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Ducks hope Getzlaf will be available vs. Stars

by Mike Battaglino


(Best of-7 series tied 2-2)


Big story: The Anaheim Ducks return home, where they've won 31 of 43 games this season, unsure if they will have their captain against the Dallas Stars in a suddenly tied Western Conference First Round series.

Ryan Getzlaf did not play in Game 4, a 4-2 win by the Stars, and his status was "up in the air," coach Bruce Boudreau told the Ducks website Thursday.

Getzlaf participated in the morning skate Friday.

"It's all about getting clearance at this point," he said. "It's part of the process. We'll see what happens later today."

Team Scope:

Stars: Dallas defenseman Alex Goligoski is facing a tough turnaround after playing 32:48 in Game 4. According to the Stars website, Goligoski has played a higher percentage of his team's minutes than any skater in these playoffs.

He ranks seventh in ice time (29:08 per game) but the six players in front of him all have played in multiple overtime games.

"You get in playoffs and, I don't know, adrenaline kind of takes over," Goligoski told the Stars website. "During the game, you feel fine, and the next day you're a little banged up, but I don't know, next game day you seem to feel fine again."

Goligoski is plus-4 despite spending most of his time matched against Getzlaf and Corey Perry, two of the NHL's top five scorers.

"Mentally, it's fun playing against those guys and knowing you're going to go out there and have a big challenge ahead of you," Goligoski said. "It makes getting ready for a game easier, I think."

Ducks: Goaltender Frederik Andersen will start. He was pulled in the third period of Game 4, giving Jonas Hiller his first 10:34 on ice this postseason.

"[Game 3] was his first bad game in a while. I'm confident we'll see him bounce back tonight," Boudreau said.

Hiller hadn't played since April 6; he stopped the one shot he faced.

"It was nice to be out there again and seeing some game action," he said. "I felt pretty good. There weren't too many shots or anything, but in the end, it was nice being in net again. … All I can do is what I've done the last two weeks, and that's being ready if I get the call. We'll go from there."

Forward Teemu Selanne was a healthy scratch in Game 4 and will draw back in.

"It's playoff time, and I don't even want to think of any negative energy," Selanne said. "Tomorrow is a big day, and we go from there."

Who's hot: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen has stopped 57 of 60 shots in winning the past two games, a .967 save percentage. Forward Jamie Benn has one point in each of the four games (three goals). Forward Shawn Horcoff has four assists. Forward Antoine Roussel has a three-game assist streak. … Getzlaf had four points in the first two games. Six Ducks have two points in the series, but only Getzlaf has more than one goal.

Injury report: Stars defensemen Brenden Dillon (lower body) and Patrik Nemeth (upper body) each will be a game-time decision, coach Lindy Ruff said. Dillon skated for a third straight day; Nemeth did not take part in an optional practice. … Ducks forward Matt Beleskey (lower body) is aiming to be ready for Game 6 on Sunday, Boudreau said.

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