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Getzlaf, Ducks look to stay hot against Stars

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Dallas (4-6-2) at Anaheim (9-5-1), 10:00 pm EDT

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- The Anaheim Ducks are well aware

that when Ryan Getzlaf plays well, the team succeeds.

After a dismal start, Getzlaf looks to extend his points streak

to nine games when the hot-handed Ducks host the Dallas Stars on

Friday.

Getzlaf led the Ducks with a career-high 82 points in 2007-08,

but was limited to one assist through the first six contests of

this season. He has since exploded for six goals and 11 assists

during his current eight-game point streak.

Similarly, Anaheim struggled in the early going, notching one

win in its first six games. However, the team has thrived since

Getzlaf's outburst and is seeking their ninth win in 10 games

Friday.

Getzlaf had two goals and an assist to help the Ducks to their

latest success, a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on

Wednesday.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere will return in goal after being rested in

favor of backup Jonas Hiller against the Blues.

In his last outing, Giguere made 35 saves en route to a 1-0

overtime victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. He is

6-0-0 with a 2.69 goals-against average over his last seven

games.

Dallas has yet to solve its problems - the team has dropped

three of four and their usually reliable defense has been

missing in action all season.

They have yielded a Western Conference-high 50 goals and

goaltender Marty Turco has been uncharacteristically dreadful.

Owner of a 2.20 career GAA, Turco is last in the league in that

category this year at 4.34. The former All-Star went 4-2-1 with

a 1.85 GAA in seven games against the Ducks last season.

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