It's been a rough season for Ryan Getzlaf, and it could have gotten rougher on Wednesday night. Getzlaf made his second high-profile giveaway in as many games, and it led to a Curtis Lazar breakaway goal. The deja vu all over again left Duck's coach Bruce Boudreau with no choice but to send a message. He benched Getzlaf for the next eight minutes and demoted him to the fourth line during even-strength play in the third period.
"I certainly don't want to do it too often," Boudreau said. "But what happens there is between me and Getzy, and we'll talk about it again [Thursday]."
ICYMI, here's the Getz giveaway:
The Ducks would come to the aid of their benched captain. Shea Theodore took a neat pass from Getzy himself and netted the go-ahead goal on the power play (it was Theodore's first NHL goal), and Carl Hagelin and Jason Silfverberg added insurance goals late to salt it for Anaheim.
Getzlaf's benching, and the team's reaction, was something the Anaheim dressing room was aware of.
"We wanted to pick him up," winning goalie Frederik Andersen said. "Obviously, he's the leader of our team, so we wanted to do that to him, too. He's been the guy that picks up guys. He's a great leader. We wanted to make it the other way this time."