The Stars have won seven of their past eight home games, but need a win on Sunday night to stay alive and force a decisive game 7 in Anaheim.
Getzlaf had a goal and two assists in his return from injury, and the Ducks scored four power-play goals in a 6-2 victory over the Stars on Friday night to take a 3-2 series lead.
Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas is ready for another long rehab after breaking his leg in Game 3 of Anaheim’s series with the Stars. At least he will not need surgery this time.
Cody Eakin and Alex Goligoski scored in the third period and the Stars beat the top-seeded Ducks 4-2 on Wednesday in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series that is now even.
The slick-skating Stars used their speed to outplay Anaheim on Wednesday at the American Airlines Center. But a little fight was required to survive.
Stars legend Mike Modano saw an atmosphere at the American Airlines Center on Monday night that hadn’t been present in many years.
The Dallas Stars are back home after a week on the road, where they lost twice to Anaheim to start a first-round playoff series.
Getzlaf had a goal and an assist while wearing a facemask over his injured jaw, Corey Perry scored his first playoff goal in three years, and the Ducks beat Dallas 3-2 Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut, and the Anaheim Ducks opened the postseason with a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.
Defenseman Trevor Daley, the lone holdover from the 2007-08 Dallas Stars, believes the young team has gained valuable experience in qualifying for the postseason.
Another group of former NHL players has filed a federal class action lawsuit alleging that the league has downplayed the risk of head injuries, while at the same time promoting fighting and violence in the game.
From the moment Stephane Robidas was traded from the Dallas Stars to the Anaheim Ducks last month, he realized he might end up facing his former teammates in the first round of the playoffs.