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Getzlaf leads Ducks to playoff win

Ryan Getzlaf
Ryan Getzlaf
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According to TSN, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Ryan Getzlaf of Regina, Sask., scored a goal and an assist on Wednesday evening as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Dallas Stars 4-3 in game one of the Western Conference quarterfinals. With the victory, the Ducks lead the best out of seven series 1-0.

Getzlaf, who won a gold medal for Canada in men's hockey at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, scored in the first period from Matt Beleskey and Corey Perry to put the Ducks up 2-0 at the time.

Then with thirty seconds left in the first period, Getzlaf recorded an assist on a power play goal by Mathieu Perreault to put the Ducks up 3-0. Getzlaf now has 61 points in 70 career playoff games.

Getzlaf meanwhile suffered a minor injury on Wednesday. In the final minute, Getzlaf was hit in the mouth by the puck and needed to leave the ice. However according to Ducks' head coach Bruce Boudreau, Getzlaf should be fine for game two.

The Ducks seemed to be in complete control in the contest when Beleskey put the Ducks up 4-0 at the 9:04 mark of the second period. However the Stars marched back with three goals of their own to make things very interesting. The Stars seem to have momentum now with game two of the series slated for Anaheim on Friday evening.

In order for Dallas to get back into the series, they will need a better start and avoid odd man rushes, something the Ducks were able to orchestrate in Wednesday's opening game. It was Dallas's first playoff game since 2008 when they advanced all the way to the Western Conference finals after they upset the Ducks in the Western Conference quarterfinals and the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference semifinals.

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