Anaheim Ducks Cannot Complete Rally, Lose 6-4 to San Jose Sharks

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Nov 29, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (15) takes a shot at San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the first period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

First Star: Ryan Getzlaf, C (1 G, 2 A, +1, 6 SOG, 58.33 CF% (5-on-5), 23:14 TOI)

The captain did everything for the Ducks. He factored in all three goals that turned the deficit from 5-1 to 5-4, recording either a primary assist or goal on each. He seemingly willed the team back, winning key faceoffs and helping dictate the pace of play (14 shot attempts for, 10 against during 5-on-5 play). Getzlaf, too, had struggled in his previous six, scoring a goal and assist while having a -5 rating. If Getzlaf can turn this performance into the type of effort that made him a runner-up in the Hart Trophy voting last season, then the Ducks will be better for it as well.