By Corey Masisak
CHICAGO -- Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf tied his own franchise record for assists in a single postseason on Thursday. Not for a game, but for an entire Stanley Cup Playoff.
Getzlaf had two assists in Anaheim's 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the 2015 Western Conference Final, and now has 14, the same number he had in 2009.
"I'm doing the opposite of scoring," Getzlaf said. "No, guys are just making plays around me. Part of my makeup and my job is to try and get guys pucks in situations that they can do things with, and I play with some pretty good players."
Getzlaf's 14 assists are five more than any other player in the 2015 playoffs. He's done it just 12 games, which is four fewer than anyone on the Tampa Bay Lightning has played and three fewer than the New York Rangers.
He has four assists in three games against the Blackhawks, who yielded the second-fewest goals during the regular season. Getzlaf's two points on Thursday moved him into a tie for second in postseason scoring with 16 points; his assists alone would have him tied for fifth.
Getzlaf is averaging 1.14 assists per game. The only players averaging more points per game than that are his linemate, Corey Perry, and two guys who didn't advance past the first round (Vladimir Tarasenko and Kevin Shattenkirk of the St. Louis Blues).
The Ducks captain also logged 21:33 of ice time in Game 3; that led all Anaheim forwards and was more than all but two of the defensemen.
Getzlaf's playmaking was on full display on the game-winning goal. He set up near the top of the offensive as the Ducks cycled the puck. When it came to him, he sent it left to defenseman Cam Fowler, then faked a shot when he got it back before dishing the puck to defenseman Simon Despres near the top of the right circle.
The simple give-and-go with a shot fake at the end unglued Chicago's defensive positioning, and his pass to Despres was perfect for a one-timer.
"We started moving the puck very well in their end," Despres said, "and [Getzlaf] faked a shot and made a nice play to me, and I had a wide-open cage."