Ryan Getzlaf has been dominant when the Anaheim Ducks have needed their captain most, scoring clutch goals in two of their three wins.
''Isn't that what he's supposed to do?'' coach Bruce Boudreau asked after his team arrived Thursday night in Detroit. ''Your best player is supposed to be your best player.''
It hasn't worked out that way so far for the Detroit Red Wings and their captain, putting them on the brink of elimination at home in Game 6 of their first-round series against Anaheim.
Zetterberg hasn't scored in the playoffs in nearly 13 months. He has gone a career-high seven postseason games without a goal dating to last year's first-round setback against Nashville.
''You want to be on the scoresheet,'' Zetterberg said. ''All you can do is continue to work hard, keep putting pucks on the net, and hopefully one or two will sneak by the goalie.''
Two of Getzlaf's three goals - a total that puts him among NHL leaders - helped lift the Ducks to leads in the series.
He had ...