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Ryan Getzlaf, Jordie Benn

Andersen starting, Selanne returning, but ‘we’ll see’ about Getzlaf

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Frederik Andersen will be back in goal, and Teemu Selanne will be back in the lineup. As for Ryan Getzlaf, we’ll have to wait and see if he’s able to suit up for the Ducks tonight when they host the Dallas Stars, the teams’ first-round series tied 2-2.

“It’s all about getting clearance at this point,” said Getzlaf, who skated this morning after missing Game 4 on Wednesday. “It’s part of the process. We’ll see what happens later today.”

Getzlaf is listed with an upper-body injury, which may or may not be related to the puck he took in the face in Game 1.

“I’m not really going to discuss what exactly is going on,” he said yesterday. “That’s what we’ve always done here during the playoffs. I wish I could give you insight on it, but I’m just not allowed to”

Moving on to the goaltending story, Andersen was replaced by Jonas Hiller in Game 4’s defeat after allowing four goals on 25 shots. The 24-year-old rookie has allowed 12 goals overall in they playoffs, for a save percentage of just .898.

Still, Andersen’s struggles in Dallas haven’t given coach Bruce Boudreau enough reason to give the starting job back to Hiller, who played poorly in March and April.

Selanne, meanwhile, was a healthy scratch for Game 4, but said he harbored no ill will about the decision by Boudreau.

“Game 3 is behind me,” the Finnish star said. “There’s no hard feelings. I’m excited.”

Defenseman Luca Sbisa is also expected to draw into the Ducks’ lineup.

PHT Morning Skate: Rangers-Flyers meet in pivotal Game 4

Martin St. Louis, Derek Stepan, Ray Emery

It feels like it was forever ago when the Rangers and Flyers last played, but the two will finally meet for Game 4 tonight in Philadelphia.

New York’s 2-1 series edge and goal scoring fortune in Game 3 made Flyers coach Craig Berube make the switch to Steve Mason in goal. The Rangers hope they’re rushing him back from injury as they hope to send the series back to Madison Square Garden up 3-1.

Elsewhere, a pair of key Game 5s are happening in St. Louis and Anaheim as those series are knotted up 2-2. Wins by the visiting Blackhawks and Stars could make Game 6 more difficult for the favored Blues and Ducks.

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Game 4: Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers [New York leads series 2-1] (7:00 p.m. ET — CNBC)

Something felt a little bit off in how things went down for Philly in Game 3. They were blitzed by the Rangers early on and weren’t able to recover and then made a switch in goal in the third period after Daniel Carcillo scored.

This series hasn’t been a bad one for Ray Emery, but with Mason getting the call for Game 4 the focus will now shift to that position. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said they know how they want to attack Mason, but talk is cheap in the postseason.

Meanwhile, the Rangers have been getting their offense sparked by 2004 Stanley Cup winners Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards. St. Louis’ five points and Richards’ four points (as well as Rick Nash’s four assists) have their offense buzzing. Derek Stepan has also been impressive and their work against a Flyers defense that has its issues has shown through.

Game 5: St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks [Series tied 2-2] (8:00 p.m. ET — NBCSN)

If there’s something for the Blues to be worried about headed into Game 5 it’s that Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews might be awake and making a difference. That was certainly the case in Game 4 where Kane was a force and had the overtime winner. If there’s an upside to find out of that for St. Louis, it’s that Chicago needed overtime to tie the series in the first place.

Plenty has been made of blowing leads in the postseason and Chicago is as guilty as anyone having done that in three of four games in the series. The difference in Game 4 was that the Blackhawks came away with the win instead of a crushing overtime loss like in Games 1 and 2.

A key for the Blackhawks in Game 5? Finding a way to shut down Vladimir Tarasenko. The Blues youngster has four goals in the series and is the most dangerous player on the ice. With David Backes still out, Tarasenko has to become a marked man for the ‘Hawks defense.

Game 5: Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars [Series tied 2-2] (10:30 p.m. ET — NBCSN)

Any chance the Ducks might be getting a bit nervous? Game 4 saw things go south quickly with Ryan Getzlaf sitting out and Teemu Selanne a healthy scratch after not producing much. Add in a few in-game injuries and goalie Frederik Andersen getting chased out and suddenly things look terrifyingly messy for Anaheim.

That’s music to the ears of Stars coach Lindy Ruff who has seen Kari Lehtonen play outstanding in goal and Jamie Benn play like a man possessed offensively. The Stars have also found ways under the Ducks’ skin as was shown at the completion of Game 4 when things got a bit rough.

