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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, 04.9.2008 / 4:52 PM PT / Features
By Kyle Shohara  - AnaheimDucks.com
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Bertuzzi Looks to Join the Club

By Matt Vevoda
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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.”

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07


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