Just three games into their first round series against the Detroit Red Wings, the Anaheim Ducks have a 2-1 lead and look to be very much in control of the series. A 4-0 victory in game three saw the Ducks strike twice on the power play while adding an even strength and shorthanded tally as well. Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf continues to be one of the strongest performers against the Red Wings, creating matchup problems with his size and skill.
Getzlaf netted a shorthanded goal on Saturday and also added a power play assist. He has at least a point in each game of the series so far, and has continued his dominance against the Red Wings that has him averaging almost a point-per-playoff-game against Detroit. The superb performance of Anaheim’s top forwards has been the difference in the series, and a two-goal night from their fourth line in game three pushed things further out of reach for the Red Wings.
Getzlaf scored 15 goals and added 34 assists to lead the Ducks during the regular season, and he has wasted little time continuing to lead the team in the postseason. He was the Ducks’ leading power play point producer during the regular season as well, and if he continues dominating this series the way he has been so far the Ducks are in great position to advance easily. The Ducks signed Getzlaf to an eight-year contract extension in March, and right now that looks like one of the smartest decisions they have made in years.