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VIDEO: Getzlaf Earns An Assist In Final Game
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks hosted the St. Louis Blues for Ryan Getzla’fs final game. The Captain was honored before the game with the owners Henry and Susan Samueli. His family was also present along with Teemu Selanne, who drove up in an off road vehicle. John Gibson was in net against Ville Husso. He wore a special tribute goalie mask to Getzlaf.
The Ducks didn’t register a shot for several minutes at the beginning of this game. Anaheim would then proceed to score on their first two shots. Vinny Letteri would find Max Comtois crashing the net, who got a tap in goal to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.
On Anaheim’s next shot, Gerald Mayhew scored on a point shot that got past Husso. The Ducks were outshot 12-3 in the first period, but had a 2-0 advantage at the first intermission.
From the second period on, it was all St. Louis. The Blues scored four goals in the span of about seven minutes and all of the sudden what was a two goal lead for Anaheim was not a two goal deficit.
St. Louis scored two more goals in the beginning of the third period within a minute of each other to make it a 6-2 contest.
Anaheim did score one final goal thanks to Ryan Getzlaf. He broke in towards the Blues net and did a behind the back no look pass to Adam Henrique, who buried the puck into the back of the net. The sold out crowd at Honda Center went wild as the Captain earned the final assist of his career.
The Ducks went on to lose 6-3, but once the contest was over the outcome didn’t matter. Getzlaf was congratulated by the Blues team and then he did a lap around the rink before addressing the crowd. His family and the team all met at center ice for a group picture. It was an emotional send off to the Captain. Thanks for everything Ryan!
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April 24th, 2022