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Bertuzzi Looks to Join the Club

Veteran Todd Bertuzzi is one of five Ducks to have never lifted the Stanley Cup. With the start of these playoffs looming, he'd like that to change.

Wednesday, 04.09.2008 / 7:52 PM / Features
By Kyle Shohara  - AnaheimDucks.com
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“I’m as motivated, if not even more, than anyone,” said Bertuzzi. “I want to experience what they all went through. I was fortunate to see a few of the presentations that happened with them. Whether it was being jealous or whatever it was, it was something that motivates you and makes you want to have it.”

On the eve of his fifth trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Ducks forward Todd Bertuzzi desires what many of his teammates have already attained.

While 18 of the current 25 Ducks were on last year’s Stanley Cup champion squad and another two (Mathieu Schneider and Doug Weight) won titles with previous teams, Bertuzzi is the most senior member on a group of five (along with Brian Sutherby, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Bobby Ryan and Jonas Hiller) who have not won an NHL crown.

A bystander during many of the in-season celebrations highlighting last year’s triumph, the 12-year veteran only became more driven in his quest for a Cup.

“I’m as motivated, if not even more, than anyone,” said Bertuzzi, who has played in 40 career playoff games up to this year. “I want to experience what they all went through. I was fortunate to see a few of the presentations that happened with them. Whether it was being jealous or whatever it was, it was something that motivates you and makes you want to have it.”

Bertuzzi has only been as far as the Western Conference Final, and that was last year with Detroit, which fell to the Ducks in six games. Beginning on Thursday, Bertuzzi finally gets his chance to work with the Ducks toward their goal of repeating, as the team opens the playoffs with a Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup against Dallas.

 “It’s an exciting time,” Bertuzzi said. “It’s a long season in order to build up to this. It seemed like those last five games took forever. We’re excited and ready to get this going.”

Not wanting the majority of his team to rest on last year’s laurels, Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle is adamant that his team carve out a new identity in these playoffs.

“It’s an exciting time. It’s a long season in order to build up to this. It seemed like those last five games took forever. We’re excited and ready to get this going.” - Todd Bertuzzi

“This is a new season,” Carlyle said. “Everybody starts back at zero. We’ve got a playoff series to play against a very difficult opponent and an opponent that has given us lots of trouble over the course of the season. We’ve got to win four games before they do and that’s our approach.”

Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere echoed the sentiments of his coach. “What happened last year and during the season doesn’t count anymore,” Giguere said. “Right now, it’s the first team to win four games and that’s all that matters. Our focus right now is on trying to win [Thursday].”

Having attained home-ice advantage for the series, the Ducks will be eager to get the series started off on a winning note with the first two games at Honda Center.

“I think our goal was to get home-ice advantage,” Teemu Selanne said. “It was just one little step forward. Now, it’s time to take another big step forward.”

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 59 19 39 9 58
C. Perry 47 24 17 12 41
R. Kesler 62 15 22 -4 37
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 54 7 21 -3 28
H. Lindholm 59 6 22 19 28
J. Silfverberg 61 9 17 7 26
C. Fowler 61 5 21 -5 26
K. Palmieri 37 12 11 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 6 5 0 .915 2.69


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