He was aching from the deep gash carved into his face by a Tyler Seguin slap shot late in Game 1. He was uncomfortable from wearing a bell shield to protect his battered jaw. And he was exhausted from attending the birth of his third child on Thursday.
But none of that stopped Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf from asserting his will in Friday’s 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars.
The captain pounced on a turnover at the Dallas blueline and scored his second goal of the series to knot the game at one late in the first, then set up Andrew Cogliano’s winner at 5:09 of the third to power the Ducks to the win. The victory gives Anaheim a 2-0 lead as the series switches venues to Dallas.
“Every once in a while, you need your best players to step it up when the rest of the guys are losing their composure a little bit and playing the way they did,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “With what’s happened to him in the last three days and to come in and get two points and plus-3 [rating] is a sure reason why he’s hopefully going to be nominated for the MVP.”