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WATCH LIVE: Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks (Game 5)

The Anaheim Ducks got off to a 2-0 series lead, but the Stars rallied back when the series headed to Dallas.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau tried to mix things up for Game 4 by scratching future Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne, but that move didn’t pay off, so the 43-year-old forward will be back in the lineup tonight.

Anaheim will also start goalie Frederik Andersen again despite the fact that he was yanked in Game 4 after allowing four goals on 25 shots. He has a 3.17 GAA and .898 save percentage in this series.

The only big unknown for the Ducks is whether or not Ryan Getzlaf will play after he missed Game 4 with an upper-body injury.

“It’s all about getting clearance at this point,” said Getzlaf. “It’s part of the process. We’ll see what happens later today.”

With or without him, this is a critical contest for the Ducks. The last thing they want is for the Stars to be on a three-game winning streak and on the brink of advancing when the series heads back to Dallas for Game 6.

Tonight’s game will start at 10:30 p.m. ET and air on NBCSN. You can also stream the contest online:

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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

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

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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

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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.

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