Dallas has been irritating in all facets though with key timing for their goals and a few carefully placed facewashes. The Ducks have to hope returning to Honda Center will settle them down or else Bruce Boudreau’s squad could be in big trouble.

Selanne brushes off healthy scratch

Teemu Selanne

People didn’t even wait until the end of an eventual Game 4 Dallas Stars win to chastise the Anaheim Ducks for making Teemu Selanne a healthy scratch. The future Hall of Famer was willing to let it go on Thursday though.

“It’s over. I don’t even want to talk about the whole thing,” Selanne said. “I told Bruce it’s a new day, the series starts now. There are no hard feelings.”

“It’s playoff time, and I don’t even want to think of any negative energy. Tomorrow is a big day, and we go from there.”

There’s also an outside chance that getting a break – and maybe a little spark from not dressing – might just be a blessing in disguise. The 43-year-old was selectively rested through the 2013-14 regular season, so maybe he can make more of an impact than he did earlier in this series (one assist through three games).

Either way, the beloved winger maintains the kind of attitude that makes him such a darling among NHL fans. It remains to be seen if he can help the Ducks extend his career beyond the first round, though.

Ducks’ goaltending concerns highlighted in Dallas

Frederik Andersen

The Anaheim Ducks had the best record in the Western Conference, but they entered the first round with one glaring issue. Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller struggled late in the season and it snowballed to the point where his confidence took a hit.

It was enough of a concern that Anaheim ended up starting 24-year-old rookie goalie Frederik Andersen over him. He was great in the regular season, but has a 3.17 GAA and .898 save percentage in four playoff games against Dallas. It got to the point in Game 4 last night where Andersen was pulled in favor of Hiller, although the damage was done and the Ducks lost 4-2.

After the game, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was asked if he felt Andersen wasn’t as sharp tonight.

“I didn’t really notice it in the first period because I didn’t think they had a lot of opportunities,” Boudreau said. “But after they scored their second goal, I told Hilly [Jonas Hiller] to get ready because I didn’t think he was that sharp, but then he settled down and I think right after that made a flurry of good saves, and I thought, OK, he is settling down. Then in the third period, when they got that goal, I thought it was time.”

Now the question is if they go back to Andersen or give Hiller a shot after the Ducks suffered back-to-back losses. Anaheim has already made tough lineup calls in this series. Last night for example, future Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne was a healthy scratch.

When it comes to naming a goalie for Game 5 though, there’s no clear choice and that’s bad news for a Ducks squad that hopes to go far in the playoffs.


Frederik Andersen’s key to bouncing back: have a short memory

Stars chase Andersen, tie series with Ducks 2-2

Anaheim Ducks v Dallas Stars - Game Four

The Dallas Stars found themselves down 2-0 in Game 4, but much like in this first-round series itself, they resolved to get back into it. They did more than that on Wednesday, in fact, storming back against the Anaheim Ducks to win 4-2 and tie the series 2-2.

This comeback win also prompted Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau to yank Frederik Andersen in the third period, likely inspiring some to wonder if there’s uncertainty regarding who’s the go-to guy in net. Then again, that might not really be that good of a thing for Dallas, as Jonas Hiller carried the ball for much of this season and has a lot on the line if he’s given a chance to start.

The Stars rode third-period goals from Cody Eakin and Alex Goligoski to secure the win. Here are video clips of the game-winner and the 4-2 insurance goal:

Goaltending isn’t the only area of concern for the Ducks. Even with Ryan Getzlaf mysteriously out of action for Game 4, beloved veteran Teemu Selanne was a healthy scratch, prompting plenty of late criticism:

Of course, the Devil’s Advocate argument would point to “The Finnish Flash” only have one assist in the three games he appeared in during the playoffs, but the bottom line is that a lot of people are doing some second-guessing right now.

Really, it was a bit of a nightmare for the Ducks tonight, especially as things got ugly late in the contest. Antoine Roussel even managed to draw Corey Perry into a fight in the closing minutes:

Stars blog Defending Big D noted that Boudreau and the Ducks were already losing their cool regarding some of the Stars’ pesty players after Game 3. That testiness is probably boiling over to full-blown hatred by now (although, to be honest, it’s possible that disdain was already deep from their days as Pacific Division opponents).

On paper, the Stars seemed like they might be a sneaky-tough out for the Anaheim Ducks despite being the bottom-ranked West team in the playoffs (much like the Detroit Red Wings seemed like they might be a challenge for the Boston Bruins). They’ve fit that bill so far, sending this series back to Anaheim tied 2-2 … essentially “holding serve.”

For the Ducks, it’s gut-check time, as they face the uncomfortable possibility of following two excellent regular seasons with two first-round series struggles.