Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Getzlaf’

Getzlaf leads Anaheim to 3-2 victory over Stars; Ducks take 2-0 series lead

Decrease fontDecrease font
Enlarge fontEnlarge font
Ryan Getzlaf

Ryan Getzlaf (left) left his stamp on Game 2 for the Ducks, spurring them to a 2-0 series lead. (Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

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 over the visiting Dallas Stars. 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.”

Read More…


  • Published On Apr 19, 2014
  • Top Line NHL playoff update: Martin St. Louis ready for Broadway; more links

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers

    Little Martin St. Louis (26) may finally be ready to come up big for the Rangers. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • After a slow start in New York, Martin St. Louis says he’s ready for his game to be judged.

    • There could be a new man behind the mask for the Flyers when they take on the Rangers in Game 2 on Sunday.

    • Maybe Wayne Simmonds was right. Maybe gingers should stick to being gingers.

    • Maybe the offensive explosion we’ve seen over the first two nights of the playoffs isn’t such a surprise, considering the questions that were being asked coming into the tournament.

    • Bruce Arthur argues the subtle genius of Steven Stamkos could be the difference in the series with the Canadiens.

    • Poise under pressure eluded the Lightning in their Game 1 loss to the Canadiens. Sean Gordon explains how negating Montreal’s aggressive forecheck will be the key to addressing that in Game 2.

    • Two months after they teamed up to lead Canada to gold in Sochi, coaches Mike Babcock and Claude Julien will match wits as the Red Wings take on the Bruins. Are there any secrets left between them?

    Boston has had a fairly stout penalty kill for years now, but it’s not the Bruins penalty killers who are worrying Babcock.

    Read More…


  • Published On Apr 18, 2014
  • Top Line: Sidney Crosby dives again; Is shotblocking worth it? More links

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins

    Diver down: Only this time, Sidney Crosby committed no crime in the Penguins’ playoff opener. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • There goes Sidney Crosby diving again.

    • After watching the Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf take a biscuit in the mush, Jason Kay asks the obvious question: Does shot blocking do more harm than good?

    • It’s not always easy to predict which teams will get great goaltending or have their stars go on hot streaks in a series, but James Mirtle says controlling possession is one trait that defines a long playoff run.

    • It’s been a dozen years since the Blues and the Blackhawks last met in the postseason. Jeremy Rutherford says built-up hostilities should make their first-rounder a nasty affair.

    • But Bernie Miklasz thinks that puck possession, not punishment is St. Louis’ key to victory against Chicago.

    Sochi snubs may have dinged some egos in San Jose, but the downtime they provided may be the key to the Sharks’ Stanley Cup aspirations.

    Marian Gaborik produced a 61.4 percent Corsi rating over the regular season’s final seven games. Ian McLaren says that stat suggests that the veteran winger could be a difference maker for the Kings against San Jose.

    • Steve Mason is out for the Flyers’ opener against the Rangers, and that suits an old buddy just fine.

    • Philly won’t have much of a home ice advantage when the series shifts to the City of Brotherly Love.

    Read More…


  • Published On Apr 17, 2014
  • NHL Playoffs: Ducks survive comeback scare against resilient Stars

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Tyler Seguin (left) and the Stars battled back before falling short against Anaheim. (Debora Robinson/Getty Images)

    Tyler Seguin (91) and the Stars battled back before falling short against the Ducks. (Debora Robinson/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    If ever there was a playoff game where both teams could say they got what they needed, the Ducks’ 4-3 win over the Stars was it. Anaheim dominated early and held serve at home to take a 1-0 series lead, but Dallas shook off some early jitters and nearly clawed back from a four-goal deficit. The Stars are still in a 1-0 hole, but by establishing their game over the final 25 minutes they proved that they can hang with the higher-seeded Ducks in this series.

    Some observations after the opener:

    Read More…


  • Published On Apr 17, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Goalie Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks against the Dallas Stars

    The struggles of goalie Jonas Hiller (1) and the Ducks’ lack of a reliable No. 1 may prove fatal. (Tim Sharp/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Regular season recaps

    Oct. 20: Ducks 6, Stars 3

    Nov. 26: Stars 6, Ducks 3

    Feb. 1: Stars 2, Ducks 0

    Notable injuries

    Ducks: RW Tim Jackman (broken right hand, out indefinitely)

    Stars: RW Rich Peverley (heart surgery, out for season), LW Ray Whitney (lower body, day-to-day), D Brenden Dillon (lower body, day-to-day)

    Read More…


  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • Top Line: James Neal gets away with mayhem; longest NHL game; more

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • James Neal of the Penguins is the poster child for everything that’s wrong with NHL discipline, says former referee Paul Stewart. Neal’s unrestrained recklessness reflects a lack of control on the part of Pittsburgh’s leadership and the league’s justice system.

