NHL Three Stars: Getzlaf assists Ducks in Game 3 win; Andersen continues calm play

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 21: Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks reacts after a call is made in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

No. 1 Star: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks captain came up big in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final, notching two assists in 21:33 of action in the Ducks’ 2-1 win. Getzlaf also won 57 percent of his face-offs. His second assist was a beautiful feed to Simon Despres for the one-timer game-winner. Getzlaf has four points in the three games, all assists.


No. 2 Star, Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks goaltender is having quite the series for himself. He stopped 26 of 27 Chicago shots on goal in Anaheim’s Game 2 win. Andersen currently has a .957 save percentage against the powerful Blackhawks in the three games. For the playoffs he has a 1.75 goals against average and .935 save percentage.

No. 3. Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

The scoring winger finally got himself on the scoresheet with the below beautiful spinning blind backhand goal. Kane also had a glorious chance at the end of regulation of Game 3, but just couldn’t convert. A score would have sent the game into overtime.

Honorable Mention: Anaheim defenseman Despres scored the game-winner at the 19:05 mark of the second period … Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith was a plus-1 in 28:04 of action … Blackhawks forward Brad Richards notched one assist … Ducks forward Patrick Maroon scored the opening goal of the game … Ducks defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Cam Fowler each picked up one assist. 

Did You Know?: Kane’s goal was his 45th of his playoff career. This tied Steve Larmer for fourth on the Blackhawks’ all-time list.

Dishonorable Mention: Chicago’s power play was 0-for-5 … Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville’s subs of Joakim Nordstrom and Kris Versteeg for Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen didn’t work out. Both were held pointless and Nordstrom was a minus-1 … Not to keep piling on Quenneville, but his use of defensemen Kyle Cumiskey and Kimmo Timonen remained puzzling. Cumiskey played 8:51 and Timonen 6:50.