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Getzlaf and Perry power Ducks into Game 7

by Eric Stephens /
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- In a game they desperately needed to win, the Anaheim Ducks turned to their two best offensive players to lead the way.

Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry seemingly have been joined at the hip since the Ducks took the two big forwards in the first round of the celebrated 2003 Entry Draft. Anaheim's two big guns delivered the Game 6 goals for Anaheim in a 2-1 victory over Detroit on Tuesday night at the Honda Center.

Each had a hand in the other's second-period goal while linemate Bobby Ryan easily had his best game of the series with a team-leading five shots and the second assist on Perry's goal.

"That line played real well," Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer said. "They controlled the puck and were dangerous out there. They've been doing that all year for us."

Getzlaf shook off flu-like symptoms and a quiet Game 5 to tap in a rebound of Perry's  deflection of a Scott Niedermayer shot on the power play early in the second period, with Detroit's Niklas Kronwall in the box for delay of game.

The "twins," as the Ducks are fond of calling them, teamed again for the momentum-changing play of the game late in the second.

Detroit's Marian Hossa and Valtteri Filppula had a 2-on-1 rush working and Hossa tried to set the crashing Filppula up for a one-timer. Perry rushed back and dove at Filppula to help break up the play while sliding into his goalie, Jonas Hiller, and the Anaheim net.

Perry got out and worked his way up ice to get in position to deflect Getzlaf's shot from inside the blue past Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood at 17:35 for a 2-0 lead.

"I just got my stick out and tipped the puck away," said Perry, whose seven goals lead all Ducks players. "It was kind of nice to break up that and then get down there and score on the other end. It's a great feeling.

"When you make a great play trying to get back on the defensive end and then get down and score in the offensive zone, it makes for a good shift."

Not only did the two contribute offensively but they were in the middle of a wild ending to the game when Getzlaf squared off with Hossa and Perry dropped the gloves with Detroit defenseman Brian Rafalski.

"It was just an emotional game," said Getzlaf, who has 4 goals and 18 points in the playoffs. "At the end of the game, there were a couple of shots here and there. Obviously emotions are getting high and we ran into a couple of fights.

"That's the way the game goes. We go on to the next one."

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