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April 18, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Ryan Getzlaf has produced an uncommon hat trick just one game into the Stanley Cup playoffs. A goal, a gash and a baby girl. The Ducks center and his wife, Paige, welcomed their third child, daughter Willa, to the world at 12:36 a.m. Friday. Getzlaf didn't attend Friday morning's skate at Honda Center, but Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said he's playing tonight in Game 2 of the Western Conference first-round series against the Dallas Stars. Getzlaf scored a goal in the Ducks' 4-3 Game 1 victory and suffered a nasty gash under his mouth in the closing seconds by standing in front of a shot fired by Dallas' goals leader Tyler Seguin.
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April 27, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DALLAS -- Ducks forward Matt Beleskey, who has missed four playoff games with a lower body injury, returned to skate Sunday morning and is expected to play tonight in Game 6 of the Western Conference first-round series. The Ducks, leading 3-2, can eliminate the Dallas Stars with a victory in the game that begins at 5 p.m. Pacific time. Beleskey had nine goals and 15 assists during the regular season, and, with 64 penalty minutes in season, he gives the Ducks another rugged body in what's been a physical series marked by 27 penalties in Anaheim's 6-2 Game 5 victory.
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November 12, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf's upper body injury will keep him out of a second consecutive game Tuesday night. The team's scoring leader (10 goals, 12 assists) did not appear at the team's morning skate Tuesday at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., where the Ducks (15-3-1) will play the Florida Panthers at 4:30 p.m. PST. "He's out tonight," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said after the team skate. "It is still day-to-day. We expect him to be on the ice tomorrow in practice and we'll see how far that takes us. " Getzlaf fell on the Honda Center ice Friday and was nearly scratched from the 6-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres before recording his first career hat trick plus an assist in the first period.
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April 27, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
DALLAS -- Lindy Ruff did an outstanding job in coaching the Stars to the playoffs for the first time since 2008, taking a team that's almost evenly split between veterans and kids and molding it into a competitive group that has pushed the top-seeded Ducks hard throughout the teams' first-round playoff series. For Ruff, who spent the previous 14-plus seasons coaching the Buffalo Sabres, the playoffs have provided a continuing education about his own team and his players' abilities and character.
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November 10, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf was scratched from Sunday night's home game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury, with the team announcing the move seconds after the Ducks began warming up on the Honda Center ice. Center Mathieu Perreault (five goals, nine assists) started in Getzlaf's place Sunday. Getzlaf slipped on the ice at Friday's morning skate and was said by Coach Bruce Boudreau to have been iffy to play that night. He did, producing his first career hat trick with three first-period goals, adding an assist.
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February 14, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Executives of the Canadian men's Olympic hockey team will give Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf as much time as possible to determine whether his sprained left ankle has healed enough to carry him through the Olympic tournament, but they want to see him play to ensure he's ready. They'll get only one more chance because the Ducks finish their pre-Olympic break schedule Sunday at Edmonton. Getzlaf, selected to center Canada's second line with Ducks linemate Corey Perry , injured his ankle Monday and has not played since.
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March 8, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf has signed an eight-year, $66-million contract extension, the team announced Friday. Here are a couple of points about Getzlaf's contract extension. We'll have a more comprehensive report later online and in Saturday's print editions. The contract - whose eight-year term is the maximum permitted under the new collective bargaining agreement for teams that re-sign their own players - contains a no-move clause that kicks in immediately. So Getzlaf is serious about staying with the Ducks.
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October 16, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
A comment from Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren that former Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger “is never going to play again” was met by a tribute Wednesday from a former teammate who played with Pronger on the Ducks' Stanley Cup-winning team. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was asked what Pronger's standout trait was.  “Accountability amongst yourselves in the locker room,” Getzlaf said. “Some people like him, some people don't. He is who he is. He held us accountable, and we held each other accountable, and it made us a better hockey team.” Pronger, 39, hasn't played since November 2011, worn down by a series of concussions, a serious eye injury and 13 surgeries.
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March 8, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf has signed an eight-year, $66-million contract extension, the Ducks announced Friday. Getzlaf, 27, is enjoying a strong comeback season and leads the team in scoring. He would have been a prime free agent after this season. "We are very happy to have Ryan committed to this franchise long-term,”  Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray said in a statement . “He has often expressed his interest to stay in Anaheim for his entire career, a goal we share.
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April 23, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
DALLAS -- Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf was scratched from the Game 4 lineup Wednesday with an upper-body injury, the team announced minutes before the 5 p.m. game. Getzlaf, with 31 goals and 56 assists during the season, has two goals and two assists in the first-round Western Conference playoff series that Anaheim leads 2-1. The injury was sustained during Game 3, a hockey official close to the situation but unauthorized to speak about it publicly told The Times. [UPDATED, 5:35 p.m. PDT, April 23: Getzlaf boarded a flight back to Southern California at 4 p.m. Central time to get immediate treatment, with the hope of playing in Game 5 Friday, the Ducks said.
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April 25, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks knew they could count on home-ice advantage, not necessarily their power-play prowess. However, in a moment-of-truth Game 5 played before another standing-room-only crowd at Honda Center, they beat the Dallas Stars, 6-2, by setting a team playoff record with four power-play goals. Top-seeded Anaheim took a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference first-round series, with Game 6 Sunday in Texas. Ducks center and captain Ryan Getzlaf steadily gave the 17,334 in attendance reason to roar after missing Game 4 with an upper-body injury.
