Ryan Getzlaf has been a force for the Ducks so far in the playoffs (Getty Images).
The Hockey News’ player of the week for April 27 to May 3, 2009 is Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf.
Getzlaf had a stellar week with two goals and seven points in three games, leading his team to an upset series-win over the West’s No. 1 seed San Jose and a split on the road with No. 2 seed Detroit during the first two games of Round 2.
In the deciding game versus the Sharks, Getzlaf had a goal, two points was plus-1 and set the tone for the game with a fight against Joe Thornton two seconds into the match. In Game 1 against Detroit, the 6-foot-4, 221-pound power forward had two assists and played 27:55, nearly half the game; that’s No. 1-defenseman numbers.
In Game 2, a triple-overtime affair, the 23-year-old played an amazing 38:59 while tallying a goal and three points as the Ducks’ tied the series heading back to Anaheim for Game 3.