Saturday, April 26, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Ducks 6, Stars 2
By Dan Arritt
ANAHEIM -- Here's a quick look at the Anaheim Ducks' 6-2 win over the Dallas Stars in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round series, lifting them to a 3-2 series lead.
How it happened: The Ducks scored four power-play goals in the postseason for the first time in franchise history, but it was still nervous time inside Honda Center to start the third period. The Ducks caught a break early in the period when Dallas defenseman Brenden Dillon tried to sweep the puck behind his net but didn’t get enough of the rubber and Ducks center Andrew Cogliano pounced on it. He quickly found right wing Jakob Silfverberg in front of the net, where he beat goalie Kari Lehtonen with a swift wrist shot to give Anaheim a 4-2 lead. That opened the floodgates as the Ducks would score twice more in the next six minutes to blow the game open.
What it means: The Ducks have to be feeling good about the state of their game after they dominated special teams on both ends of the ice and received a nice bounce-back game from rookie goalie Frederik Andersen, who stopped 34 shots.
Player of the game: Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf sat out the Game 4 loss in Dallas with an upper-body injury and was questionable to play in Game 5. He skated out for warm-ups to a nice ovation from the crowd and then went out and produced three points, tying his playoff career high and moving past teammate Teemu Selanne for the most playoff points in club history.
Stat of the game: Ducks defenseman Rickard Rakell scored the second goal for the Ducks, becoming the first player in franchise history to score his first career goal in the playoffs.
What’s next: The series moves back to Dallas for Game 6 on Sunday evening with the Ducks having their first opportunity to move on to the conference semifinals.