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April 25, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf returned to practice with his team for the first time since Monday but didn't definitively say if he was playing in Friday night's Game 5 of the Western Conference playoffs. The Ducks' first-round series versus the Dallas Stars is tied 2-2. “We'll see tonight. This is part of the process we're going through and we won't know until game time,” said Getzlaf, who led the Ducks in points (31 goals, 56 assists) during the regular season and has two goals and two assists in this series.
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April 25, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Sometimes, coaches make lineup decisions based on a gut feeling. When those decisions backfire, their gut feelings can become spasms of tension, anxiety, and early-playoff-exit regrets. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau, fighting a reputation of being unable to lead talented teams in Washington and Anaheim deep into postseason play, made several decisions Friday that proved pivotal in the 6-2 victory that gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead over the Dallas Stars in the teams' opening-round playoff series.
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April 24, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
It will be a game-time decision whether Ryan Getzlaf will play Friday in Game 5 of the Ducks' deadlocked first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Dallas Stars. The team's leading scorer missed Wednesday's 4-2 loss at Dallas because of an upper-body injury that Coach Bruce Boudreau said was aggravated in the previous game, a 3-0 road loss. Neither Boudreau nor Getzlaf would confirm whether the injury is connected to the multiple stitches Getzlaf received after being struck in the face with a puck blasted by Dallas scoring leader Tyler Seguin in Game 1. Getzlaf was ruled out of Game 4 Wednesday morning, and then boarded a flight back to Southern California for an afternoon medical appointment.
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April 23, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DALLAS - The captain is hurt, the goalie is shaken, old demons are at the door. The top-seeded Ducks are now in a three-game fight for survival against an energetic, upset-minded Dallas Stars team that roared back Wednesday for a 4-2 victory to tie the Western Conference first-round playoff series at two games apiece. “It's all about us and our execution,” Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said. “We're lying if we tell ourselves we've played our best hockey in any one of these four games.
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April 23, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
DALLAS -- Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf was scratched from the Game 4 lineup Wednesday with an upper-body injury, the team announced minutes before the 5 p.m. game. Getzlaf, with 31 goals and 56 assists during the season, has two goals and two assists in the first-round Western Conference playoff series that Anaheim leads 2-1. The injury was sustained during Game 3, a hockey official close to the situation but unauthorized to speak about it publicly told The Times. [UPDATED, 5:35 p.m. PDT, April 23: Getzlaf boarded a flight back to Southern California at 4 p.m. Central time to get immediate treatment, with the hope of playing in Game 5 Friday, the Ducks said.
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September 18, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
When Ducks forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry agreed to buy equipment for first-time hockey players ages 4 to 10 who will participate in the team's Learn to Play program, they knew they might have to hand over a sizable check at the end of this season. “Could be,” Getzlaf said Wednesday, “and we'll be happy to write it. If we have to write a big check that means there's a lot of kids out there playing hockey, so that's our ultimate goal.” Getzlaf and Perry, linemates and friends who began their careers with the Ducks and each signed an eight-year contract extension last season, get marquee billing in the newly renamed program, Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play powered by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.
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March 7, 2013 | Helene Elliott
When Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf invited his teammates, the club's owners and top executives to his home for a barbecue during training camp, they probably expected burgers and corn on the cob. What they got was insight into Getzlaf's keen desire to rebound after stumbling through a season so awful that those around him feared he was hiding an injury or a loved one's illness. Passionate without raising his voice, Getzlaf said he brought everyone together after the lockout to emphasize the importance of working as a team, according to someone who attended.
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April 23, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars' confrontational style certainly isn't going to be altered after the reward of a 3-0 Game 3 victory. “We're guys who like to play with that aggressive mentality; that's got us where we are, and we have to keep doing that if we want to stay in this thing,” Stars forward Ryan Garbutt said Wednesday morning before the night's Game 4 at American Airlines Center. Garbutt, who was suspended by the NHL earlier this season for an Oct. 20 hit that left then-Ducks forward Dustin Penner with a concussion, slid toward a loose puck Monday and crashed into his ex-Dallas teammate and Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas, breaking his right leg. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said Wednesday that Robidas may not require surgery as he did after breaking the same leg in November.
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April 22, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DALLAS - It's not just about getting under the Ducks' skin with the Dallas Stars, it's about penetrating their minds. The evidence includes Antoine Roussel's Game 3 punch directed at Ryan Getzlaf's cut-up face, Ryan Garbutt's slide that broke the right leg of Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas, and Stars Coach Lindy Ruff's endorsement of the roughness. “A couple of scrums that, I'm pretty sure if you watch, our guys got punched in the face a few times … when you're getting punched in the face, you're going to punch back … playoff hockey's emotional,” Ruff said after Dallas' 3-0 victory that cut the Ducks' Western Conference first-round best-of-seven series lead to 2-1. After losing the first two games, the Stars clearly displayed their desperation mode in a 17-penalty battle, and now it's the Ducks' turn to answer in Game 4 on Wednesday at American Airlines Center.
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