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A goal lifts a weight off Ryan Getzlaf and the Ducks

A goal lifts a weight off Ryan Getzlaf and the Ducks

Until Thursday, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf had scored as many even-strength goals this season as had fans who paid to enter the building and wondered what had happened to the prolific center who dominated games with his size, strength and setup skills.

His production through his first 44 games consisted of one goal into an empty net in November and two power-play goals in late December, a shockingly low number for an elite center who had tied for third in even-strength scoring in the NHL last season. Equally baffling, he became prone to making blind, backhand passes that cost the Ducks goals and games. He insisted that he was fine other than the appendectomy that kept him out of...

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