    • The great Dave Stubbs offers up an absolute must-read today with his recreation of the longest game ever played. This is as fine a piece on hockey history as you’ll see.

    • It’s not that Henrik Sedin was injured again last night. It’s how he got hurt that reveals how poorly coach John Tortorella has managed his assets this season and explains why he likely won’t be back behind Vancouver’s bench next season.

    Zack Kassian of the Canucks has always had the tools. Last night against his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, he played like he had the toolbox, too.

    • “Life is a series of adjustments,” says David Poile. Nashville’s GM is making a big one now as he copes with the loss of sight in his right eye.

    Read More…


  • Published On Mar 24, 2014
  • Top 13 NHL Players of 2013

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin

    Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin overcame obstacles to remain among the NHL’s brightest stars. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    From the end of the lockout in January to the end of December, it was a pretty good year to watch the NHL. There were many great performances, but these 13 players are our choices for the league’s best of 2013. Some are well established stars who continued to impress or even improve while a couple emerged to join the pantheon.

    (All stats current as of Dec. 21.)

    MORE: 13 Best hits | Goals | Games | Memes | Tweets | Weird moments | Most painful | Front office moves

    Read More…


  • Published On Dec 23, 2013
  • Team Canada scouting Maple Leafs, Ducks; Jonathan Bernier their target?

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font

    By Allan Muir

    Scouts show up in press boxes every night around the NHL, and while guessing why they’re there is a time-honored tradition, it’s hardly news.

    Unless, of course, those scouts are from Team Canada. And they show up in the Center of the Hockey Universe.

    With both Steve Yzerman and Peter Chiarelli set to be at the Air Canada Centre for tonight’s Toronto vs. Anaheim tilt, it’s fair to speculate on who they came to see.

    The Ducks boast two players who will be in the Sochi mix: forwards Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.

    Getzlaf might be in tough because of Canada’s embarrassment of riches at center, but he
    has 18 goals in 58 points in his last 52 games and brings an imposing presence to the position. Perry is a natural winger and a pure sniper, a quality Yzerman has said he’ll prioritize after Canada’s offense failed to click in Torino.

    The two obviously have great chemistry, something that might enhance their value as a two-fer given the lack of practice time before the Winter Games. Slide someone like Taylor Hall on their left flank and you’d have a quick, dangerous, physically imposing third line that would cause the opposition fits.

    Read More…


  • Published On Oct 22, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Red Wings advance as Ducks falter at home in Game 7

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Temu Sellane

    Emerson Etem (left) and Teemu Selanne wave goodbye to fans after the Ducks’ Game 7 loss. (Getty Images)

    By Adrian Dater

    Anaheim’s Francois Beauchemin had a tremendous season for the Anaheim Ducks. He was in the discussion among Norris Trophy voters, anchoring the defense for a team that finished second overall in the seriously tough Western Conference.

    But in Beachemin’s native French-Canadian tongue, he was the chevre of Sunday’s Game 7 between his Ducks and the Detroit Red Wings. That means goat. It’s true, he was credited with a lucky late power-play goal that accounted for the final score, but the damage from an earlier incident on the power play had already been done.

    Beauchemin tried to get fancy during a game in which keep-it-safe fundamental play was the bylaw, and for that he will be shown on every hockey highlight show around the globe for the next day.

    Beauchemin’s spin-o-rama blind backhand pass was intercepted and converted into a short-handed goal by Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader with 3:23 left in the first period, which broke a 1-1 tie, killed all of Anaheim’s building momentum and ultimately resulted in a 3-2 loss at the Honda Center.

    Read More…


  • Published On May 13, 2013
  • Top Line: Backups get mixed results; Crosby talks The Goal; more links

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Tomas Vokoun shut out the Islanders in Game 5 of their playoff series.

    Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves in a 4-0 shutout that restored the Penguins’ control of their series vs. the Islanders. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The theme of Thursday night’s action? A trio of backup goalies were forced into action at the most critical point of the year (so far). The results varied.

    • Aw shucks, Sidney Crosby said. My goal wasn’t as good as the one that earned Mario Lemieux a statue. If you think about it, that’s a pretty high standard against which to compare any goal. But geez, what a beauty!

    • After a 4-0 shutout of the Isles, it looks like the Penguins are Tomas Vokoun’s team now.

    • The Isles say they missed defenseman Andrew MacDonald in last night’s loss, which kind of surprises me since I thought he’d looked brutal earlier in the series.

    • Rick Nash has become a figure of diminishing importance for the Rangers as their series against the Caps progresses. It’s time for him to step up and prove he can contribute.

    • He’s not the only superstar under the microscope. Alex Ovechkin disappeared in Games 3 and 4. Here’s the key to his return to impact form in Game 5.

    Read More…


  • Published On May 10, 2013


  •