Getzlaf Returns And Leads Ducks Past Stars 6-2 In Game 5 To Go Up 3-2 In Series
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists in his return from injury, and the Anaheim Ducks scored four power-play goals in a 6-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.
Corey Perry also had a goal and two assists for the top-seeded Ducks, who confidently moved to the brink of the second round after dropping the last two games in Dallas.
Nick Bonino, Mathieu Perreault, Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell also scored for Anaheim, which set a franchise record for playoff power-play goals. The Ducks chased Kari Lehtonen with five goals on their first 21 shots.
Jamie Benn and Shawn Horcoff scored for the Stars, who couldn’t score on seven power-play chances.
Game 6 is Sunday in Dallas.
Frederik Andersen made 34 saves after getting pulled from Game 4, but the Ducks gave him plenty of offensive cushion in a hard-hitting, whistle-filled game. Anaheim scored three goals in the first seven minutes of the third period and set a club playoff record for power-play goals, scoring at least one in every period.
Getzlaf became the Ducks’ career playoff scoring leader with a dynamic performance after missing Game 4 with an undisclosed upper-body injury. The Ducks captain, who got hit in the face with a slap shot in the series opener, now has 66 career playoff points, surpassing Teemu Selanne’s 64 in franchise history.
Selanne also returned to the Ducks’ lineup after coach Bruce Boudreau kept him out of Game 4 as a healthy scratch, infuriating most of the Anaheim fan base.
The home team has won every game in this series bad-tempered, physical series. It became even uglier when Dallas forward Ryan Garbutt got a game misconduct in the first period for spearing Perry in the groin. Garbutt has been awfully busy in his first career playoff series, slashing Andrew Cogliano in the face and breaking Stephane Robidas’ leg when he undercut his former Dallas teammate.
The Ducks went ahead 5 1/2 minutes in when Bonino took a pass from Getzlaf and slipped around Jordie Benn for a wrist shot.
Anaheim then had a five-minute power play after Garbutt’s spearing penalty, but Getzlaf made an atrocious turnover in his own zone and Benn pounced on it to score his third goal of the series.
The Ducks went back ahead 26 seconds later when Francois Beauchemin’s slap shot deflected off Rakell, the 20-year-old Swedish rookie appearing in just his second career playoff game. Perreault scored early in the second period on a pass from Getzlaf.
Dallas had a 5-on-3 advantage for 46 seconds early in the second period, but Anaheim killed it off. Horcoff trimmed Anaheim’s lead with his first goal of the series on a loose puck in the slot midway through.
After the Ducks barely thwarted a prolonged Dallas push to close the second period, Silfverberg got his first goal of the series early in the third with a one-timer off a behind-the-net pass from Cogliano.
Getzlaf chased Lehtonen after Perry forced a turnover by Brenden Dillon. Perry then got the Ducks’ fourth power-play goal 2:19 later after Trevor Daley left him alone in front of Tim Thomas, the 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy winner with Boston.
NOTES: The Ducks scratched D Hampus Lindholm with a stiff neck and dressed D Luca Sbisa for the first time in the series. … D Brenden Dillon suited up for the Stars for the first time in the series after getting hurt late in the regular season. Dallas scratched D Patrik Nemeth, who got injured in Game 4. …. Rakell, who has 22 games of regular-season NHL experience, became the first player in Ducks history to score his first career goal in the postseason.