Ryan Getzlaf had a big couple of days for the Anaheim Ducks. After leading them to a Game 1 win and taking a shot to the face that requried a spoolful of stitches, his wife gave birth to a baby girl on Friday morning and he was in the lineup for game 2 with facial protection.
All Getzlaf did was score the game’s opening goal and assist on Andrew Cogliano‘s game winner in the third period as the Ducks got the home sweep to head to Dallas up 2-0 in their best of 7 opening round playoff series with the Stars on the strength of a 3-2 win.
Corey Perry also got off the skids as he scored his first goal in 10 playoff games, walking over the blue line and just overpowering a slapshot past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. Cogliano’s winner was somewhat controversial, as he had slashed and broke the stick of Stars bluelier Sergei Gonchar before stealing the puck and dishing it to Getzlaf, who returned it to Cogliano to finish. 99 times out of 100 that play is called on the slash, but apparently this was that 1 time.
Alex Chiasson had opened the scoring for the Stars, and Ryan Garbutt finished it to make it 3-2 with just over 10 minutes left, but it was all Ducks in between and they again held on to win again, despite being outshot 36-19 by the Stars.
Lehtonen is still looking for his first career playoff win, while Anaheim netminder Frederik Andersen has won both of his career starts.
Game 3 goes in Dallas on Monday night.