NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Anaheim|
(Friday, April 25th)
Final Score: Anaheim 6, Dallas 2
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Getzlaf registered a goal and two
assists in his return to the lineup, helping the Anaheim Ducks beat the Dallas
Stars, 6-2, at Honda Center.
Friday's Game 5 triumph gave Anaheim a 3-2 lead in this Western Conference
opening-round playoff series.
The Ducks can eliminate the Stars on Sunday, but in order to do so, they will
have to become the first road team to win a game. The Stars outscored Anaheim
7-2 in winning Games 3 and 4 at home after suffering a pair of one-goal losses
Pulled from Wednesday's 4-2 setback, Frederik Andersen, like the rest of his
Anaheim teammates, bounced back with a 34-save performance.
The Ducks, who set a club playoff record with four power-play goals, scored
three times in a 5:42 span early in the third period to turn a close contest
in a rout.
"We lost the special teams battle, which was the difference tonight," said
Stars head coach Lindy Ruff, whose team was 0-for-7 on the power play.
Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen was given the hook in the third after allowing
five goals on 21 shots.
Getzlaf, who missed Game 4 with an undisclosed upper-body injury, made an
immediate impact and earned an assist on the game's first goal.
"Every time you get your captain back, it's going to make you feel better,"
said Anaheim head coach Bruce Boudreau. "It's like your big brother is back.
Guys felt a little more secure, and he came out and played a really great
game, as well as the other guys."
The Ducks capitalized on an early man advantage, as Nick Bonino gathered a
pass from the Anaheim captain, made a move around Stars defenseman Jordie Benn
in the right circle and fired a shot behind Lehtonen at 5:32 of the first
Anaheim went back on the power play after Stars forward Ryan Garbutt was given
a five-minute major and a game misconduct for spearing forward Corey Perry as
he came off the Ducks bench.
Perry was down on the ice in discomfort and left the game, but returned to
match Getzlaf with a goal and two helpers.
Dallas managed to tie the game while shorthanded at the 10-minute mark. Jamie
Benn stole the puck from Getzlaf in the Anaheim zone and beat Andersen between
the pads with a backhander.
Rickard Rakell put the Ducks back on top 26 seconds later with his first
career NHL goal.
Jamie Benn then drew a tripping infraction to whip out the bulk of the time
that remained on the major penalty.
The Ducks began the second period on a power play and Mathieu Perreault
converted a feed from Getzlaf on a 2-on-1 rush to make it 3-1 at the 1:05
Dallas closed to within 3-2 on a goal by Shawn Horcoff at 8:19 of the second,
but Anaheim broke the game open with its third-period outburst.
Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon, making his NHL playoff debut, mishandled a
dump-in and Andrew Cogliano fed Jakob Silfverberg for a one-timer at 1:07.
Getzlaf buried a Perry pass after hard forecheck to make it 5-2 at 4:30, and
Perry dodged netminder Tim Thomas' diving pokecheck to score a power-play goal
The Ducks tied a playoff franchise record for most goals in a game ... Getzlaf
passed teammate Teemu Selanne for the most playoff points in club history with
66 ... Selanne was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Game 4
... Jamie Benn is the first player in franchise history to open his postseason
career with points in each of his first five games since Steve Payne and Bobby
Smith in 1980 ... Dillon missed the first four games of the series with a
04/26 02:30:38 ET