Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf got his game together last month. The NHL took notice and named him Tuesday as the league’s first star for February. Getzlaf had six goals and 20 points and a plus-13 defensive rating in 14 games last month. His current streak of 11 games with at least one point continued during the Ducks’ victory Sunday over the Kings, their eighth consecutive win. The Ducks were 12-1-1 in February, the best calendar month in franchise history.
Overall, Getzlaf has nine goals and 51 points and a plus-14 rating.
“Well, for the last two months, he’s worked so hard in practice,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said of Getzlaf, who had three goals and 23 points in the season’s first three months. “I think when you work that hard in practice, it starts coming to you in the games. He’s been working really hard in the games.
“You just add his natural skill and then all of a sudden good things usually happen. We all know he’s a great player, and he has been for 10 years, we were probably more surprised at what he wasn’t doing at the beginning than what he is doing now, which is pretty normal stuff, to me.
“There was no concern. I was hoping for it (a turnaround) because we weren’t doing well. You just knew him and Corey (Perry) were eventually going to become him and Corey. Corey has 26 goals. ‘Getzy’ is the player of the month, so they just took a little longer than we wanted.”
Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was the second star.
Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators was the third star.