In one of the nastiest, most physical series thus far of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Anaheim Ducks routed the Dallas Stars 6-2 to take a 3-2 series lead. The Stars had all the momentum coming into Game 5, but the Ducks turned their game up a notch. The Stars came unglued in the third period, pulling their goaltender Kari Lehtonen and taking stupid penalties.
The big story coming into Game 5 was the return of the Ducks’ captain Ryan Getzlaf. Getzlaf has been wearing a protective shield after being hit with a puck in Game 1, and sat out Game 4 with an “upper body” injury. Obviously, Getzlaf makes the Ducks a much better team. He is a key component of their power play and penalty killing units, and thrives in just about every area of the game.
The Stars were in this game going into the third period after a late goal in the second by Shawn Horcoff cut the Ducks’ lead to 3-2. However, the Ducks just came out and stomped on the Stars in the third. They took advantage of every mistake the Stars made, and goaltender Frederik Anderson played well in the game after being pulled in Game 4.
Home ice has been huge in this series, so you can expect the Stars to bring their A game in Game 6 on Sunday. If they want to close out a series that has been tougher than expected, they will come with the same intensity on Sunday.