The simple life
'Farm kid' Moen becoming valuable cog for Ducks
Posted: Saturday June 2, 2007 3:15PM; Updated: Saturday June 2, 2007 3:15PM
There aren't many layers to Travis Moen, Anaheim's blossoming 25-year-old left-winger. Just ask any one of his teammates to describe him and the response is usually the same.
"He's a farmer," says Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf. "What else do you want?"
While it's true that Moen, who's scored five goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs including the game winner against Ottawa on Monday, grew up on his family's farm in Stewart Valley, a southwestern Saskatchewan village with a population of 75, there's surely more to Moen than that.
"I don't know, he's a farm kid," insists Getzlaf, who grew up three hours away in Regina. "I always bug him about not knowing what goes on in the big city."
Moen might have a hard time adjusting to the "big city" -- he avoids driving his black F-150 pickup through rush hour traffic at all costs and would rather open up a history book than turn on the television when he gets home -- but his adjustment to big time hockey has been surprisingly seamless.
After scoring an NHL career-high 11 goals this season, Moen has knocked in five goals during the playoffs, including two game-winners. His 10 postseason points puts him just behind team leaders Getzlaf, Chris Pronger and Teemu Selanne. "You get some lucky bounces," says a modest Moen of his increased scoring in the playoffs. "You know, I just go to the net. In the playoffs you don't try anything fancy; you just try to get it into the net because you never know what's going happen."
More valuable than Moen's recent penchant for finding the back of the net has been his continued ability to prevent others from coming to close to his. He and linemates Samuel Pahlsson and Rob Niedermayer have knocked Ottawa's top line of Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson all over the ice during the Stanley Cup finals, holding the high-powered troika to no goals, two assists, 16 giveaways and only 10 shots.
"Everybody wants to score goals but I take pride in my defense," says Moen, who had nine of the team's league-high 71 fighting majors.
"I like hitting and being good defensively, that's more my game. I was never a really goal scorer but I don't mind chipping one in here and there."
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