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Getzlaf plays, stars in Ducks? win over Oilers

by Brian Hunter
All eyes in Canada were on Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks in the final NHL game for two weeks.

Getzlaf proceeded to go out and seemingly erase any question marks about whether he’ll be able to take his spot on the Canadian roster when the Olympic men’s hockey tournament gets under way on Tuesday. He finished with four points Sunday night, including a pair of third-period power-play goals, as the Ducks cruised past the Edmonton Oilers 7-3 at Rexall Place.

"In my mind, it's pretty made up," Getzlaf said of his participation at the Games. "Obviously I would like to be there."

Saku Koivu, Corey Perry, Scott Niedermayer, George Parros and Bobby Ryan also scored for Anaheim, which pulled to within two points of eighth in the Western Conference. Jonas Hiller stopped 26 shots.

Getzlaf suffered a high-ankle sprain last week that kept him out of Saturday’s game in Calgary and jeopardized his spot on Team Canada. Jeff Carter of Philadelphia was tabbed as a replacement if Getzlaf couldn’t go and GM Steve Yzerman said over the weekend he hoped to see Getzlaf play in a game for the Ducks to determine if he would be healthy enough to contribute in the Olympics.

"I haven't had to make many decisions like this. Obviously this one I have to pull back and make sure I'm doing what's right for (the Ducks) and myself as well," Getzlaf said. "If my ankle's fine in the morning, it won't be a hard decision for me."

Getzlaf ended up playing nearly 20 minutes, taking six shots on goal. He had the primary assists on goals by Perry and Niedermayer as the Ducks opened up a 3-1 lead early in the second period.

Getzlaf would score what held up as the game-winner 5:27 into the third, making it 4-2 and deflating the Oilers' hopes of a comeback. He added his second of the game and 17th of the season with 3:02 remaining.

"He's a very skilled player," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "There's a reason he was selected to Team Canada. He went out and proved he's quite capable of playing to a high level, and he's to be commended.

"To think he would play in this game after reviewing the injury … it's just amazing. It was all up to him."

Edmonton got a power-play goal from Ryan Potulny, a shorthander by Ethan Moreau and the 10th of the season for defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky in defeat.

"We were not quite there," defenseman Steve Staios said. "We made a little bit of a push at some times, but overall we weren't good enough. We had a chance at the end -- we came out with some energy in the third, and that one goal really deflated us."

Material from wire services and team online media was used in this report.

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