Ryan Getzlaf's 10 greatest moments with the Ducks - Orange County Register

Ryan Getzlaf’s 10 greatest moments with the Ducks – Orange County Register

Retiring captain Ryan Getzlaf’s greatest moments over 17 seasons with the Ducks.

1. Game 4 vs. Edmonton, second round, May 3, 2017

Two goals, two assists. Rallied the Ducks from a 2-0 first-period deficit to win 4-3 less than a minute into OT, tying the series at two wins apiece. Set up an unmarked Jakob Silfverberg with a steal along the right-wing boards and a cross-ice pass for the winner.

2. Game 5 vs. Edmonton, second round, May 5, 2017

Started the spine-tingling “Comeback on Katella” with the first of the Ducks’ three goals in the final 3:16 of the third period of a must-win game, which erased a 3-0 deficit, and ended it with a pass to Corey Perry for the winning goal in double OT.

3. Fighting San Jose’s Joe Thornton, Game 6, first round, April 27, 2009

Dropped the gloves and began trading punches with the Sharks’ captain right off the opening faceoff. They say he lost the fight to Thornton. Pffft. Whatever. The duly-inspired Ducks then won the decisive game, 4-1, and moved on to the second round.

4. Breaking Teemu Selanne’s franchise record with his 989th point, Oct. 31, 2021

An assist, of course. He sent a streaking Troy Terry ahead of a pack of Montreal Canadiens with a deft touch pass along the boards and then skated into the embrace of his teammates, looking a little bit sheepish at the thought of breaking the mark.

5. Recording his 1,000th point, Nov. 16, 2021

An assist, of course. He banked a cross-ice pass from the right wing to the left to free a hard-charging Cam Fowler for a goal off the rush only minutes into an eventual overtime victory over the Washington Capitals. Selanne was on hand to see it.

6. Winning the Stanley Cup, June 6, 2007

Lost in the fog of the Ducks’ dominating Game 5 victory over the Ottawa Senators in the series clincher was this bit of trivia: Getzlaf led their charge to their first Stanley Cup championship with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) at the tender age of 22.

7. Signing an eight-year contract extension, March 8, 2013

Cementing his long-term future with the Ducks, he signed what was then the largest contract in franchise history, an eight-year, $ 66 million whopper of a deal. Perry would then sign an eight-year, $ 69 million extension just 10 days later. The rest is franchise history.

8. Named Ducks team captain, Oct. 3, 2010

The eighth captain in franchise history, and the longest-serving one, he takes the reins from future Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer, who had retired the previous season. Saku Koivu, who had been the beloved captain of the Montreal Canadiens, also was considered for the job.

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