Dallas dominated the first period, outshooting the Ducks 17-3. But the Stars fell behind 1-0 in an eventual 3-1 loss to Anaheim.
The Ducks scored twice in the final 2:10 of regulation to force overtime, where they beat the Stars 5-4 to clinch the opening round series.
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.
Two-thirds of Anaheim’s top line is injured, including their captain and leading scorer. Their most beloved player has been benched, and their goalie looks shakier each night.
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.
When Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas broke his leg for the second time this season, the pain was felt on both benches. “It’s a heartbreaker,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.
Stars legend Mike Modano saw an atmosphere at the American Airlines Center on Monday night that hadn’t been present in many years.
As the Stars head back to Dallas, they bring with them both a chip on their shoulder and increased ticket prices at home.
Kari Lehtonen had 37 saves, with some tremendous stops, for his first career postseason victory, and the Stars beat Anaheim 3-0 Monday in their first home playoff game in six years.