will be his coming out party," Burke says of sophomore center Ryan Getzlaf,
whose sweet backhand netted Anaheim's second goal in the opener. "He's
going to be a stud." The 22-year-old Getzlaf, who averaged 15 minutes of
ice time during the regular season, has seen it spike to more than 22 minutes
in the playoffs, a reward for his 13 points through three rounds. He was rated
the eighth-best prospect in the 2003 draft by the organization but wasn't
selected until 19th because "a lot of people questioned his consistency and
work ethic," says former director of hockey operations Chuck Fletcher.
Getzlaf, with his Hammer of Thor shot, was considered a slacker then. Now, in a
league heavy with young stars in the East ( Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin,
Eric Staal), the 6'3", 211-pound Getzlaf is playing like the best of the
?Can Ducks Be
Anaheim racked up a league-high 307 penalty minutes en route to the finals,
miraculously surviving 40 power plays and nine extra-strength goals by the Red
Wings over the six games of the Western Conference finals. Ottawa scored twice
on power plays after egregious (and plain dumb) Anaheim penalties in Game 1,
and if the forechecking Ducks can't temper their own truculence-- Burke's
word--the Senators will continue to punish them. "Discipline has been a
point of emphasis of our coaches," Burke says, "but we forecheck hard,
and we have to hit to be effective. We make no apologies for that."
Ah, a Stanley Cup
final without regrets.