just moments before snapping home a Getzlaf pass for what proved to be the game-winner.

Much like they did in Game 1 in rallying from a 4-0 deficit, the Stars pushed hard to get back into it, outshooting Anaheim 15-2 in the final frame while drawing to within one when Ryan Garbutt scored with 10 minutes remaining.

It was Garbutt’s first playoff goal, one that looked to spark Dallas as they gave the Ducks all they could handle down the stretch, notably when Getzlaf took a tripping penalty with three minutes left.

Dallas buzzed for an equalizer but couldn’t get one past Frederik Andersen, who was excellent on the night in stopping 34 of 36 shots.

  1. mackattack29 - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    Both perry and lucic need to be suspended for their gutless Spears to the nether regions of benn and dekeyser respectively. That kind of dirty, POS play has absolutely NO place in the great sport of hockey. Be an agitator or bully all you want… but what they did is crossing the line in a majorly disrespectful way.

    • theheez - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      But it’s cool if Trevor Daley sits on Corey Perry and rabbit punches his face while he is laying on his back?

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        That’s not suspension-worthy. Guys jump guys all the time. And he still had his mitts on.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Funny, NHL.com used the same pic for Getz. Who copied off of who haha?

  3. paulerhythm - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Sorry, Stars fans but, they are not ready for Prime time. I do admire their moxie and will give the more talented Ducks team a tough time. That’s what makes play off hockey so great!

    • darksidecowboy - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Most Stars fans knew going into the playoffs with the skin of their teeth, actually winning a round would be a stretch. Most fans here realize the teams still in a rebuild stage. After another offseason with GM Jim Nill I think they’ll be ready for the playoffs come next season. That being said, unless the Ducks put the stranglehold Monday anything goes. Went to game 7 last season and lost right? One thing about following this Stars team, they don’t quit and if they get some momentum they can pull off a streak of wins.

      • paulerhythm - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        As you said, they have no quit plus they have Lehtonen and they are playing a backup goalie due to the coach’s decision based on Hiller ‘ s swiss cheese holes. It’s very rare that any team wins a series with a back up goalie so, your team has a chance. Mondays game will be the indicator, wouldn’t you agree?

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