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Stars frustrate Ducks’ star players in Game 3 win

Apr 22, 2014, 2:09 AM EDT

Ryan Getzlaf, Jordie Benn AP

Ryan Getzlaf just couldn’t take it anymore. So, he began punching back.

The Dallas Stars seemed intent on disrupting and frustrating the star players of the Anaheim Ducks – the perfect case in point coming late in the second period when Stars’ forward Antoine Roussel and Ducks’ captain Getzlaf began exchanging punches with their gloves still on, causing a massive melee.

Getzlaf is still wearing a protective visor down by his jaw, after he took a puck to the face in the series opener last week. The Stars won their first playoff game since 2008, skating to a 3-0 victory on Monday.

“I’m pretty sure if you watch the scrums, our guys got punched in the face a few times,” said Stars head coach Lindy Ruff afterward, as per the Associated Press. “Eventually you’re going to punch back. … For us, we know we’ve got a good skating team and I think that we can frustrate.”

Anaheim head coach Bruce Boudreau also offered his opinion on the matter.

“We’ve warned the refs about them, anyway. It’s just something that I guess you do anything to win, but it’s not something that I think our team would do,” he said afterward, as per the Dallas Morning News.

“We’ll take them and be as physical and be as mean as they want, but obviously they know there’s something wrong with his jaw, so they’re going after it.”

Getzlaf was dominant in Game 2, but didn’t have nearly the impact in Game 3, with more penalty minutes (only two) than shots on goal (only one).

“You’ve got to stay as disciplined as you can, but you have to protect yourself, too. I never expected them to target my face that much,” said Getzlaf.

The experience in a losing cause is apparently, at least based on the post-game comments of the Anaheim players, setting the table for a spirited fourth game in this series, with the Ducks still leading two-games-to-one.

“They’re going to get in our best player’s face, I guess Wednesday night we’re going to have to do the same thing,” said Ducks’ forward Patrick Maroon, as per Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.

Maroon added: “We’re going to have to show that intensity. We can’t let that happen to our star players. They’ll get it.”

  1. AppealToReason - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    Maroon’s a total chode.

    • canucks30 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:50 AM

  2. trbowman - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    The joy of animosity building up in a series…it’s always inevitable, particuarly between rivals.

    Totally unrelated, but hat tip to my pizza delivery guy. He came to my door and noticed hockey in the background and asked the score. Big time fan who’s missing every game since he’s always working late nights. I tipped him well.

    • ironyisadeadscene - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:17 AM

      Did you answer the door wearing nothing but a hockey jersey?

  3. bildomatic - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    It’s a little ridiculous for the Ducks to act like they’re total victims here, the Getzlaf incident he was just tied up in front of the net with Garbutt after a whistle and the linesman was right there and Getz started unloading gloved right handed bombs at Garbutt, clearly frustrated. Sure after that Garbutt started throwing some lefts towards his jaw, but who wouldn’t do that after having Getz throw some hay-makers at you? The toothpaste is outta the tube at that point. Dallas played an outstanding agitating game last night and Lehtonen played out of his mind which is what he’ll need to do if the Stars have a shot.

    • areaman714 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      No one’s acting like the victim here . . . If Garbutthole wants to grab at Getzlaf’s injury like a little twat . . . he can expect Seguin and Benn to feel a little pain as well. That is hockey, no?

      • fpstratton - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        Agreed. Going after players’ injuries is nothing new. The great Bobby Orr, with terrible knees, had people trying to trip him up after whistles and others who tried to hit his knees with their sticks. He always took it like a man and never complained. That having been said, it’s time the Ducks start inflicting some pain of their own. They have the player personalities to do it. Lets go!

  4. areaman714 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Lehtonen just had his game of the series. Ducks still in 5. If the refs let the Dallas players agitate the Ducks’ stars again, Seguin and Benn will be targeted as well.

    • bendover09 - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Why are Duck fans only seeing it one way? You throw the first punch expect to get hit. Since when did hockey turn into a no contact sport? Grow a pair, ducks. Or how about how the ducks are ranked 6th in fighting and the stars 24th.

      Just admit it, you guys got beat by the bottom seed.

      Thank you, mr. Nill. Bc this man here has blessed the dfw metroplex with a team to compete for the next decade

      • areaman714 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        Cut with the “grow a pair” stuff Mr Internet Muscle . . . what are you, ten years old?

  5. darksidecowboy - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Talk about whiny fans in Disneyland. THIS IS PLAYOFF HOCKEY!!!

    • areaman714 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      At least we have Disneyland. What us there to do is Dallas besides make sweet love to a steer?

      • munterhoore - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        Decent property value, reliable job market, and obviously tougher hockey players.

  6. areaman714 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Decent property value = supply and demand. Orange County’s job market is just fine, we aren’t LA County. Getzy throwing punches at your goon; Jamie skating away while being challenged by Maroon. Yeah. Those Stars are tough.

  7. suckit619 - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Antoine Roussel is a POS

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